Sunday August 21st found us on the road again. Earl always tries to choose a scenic route through the small towns and countryside when possible. So much more enjoyable than miles on an interstate highway!
I think I forgot to mention in my last blog that on the way to Oakwood, OH we went through Findlay, OH which is where our dear friend, Orlan Thomas was born and raised until he came to Hobe Sound….Wished we’d had time to find his house and schools, etc. as it’s been years since he’s been here.
We arrived at Follow the River RV Resort in Florence, IN. PERFECT weather all this week! For our RVing friends, it’s $40 a night here, and very nice! Wide concrete pads and patio areas with picnic table, and in a few years, each will have its own shaded tree. Right now they’re kind of small but still enough that when we move our chairs under it, we have a little shade. Indiana is BEAUTIFUL (do I say that about every state?) Seriously, we’ve learned that America truly is the most beautiful country in the world! We loved traveling Europe and we thought Santorini, Greece was the most beautiful place we’d ever seen, but there are places in America to rival anything anywhere in the world. I’m a country girl at heart – do not like big cities for more than a couple days – give me the country – ANY day!
We try not to travel routinely on Sundays as we like to either visit a church or watch our own church’s live streaming, but had to make an exception today in order to stay on our plan to see everything and everyone we’re trying to fit into this trip.
On the trip over, we spotted a really nice looking produce place and Earl found a nearby spot to pull over – not an easy feat with a 40’ RV towing a car! I had been wanting to get some fresh peaches and we found them! Yay!
We arrived about 3:30 and the weather was perfect, so we gave the RV a much needed wash and got all set up for a few days.
Monday the 22nd, after enjoying guess what – MELONS and peaches for breakfast, we headed out along the Ohio River to the Creation Museum. The Ohio River is beautiful and seems odd to think that Kentucky is just across the river.
When we took our trip last year, we had asked for anyone who'd done a lot of traveling or who were from certain areas to give us tips of what to see and do....many different people told us NOT to miss the Creation Museum.
We heard a wonderful speaker, Bryan Osborne who used to be a public school teacher give a presentation on Dinosaurs and the Bible - just fascinating! He clearly made his case and pointed out the reasons why the Bible can be trusted and pointed out the consequences and the effects of compromise on the church and the home when God's Word is abandoned.
Tuesday 8/23, we had planned a quiet day to just read and relax in this exquisite weather, and we did spend the morning in that pursuit, but my neighbor and friend in FL, LaVona Donica had told us being this close, we just MUST go into Madison (about 25-30 min away). So we did that this afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed this pretty town on the Ohio River!
In spite of a move to New York in 1849, Lanier maintained close ties to Indiana, deeding the mansion to his oldest son, Alexander, and making unsecured loans of over $1 million to Indiana during the Civil War. He died in 1881, and this opulent mansion became a historic site in 1925.
This is the home Dorothy Hanna lived in all the years she was in Madison. Wow...so cool.
This is the home Laura, Amy, Mark and Joel grew up in until they moved to Florida. It is unfortunate that it hasn't been well taken care of over the years; I'm sure the Coffman family would we sad to see it in its current condition. You can easily see the potential of it being a wonderful home in its day. It was rather poignant to sit at the curb and look at this house and imagine Kay and Tom (Mark's dad who died when he was 12) living here with their 4 kids. What a loss to the family when he was killed in a car accident. I wish we could have known him.
We sat and envisioned Mark running around playing in this back yard. Isn't life interesting, how it is woven like a tapestry interweaving our lives all together.
This is the cemetery in Vevay where Dorothy Hanna is buried beside her husband, Wendell. Lisa tried to give us general directions and we slowly drove up and down every street but short of getting out and walking by every grave, we were not able to find them. Sad.
This is the street Kay grew up on....
The sheer immensity of this is mind boggling. So fascinating, knowing the Biblical stories of Noah we've heard from childhood to feel like we were stepping back in history and seeing it like he did. Easy to imagine that the people thought he was nuts building something so huge, unlike anything they'd ever seen before. It took him between 55-75 years to build the Ark (God had told him he'd have 120 years until the flood). He spent much of that time preaching and warning people to repent and turn from their evil ways, but they hardened their hearts until the rain started. THEN it was too late. I cannot help but think about the culture we're living in now. Surely we are approaching the last days. Let us be wise and keep our hearts open to what God is telling us about the future we face, so that we're ready for whatever comes.
Thursday, 8/25 - a day to read and relax after a pretty busy week. We were going to stay here through tomorrow night, but we're in Switzerland County and they have a HUGE annual Swiss Wine Festival every year and every single spot in this huge RV Resort is booked through the weekend, so we have to leave tomorrow.
I happened to see on the Follow the River RV page that the Budweiser Clydesdales are in town for the Wine Festival this weekend, and they are doing a quick run through of putting them all together and marching this afternoon, so we jumped in the car and just went the 2-3 miles down the road where they were doing this. SO cool - these are truly magnificent animals!
Tomorrow we're off to Nashville and then Knoxville - looking forward to seeing more friends and family! Feeling grateful and blessed.... come finish our trip with us!