Packing for a Journey

August 2, Wednesday

1 Timothy 6:17
. . . nor trust in uncertain riches,
but in the living God,
who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

Who (GOD) not only has all good, but dispenses it liberally for the supply of the wants of all his creatures; and he does not give merely what is necessary, but he gives what tends to render life comfortable. He not only gives us a bare subsistence, but he gives us enjoyments.
When I pack for a journey-
it doesn’t matter if it is for a few days
or an around the USA marathon-
I invariably take the same type of treasures.

My Books

my Bible, a note pad, pencils and pens,
and at least 3 three books for pleasure reading

My own coffee cup, or two or three.

Can you tell I like red?
I’ve been known to bring a coffee maker
if I wasn’t sure there was one in the room.
I’ve brought my own flavored coffee, #1 hazelnut,
and usually a variety of tea bags.
A real plate and bowl, flatware and cloth napkins.
If I’m on vacation, even my casual dining,
i.e. McDonald’s is eaten from a china plate with a cloth napkin.
I don’t like paper or Styrofoam.

Candles – my favorite is Ginger Peach from Pier One.

My Pillow – and sometimes another

because I like to sit propped up in bed,
sometimes reading, sometimes handwork.

A hand work project,

knitting, crochet, counted cross-stitch or embroidery.
Usually two or three projects,
because I might finish one
and then where would I be?
I have even taken my sewing machine just in case.

Something alive.

Miniature orchids and African violets are my favorite.
They are hardy and the blooms last a long time.
This last trip I took a small pot of succulents given to me.
I don’t know why but they didn’t like to travel
and came home almost dead.

Audio books.
I love being read to while driving,
doing hand work and as I fall asleep.
Sleeping books are stories I know
and are like white noise, only better.
Imagine a picture of a phone,
that’s where my audio books are.

I like the balance of seeing and experiencing the new
while having the comfort of the familiar.


July 27 – Day 77 – Thursday

July 27 – Day 77 – Thursday

Psalm 88:2
Let my prayer come before thee:
incline thine ear unto my cry;

My Prayer is weak and helpless, though fervent and sincere: take all hinderances out of its way, and let it have a free passage to thy throne. Clarke’s Commentary

Leaving Antelope Valley Fairgrounds RV Park, Lancaster, CA,
we’re starting to get that anxious feeling, I wanna go Home!

Yes, we are in California.


From Lancaster we took hwy 14 north to 395.
THe drive up the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountains
was varied and beautiful.
Mountains with patches of snow,
Lakes, valleys, rivers and high desert’


Mono Lake

Conway summit 8138 feet and 6 cell towers.

Friday, 5:39pm entered Nevade
our drive for the day is almost over.

My view at Comstock County RV Resort, Carson City, NV.

The Morning and Evening of the seventy-seventh day.

July 24 – Day 74 – Monday

July 24 – Day 74 – Monday

Psalm 84:11
For the LORD God is a sun and shield:
the LORD will give grace and glory:
no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

To illuminate, invigorate, and warm; to protect and defend all such as prefer him and his worship to everything the earth can produce.
To pardon, purify, and save the soul from sin: and then he will give glory to the sanctified in his eternal kingdom; and even here he withholds no good thing from them that walk uprightly. Well, therefore, might the psalmist say, Clarke’s Commentary

“O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.”
Psalm 84:12

Our morning was cloudy, grey and raining,
not hard but consistent until about 1:00pm.

Then the Farmer went out and puttered around the Church property,
trimming, raking and weeding.
Activities high on his want to do list.

I left about 11:00 for Tempe, AZ
(which is like Elk Grove to Carmichael)
and had lunch with my cousin, Trisha Topper.
We haven’t been together very much as adults
so it was a getting to know you – becoming friends.
My Favorite kind of time.

I found a Wholefood’s in Tempe and bought ice cream.

I went on a thimble hunt in Chandler, AZ
(Tempe to Chandler is like Carmichael to Fair Oaks)
and had success at Merchants Square

The black dot marks the hiding place.

See the sun burst design, that is on the Arizona flag.
ANNND, see the waffles – I didn’t make it to the Waffle House,
maybe next time.

A little necessary shopping at the outlets
about 32 miles north and east from Chandler,
I’m not sure any thing is close in Phoenix area.

Home again, Home again

watching this beautiful sunset and

enjoying my dinking around day,

Sequence was on the agenda again.
we started 39 the Farmer to 37 the Grannie

I won all the games until the last one
the Farmer ended the game with his 1st win of the evening.

The Morning and the Evening of the seventy-fourth day.

July 20 – Day 70 – Thursday

July 20 – Day 70 – Thursday

Psalm 79:13
So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever:
we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.

Of whom thou thyself art the Shepherd. Let us not be destroyed by those who are thy enemies; and we, in all our generations, will give thanks unto thee for ever. Clarke’s Commentary

New Mexico’s beauty to my eyes.

Hello Arizona, my old friend

At Holbrook, AZ on Hwy 40, we stopped for Lunch about 1120,
found out it was really 1020.
We ate any way.

Sign on restaurant wall.
the Farmer thinks this is true.
We did a little thimble hunting at a
Quilt/Antique shop, nice fabric , limited antiques.
no thimble except those packaged on the wall.

From hwy 40 we drove to the end of 377
to the end of hwy 277, turning right onto 260.
through the Apche-Sitgreaves national forest.
Signs starting on 377 and continuing,
state we were driving on the ‘Hash Knife Pony Express route’.

What a contrast to be driving through beautiful trees
instead of high desert (as high as 7200 elevation).

Acres and acres of forest

We found Chuck Code and Aunt Margaret’s home easily down this road.
WE had an enjoyable visit with Aunt Margaret
while waiting for Chuck returned from Phoenix.
Then we all went to dinner at Tiny’s,

the Farmer riding with Chuck in this.
Much conversation and laughter.

View from my window

The Morning and Evening of the seventieth day.