We’re trying to translate John’s five weeks-a-year-vacation into as many adventures as possible. So far, we’ve done pretty well—we took our long trip to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, and Zion back in May. On this trip Brett and Angie, John’s daughter and her husband, followed us in their trailer. Our chosen destination was Red River, New Mexico. It’s only 622 miles from us which meant we didn’t have to use many vacation days, the temps are cooler there than here in August, plus it’s a beautiful little town. We had a great time.
We captured close to 500 pictures that will refresh our memories for years to come. I promise not to share all of them here but will post some of my favorites. Before the trip was over, we’d seen a huge brown bear with two cubs, lots of deer, many ducks, geese, one antelope, cute squirrels and chipmunks, a dead porcupine, and a variety of birds. I won”t mention the Muskrat because he was too ugly.
Our camp site backed up to a stream so we didn’t need to use our sound machine for the babbling brook sound. I won’t mention how uneven that site was because John had to deal with that and after some work, he got our trailer level. I just enjoyed the beauty of the spot. One morning as I read my Bible, Psalm 19 mirrored my thoughts…..
The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
2 Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
3 They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.[a]
4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.
God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
5 It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.
6 The sun rises at one end of the heavens
and follows its course to the other end.
Nothing can hide from its heat.
Isn’t that perfect for tranquil days of enjoying God’s creation?
As they say “when you’re having fun, time flies” and our tranquil days of sight seeing seemed to end too quickly. That was our only complaint of the trip, other than the night we almost froze! The second night there, the temp went down to forty degrees. John got up a few times in the night and shoved the thermostat higher. We’d hear the heat kick on, doze off, only to wake up freezing a bit later. When morning came, John realized one of our propane tanks was empty. When he went outside in the sun to switch to the other one, he said “it’s warmer outside than it is in here.”
Thank you, Lord, for another of Your tendermercies…time with each other and time with Brett and Angie, enjoying your creation.