Archive for July, 2010

A time away to refresh

July 28, 2010

We all need some time away from our regular work to refresh ourselves. We had met a couple in a local church that invited us to go camping with them a few hours drive north out of Nampa with a few others. We were in need of some quiet time away so agreed to meet up with everyone at the campground.

We drove through some beautiful countryside. We traveled along the Payette River with many beautiful spots to stop and have our lunch. We did use one of them and then continued on our drive.

TRaveling alongside the Payette River in Idaho

Idaho has some gorgeous scenery!

Where the  Payette river widened out it looks like a lake.

Donna and Bud invited us. They are one of the friendliest couples we have met in many years. We are blessed to call them new friends of ours.

Bud and Donna

We met others along the way. We were in all kinds of camping gear, from a tent, tent pop up trailer to a small trailer and a small motor home and our rig.

Our rig among the Pines

Kent and I Relaxing

Kent and I relaxing

Some of those that “camped” with us.

Ralph & Martha

Ralph & Martha

Jayson and Nicole

Jason and Nicole

April and Mark playing cards
April and Mark

And beside us on Saturday a couple pulled in a homebuilt camper. We were fascinated to see his construction and their bed in a box! Here are some pictures of his very creative invention.

Creative camper

Interior of their homebuilt camper

Ron and Sherre were a very friendly couple too. We do hope to see them again.

Ron & Sherre

So we were a varied group. All couples and we all enjoyed playing games, eating good food and being around the campfire in the evening and lots of talking.

We had a great weekend with the group and they all left on Sunday afternoon. Kent and I had decided to stay a few extra days to rest a bit more. Good idea, and then Monday afternoon I came down with something like flu. I have been alternating sweating from fever and cold with chills and weak and achy and congestion in my chest. But I do think I am on the other side of it and will be feeling better tomorrow. I sure have slept a lot in the past few days so I am feeling rested. And we are going back to Nampa tomorrow and back to our routine.

I can still say Thank you God for some time away to refresh!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

New pics on flight post

July 21, 2010

Check out my last post for some new pictures. Kent thought I should have one of the entire plane..so I added some pictures. Enjoy!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

A Wonderful Surprise!

July 20, 2010

As I was working a few days ago and Kent came to find me and asked me, “Do you want to go for a plane ride? Of course, I dropped everything as I LOVE to go for a plane ride anytime!!

What was going on was that the mechanics had made some adjustments on the new plane, a Kodiak, which is specifically designed for Missionary flying. It is a fairly new design and not many of them are around. Kent nor I had a chance to ride in one before. So we were particularly excited! They wanted to simulate a full flight similar to what conditions would be on the mission field. It is a 10 passenger plane and so we helped fill it up.

Here is the Kodiak and we are waiting to go for the ride.

Pic of Kodiak

I can’t stop smiling!

Enjoying the flight!

I was so excited!!! They wanted to do some dirt airstrip landings. That was fun even though it is a bit more rough. But they needed to test the modifications. And we did have a nick in the propeller when we got back on the ground. So you can see they need these flights. Apparently the missionaries around the world that are flying the Kodiaks also are having trouble with the propellers too on dirt strip.

You can see this airstrip is pretty close to the Snake River, which gives it a more authentic for the mission field.

Landing strip near the Snake river

Yes that little brown line that looks like a road on the top of that flat looking hillside was our airstrip. We landed there twice to give the pilot more feeling for the modifications and with a full flight.

The Snake River was just below us which is what you see here.

Snake River

Pictures of the dashboard. Three computer monitors. Very different than most small planes.

Left hand dashboard

Right Hand Dashboard

Back on the ground and still smiling!

After the flight on the Kodiak

If you like airplanes you might want to check out the web site for the Kodiak. It is a pretty awesome plane especially for mission flying. It is at: http://www.questaircraft.com/

The pilot did a great job and we all enjoyed it tremendously. We just happened to be at the right place at the right time. Thank YOU God for surprises!

Jan for the Roaming Reimers

Independence Day Memories

July 2, 2010

We are staying in Nampa, Idaho for this July 4th weekend. We will go “camping” later in the month when there may be less people.

As I was working today I was thinking back over the years that Kent and I have celebrated July 4th. Here are some of my musings.

Our second year of marriage, we lived in Tennessee for Kent to attend Moody Aviation. That was 1976, and there was a huge celebration in Philadelphia for the bicentennial since our country became a country. We watched some of the festivities on TV as we could not be there in person. That was a good reminder of our freedoms as a country.

We did celebrate July 4th while living in Brazil. Although it sure feels funny to want to celebrate and only your few American friends even understand.

But I would say the most memorable celebration of July 4th was in 1988. We had just come back into the US after 4 years living in Brazil. We were with Kent’s brother and his family in St Louis, Missouri. That city has a huge celebration that lasts for several days. There was a fair like atmosphere with rides and lots of booths selling fair stuff. There also was an Air Show with the prominent airplane being the Harrier. We had never seen it in action and with Kent being a pilot we really enjoyed that part. It was amazing that a jet could “Hover”. Now of course there are much bigger and different airplanes. But that was one of our fun memories.

We enjoyed all the fair type food and what was really funny was that a TV crew happened along when our families were eating. They asked us where we came from for the fair…well, we answered honestly “Brazil!” They decided to tape us eating and put it on the evening news, as we were the foreign visitors. Hah!

So we were enjoying this thoroughly American event after years of being out of the country. BUT the best thing was the fireworks sitting under the arch and having the fireworks framed in the Arch with a live Orchestra playing Patriotic music in the background. We especially loved the song “I’m Proud to be an America by Lee Greenwood. As they played that song I cried. I was so happy to be back in MY Country and to be allowed to be proud of what I am, An American. After the years in Brazil where I had to watch what I said about America etc. It was such a treat! I hope you can understand how we all felt at that moment. Very special memories!

We also had great memories from our years in Kansas City, Missouri. We had a very good celebration just a few miles from our house. They held a concert of all kinds of music and also honored all branches of the service as they played their song. It was fun when one year one of our kid’s friends had just come from boot camp with the Marines and he got to stand up for his service. Then when it got dark enough the town held a very good 40 minute long fireworks display while the orchestra played patriotic music throughout.

So now you know some of my memories as I was thinking about these July 4th celebrations that stood out in our memories. I do pray that you will find some way to celebrate, and most of all remember to thank God that you live in this great country. May God Bless you and America.

Happy July 4th,

Jan for the Roaming Reimers