New Leaves

Aug 11, 2013 by Bonnie

How Does One Describe Yellowstone?

If you really want to share in our Yellowstone experience, you need to look at this week’s photos on abj.smugmug.com. The album is called Van Trek August-2 2013. Even then, it’s impossible to convey the truly awesome marvels of God’s creation that we saw this week. Art kept saying, “I never thought I’d see this in person.”

…more

Aug 06, 2013 by Arthur

Close Encounter of the Awesome Kind

Close Encounter, the movie, was concerned about aliens visiting us from outer space. They met with we humans at Devils Tower. Everyone was impressed by the humans. But in our visit to Devils Tower, we were impressed with the awesomeness of our Creator God!

…more

Aug 05, 2013 by Arthur

Living Legends and Deadwood

Strange title, but it fits. Living Legend regards the monument to presidents that made an impact on our country and Deadwood is a gold rush town that went bust.

…more

Aug 04, 2013 by Bonnie

Badlands and Good People!

We had planned to just drive through the Badlands, but since we arrived mid-morning, we decided to check in at the campground ($8 for seniors, and no admission fee to the park), near the eastern end of the loop, drive through, see Wall Drug, and go back along the loop in the evening, stopping to watch the sunset.

…more

Aug 03, 2013 by Bonnie

South Dakota: Once More, Corn is King

Our visit to Nebraska was pretty much limited to Omaha. After visiting Union Station, and doing some letterboxing in a cemetery, we drove north along the Missouri River, which is the eastern border of the state, crossed the river again, and spent the night in Yankton, South Dakota. The next morning we drove up to Mitchell to see the Corn Palace, which is truly a unique enterprise.

…more

Aug 01, 2013 by Arthur

Out with the Old and In with the New

There are many folks who would agree with that statement and who would apply it across the board. There are other folks who might agree with the basic thought but who would selectively apply it. But what’s the correct stance to take? Is there a correct stance?

…more

Aug 01, 2013 by Bonnie

At the Missouri Crossing

After we left my brother Garry’s house in Boone, Iowa, we decided to spend two days in Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa, adjoining cities with the Missouri River running between them.

…more

Jul 30, 2013 by Bonnie

Iowa Impressions

We didn’t spend long in Iowa, but we still feel like we saw a lot.

…more

Jul 30, 2013 by Arthur

Space: the Final Frontier

That’s the opening line of most every Star Trek show. And it sorta fits this posting.

…more

Jul 27, 2013 by Bonnie

Chicago and Robie House

We spent Friday and Saturday in Chicago, wore out our feet, and in the process saw many amazing buildings and constructions. Millennium Park and the Loop were on Friday’s agenda, with Robie House and the University of Chicago campus on Saturday’s. From “The Bean” to Trump Tower, the Chicago Cultural Center to Robie House, we were impressed with all that is Chicago, and realized that one could spend months there and still not scratch the surface of this amazing city that literally rose from the ashes of the Great Fire.

…more

Jul 25, 2013 by Arthur

Indiana Dunes Adventure

Look out below! We're coming down!

…more

Jul 25, 2013 by Bonnie

Indiana Dunes Camping

When we decided to spend a few days visiting the Chicago area, we approached the venture with a little fear and trepidation, wondering just how we were going to be able to visit the city and learn how to get around. Fortunately, we got off the interstate when the sign directed us to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and stopped at the visitor center before trying to find a place to spend the night.

…more

Jul 24, 2013 by Bonnie

My Father’s Desk

For a few hours today, we’re in Clawson, working in the house where I grew up. And perhaps for the last time, I’m sitting at my father’s desk.

…more

Jul 23, 2013 by Arthur

Changes…for the Better

Not all change is bad. Some changes actually are good for us or help to bring light into darkness.

…more

Jul 22, 2013 by Bonnie

Excellence - The Meyer May House

Last week we visited the Meyer May house, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, in Grand Rapids. As we watched the video about the house’s restoration, and then toured the magnificently restored home, the word “excellence” kept coming to my mind.

…more