Happy Mother’s Day

mother's dayHappy Mother’s Day to all our lovely mothers out there.  I pray you are having a good day with your mother.  We are enjoying Tobin’s mother in Michigan.

And yes, we are still on the road steadily moving on our last leg of our USA adventure.  I just realized I left all of you hanging with my last post.  I left us still stranded out in the middle of Texas.  But the Lord has watched over us and we have been able to keep moving along.  I will continue the daily post in order to catch all of you up to our adventures.

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes.



USA (mis)Adventure Day 26

Monday morning we should have been on the road again on our way to Dallas, TX.  Instead our van’s misadventure continued as Tobin took it back to the shop who had done the work in order to see why the problem was not fixed.  After a couple more hours and 4 different mechanics looking at our van it was determined that 60% of the work that was done the previous day was completely unnecessary.  The good news was that some of our money was refunded but we still did not have the problem fixed.  We did get the recommendation of several other mechanics and Tobin began interviewing mechanics.  After much prayer we settled on a mechanic and made the appointment for first thing Tuesday morning.

We went back to the river walk and completed our tour.

USA (mis)Adventure Day 25

We have been so blessed and thankful that everything has gone so well for us on our trip.  But one thing I have not mentioned is that just as we came into San Antonio, our van began making a very bad grinding sound.  So we found ourselves in the very bad predicament of trying to find a mechanic on easter sunday.

Well, we did find someone and here our misadventure begins.

Thankfully not too far from our mechanic was a really nice hike/bike trail.  So for the next 2 hours we hiked around while our van was being fixed.

Once we got our van back we headed to the San Antonio river walk.  We decided to do the river boat tour of the river walk.

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DSCF9509 (600x800) DSCF9510 (800x199) It rained just before our river tour.  We learned that the river canal is regulated by 2 water gates that stop the flow of water or let the water out at varying speeds in order to maintain the water levels.  But as it can happen, unpredictable weather and human error can cause problems.  Today we experienced both.  The rain came down hard but was short-lived.  The gate operators, anticipating an overflow of water opened the gates too far and they actually began to drain the canals too low.  The canal is only about the 3 feet deep and soon our tour boat was beached at the bottom of the canal.  We were given a rain check on our ticket and can come back for another tour.  Don’t know if that will happen this time.DSCF9498 (800x600)A nice end to a day that started out very frustrating.  But although we had smiles on our faces and enjoyed a fun afternoon and evening, Tobin and I were still very worried because the after hours of labor and several hundred dollars worth of work, the van was still making the same grinding sound.

Where in the USA are the Dodges?

I realize that my last post was vague and gave the impression that our trip might be at an end.  Our van was repaired and we have continued on our journey.  It is amazing to realize that we have been on the road for 60 days today.

In order to catch all of you up and to continue the daily chronicle that I have started I will post individual posts for each day.

USA Adventure Day 24

day 24


We awoke bright and early Sabbath morning.  Tobin had gone online and decided it would be fun to visit Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church.DSCF9484 (800x600)

We felt very welcomed and enjoyed a very nice, very formal service.  It was neat to experience something different that what we are use to.

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After a little rest and as the sun was beginning to set we decided to go for a walk in downtown San Antonio.DSCF9488 (600x800)

The first place we found ourselves was the Alamo.  It was great to look at and remember the history connected with this place.

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A quiet and peaceful way to end the Sabbath.





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We are looking forward to coming back tomorrow and exploring the whole riverwalk.