Welcome to Vega, Texas!
Our first taste of “Smalltown, USA” was the delightful little town of Vega, Texas. With a population of about 900, a darling old Main Street, and the friendliest butcher you’ve ever met, Vega begs you to forget your plans and just stay forever. Fortunately for all my blog followers, the excessive heat reminded me to get back into our air conditioned RV and keep moving. But not before we made friends and took pictures with the butcher, her sweet daughter, and the lady at the post office…who happens to be the butcher’s aunt. Gotta love small towns!
Overflowing Joy at an Arizona Overlook
After several days of driving in the heat, sleeping in the parking lots of Walmart, and traveling hundreds of miles a day, we had about a 30-minute gift from the Lord at this scenic overlook in Arizona. As you can see from the photos, the view was breathtaking and we all felt our spirits lift. How kind of God to have given us this opportunity to travel the country as a family!
I am NOT a dancer, but on this day, my joy overflowed and I just had to dance. I’m working on getting this video set to music, but enjoy my silliness as is! (Mom, click on the underlined words above.)
Crossing the Surface of Mars
Good thing we were refreshed in Arizona, because as soon as we crossed into California, we were on a different planet. Some may call it the desert, but I am convinced we crossed the surface of Mars. Just as we began our ascent into the mountains, we were greeted with a friendly sign that advised us to avoid overheating our vehicle by turning off the AC for the next 10 miles. Oh boy. Friends, it was 111 degrees and we were pulling 28,000 pounds uphill at 30 mph. With the windows closed and no AC. For 10 miles. I don’t really know exactly where we were, but I think I remember some signs that said something about “devil” and “death”. The video of our trek through the desert mountains on Route 8 is a little long, but its a pretty good snapshot of a family experience we will never forget.
Refreshment in Paradise (during the heat wave, but its a dry heat)
How relieved we were to finally see the palm trees and terracotta roofs of San Diego! My first thought was, “We have arrived in Paradise!” Sure enough, the last two weeks we have finally slowed down and rested in a lovely shady campsite surrounded by the sights and sounds of native wildlife. We have a fabulous neighbor who is a resident here and spends his quiet hours pursuing his own passion for writing. Daily we are the beneficiaries of all sorts of tips, not just on RV living, but on getting the kids going with their interests in writing and film making. Visits with friends and family, short day trips, and sitting around the air conditioned RV doing pretty much nothing has filled our days. I’m not sure what the staff at Ramona Oaks RV Resort thinks about the number of times we have asked to extend our stay, but we are getting some much needed refreshment and regrouping in preparation to head north this weekend. Please enjoy the photos, and comment below so we know you are following our journey! Knowing you are “with us” in spirit is a great comfort and encouragement as we adjust to our new life on the road.