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Welcome to the travels of Doug and Nada. We love the Lord and are traveling full-time in our motorhome with our German Shepherd, Homer. Homer is the star attraction wherever we stop and he gets us talking and sharing with many people. DON'T FORGET: YOU CAN ENLARGE EACH PHOTO BY CLICKING ON THE PHOTO! The newest blog post is at the top and they go back in time as you scroll down. If you want to see each photo larger, you can just click on the photo and it will enlarge. If you decide to leave a comment, don't forget to sign it so we know who left it. ;-) Folks: This site is under continual construction as we travel and see this beautiful country. Check back for more updates and photos. Thanks for visiting with us! May God bless your day!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

AIG Creation Museum

We headed north from Nashville and stopped at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY - It is right across the river from Cincinnati, OH. We were late getting there so we didn't have the chance to see the outside exhibits, but we could see the beauty of the lake from Noah's Cafe where we grabbed a quick meal.

The following photos are a few of museum.

Nashville, TN 8/17-20/2010

One of the main purposes of our trip was to take Oma to visit with her nieces who are Doug's cousins, Stormie and Sue, and their families. Oma had not seen them for 13 years and Doug and I had not seen them for 4 years (We had stopped for a short visit on our way to south Texas for a month during the winter of 2006). Here is a photo of all of us at Sue and Louie's house. Derek (in the front) is a photographer and he took this great photo of all of us.

The first night we were in Nashville, we joined Sue and Louie and their kids who were in town for their traditional "Taco Tuesday" dinner. Stephanie and Derek were there along with Stephanie's daughter, Lolo. She is a special little girl! Her daddy, Jeremy, is on his second tour of duty in Iraq and Stephanie is expecting another baby while he is over there. Matt, Sue and Louie's other son was already at college at the Univ. of Tennessee. Doug had fun telling them his "make fun of U T jokes."

The second night, Louie cooked a feast for the whole family. That is when the family photo was taken. He grilled salmon, steelhead, shrimp, scallops, and steak on the grill. It was delicious beyond words!

Of course, the dogs were ostracized to the basement. In this photo, Stanford is peaking under the gate at the top of the steps.

Above is a photo of Stephanie and Oma and below is Sue and Oma.

Above is Stormie, Oma, and me. Below is Stormie and Oma.

Above is a Stormie and Oma. Below is Stormie and Sue, sisters, with their Aunt Aurie who we call Oma.

Above is Amanda and her mother Stornie with Sue. Below is Michael, Stormie's husband.

Above is Michael and Stormie's son, Chris and his girlfriend, Paige. It turns out it is a small world.... Paige went to high school in Doylestown, PA with Doug's and my nephew, Jesse. We were all astounded that we ended up meeting.

Above is a photo of Amanda (Stormie and Michael's daughter), Dallas (Amanda's boyfriend), Louie and Sue. Below is a terrible photo of Stormie and Michael's house. Stormie does her writing here and Michael has his recording studio here. It was really interesting to see a working recording studio.

The folowing photos show some of Michael's detail work on his train layout. It fills a 16' x 20' room. He has built all the structures and vehicles in the layout. It is magnificient! His attention to detail is amazing.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pigeon Forge, TN 8/16/10

We ended up doing a circle trip. We traveled down I-81 and stopped in Sevierville, TN at Ripplin' Waters campground. Then on to Nashville to visit cousins, Stormie and Sue and their families. Then we headed north to the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY on our way home.

After arriving in Sevierville and getting the RV set-up, we headed to Pigeon Forge in the car for the 6 PM show at Dixie Stampede. On the way, we stopped at Christmas Place. It is a store that has every imaginable item for Christmas. The photo below is Doug and Oma outside Christmas place.

Doug loved all the various little village winter scenes. He especially like the the animated hockey game on the pond below.

Our next stop was Dixie Stampede.

They have a pre-show in the Carriage Room with Blue Grass music. These three guys are national champions on their respective instruments. They are quite funny, too!

After the Pre-show in the Carriage Room, you are ushered into the Arena for the main show. Since dinner is served, you are seated at tables all facing the arena so you can eat while the show is going on.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Josh and Oma

Josh stopped by to say goodbye to us. We are heading down I-81 today toward Nashville. Doug's mom, who we call Oma, is traveling with us to visit her nieces, Sue and Stormie, who live in Nashville. We're going to take the drive in leisurely segments with a stop in Pigeon Forge to see a show tomorrow night and then on to Nashville on Tuesday. Here are some photos of Josh and Oma.

Joshua's new bike

Our son, Josh, got a new motorcycle. He has had everything from ATVs to dirt bikes to street bikes. This is a new off road bike and he is enjoying riding it. He stopped by our campground to show us his new ride.

Naturally, Homer had to inspect the bike too!