Jan 16 2008

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Gallatin National Forest

We went to the Natural Bridge & Falls in the Gallatin National Forest
Big Timber and Reed Point, MT
Fishing on the Madison River

Flyfishing on the Madison River where we saw a moose on the far bank of the Madison
Ennis, MT
Ennis, MT

Downtown Ennis, MT
Ennis, MT
Madison Valley Baptist Church

We visited Madison Valley Baptist Church and our dear friend Maria Lake
Ennis, MT
Ennis, Montana

We left West Yellowstone, MT driving through Idaho arriving in Ennis, MT
Ennis, MT
Yellowstone Natl Park

We left Cody, WY along the Shoshone River into Yellowstone National Park on to West Yellowstone, MT
Cody, WY Shoshone River, Yellowstone, West Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park

Our first day in the park
Yellowstone National Park, WY
On the Way to Cody, WY

We are on the way to Cody, WY on the Beartooth Highway (Pass) Elavation 10,947 ft.
Montana and Wyoming
Little Bighorn Battlefield near Crow Agency, MT

Custer's Last Stand
Little Bighorn Battlefield
Telluride, Colorado and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Montrose, CO

Rocky Mountain High! This is a collection of photos taken at Telluride Resort during pre-Fourth of July 2012. We also visited Ridgeway, CO home of the True Grit Cafe where the opening scenes of John Wayne's "True Grit" were filmed and also the hanging scene was filmed in the park across the street. Ridgeway is also the hometown of the late Dennis Weaver. We then toured Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park outside of Montrose, Colorado.
Colorado
Great Smoky Mountains Train Ride

Today we drove to Bryson City, NC to take the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Adventure to Nantahala Gorge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. During the trip we traveled along the Little Tennessee and Nantahala Rivers across Fontana Lake. The rafters and kayakers were out in full force and the scenery was beautiful.
Nantahala Gorge
Chattooga River and Blue Ridge Parkway

Twenty seven years ago Rita and I rafted Section 3 of the Chattooga River near Clayton, GA. Section 3 was where the movie "Deliverance" was filmed. We made the trip with Colonial Heights Baptist Church of Jackson, MS. We stayed at "The Small Motel" in Clayton, GA. We have now returned to Clayton and found The Small Motel which has been closed and is now occupied by a used car garage and lot. We also journeyed The Blue Ridge Parkway from Balsam through the Pisgah National Forest. Oh my, the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is magnificant.
Chattooga River Clayton, GA and The Blue Ridge Highway in NC
Highlands, NC

Again we made another twelve mile trip into the mountains to Highlands, NC. Beautiful pictures of the Cullasaja Falls in the Nantahala National Forest. Beautiful mountain flowers and cool mountain air is abundant.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Our journey took us to Cherokee, NC where we entered the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.We drove along the Tuckasegee River making our way to Cherokee. As we entered the Great Smoky Mountains National Park we followed the Oconaluftee River all the way past Smokemont.
Cherokee, North Carolina
Franklin, NC and Highlands, NC

We are headed into North Carolina from Desoto State Park, Alabama. We are camped at the Cullasaja RV Park on the Cullasaja River about twelve miles from The Highlands, North Carolina. We are enjoying much cooler weather here in North Carolina. These pictures include our trip into North Carolina to Franklin and onto Highlands, NC.
Desoto State Park and ALABAMA

We visited the newly upgraded Desoto State Park in Fort Payne, AL. Of course we saw the band ALABAMA s Fan Club where their tour bus was parked with all of their tractor trailers to haul their equipment. We visited the lifesize statues of the band ALABAMA who were from Ft. Payne. We also visited Desoto Falls at Lookout Mountain.
Fort Payne, AL
East Entrance to Glacier Natl Park 2011

We went through East Glacier, MT then took Hwy 89 at Browning, MT to Two Medicine into the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. We entered Glacier Park at Saint Mary Village following Saint Mary Lake on Going-to-the-Sun Road as far as Jackson Glacier Overlook. We saw Elk, Black Bear and cub, Big Horn Mountain Sheep and two Bull Moose. What a beautiful day to enjoy God's Great Outdoor Blessings.
East Glacier, MT
Glacier National Park 2011

Today was spent soaking up the beauty of Glacier National Park through the West Entrance at West Glacier, MT
Glacier National Park
Kalispell, Montana to Canada

Today we traveled from Kalispell north on Hwy 93 to the Canadian Border stopping at Murphy Lake, Dickey Lake, and the Stillwater River.
Eureka, Montana
Reno, Sacramento, Portland, Whitefish 2011

Reno Nevada to Sacramento, California to Portland, OR to Whitefish, MT on the California Zephyr, Coast Starlight, and the Empire Builder
Reno, NV
On the Way to Lake Tahoe, CA

We are on the way from Paradise, CA to Lake Tahoe, CA and then on to Carson City the capitol of Nevada. We traveled north on US Hwy 395 visiting beautiful June Lake then on to South Lake Tahoe, CA. Departing Lake Tahoe we ran into a snow storm that almost crippled us. It dropped from 58 degrees to 32 degrees and the highways became trecherous with freezing rain. We finally made it to Carson City, Nevada for the night. Thank you Lord for keeping us safe.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Death Valley National Park

From Bishop, CA to Badwater Basin, California deep into Death Valley National Park in one day. What a drive! We passed Mt. Whitney (14494 ft) the highest elevation in the continental US. Our first stop in the park was Father Crowley Vista near Panamint Springs. Next stop was Stovepipe Wells Village where the National Park Campground is. There was only one motorcoach parked there. Then we went to the Sand Dunes. These sand dunes were the location for the opening scenes of Star Wars….you remember R2D2 was running around in the sand. We traveled to the "Twenty Mule Team Borax Trail" near Furnace Creek Village for lunch. Our last stop was at Badwater Basin the lowest elevation in the United States at 282 ft. below sea level. Death Valley is beautiful but terribly hot.
Death Valley National Park
Bishop and Mammoth Lakes, California 2011

Driving south on US Hwy 395 from Reno to Bridgeport to Mono Lake, June Lake, Crowley Lake, and Convict Lake. See the photo for explanation of Convict Lake. We toured Mammoth Lakes and Mammoth Lakes Ski Area. They have so much snow that they will be skiing on July 4th. My Sister and brother-in-law live in Paradise (that's right) a little community outside of Bishop, CA and both work in Mammoth Lakes.
Mammoth Lakes, CA
2010 RV Mission Trip Rocky Mountain National Park

We toured Rocky Mountain National Park just outside of Estes Park, CO. On Sunday we went to church at Estes Park Baptist Church (SBC) and enjoyed fellowship with them at the church in Estes Park. Tomorrow we start making our way back towards home.
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
2010 RV Mission Trip Cody, WY to Douglas, WY

Monster Lake outside of Cody holds many memories for Rita and me. Three fishing trips there netted beautiful rainbows, cuts, and cutbows for both of us. The drive was so beautiful from Thermopolis on through the Wind River Canyon. The canyon is located on the Wind River Indian Reservation. The Reservation is home to the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes. The beautiful Wind River "runs through it".
Cody, WY
2010 RV Mission Trip Cody, WY and Yellowstone National Park

Today we visited the grave site of Jeremiah "Liver Eating" Johnson. The grave of Jeremiah Johnson was relocated to Old Trail Town of Cody, WY on June 8, 1974. The movie "Jeremiah Johnson" was based on the life of John Johnson known as "Jeremiah Johnson". Robert Redford played the role of Johnson and attended the reburial service as a pallbearer on June 8, 1974. We then toured the Shoshone National Forest and the Shoshone River leading us to the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. Wildlife was everywhere and it was 28 degrees and snowing at Yellowstone. It was a horrible day to visit this beautiful National Park.
Cody, WY
2010 RV Mission Trip Ennis, MT to Cody, WY

Ennis, MT is in the beautiful Madison Valley of southern Montana. The wind was horrible but the weather was beautiful. We visited Madison Valley Baptist Church in Ennis where it was just two years ago we were among the first teams to start building their new sanctuary. It is so beautiful and only lacks a few stones and rocks to be finished. On the way to Cody, Wyoming we visited with our dear friends Philip and Cindy Land in Big Timber, MT. What a blessing to be with them again.
Ennis, MT
2010 RV Mission Trip Bannack, Wisdom, Sula, MT

We visited Bannack State Park which was the first capitol (and first Governor's Mansion) of Montana from around 1877.Then we went to Wisdom, MT of which I last visited in June of 1966. Oh how I can tell you stories about my visit to Wisdom in 1966. At Wisdom, I had "Rocky Mountain Oysters" for lunch. Then we went to the Big Hole National Battlefield where the Nez Perce Native Americans were slaughtered by the US Army….so sad. Next stop was Sula, Montana where the famous picture was made in August of 2000 when the beautiful Bitterroot Mountains burned. Today, destruction is still so evident.
Bannack State Park, Wisdom, Big Hole National Battlefield, and Sula, MT
2010 RV Mission Trip Idaho Falls, ID to Dillon, MT

Today we traveled from the falls of Idaho Falls, Idaho into my beautiful State of Montana crossing the Beaverhead River on into the Dillon, MT KOA.
Dillon, MT
2010 RV Mission Trip Capitol Reef National Park

We spent today touring Capitol Reef National Park just outside of Torrey, Utah. The beauty is a gift from God!
Capitol Reef National Park, Torrey Utah
2010 RV Mission Trip Bryce Canyon National Park

Toured Bryce Canyon today. It was a wonderful 56 degrees and snow was still all around. It was "National Park Week" and admission to all National Parks this week is free. God's beauty is everywhere and His presence is with us here.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
2010 RV Mission Trip Zion National Park

We spent the day touring Zion National Park. God's beauty is overwhelming.
Zion National Park, Utah
2010 RV Mission Trip Madison, MS to Las Vegas, Nevada

Our tour and these pictures take us from Madison, MS to Rayne, LA to San Antonio, TX to Austin, TX to Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Tombstone, AZ (Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and the OK Corral) to Black Canyon City, AZ to and over Hoover Dam and on through to Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tombstone, AZ
Madison, MS to Las Vegas, Nevada
Fall in Fall Creek Falls State Park Cumberland Mountains Tennessee

Fall has arrived at Fall Creek Falls State Park in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee. The colors are beautiful, even more so than in the Great Smoky Mountains. Oh, what beautiful colors GOD has created for our viewing pleasure!
Fall Creek Falls State Park
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

RVing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Color changes of the trees are so beautiful in the fall of 2009 in the Smoky Mountains. GOD's artistic plans are in process.
Gatlinburg, Townsend, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Heading Home The Last Segment

This was the final segment of our trip. I knew we were getting close while in Arkansas. I knew we were much closer when I saw the state sign Tennessee. I knew I was back home when I saw Elvis Presley Boulevard and then saw Graceland. Then low and behold I saw that beautiful sign that said "Welcome to Mississippi". God delivered us throughout our trip. Praise His Name!
Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas and Oklahoma

Palo Duro Canyon State Park at Canyon, Texas is called "The Grand Canyon of Texas". It is truly justified in calling it that name. It is just as beautiful as can be…..But, it is hot, no cell coverage, no WiFi, and no sewer at campsites. You do have rattlesnakes, bobcats, and plenty of cactus in the surroundings. It really does remind you of camping at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. From there , we departed Amarillo heading to Elk City, OK to the National Route 66 Museum for a tour.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Texas
Taos, NM and Rio Grande River

These pictures were made on our all day venture from Glorieta to Taos, New Mexico. We took the "High Road to Taos" (through the mountains) on the way to Taos and the "Low Road to Taos" back to Glorieta. Pictures of the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge across the Rio Grande River are also in this album as well as pictures of the Plaza area of Taos.
Taos, NM
Pecos National Historical Park and Pecos River, New Mexico

Pecos National Historical Park is located about eight miles east of Glorieta, New Mexico. The park is home to the ruins of the 18th century Mission Church and Pecos pueblos. The ruins date from 1450 to around 1550. After touring the ruins we followed the Pecos River through the Santa Fe National Forest and had a picnic lunch of BBQ along the Pecos River. The weather was delightful for a tour of Holy Ghost Campground. Now, that's my kinda campground.
Pecos National Historical Park, NM
Santa Fe, New Mexico

An afternoon of shopping at the Plaza in Old Santa Fe. Oh, how I love that shopping.
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe and Glorieta, New Mexico

We cruised into New Mexico stopping to eat lunch at the famous Earl's Restaurant in Gallup, NM. Loaded down with wonderful food from Earl's our next destination was Albuquerque then on to Santa Fe, New Mexico. We visited Glorieta for the day as well.
Santa Fe & Glorieta, New Mexico
Petrified Forest National Park

The Petrified Forest is best known for its fossils but it is also a living park. The grasslands support hundreds of plant and animal species. The dominant plants are grasses which include over five dozen native species. The tour of the National Park begins with a tour through The Painted Desert.
Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona
Winslow, AZ

Rita spent her birthday today "on the corner in Winslow, Arizona." Here are pictures from that corner in Winslow, AZ that the Eagles sing about in "Take it Easy".
Winslow, AZ
Sedona, AZ

South of Flagstaff lies the Oak Creek Canyon area. We traveled through this area on our way to Sedona, AZ. Sedona reminds me of Gatlinburg but it was 104 degrees in Sedona. Sedona's landscape is the same Arizona landscape…red sandstone. The drive into and through Sedona was beautiful.
Sedona, AZ
Grand Canyon National Park

We took the Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, AZ to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The day was spent in awesome beauty at the Grand Canyon. I could have taken ten-thousand pictures but I did not do so. The canyon's beauty can be seen in these few pictures.
Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon Village
Page to Williams, AZ

South of Page, AZ we traveled to Flagstaff then on to Williams, AZ where we will take the train to the Grand Canyou South Rim. About thirty minutes out of Page we went through what the Navajo call "Beginning Grand Canyon". We arrived Williams, AZ and we will board the train to spend the day at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Traveling from Page, AZ to Williams, AZ
Fishing on Lake Powell

Fishing on Lake Powell was enjoyable. We caught stripper bass in the range of 3-4 pounds. We were guided by Kyran Keisling on board the "This Side of That".
Lake Powell at Page, AZ
Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Lake Powell

These pictures are of Lake Powell through the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. We boarded the boat at Lake Powell Resort and Marina and cruised forty-eight miles to the Rainbow Bridge National Monument. Rainbow Bridge is 290 feet high and spans 275 feet. Native Americans lived there thousands of years ago. Today, it is a National Monument.
Lake Powell
Gray Mesa, AZ Page, AZ

These photos were taken on the way from Monument Valley to Page, AZ. Three Navajo women and two of their youngsters prayed to receive Christ at our stop along the way. It was a wonderful day to be a Child of Christ.
Page, AZ
Monument Valley, AZ and UT

Two days of the most beautiful scenery ever. The beauty of the monuments was breathtaking. But, the most important thing is that GOD made these beautiful monuments. HE made them with the touch of HIS fingertip, with HIS breath and for our enjoyment. HE loves us so much to give us such beauty to enjoy.
Monument Valley, AZ,UT
Four Corners Monument

Four Corners point is the point where four states…Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet. This site has been challenged and when I asked the money collector about that she said "we have heard rumors about that but your government has not informed our government of the error." So there is your explanation.
Four Corners Monument and Navajo Tribal Park
Mesa Verde National Park Cortez, CO

Mesa Verde National Park is a landscape of canyons, mesas, red rock formations and juniper covered hills. Major archaeological sites of the Puebloan civilization have been found around Mesa Verde. These sites date back to around 1200 AD.
Mesa Verde National Park
Needles Overlook Canyonlands

We departed Moab, Utah and drove south to Cortez, Colorado. We stopped off and visited Needles Overlook of Canyonlands National Park, Utah. This National Park is Utah's largest National Park. Our journey took us back in to Colorado at Cortez, CO. More beautiful Great Outdoor Blessings.
Needles Overlook of Canyonlands National Park
Caynonlands National Park in a 4 X 4

These pictures were taken from a 4 X 4 wheel drive van. We traveled the back way and entered the Canyonlands at the lower elevation and drove to the upper elevations of "Island in the Sky" section of Canyonlands National Park. The sights were most beautiful and the scenery was truly Great Outdoor Blessings. Canyonlands National Park is a very large and beautiful National Park. GOD created another beautiful sight for us to see.
Canyonlands National Park, Moab, Utah
Movies

A message to you from Great Outdoor Blessings in beautiful Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. This is a message to you as a “Precious Gift” through the Blood of Jesus.
Colorado River Canyonlands Sunset Tour

This collection of pictures was taken from a boat trip on the Colorado River outside of Moab, UT. The river winds through the Canyonlands surrounding Moab. It was about a 28 mile round trip. Afterwards we were treated to a wonderful BBQ dinner.
Colorado River Moab, UT
Arches Nat'l Park and Moab, Utah

Arches National Park is the most beautiful National Park I have ever seen. Arches is located 5 miles north of Moab, Utah. Formations are made of sandstone. Delicate Arch, Balanced Rock, Devil's Garden and many more formations can be seen in this group of pictures. There is one photo enclosed in this file where I show you the temperature guage on our radio. It was 107 degrees when we went through the park. No this was not the heat index. The heat was horrible but the humidity made it tolerable. These pictures include scenes from Moab as well.
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Dinosaur National Monument, Flaming Gorge Dam & Reservoir, Ashley Recreational Area, Utah

We camped in Dinosaur, Colorado and drove over the State Line into Utah. We did the auto tour through Dinosaur National Monument. Next we drove to Flaming Gorge Reservoir in northeastern Utah. Oh, what Great Outdoor Blessings we saw today.
Dinosaur National Monument and Flaming Gorge, Utah
Devils Tower and Sundance, WY

We are camped at the base of Devils Tower at Devils Tower KOA in beautiful Wyoming. The campground is settled at the entrance to Devils Tower. The KOA campground was the very filming location for the movie "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" by Stephen Spilberg. The campground was not there at the time of the filming but this was the location for the filming and set of the movie. We drove back into Sundance, Wyoming where the Sundance Kid took his name from the town.
Devils Tower, Wyoming
Wind Cave National Park, Custer State Park

Today, our journey took us through Wind Cave National Park to Custer then on to Mammouth Caves at Hot Springs, SD then back through Custer State Park. We saw all kinds of wildlife as you can see.
Wind Cave National Park and Custer State Park, South Dakota
Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer State Park, Ft. Hays (Dances with Wolves)

Pictures are worth a thousand words. These photos tell so many stories!
Mt. Rushmore, Iron Mountain Road, Custer State Park, Cathedral Spires, Needles Highway
1880 Train Hill City to Keystone

We traveled on an old 1880 steam engine train from Hill City to Keystone, SD. My goodness, how beautiful the Black Hills of South Dakota are.
Hill City, SD
Badlands National Park, South Dakota

Tour of Badlands National Park in South Dakota
Badlands National Park
RV Mission Tour 2009

Departed on our first annual Mission Tour June 23rd, 2009. These pictures were taken through July 1, 2009.
Memphis, TN to Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota
Camping at Grand Gulf Military Park

Camping with the Mississippi Travel Trailer Club at Grand Gulf Military Park in Port Gibson, MS.
Grand Gulf Military Park, Port Gibson, MS
Blogger Pictures

Tom Sawyer's RV Park on the Mississippi

Beautiful RV park right on the Mississippi River with Memphis, TN in the background
West Memphis, AR
Welcome to the Blog of Rita and John Williams

Day Ten Journey in the Holy Land 2009

On our last day we go deep into the City of David, the narrow hill near the Western Wall where Jerusalem "began". We viewed walls, towers, and fortifications that protected the city from enemies, pass through the water systems, and we viewed dwelling places of the city.This was a walking tour deep into caves and narrow rock paths. We visited the Pool of Siloam. John 9:6-11 We visited the Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum). This museum documents many forms of the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust period. For our final tour, we visited the Garden Tomb area. This is where I truly believe Jesus was taken to Skull Hill (Golgatha) crucified, then his body was buried in a Garden Tomb. John 19:16-18 John 19:38-42 Luke 23:32-33 Luke 23:53-55 Mark 15:22-24 Mark 15:43-47 Matthew 27:33 Matthew 27:57-61 For our close of the tour, Dr. John Temple led us in the Lord's Supper next to the Garden Tomb of Jesus.
City of David, Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum), Gordon's Calvary, Golgotha, Garden Tomb
Day Nine Journey in the Holy Land 2009

Today we visited the Old City and follow the steps of Jesus at the Church of the Condemnation where Pilate had his Judgement Hall where Jesus was imprisoned and took up His cross. We then follow the steps of Jesus to death on the cross Via Dolorosa. Our visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre provided confusion as to the real site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. At the Temple area we visited the Western Wall (at one time called the Wailing Wall). We visited Mount Zion and the traditional Room of the Last Supper. Mark 14:13-18 The room was also thought to be the place where the apostles gathered after the Ascension Acts 1:12-24 Many Bible scholars believe that the Upper Room was the home of John Mark's mother.
Old City Jerusalem, Israel, Via Dolorosa, Western Wall, Mt. Zion (Upper Room), Pool of Bethesda
Day Eight Journey in the Holy Land 2009

Today we visit the Mount of Olives again.We gather at Bethphage. This is the path Jesus took along side of the Mount of Olives as He made His triumphal entry into the city riding a donkey. Matthew 21:1-11 Mark 11:1-11 We visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was betrayed by Judas and arrested. John 18:1-11 Matthew 26: 47-50 Here Jesus said to his disciples, "sit here while I pray". Mark 14:32-42 Next we travel to Bethlehem and to the Church of the Nativity. The church is erected over a cave which Helena, mother of Constantine, believed to be the site where Christ was born. Along the way we drive by the Field of Shephards where the angel announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds. Luke 2:8-14 Bethlehem was called the "City of David". Later Jerusalem was called "the City of David." It was in Bethlehem where Samuel anointed David as king.
Jerusalem, Israel and Bethlehem
Day Seven Journey in the Holy Land 2009

Today we toured the Jordan River near "Bethany beyond the Jordan". This is not the Bethany on the Mount of Olives. John 1:28-29 John 10:40 This is also where the Israelites camped along the Jordan across from Jericho. Numbers 22:1 John the Baptist came here preaching "repentance" and the coming of the Lord. Matthew 3:5 Mark 1:8 Luke 3:3 All of Jerusalem came down to hear him preach. Luke 3:3-6 Jesus is baptized by John on this site. Matthew 3:13 Mark 1:9-11 Luke 3:21-22 Next, we visit Masada where a cable car carried us to the top of Masada, Herod's fabulous desert fortress. We can see New Testament Jericho. We also visited Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls stored in jars were discovered in 1947 in caves by a shepard. We drive along the Dead Sea as we travel to Jerusalem for four nights stay.
Bethany (not the Bethany at the Mt.of Olives), Masada, Dead Sea, Qumran
Day Six Journey in the Holy Land 2009

Today is spent at the "rose-red" capital of the Nabateans…The City of Petra. Scenes from "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" movie was filmed in front of the Treasury in Petra. Petra is located about fifty miles south of the Dead Sea in Jordan. Some Bible teachers believe the people of Israel will flee to Petra during the period of tribulation immediately preceding the return of Jesus Christ to earth to set up His kingdom. The teachers site these passages of Scripture to support their views. Isaiah 34:4-6 Isaiah 63:1 Matthew 24:15-16 Rev. 12:6
Then on to Amman, Jordan for overnight.
Petra-the "Rose-Red" City, Amman, Jordan
Day Five Journey in the Holy Land 2009

Jerash is located about 25 miles north of Amman, Jordan. The ancient city was named Gerasa also called Gadarenes. Matt. 8:28-34 Mark 5:1 Luke 8:26 Next stop beautiful Mount Nebo. The biblical event that occured here is described in Deuteronomy 34:1-12 It tells us that the Prophet Moses climed this holy mountain from the plains of Moab to the top of Pisgah at the end of his life to see the Promised Land-the Land of Milk and Honey. See Deuteronomy 32:48-52 Moses died in Moab at 120. The Lord buried him in the valley and no one knows where he is buried. We stood in the spot that Moses viewed the Promised Land and where he threw his staff and picked up the serpant. We also saw the Jabbok Stream (River) where God provided water for the Promised Land. It is here also that Jacob wrestled with a "man" (likely an angel). Genesis 32:22-32 We left Mount Nebo for Madaba where Rita bought her beautiful hand-carved olive wood Nativity scene. We then departed for Amman, Jordan for overnight.
Jordan- Jerash, Jabbok, Mount Nebo, Madaba
Day Four Journey in the Holy Land 2009

First stop was to see the "Jesus Boat" discovered in 1986. Then on to the Mt. of the Beatitudes and to the Chapel of the Beatitudes. Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 5:1-12 We then travel to Caesarea Philippi at the base of a massive rock cliff where Jesus said "I will build my church… Matthew 16:13-20 Mark 8:27 Next, Capernium was home to Jesus for 18-22 months. See Matthew 8:5-13 We then visit Peter's House in Capernium. Matthew 8:14-17 describes Jesus healing Peter's mother-in-law. In the synagogue near Peter's house Jesus delivered the "I am the Bread of life" message John 6:25-38 In Tagbha Jesus fed the 5000. John 6:1-12 We enjoyed a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee near the Golan Heights range then to a restaurant for lunch of "St. Peter's fish" with eyes and all. We traveled through Gadara in the Golan Heights where Matthew 8:28-34 describes the healing of two demon-possessed men and the cliff where the pigs ran off of into the Sea of Galilee.
Mount of Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Galilee, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Tiberias
Day Three Journey in the Holy Land 2009

Today we leave our hotel in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. John 6:1 John 21:1 You will see photos of the city of Nazareth with a photo of the Church of Annunciation commemorating the location where Mary was visited by the Archangel Gabriel to announce that she would be the mother of Jesus. Luke 1:26-33 We then travel to the top of Mount Precipice for breathtaking views of Nazareth and the Jezreel Valley. This is where the people of Nazareth responded angrily to Jesus' message and tried to kill him by throwing Him from the "Mount of Precipice". Luke 4:16-30 Luke 4:29 Next we toured Bet She'An renamed Scythopolis. Today archaeologists are uncovering the extensive ruins of Scythopolis.
1 Samuel 31:10-12 Finally the Jordan River for Baptizing. Today the Jordan River is not impressive. It is actully a small stream less than 50 feet wide most of the year. Much of the water that once fed the Jordan River is now used for irrigation. Jer. 12:5
Jer 49:19 Jer 50:44
Tiberias, Sea of Galilee, Mount Precipice, Bet Shean, River Jordan
Day Two Journey in The Holy Land 2009

Caesarea was built by Herord the Great between 28 B.C. and 13 B.C. You will see the oval-shaped hippodrome along the Mediterranean sea. This is where Charlton Heston chariot raced in the movie Ben Hur. You will see the Aqueduct ruins. Then we go to the top of Megiddo and view the Jezreel Valley. It is over this valley that the last battle of Armageddon will take place. In Nazareth we will walk in Nazareth Village just as Jesus lived his boyhood years. We will have lunch in Nazareth. From Nazareth we go to Mount Carmel where Elijah battled the prophets of Baal. Then on to our hotel at Tiberias.
See Acts 12:19-24 Acts 9:30 Acts 18:22 Acts 21:8-16 Acts 23:23-27 Revelation 16:13-16 1 Kings 18:19-40 Luke 2:41-52
Caesarea, Nazareth, Mount Carmel, Megiddo and Tiberias
Day One Journey in the Holy Land 2009

Israel is the Holy Land for evangelical Christians. To the Jew, it is the Holy Land of Promise. It is also a Holy Land to a vast Muslim world. Claims and counterclaims add confusion for the visitor. One must be deep in his/her faith to put scripture with sites and draw conclusions based on GOD's Holy Word. Please enjoy a day at a time as we take you deep into the Holy Land. May our journey of Great Outdoor Blessings begin now!
Israel and Jordan December 30, 2008 thru January 8, 2009
Paul B. Johnson State Park

We spent four days at the end of our Florida trip at Paul B. Johnson State Park in Hattiesburg, MS. This was our second visit with the Mississippi Travel Trailer Club. We enjoyed the fun, food and fellowship. We will be glad to get back home after this trip of two weeks.
Hattiesburg, Ms
"GreatOutdoorBlessings.com" in Destin, FL

I want to thank Eddie Davis (an excellent Airbrush Artist) in Destin, FL for the wonderful art work he did for "GreatOutdoorBlessings.com" on our portable satellite dish. Thank you Eddie for a job well done. It was on this trip to Florida that we had the priviledge to lead Mike Terpin in the Sinner's Prayer. The Lord led us to Mike at the Subway at the Oasis Travel Center, Exit 53 on I-10 in Alabama. Thank you Lord for this opportunity to share Jesus with Mike Terpin. On this trip, we have met wonderful Christian friends in Jim Paar as well as Jane and Carl Pierce.
Destin and Perdido Key, FL
Lake Lowndes State Park Labor Day Weekend 2008

Worship Services at Lake Lowndes State Park August 31, 2008
Columbus, MS & Lake Lowndes State Park
Askew's Landing Campground

We spent the weeked camping at Askew's Landing Campground outside of Edwards, Mississippi. We camped, had wonderful food, fellowship time, and devotional time with members of the Mississippi Travel Trailer Club.
Edwards, MS
Trace State Park

Trace State Park was a new adventure for us. We have camped all around the Tupelo, MS area but have never been to Trace State Park about 8 miles off of the Natchez Trace in Pontotoc County, MS. Trace State Park has two lakes of which two campgrounds surround.
Trace State Park, Pontotoc County, MS
Madison Valley Baptist Church Ennis, MT July 2008

Montana Missions Church Construction. This is part of our ministry with Great Outdoor Blessings. Madison Valley Baptist Church in Ennis, MT. We went from flooring the foundation to blacking in the roof and side decking. We were working with other members of Metro Baptist Association Churches to help build God's Kingdom. July 12 through July 19, 2008 Ennis, Montana. Notice in most all of the pictures the beautiful mountain ranges in the background.
Ennis, MT
Old Faithful, South Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park

We made a long big day of it today. We went straight to Grand Teton National Park then came back through the South Entrance of Yellowstone National Park and saw Old Faithful erupt. Old Faithful and the Grand Tetons are truly "Great Outdoor Blessings".
Near Jackson, WY Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone Northeast Entrance Shoshone Range of Wyoming Ennis, MT

Today we drove 331 miles from Billings to Ennis via Yellowstone Ntl Park. We weren't blessed to see a Moose today. Our prayer is for GOD to allow us to see moose for a picture. We did see a bald eagle nesting in Yellowstone. We crossed the Beartooth Pass. The Beartooth Highway is an All-American Road that has been called "the most beautiful drive in America," by late CBS correspondent Charles Kuralt. The Beartooth Highway is the section of US Hwy 212 between Red Lodge, MT and Cooke City, MT. It traces a series of steep zigzags along the MT-WY border to the 10,974 ft. high Beartooth Pass. The approximate elevation rise is from 5,200 to 8,000 ft. in 12 miles in the most daring landscapes. When driving from the east to the west, the highest parts of the Beartooth Highway level off into a wide plateau near the top of the pass, and then descend to where the Beartooth Highway connects to the Chief Joseph Scenic Byway near Cooke City, which forms the northeast gateway to Yellowstone.
Wyoming and Montana
Frannie, Wyoming, Pryor Mountain Range, Bridger, Montana

We went south today into Wyoming in hopes of going to the Pryor Mountain Range of Wild Horses. We didn't get there because we were told that the wild horses had gone to the top of the mountain range because of the heat. That part was only accessible by way of four wheelers up the mountain. Bridger, Montana is a beautiful small Montana town.
Wyoming and Montana
Pompeys Pillar Natl Monument - Little Bighorn Battlefield

We visited Pompeys Pillar National Monument where Cpt. William Clark of Lewis & Clark Expedition stopped on the return trip and carved his name and the date (July 25, 1806). His signature is the only remaining visible evidence on the trail. Yes, Rita and I did climb to the very top of Pompeys Pillar. Next we toured Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument where on June 25, 1876 Lt.Col. George A. Custer, 7th Cavalry commander of more than 260 soldiers met defeat and death at the hands of thousands of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. We returned to Billings where we had dinner with college fraternity brothers. I enjoyed "Buffalo Ribeye" and fellowship.
Pompeys Pillar, Custer's Last Stand, National Parks Montana
Bozeman, Big Timber, Billings, MT

We left Bozeman today and spent time at Big Timber and then on to Billings, MT for three days. Rita took some beautiful pictures of grizzlies (thank goodness for a very nice telephoto lens for close-ups and the animals being in captivity). In Big Timber we toured land for sale that backs up to the Yellowstone River. Deer were plentiful and the Yellowstone River was the backdrop. The property we toured was the River Springs Ranch in Big Timber, Montana.
Bozeman, Big Timber, Billings, MT
Montana Bozeman Madison River Yellowstone NP 2008

Beautiful days in Montana. We spent time today in Ennis, West Yellowstone, MT, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Gardiner and Livingston, MT. We visited the Madison Buffalo Jump State Park and the Lewis and Clark State Park. We also visited Big Sky Resort area. We saw and photographed in Yellowstone Park all sorts of animals. Bears, elk, crow, buffalo, and deer. We still have not seen a moose. We went to Church at First Baptist Church of West Yellowstone, MT. The 1988 fires of Yellowstone are still evident. More pictures to come.
Yellowstone National Park
Lake Lowndes State Park, Columbus, MS

Six days at Lake Lowndes State Park near Columbus, MS introduced us to the most beautiful Mississippi State Park Campground we have as yet been to. We met wonderful new friends in George & Syble Woods of Columbus, MS and my new special friend Joe "Montana" Bragg. We visited DeWayne Hayes Campground and Pickensville Campground, AL both on the TennTom Waterway. Lake Lowndes is a 150 acre lake at the campground and contributes to the beauty of Lake Lowndes State Park.
Lake Lowndes State Park, Columbus, MS
J.P. Coleman State Park, Pickwick Lake, MS

We visited J.P. Coleman State Park in Iuka, MS on Pickwick Lake. We visited Shiloh National Military Park and viewed this important Tennessee Civil War battle ground. J.P. Coleman State Park is right on Pickwick Lake. We took a paddle wheel boat tour of Pickwick and enjoyed a presentation from a Shiloh Military Park tour guide.
J.P. Coleman State Park, Iuka, MS
Gulf State Park, Gulf Shores, AL

A three day visit to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama found us camping at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, AL. We attended Sunday services and worshiped with other believers. Gulf State Park was totally destroyed by Hurricane Ivan in September of 2004. Other than the tremendous loss of trees, the State Park has recovered nicely.
Gulf State Park
Gulf Islands National Seashore

We visited Gulf Islands National Seashore Campground in Ocean Springs, MS for three nights. This is a campground of the National Park Service. Alligators and snakes are protected. Hurricane Katrina destroyed this campground but it has made a wonderful recovery as the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast has done.
Ocean Springs, MS
Roosevelt State Park, Morton, MS

We spent three days over Mother's Day weekend camping at Roosevelt State Park. I delivered a Mother's Day message at the chapel by the lake. It was very poorly attended but God received the praise and glory in honoring our Mothers.
Roosevelt State Park
Piney Grove Campground on Bay Springs Lake

We visited Piney Grove Campground in New Site, MS and met new Christian friends. The weather was fantastic and the surroundings were beautiful. Mr. Neil Bagley from Plymouth, ME accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. We visited Pickwick Dam and on into Tennessee. We also visited Tishamingo State Park and Pickwick Landing State Park.
Piney Grove Campground
Lake Chicot State Park, Lake Village, Arkansas

We visited Lake Chicot State Park in Lake Village, AR. Again, we ran into high winds but despite the winds it was an enjoyable trip. Rita and I along with the "Campin' Kitties" stopped off in Louise, MS to meet Hoover Lee the inventor of world famous Hoover Sauce. We had our picture made together and I purchased more Hoover Sauce for friends as gifts. We invited campers for Church Service at our site on Sunday. My message was from "America Bless GOD before GOD will bless America." We had twelve to attend the hour-long service. Thank you for visiting the pictures we took.
Lake Chicot State Park
Montana April 2008

This was a beautiful early spring visit to the Flathead Valley area of beautiful Montana. We followed up with recent pictures of Doug and Judy Wise at Sykes' Grocery and Market and took more pictures of them. We visited Lakeside, Polson, and Bigfork, Montana. We started with another visit to Glacier National Park and we were there for closing weekend of skiing at Whitefish Resort on Big Mountain.
Whitefish Kalispell, Lakeside, Polson, Bigfork, Glacier Park, Montana
Hernando Point Arkabutla Lake

Hernando Point Campground located at Arkabutla Lake, MS was our most recent camping trip for Great Outdoor Blessings. We met members of the "Memphis Queen Camping Club", new friends from Louisiana and from Illinois. Please feel free to browse the pictures we took.
Arkabutla Lake, MS
Percy Quin State Park  McComb, MS

This was our first trip into the Great Outdoors in 2008. The weather was delightful. We met a lot of nice and delightful campers and only one or two "ole soreheads". One couple from Lafitte, LA camping next to us was so gracious. We enjoyed getting to know Rene and Bonnie Barthelemy. We enjoyed our time at Percy Quin State Park and would recommend the park for you and your family as well.
Percy Quin State Park
Outdoor Blessings from Whitefish, MT area submitted by Bob Skjervem

Bob lives on Whitefish Lake where the lake and the river meet. Bob is an avid photographer and we are happy to post his pictures of Great Outdoor Blessings from Montana.
Whitefish Lake, Montana
Camping in Florida

Camping in Florida near SanDestin, FL
SanDestin, Florida
RVers at Bass Pro Shop

Canadian RVers Shop at Bass Pro Shop Memphis
Memphis, TN
Land Between the Lakes

Piney Campground Land Between the Lakes Tennessee & Kentucky
Piney Campground, TN
Driving through the Great State of Tennessee

The Great State of Tennessee offers beauty in every tree in the fall of the year.
Tennessee
Idaho & Montana Oct '07

Idaho & Montana Oct '07
Bonner's Ferry, ID
Glacier National Park

Summer and Winter scenes of Glacier National Park Montana
Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park Area

Whitefish, Glacier National Park, Bigfork, Lakeside, Hungary Horse and Lake McDonald, MT
Northwest Montana
RVing in Tennessee

Tennessee
Montana Sky

Montana skies, Bigfork, Flathead Lake at Lakeside, MT, Whitefish, MT, and Whitefish Lake
Bigfork, Montana
Don & Brenda Denton's trip to The Grand Canyon

Don holds his two best friends Sissy & Sadie as Brenda snaps the picture.
Grand Canyon
Bears at Kodiak Island Alaska August 2006

These pictures were taken and submitted as "Great Outdoor Blessings" by my new friend Mr. Joe Bragg. Joe and his wife took these pictures in 2006 on a motorhome trip to Alaska for the summer. Thank you Joe for sharing these photos.
Kodiak Island, Alaska
 


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2 Responses to “Photos”

  1. John D Williamson 03 Mar 2008 at 8:56 pm

    Bob, thank you for your beautiful pictures. I know that your backyard is constantly a playground for “Great Outdoor Blessings.” We welcome more pictures from your wonderful collection.

    JDW

  2. AmandaDanielson 19 Mar 2009 at 9:13 am

    These are beautiful!

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