Friday, August 17, 2012

Vermont Trip Day 1

I drove to pick up my teammates, Jim and Eric, this morning around 7 AM and we hit the road, northbound with the hammer down. We have had some great conversation and fellowship along the way. We stopped into Winchester, Virginia for lunch. Winchester has a great little pedestrian mall filled with shops and restaurants, but we had our sites set on the Snow White Grill, an establishment that has been in business serving "sliders" since before they were called sliders. They've been in business since 1949. Some of my friends know that I have a "sixth sense" for finding awesome hole in the wall restaurants, and this one was great!

Back on the road after lunch, we got the Crown Vic sailing in the wind for our next stop, Gettysburg. By the time we reached Gettysburg, it was pouring down rain, so we did the "driving tour" of the battlefield. We were all amazed and awestruck at times at the carnage that occurred there. It can be a bit overwhelming to consider the massive loss of life. We concluded our tour overlooking the massive cemetery and listening to the recorded words of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. It was a strangely patriotic experience for me.

From Gettysburg, we made our way into Harrisburg and found a spot for dinner. A tiny Italian sub & pizza joint with a diverse menu and large servings left us well satisfied. With bellies full, we've now made our way over to the Volunteer House operated by the Baptist Convention of Pennsylvania/South Jersey. Our bunkroom accommodations are not deluxe, but we are getting far more than we paid for here. The plan is to get a good night's sleep and hit the road for Vermont early in the morning.

As we call it a day, we have much to be thankful for. We are thankful that the Lord blessed us with traveling mercies and brotherly fellowship along the way; we are thankful to have touched base with our wives tonight and to know that all is well back home. We are thankful to have "weathered the storm" and that the forecast for the next few days has improved dramatically. We are thankful that Baptists cooperating on mission together have provided a place for us to stay tonight that is clean and comfortable. We are thankful most of all for the glorious privilege we have of knowing Christ and making Him known. Pray for us to sleep well, feel well, travel safely, and most of all, be used for God's glory in our divine appointments tomorrow. We thank you for your prayers and support.


Under the Raisner Roof... said...

This is Amy, Jim's daughter! Thanks so much for blogging about your trip! And thanks for posting the photos! Take care of my dad! I'm praying for you guys! Tell my dad I said hello!

Russ Reaves said...

Hey Amy! It is a joy to travel with your dad. He's been a real trooper putting up with me and Eric so far. We are having loads of fun, but the real work starts on Sunday. Thanks so much for praying for us. I showed your dad the comment this morning (Saturday) as we were having breakfast.

Under the Raisner Roof... said...

Thanks Russ! Can't wait to see what the Lord has planned for your guys!