Not All Who Wander Are Lost

Not All Who Wander Are Lost
October, 2017 - Mexico

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Crazy Weather

There certainly has been some crazy weather the last few days. Luckily, we’ve avoided any severe weather. But, we’ve certainly seen our share of rain.

While in Oklahoma two nights ago, there was a tornado in Norman about 70 miles southwest of where we were staying for the night. We had some strong thunderstorms with heavy rain, but that was all.

Last night we stayed at a very nice Passport America park in Carthage, Missouri called The Big Red Barn RV Park. They had over five inches of rain the night before we arrived and it rained again while we were there. In fact, it rained quite a bit this morning. Around 10:00 Kevin finally decided to go out in the rain and hook up. Luckily, it didn’t rain for most of the drive today, just overcast skies.

Tonight we’re staying at another Passport America park called Meramec Valley in Cuba, Missouri. This place is quite run down and neglected. We won’t stay here again. It’s been raining for four hours. I sure hope we can get out of here tomorrow morning. Here’s what the road behind us looked like earlier. There was literally a river rushing down the road.


We did manage to visit the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage yesterday. I had heard about this place from a friend and wanted to see it.


Samuel Butcher is the artist who created the Precious Moments figurines. He has a strong faith and wanted to create a place people could come and see stories of the Bible through Precious Moments art.

He had the chapel built and did all the paintings himself. It’s quite an inspirational place. The grounds are beautifully landscaped with many fountains and statues, as well as lots of pretty flowers. It’s all free, but there is a huge gift shop. I think it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re in the area.

This is the main room of the chapel. He even painted the ceiling, laying on his back for many weeks to complete it. He’s 73 years old and still in good health.


As we were driving through Texas, I saw a sign that said the largest cross in the Western Hemisphere was in Groom, Texas. I don’t know what the story is behind it, but it certainly was huge.


Tomorrow we’re headed to Springfield, Illinois (if we get out of this mud hole). We plan to stay there for two nights. I sure hope it stops raining pretty soon!

Don’t wish upon a star – Reach for one!


  1. We had a ton of rain here today as well. With all it's faults, this park has great drainage! It all just runs down the hill! My Kevin says we're not going to the Precious Moments place... But then you could probably guess that huh? lol

  2. We went to Precious Moments grounds back in the early 90's. I was a collector at the time. It's really a beautiful place.

  3. Glad you weren't in a tornado! I'd have freaked out if I was anywhere near Oklahoma or Missouri.

  4. Glad to hear the tornado's missed you even though you did seem to get a lot of rain. That muddy road didn't look like fun!

    That's one huge cross!

  5. So glad you missed most of the serious weather but that water didn't look good. I hope this week improves for you!

  6. So glad you all missed the really severe weather! That is alot of water on the road in the picture. Looks really messy!
    That is one BIG cross!!

  7. Saw a couple of those crosses on our way to the Smokies; one in Pigeon Forge. Don't know the story either.


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