A Little Worried, But Not Deterred!

Today was a special day, as we officially began preparing our camper, affectionately named Memory Maker, for our third summer of adventures on the road! We’ve already selected several locations for this season, some in the mountains, some on the water, and some in National Parks. As soon as we opened up the camper this afternoon and began plugging things in and cleaning things out, I was immediately excited about our first trip of the season on April 1st. But all of a sudden as I was putting clothes in my cabinets, a fear came over me as well.


This year, the current racial climate in the United States has given me pause as our first outing approaches. With the ongoing clashes at political events that have at times spilled over into normal every day life, we are not only planning activities to participate in at campgrounds and in small towns, we are also planning how to remain safe if we are confronted by others because of our race. For example, if we are already at our selected campground and have unhooked our camper when an incident occurs, we are prepared to jump into our SUV and drive to safety even if we have to leave the camper behind. Neither the camper, nor anything in it is worth us being hurt or worse, especially when we have little Kendal with us.

I’m an optimistic and positive person as most people know, and I remain so about how much fun we will have this summer. But we wouldn’t be fully prepared if we didn’t talk about and make “escape” plans just in case we need them. It’s very possible that we encountered people last year who may not have liked us because of our race, but we weren’t aware of it because nothing was said or done to us. But this year people seem to be more bold, feeling free to say whatever they are thinking or to punch on sight. I certainly hope that our summer isn’t marred by any incidents, and that like last year we will only interact with waterfalls and mountains and people who love the outdoors just like we do. One of the things my Mom always wanted to do but never did was travel, so I can’t wait to show her this year’s photos because she can still recognize beautiful photos of nature when she sees them.

So I’ve said a prayer for a wonderful and safe summer of new sights, new friends and lots of new adventures and memories. I’ve also prayed that the racial divide in our country will begin to calm again after this election, and that people will be more open to honest dialogue as opposed to throwing punches. So while I’m definitely a little worried as we get on the road again, I’m certainly not deterred. There’s too much to see, do and learn to let the fear of hate change our plans or our spirits!


9 thoughts on “A Little Worried, But Not Deterred!

  1. Loretta, your post stirs many, many comments, so many prayers for…
    Your and Tim’s safety as you enjoy God’s creation, travel, and the beloved company of each other;
    Peace in the hearts and souls of all you greet and meet and who greet and meet you;
    Wonderful weather and smooth roads;
    You two NEVER having to enact your safety plan (though I applaud your care and wisdom in having one!);
    Glorious pictures and splendid stories to share with all of us who love you!

    Go with God and God be with you,
    Love always,

    • Paul,
      Thank you! so much! I’ve printed your prayer out, and will put it in up in Memory Maker so we can see it every single day that we’re on the road. I think we’d be foolish not to have a plan, but I too hope we never need it. Happy to know God is going to be with us on the journey!! Stay tuned for those pics! Thank you again and again. We love you too!!

  2. What a sad, sad commentary on the state of our country. It makes my heart hurt to think we aren’t further evolved than this – and that the political climate has actually set us back. I hate that it even has to cross your mind, but glad you’re considering all possibilities and planning accordingly. I wish you and Tim nothing but safe travels, beautiful sights, and a summer of memories made. Love you to, my friend. xo

    • Thanks Ann!! I’m afraid we’ve gone backward quite a ways. I’m hoping not to have to use this plan!! I’m still looking forward to the summer, but just more cautiously than I have in the past. Much love to you too!!

  3. Great thoughts Loretta. We will be safe and have the best of times. Life is a journey and we travel well together. No worries.

  4. As Ann said it hurts my heart to see what is happening here in the current political climate. Instead of moving forward we are spiraling out of control. I pray that your trips are filled with love, learning and beautiful experiences.

    • Thanks so much Elizabeth!! It is a sad state of affairs for sure!! I can’t wait for the great experiences! I’m sure they’ll more than balance anything else that may happen.

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