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Mammoth Springs
Irish Wilderness
Cane Bluff
Big Spring
Big Spring/Cane Bluff
Bear Print @ Cane Bluff!

Road Trip Photo Journal

It was time for another road trip.

Keeping up with the “Rona” has been a bit difficult for everyone.

Our son-in-law especially, has been working just about EVERY day since this all began.

We all thought that since things have opened up, mostly, in our Iowa and her states to the south, we would take a short trip.

Four places specifically; all in southern Missouri and northern Arkansas. Here are just a few highlights from our trip.

There will be a separate post telling about our sleeping accommodations later in the week.

Two reasons to visit here in Eureka Springs, Arkansas –

#1. In the following photo you can read about “a charlatan” Norman Baker, who made a name for himself here where we live during the Depression.

#2. The Crescent Hotel is known as “America’s Most Haunted Hotel”. We didn’t sense anything paranormal while we were there, but the place was a beautiful place to visit.

Our next destination took us across the top of Arkansas to a place called Hardy.

Far back in my family history, 1962 to be exact, my Grandpa and Grandma bought a piece of property there in a place called Woodland Hills.

Shortly there there after, my Grandma took ill, and passed away.

Some time in the early 80’s, Grandpa sold us his piece of property for the sum of 1 dollar.

This really appealed to us because Hardy had become quite a neat little historical destination place, and my husband had grown up in that area, and a little north in southern Missouri.

We went there and found the property. It was lovely, and remote, close to a lake, but we knew that we were just too busy trying to build a life up here to do anything with it.

Fast forward 30+ years to now, and our daughter thought it could be fun to go there and see what it was like.

With the map and address in hand, and quite a bit of help from GPS, we were able to locate it again.

Our Granddaughter was certain we were holding out on her with lake front property that she was never aware of.

Imagine her surprise when we sent her the next photo!

Probably won’t be moving there any time soon.

We stopped by Mammoth Springs before moving further north.

Next destination; The Irish Wilderness. You can read about it here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Wilderness

Wilderness

On our drive, we were always looking for wildlife.

You know, deer, elk, bear, Yeti.

Well in the next photo you can see what I caught out of the corner of my eye – all that Yeti talk – my heart skipped a beat!

I thought it was a Yeti with a walking stick.

Silly me. But it was a nice add to the story line.

It was oppressively hot outside, so we didn’t hike much, but we did come here to cool off a bit.

Remember all that talk about bears?

Yowza! Much bigger than Frank’s hand!

Next stop, Big Spring. So beautiful.

All the swirling water made things a tad cooler here.

One of the information board tells us how deep the water is.

If you placed the Statute of Liberty in the main hole, the water would cover her torch. (She’s 305 feet tall!)

We were able to visit with a few more family members, then we enjoyed some amazing hospitality at the home of our niece and nephew in Greenville, Missouri. Then headed home on Tuesday morning.

Storms tried to follow us home, but we made it safe and sound.

A new day Under the Hill

I hope you enjoyed this little photo tour.

If you want to see more photos, you can go to Facebook #fivedayswithfrank

Until next time …

Intimidation Screams

In keeping with my recent encouragements for us all to “Be not afraid”, and “Fear not”, I found the following to be super encouraging and well written.

I hope you will as well.

I share this here with you with the permission of the original author; the formatting is my own.

Carla Jean Ives

Breaking Intimidation…Intimidation Defined: to make timid or fearful : frighten; especially : to compel or deter by or as if by threats.

I’ve been in a spiritual battle for the past two weeks. I’ve evaluated my heart, checked for open gates, rested my body, reduced distraction, refreshed my soul with people I love and spent hours in the Word of God and prayer.

Today, I finally identified my unseen enemy…Intimidation.

The spirit of intimidation is debilitating and subtle. It sneaks up on you, hits hard and runs. It’s fueling chaos all over the world. It’s laying over the global Church like a heavy, wet blanket, trying to smother God’s people into silent submission.

Intimidation has many voices. It shouts through politicians and political parties, screams through the screens of mainstream media, spreads fear through real and imaginary stories that are shared like juicy gossip on social media.

Sometimes it comes through strangers who attack our spoken thoughts or even those we would least expect – our Christian brothers and sisters, our friends.

Intimidation is loud, harsh and unfeeling.

It sends one message to everyone in it’s path…Be afraid.

If we believe the spirit of intimidation, fear will immobilize us.

It will silence us. It will divide and conquer us. It will steal our sleep and torment us in our waking hours.

IF we believe the voice of fear…I refuse to believe it anymore. I know what the Bible teaches.

I’m not fighting people. I’m not fighting politicians or political parties, movements or causes, rioters or looters, races, cultures, a gender or generation, history or history-makers, sinners or saints.

I don’t see any person as my enemy.

It makes the fight so much easier when I recognize that I truly only have one enemy – Satan – and his little demonic minions who have been legally stripped of all power to act UNLESS the Church is silent.

Which is why Intimidation has been so busy…The Bible says “we wrestle NOT against flesh and blood.” (Ephesians 6:12) Our fight isn’t against one another, friend.

We’re getting beat up and bloodying our knuckles for no reason. Fighting one another will never shut down, shut up or shut out enemy activity.

It’s a battle that is won first in the spirit and then manifests in the earth.

Tonight, I am declaring that the airwaves are being reclaimed for the kingdom of God.

I’m announcing the defeat of intimidation, deception, manipulation and destruction in the Name of the Overcomer, Jesus Christ.

I am proclaiming the victory that Jesus won at the cross over every sickness and disease.

I am affirming my commitment to teach the Word of God, make disciples and to do my best to live my faith loudly.

I’m decreeing healing over the land and ripping that ugly, wet blanket of intimidation off of the Church so she can rise up and take her place, bringing Kingdom order to this world in chaos.

I prophesy a unity coming to the bride of Christ that gathers us from every tribe, tongue, race and nation into one people who together bring transformation to our individual countries.

I’m dancing on deception and singing deliverance over the land.

I will write, speak and do whatever God’s Word and Spirit tell me to without apology.

I will love lavishly, boldly and unconditionally. I will not be ashamed of my tears and I won’t lose my laughter.

I am a daughter of the MOST High!

I know who and Whose I am.

I am NOT afraid.

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I wholeheartedly agree with the words from this women whom I have never even met.

My spirit bears witness.

Yours may, or may not, but if you’re still reading, then these words are certainly worth your consideration.

Until next time.