Hands of Praise by Dave Hileman

Watching this lady play old hymns on her instrument in Floyd, Virginia at the General Store.

“Praise him for his mighty works; praise his unequaled greatness!

Praise him with a blast of the ram’s horn; praise him with the lyre and harp!

Praise him with the tambourine and dancing; praise him with strings and flutes!”

Psalm 150:2-4 NLT


"Things That Actually Work" - BugsN All by Dave Hileman

As you might imagine driving a slab of white fiberglass down the interstate at 65MPH tends to “collect” a lot of bugs. A LOT of bugs at times. And they smash and drip and ooze and bake in the sun. They can be hard to remove. I tried a lot of products that claimed to work and then found this one that actually did work. It is not too expensive because you get a concentrated solution and mix it yourself in the provided spray bottle. I am just now finishing my first bottle and it has been used many times. Occasionally you have to do a second spray but it is still an easy task. I think one or two spots might take three or more sprays out of the whole front of our trailer. It also does not smell awful or have toxic ingredients. So, highly recommend. Works well on the truck grill too, of course you actually have to use it:) https://www.bugsnall.com

 4000 miles of bugs and grime gone is 30 minutes. This photo is from before the washing of the trailer, after just BugsN’All.

4000 miles of bugs and grime gone is 30 minutes. This photo is from before the washing of the trailer, after just BugsN’All.

Golden Way by Dave Hileman

The imagery of Revelation tells of streets of precious gems. This little structure has been several things in Colonial Williamsburg over the years we visited and lived there, now it is related to a craft exhibit. The yellow leaves of the ginkgo tree formed a wondrous golden carpet around the building on Thanksgiving. Credit a “no wind” day and the result is stunning.

“The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate from a single pearl! And the main street was pure gold, as clear as glass.” Revelation 21:21 NLT


Thanksgiving Blessings by Dave Hileman

Rather than enumerate let me just quote Paul who wrote, “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1-18 NLT

Photo is from the White Mountains of NH.

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Most Fun Ever by Dave Hileman

I am OK with most rides but I really liked this one. The scenery, the concept and the ride itself. Cars Land at Disneyland was just spectacular. THE reason I would go back.


Thank You by Dave Hileman

Eleventh month, eleventh day, eleventh hour marked the armistice between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I, known as “the Great War.” Three years later on November 11th an unknown soldier of that war was reinterred at Arlington Cemetery. Now November 11th recalls all the veterans.

“Remember the days of long ago; think about the generations past.” Deuteronomy 32:7a NLT


"Things that Actually Work" North Raleigh Fitness by Dave Hileman

As often my intentions and reality collide and so far only one “Things….” post has been completed. I have several more posts to do but other critical things (work takes up a lot of time:) keep getting in the way. So, here is one I have wanted to write for a while. I am using North Raleigh Fitness as my example because that is where Cindy and I go - and would highly recommend it if you live here, but the primary point is go. You need to figure out what you need to be healthier. (I wrote about this once before in June 21 in the Journey’s section.) I just completed a year at NRF and Cindy about six months and simply wish to tell you that it is well worth it. I am stronger, have better posture, improved balance and all that was evident in our last hike at Pemetic Mountain in Maine. In my case, I wanted three things: 1. A personal trainer - avoidance of pain and mistakes was critical to me and I had never been in a gym so I needed guidance. 2. A place that was safe for us both and accepting of a novice. 3. A trainer who understood my goals and my limitations and worked with me. I got all that and much more with Myra and North Raleigh Fitness. The gym is clean, well-equipped and well run and the focus is on core exercises, strength and balance training. A good trainer develops a program for you and moves you along at a pace that is both challenging and rewarding. Myra even came to our trailer and developed core exercises we could do in a 90 square foot living space while we are traveling. If you wonder if it is too late to start, my own experience says “Not at all.” Even if the last time you were in a gym was 10th grade and 50 years flowed along, GO.


 Lea and Myra are two of the exceptional, professional trainers at North Raleigh Fitness

Lea and Myra are two of the exceptional, professional trainers at North Raleigh Fitness

Glorious by Dave Hileman

Along the inlet behind Jamestown Island at sunset.

Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever.

The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair.

They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. Psalm 19:9, 10a


Watercolors by Dave Hileman

The medium here is Fall and a small pond.

The man looked around. “Yes,” he said, “I see people, but I can’t see them very clearly. They look like trees walking around.” Then Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes again, and his eyes were opened. His sight was completely restored, and he could see everything clearly.

Mark 8:24,25 NLT


Trip Report by Dave Hileman

Fall 2018 Two Lane Touring Trip


3977.6 Miles across 12 states

99 hours, 27 minutes, 13 seconds drive time

Average moving speed just under 40 MPH 

22 National Parks in eight states

14 first time, 8 revisits (seven of those were first time photographs)

1 New Mountain (Pemetic @ Acadia)

4 State Parks (2 MA, 2 NY)

1 Regional Park (Erie Canal)

1 Non-NPS Museum (George Eastman, Rochester, NY)

1 Baking Nirvana - King Arthur Flour store, cafe and school in NY

2 Wineries (ME and NY)

2 Outlets (Woolrich and LL Bean complex)

2 Farm Stands (NY)

2 Churches attended

1 Trailer Repair (Thank you Brockton RV)

1 Wild Oliver spotted 

3 Boat Rides

6 days with no rain - you do the math


24 days / 23 nights (fuel, tolls, lodging)

1198.11 or $49.92 per day. 

Plus admissions & other transportation: $92

We ate out about 1/2 of the time or slightly more.  

Plus groceries on the trip. Food from a grocery store does not differ from home, so we really don’t count it as a travel cost. We do eat our more often and seek out nice places on trips but that is also largely our entertainment too. We had 8 or nine very nice meals (not all expensive) and spent more than $600 in restaurants, ice cream stops and pastry shops. 

We buy very few trip reminder stuff, occasionally a shirt or mug or… but not major expenses. We do buy gifts and things for grandkids. We refuse to talk about what we spent at King Arthur Flour. Or how much it took to pack it into our rather full truck. 

Other notes: 

1. Everything on the trailer worked very well once the heat issue was resolved. We were comfortable even when temps reached the mid 30’s with no issues. We were able to dry camp five days before we needed to add water and empty holding tanks. Longer than we thought. 

2. Solar does not work when it rains all day. Who knew!

3. The Honda generator worked very well, extra nice to have that on board.

4. The small propane Weber grill equally useful and super easy to use. Love having it with us. 

5. You CAN exercise in a very small trailer. Much to my disappointment. Bridges, side planks, get ups, push ups, planks and squats can all be done inside! Thanks Myra. 

6. Having a moose in the trailer causes a lot of tension.

Cadillac’s Correct Viewpoint!

I am not sure what the guides did - surely not why they did anything - but even with their constant interference, delays and insurrections the trip was a smashing success. I accomplished every goal and gained a new acolyte - he is a lot of work. I did find out he is from Baxter State Park in central Maine and since the tradition of the Moose is to be named for a nearby relic or mountain it turns out his name is Randal. Randal, really, where did that come from?  Oh, well if I can get him out of his lumberjack outfit we might make some progress with civilizing him. I have a plan underway to entice the guides to Alaska and, even though we are not completely sure where it is (off the coast of southern California is the leading contender), I am going to insist we go to Montana on the way. Regal is wonderful, I know she wants to meet me. And then on to conqueror the impediments to full Moose Rights. 

 Seriously, do I look like a llama? Why am I alway carrying the pack when it is steep? Something about feeding me, well it is not that good.

Seriously, do I look like a llama? Why am I alway carrying the pack when it is steep? Something about feeding me, well it is not that good.

Pier by Dave Hileman

The pier on Seneca Lake at Watkins Glen, NY. This is the classic scene for here but not the classic weather! I think the perfectly proportioned structure is to represent a turn of the century (19 to 20) boathouse.

Trip Recap and some thoughts from Cadillac on Monday.


Film Dyes by Dave Hileman

At the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY, you can visit both the house, amazing, and the museum of photography located in attached buildings. There is also a movie theatre that can play any kind of film in the world. One of the very view that can do this. They show free and fee movies from a huge collection. Edison unveiled his latest motion picture equipment at a press gathering in this very house. This is from a collection of more than 3500, about half on display here, of dyes used in making Technicolor movie prints.