A TERRIBLE night, but what a BEAUTIFUL morning!

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After last night we will always have a plan B and maybe even a plan C in place! Our plan today was to travel north to the Haw Creek Falls campground in the Ozark National Forest. The website said it was closed. I called the ranger station to verify this information and she said oh no the park is NOT closed and we were welcome to camp there. We were so happy to hear that because the place looked amazing! I thought it would be best we take the scenic route and on we traveled! Well that scenic route was quite exciting…..every few miles signs warned us that the road was going to be very crooked and steep! It took us forever just to drive a few miles due to how slow we moved going up these hills. Alison definitely could of run faster than the Rv! We would laugh at signs telling us we could only go 40 mph due to the sharp curves when we were barely hitting 20mph trying to pull our car behind us! Anyways, we finally made it to the campground and pulled into the entrance road. We did not realize the gate was CLOSED until we had already pulled off the road.

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Now remember we can not just back up due to the fact we are towing our vehicle behind us. The gate said the park was closed due to area flooding. We were so upset that the lady had clearly told us the park was indeed open for us to go camping. Well it took us over an hour to slowly back out because we had to start over again and again and again. I just kept praying we would not break our trailer in this process! We finally get back on the road and decide to head north. Now where do we go? We both looked at each other hoping the other person had the perfect plan B in mind. I said let’s just drive and I’ll be looking at the map and we will go to the next campground on the map. We were headed up another hill and suddenly Ricky said why do I smell smoke!? I turn around and smoke is all inside the RV! There is no shoulder to pull off on so we had to stop right there in the middle of the road! Of course I am freaking out thinking I have 10 seconds to grab all the kids at once and throw them outside into the grass and hopefully not off the mountain. Ricky quickly circled around the RV making sure there was not a fire. I am on the phone with 911 asking if they can send road service to help us. They basically say we are in the middle of nowhere and it would take awhile….I’m thinking okay, this is fun!  We find out that transmission fluid is leaking. Ricky decides the only way we can get the RV to make it up all these steep hills is to detach the car and have me follow behind him in it. After another hour passes getting everything situated and making sure the RV is safe to drive, we continue on. We still are not sure where to go but want to get somewhere soon. We ended up pulling over at an Ozark Mountain Overlook and Rest Area for the night. I remembered passing it a few hours before wishing it was daylight so we could enjoy the view. I told Ricky see God knew I really wanted to see this outlook….now I get to enjoy it in the morning! He gave me a crazy look like that was the last thing he wanted to hear after all we had jusy gone through! I said Hey I’m just trying to think of something positive here! Our marriage definitely had several “growth” moments during the stress of things going wrong. 🙂 Thankfully we were able to end our night laughing about everything that had happened. Then we remember we don’t have any running water since we were planning on filling up at the campground….at least we do have water bottles to drink! It’s okay, I was too tired to bathe the kids anyways. 😉 We are grateful to God for keeping us safe and that everything is okay! (Well, we are praying our RV is okay after all that strain on the engine!) The kids said they can not wait to write in their journals about everything that happened tonight! We were able to talk to the kids about how there will always be days that do not go as planned. We can not control and keep frustrations from happening but we can control how we respond to them. Our day may have ended not so well but look at this breathtaking view we were able to wake up to this morning! Our hearts are FULL!

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12 thoughts on “A TERRIBLE night, but what a BEAUTIFUL morning!

  1. You are making the same mistakes we did when we started. It is not a good idea to drive past 4 pm. Hard to find things, difficult to measure stopping distances, etc.

    We had exactly the same experience you had, in West Virginia. Scary evening, we got lost in the mountains. We eventually found the highway and we pulled in to a Camping World. They always have 2 or 3 spots available for free.

    Take care and enjoy.

  2. Aww i o8ve seeing these, what an amazing strengthening and beautiful process. Im suee the kids enjoyed the outdoors! ♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡

  3. Transmission over heated and over flowed
    But it worked afterward so there may not be to bad
    Have fluid changed out cause it was burned
    Don’t let the anyone rip you off on a new transmission

    Good luck
    Dale

  4. I have two kids, ages 2 and 4, who played with two of your kids at the welcome center in Harrison. They played Frisby and duck duck goose. While buckling my 4 year old in her seat she looks at me and says “Mommy, I’m afraid I will never see my friends again.” It was hard to explain that sometimes we make friends who we will never meet again but we will always hold the memories left. Thank you for making my kids day 🙂

  5. Glad to hear that all is well. You made it through the night safe. God awoke you to a beautiful morning and the splendor of the wonders of his hand. Keep your hearts happy and loving. And get yourselves a Plan B and C. Praying for continued safe travel.

  6. We have so been there. And we survived. Always try to look ahead or even get out and survey an area before you pull in. We have had to disconnect our tow vehicle more than once. Just keep smiling 🙂

  7. ” Several growth moments ”
    Good morning Kristin, just read your last post and I thought patience
    patience patience ! As we all know life has not just ups and downs but bumps in the road that we didn’t expect. Last night experience was a clear sign to have plan B and C in place. But looking at your family photo gave me peace of mind that everyone is safe.
    God love you, what amazing strength and faith you have shown.
    They say you only live once, not so. We live every day and you guys are living a dream at its fullests.
    God bless you & your family

  8. When you were at Haw Creek Falls you were about 20 miles from where I live. GORGEOUS country but that campground is not one I would take an RV your size into. We have our family reunion there every June. God bless you guys.

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