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April 24 – Alberta

April 23 – Sunrise 6:15; Sunset 9:39 p.m.

Last year we entered Canada through British Columbia; this year Alberta through Sweetgrass and Coutts.  Unlike last year when we were the only ones at the crossing, we had a waiting line of about 30 minutes (not too bad).  The huge RV in front of us was pulled to the side for a more in-depth inspection – probably because he had firearms.  This was one of the reasons we decided to ship ours north.  We didn’t want to give the border patrol any reason to have to inspect (tear apart) the inside of our ‘home.’  The young woman who took our passports asked my husband where we were heading and he responded, “We’re going to Canada.”  She said, “Well, you made it, you’re here!”  He laughed and corrected himself, “We’re going to Alaska.”

From the border we headed north to Calgary with a short stop in Lethbridge at an EVFree church parking lot for lunch.  We also stopped at a Walmart (our favorite place, not) for some DEF for our truck.  For those who have no clue (and I’m learning), diesel trucks need DEF in their engine or something in order to meet certain codes for diesel engines.  Yeah, I’m very knowledgeable in this area as you can tell.  When DEF gets low, even too low, the engine or transmission will shut down so that eventually, the truck only idles.  Our DEF said it was getting low and as always, my husband put in a 2 ½ gallon container.  The DEF reading continued to say it was LOW and we became concerned – not so low that it would stop the truck, but wondering what was ‘wrong.’  A little search on the internet (cell phones ARE important) said the DEF tank must be full to reset itself though some comments said the reading is sometimes arbitrary to the mood of the truck.  We stopped and put in a second DEF and the reading said FULL.  Yay!  But, we don’t like to travel without DEF so the needed stop at Walmart in Lethbridge only to pay twice the price for DEF as in the states! 

From there we took a route around the south and west of Calgary. For a Sunday, the traffic was crazy and it was nice to get outside of that city and back on smaller roads with less traffic.  We stopped for the night at Bow RiversEdge Campground in Cochran.  It was a sweet little campground and we found a pull-thru and set up for the night.  After a curried chicken dinner, we decided to put on warm clothes and walk the path by Bow River. 

After hours and hours of sitting, the walk in the clear frigid air refreshed our bodies and souls.  There was still ice clinging to the sides of the river and someone camping near us said it was the first day above freezing since winter began.  Until last week, the playground in the campground was covered in feet of snow.  We had been noticing more and more snow along the roads the further north we traveled.  Along with more snow, the day lasts longer.  Sunrise this morning was at 6:15 a.m. and sunset last night was 9:15 p.m.  Yes, it messes with your mind because the sun sets so slowly it seems like it’s 7:30 p.m. forever. 

On the road again heading toward Grand Prairie, Alberta or thereabouts depending on time, distance, moods, and open camping areas.  Because spring is arriving later than usual, RV parks aren’t open and if they are, they have no water.  So, we’re now hauling water which adds weight to the rig.  For those who really want to know, when we traveled from our house in Nebraska to Cheyenne, Wyoming, we had a head wind and got 6 mpg.  Our daily average is 10 mpg.  We weighed the rig and it’s about 13,200 pounds without water. 

We are traveling on a smaller road with non-stop logging rigs that are heading south to Cochran as that is where the saw mill is located.  To the west are the Canadian Rockies topped with marshmallow snow and Jasper National Park.  To the east, the sun beats through the window making me really hot in this shotgun seat!  Snow is melting leaving huge lakes in fields while some smaller ponds of melted snow are still frozen.

 Grey Owl Meadery

New word for the day: meadery –  winery that produces wine with honey. 

Today was a very long day for driving.  The roads in Alberta were bumpier than the frost heaves and our trailer took a beating.  Our bike rack is bending out ready to break, the curtain came loose again in the back where the rear cabinets hang (not a good sign for the cabinet) and for the first time, we have a ding in the flooring that will take time to work its way out.  Because winter has lasted a long time, most campgrounds aren’t even open as they were last year and we’re not willing to stay in Walmart parking lots.  We finally found an open ‘home’ in Grand Prairie at Country Roads RV Park. To date, this is the most expensive place we have stayed and it’s obvious they had four feet of snow only a few days ago.

©2018 Tentstake Ministries

April 20, 2018 – The Journey Begins … Again

This year as we head to Alaska for our second year of campground hosting, a few things are very different. First, we are more seasoned with our fifth-wheel and truck. Though we travel with the ‘big boys’, we are generally more comfortable in and around cities, fueling stations, and rest areas.  We know the height of our trailer, watch for the low clearance bridges and have a plan for fueling stations that have low coverings.  We have more experience setting up and taking down when we stop at a campground.  We have RADIOS that have saved our marriage.  We have exterior routines with the slides, the water, the electric, the sewer, the hitch and the electronic stabilizers that is almost rote.  Inside I have figured out how to use pillows to protect whatever needs protecting and bungee cords hold all cabinet doors together so my Ninja doesn’t Ninja it’s way all over the trailer.   The inside of the trailer has also been ‘improved’ to withstand the bumps and bruises it endures over rough roads in preparation for the frost heaves.  No more cayenne pepper exploding in the pantry!  This year is beginning with a more peaceful and prepared state of mind.

We began our journey from Cheyenne, Wyoming after the trial that acquitted the man who slashed our tires in Quesnel, British Columbia last year.  It was a beautiful and sunny day for travel and we made it to Sheridan, Wyoming almost to the border of Montana.  We had been experiencing freezing temperatures and 68 felt like summer!  We stayed in Peter D’s RV park again – a nice, but simple park that is easily accessible from the interstate.  We love his motto: Peter D’s RV park has Nutritional Value – if you don’t stay here, Pete doesn’t eat!

From Sheridan we took the interstate to Billings and then followed smaller highways to Great Falls, Montana. It was another sunny and warm day for traveling through the beautiful foothills and cowboy country of Montana.   The wind picked up at the end of the day and caused us to stop a little sooner than we really wanted.  We are staying in Dick’s RV park (again). What’s with these guys and the creative names of  their RV parks?  To get to the entrance of this park is a very low clearance ancient railroad track bridge.  Last year, we didn’t think we would make it under with our 13’5″ clearance.  This year we noticed it’s 14′ and we stopped right under the bridge to see how much clearance we really had!  It’s nice to be able to relax again as the past few days my head has been hurting after the tree injury. My husband does all the ‘hard work’ of driving, but sitting shotgun can also be long, tedious and tiring.

We always stop mid-day, generally after 4 hours of driving, for lunch. We pull over wherever we find a rest stop, open the slides and make lunch. It’s nice to have everything so handy, including a bathroom. My brother calls it a $50,000 toilet! Hey, when you have to go, you have to go and sometimes there’s nothing for hundreds of miles – on the Alcan at least.

One of our frustrations is Verizon and cell service. It’s extraordinary that as we travel on major highways that we have spotty service. Aren’t cell phones for emergencies when you are ‘nowhere?’ Okay, we love to use ours to plan our trip as we travel and look up historical facts about places we pass.

Today, for example,  we drove through the Crow Reservation where Custer National Monument is located. It was interesting to read about the Crow nation and see a billboard advertising the Crow language and keeping it alive. We also followed the Nez Pearce trail created by the tribe as an escape route when the US wanted to round them up and put them on a reservation.  We are now by the Missouri River where Lewis and Clark traveled so many moons ago.

Tomorrow our adventure continues as we cross the border into Canada. After last year’s events in British Columbia, we are staying in Alberta as long as possible until we reach Dawson Creek where the Alcan Highway begins. We are planning a LONG day  and hope that the border crossing will go as easily and quickly as last year. If not, I’ll be sharing the adventure of a challenging border crossing!

Then, it’s on toward Calgary, Alberta and Grand Prairie where we celebrated Tashlich last fall in a huge puddle by our trailer.  We have been following some RVers coming down from North Pole, AK on the Alcan. It appears that there will be more snow than we encountered last year.  Hopefully the snow will bring some different perspectives and photo ops to this year’s  journey.

©2018 Tentstake Ministires


Pagan – Hebrew Words


Komer in Hebrew is the word for ‘pagan’ and means ‘idolatrous.

“He did away with the pagan [idolatrous] priests appointed by the kings of Judah to burn incense on the high places of the towns of Judah and on those around Jerusalem—those who burned incense to Baal, to the sun and moon, to the constellations and to all the starry hosts” (2 Kings 23:5). 


Zikkaron is another Hebrew word for ‘pagan’ and means ‘memorial.’

“Behind your doors and your doorposts you have put your pagan [memorial] symbols. Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed, you climbed into it and opened it wide; you made a pact with those whose beds you love, and you looked with lust on their naked bodies” (Isaiah 57:8). 

“The enemy laid hands on all her treasures; she saw pagan nations enter her sanctuary— those you had forbidden to enter your assembly” (Lamentations 1:10). 

In this verse there is only the word goy or nations.  There is no separate reference to pagan which suggests that the translators added it to differentiate from Isaiah 56:6-7 when foreigners from all nations [goyim] will come to worship God on His holy mountain.  Whatever the reason, the nations entering the sanctuary had been forbidden to enter.  Lamentations is about the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple.  During the days of Antiochus Epiphanes, the goyim, the Greeks, entered the sanctuary and defiled it with pig’s blood.  Thus their actions were pagan, but they were will goyim.  


Tame is another Hebrew word for ‘pagan’ and means ‘unclean.’

“‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the city, and your sons and daughters will fall by the sword. Your land will be measured and divided up, and you yourself will die in a pagan [unclean] country. And Israel will surely go into exile, away from their native land” (Amos 7:17). 

Greek Words for Pagan

“If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan [nation] or a tax collector” (Matthew 18:17). 

The Greek word for pagan in this verse is ethnikos with comes from ethnos and means ‘nations’.  It is mistranslated numerous times as ‘pagan’ and ‘gentile’ and not its intended meaning of ‘nations.’  Those who refuse discipline in the Body of Messiah are to be treated as one would treat an outsider, one of the ‘nations.’

“For the pagan [nations of the] world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them” (Luke 12:30). 

The Greek word for pagan in this verse is ethnos and means ‘nations.’ Again, there is no specific word for pagan in this verse.  

“Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry” (1 Corinthians 10:7). 

The Greek word for pagan here is paizo and means ‘indulge in pagan revelry.’   It is only used once this way in all of Scripture.   Nations, unclean, memorial and idolatrous have been substituted with the word ‘pagan’ and even ‘gentile’ creating a mistranslation of the Scriptures and ultimately a division within the Body of Messiah. 

“But if their transgression means riches for the world, and their loss means riches for the Gentiles [ethnos], how much greater riches will their full inclusion bring!  I am talking to you Gentiles [ethnos]. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles [ethnos], I take pride in my ministry in the hope that I may somehow arouse my own people [Isra’el]  to envy and save some of them” (Romans 11:12-14). 

The  mistranslation of the words goy and ethnos into ‘pagan’ and ‘gentile’ in this passage creates an identity crisis in the Body of Messiah.  Those of the nations, the goyim, though they may be living among ‘pagans’ are not always ‘pagan’ and learning the ‘ways of the nations’.   They are living in the nations because of the foresight of God who knew His people would be dispersed among the ‘nations’.   Those of the goyim or ethnos who have put their faith in Yeshua have the responsibility to make Isra’el envious for their Messiah.

©2011 Tentstake Ministries

Throw, Cast – Hebrew: Yarah


Yarah in Hebrew means ‘to throw, to cast, direct, teach, instruct’ 

“But I will teach (yarah) you the good and right way” (1 Samuel 12:23).

This is the root of the word Torah and suggests that Torah is like a target.  As we try to throw or ‘shoot an arrow’ toward the target and miss, this is known as sin.  From this understanding comes the definition of sin as ‘missing the mark.’

Hebrew Word Pictures

Yod – ‘Closed Hand’ means ‘finished work’

Resh – ‘A Head’ means ‘authority or leader’

Hey – ‘A Window’ means ‘reveal or behold

yarah – finished work of the leader revealed

©2011 Tentstake Ministries



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