Westward Ho! Sarah’s Creation AdventureAug 21st, 2011 | By Jessica Parnell | Category: Sarah's Creation Adventure
Guest blog post by: Sarah Klase
What do you call 2,100 miles, 4 days, a ’93 Grand Prix, 3 sisters, and one year’s worth of supplies for those 3 girls stuffed into the Grand Prix? Some have called it crazy, but I like to call it a recipe for one epic road trip!
Meet the players in this drama! I am a 27 year old former day care worker, personal chef, and advisor at Bridgeway Academy! I love cross-cultural experiences and have lived in both the Czech Republic and Morocco through missions opportunities. Next is Leah, a 19 year old entrepreneur who started her own cleaning business after graduating from high school. She is also our resident photographer extraordinaire! Last but not least is 17 year old Rachel, a recent high school grad who was able to complete high school a year early. She is also our fashion expert and constant source of humor! All of us were homeschooled from kindergarten through high school and have developed a love for experiential learning.
By the time you read this, my two sisters and I will be en-route from Pennsylvania to Wyoming via Route 80. From Pennsylvania, this highway takes you all the way out west, through Toledo, Chicago, Des Moines, Lincoln, and Cheyenne.
Some travel guides I have been reading warn drivers to be prepared and well stocked in all essentials when you reach states such as Nebraska because there is not much beyond the big cities. I feel it would be appropriate for loyal Nebraskans to voice their displeasure at this generalization because I have found many wonderful attractions to visit! The Roadside America website lists just a few.
Take the town of Alliance, NE for example. We’ve all seen pictures of Stonehenge in England, but wouldn’t it be amazing to construct a replica out of junked cars? It is both environmentally conscientious and creative! If we have the time, I would LOVE to stop and see firsthand the result of this resourcefulness! And who wouldn’t die to see the World’s Largest Ball of Stamps in Omaha or the birthplace of Kool-Aid in Hastings? These items are definitely on my “to do” list…if we have the time. We will be driving 8 hours a day, so we may not have much opportunity for sight-seeing. Of course there are the usual historical sites and museums to visit, but my sightseeing tastes run more towards the bizarre!
Why this journey you may ask? Well, the real goal is our destination in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We have set aside a year of our lives to attend Jackson Hole Bible College. The school offers a one year Bible program that also incorporates creation science courses into the program. Some of the courses are taken on the trail while hiking in various national parks such as the Grand Canyon, Bryce, Zion, and Mt. St. Helens.
Leah and I visited the school while on vacation over 3 years ago and decided that if given the opportunity, we would love to take a year and experience God’s glorious creation in such a unique way! The Lord has allowed this dream to materialize and we are so excited to be on our way west. I have a feeling we really don’t know what we’re getting ourselves in to, but that makes it even more fun! I’m sure we will encounter many new challenges and are looking forward to facing them together!
I also look forward to sharing our adventures with you as we experience them. The next time I write we will have completed our first hiking adventure in the Grand Tetons! Until then, we will savor the road trip of a lifetime and look forward to what God has in store for us! Westward ho!
About the Author, Sarah Klase
Sarah Klase is an Advisor Assistant at Bridgeway Academy and has decided to embark on a 1-year creation studies adventure at Jackson Hole Bible College in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Sarah, 27, holds an Associate’s degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute and fell in love with JHBC 3 years ago when she visited the campus with one of her sisters. This year Sarah and her two younger sisters decided to take a year out of their lives to experience an amazing adventure complete with cross-country driving, interesting field visits, archeological digs and more! Tune in each month as Sarah blogs about her travels, experiences and learning’s.