Are You a Pioneer?

In August of 2021, Keith and I intentionally set off on a grand adventure to take our 2006 Cedar Creek RV across the country from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to Keystone, South Dakota. As we ventured out, our destination was Mount Rushmore, with hopes of seeing other U.S. attractions along the way.

Our first two stops were in Kentucky at the Ark Encounter followed by the Creation Museum. At both of these amazing sites, we discovered how powerful the human mind actually is. It was created to envision, strategize, conceive, plan, and calculate. Everything that is done has already been done by others who lived long ago, in another time and another place. Many were pioneers, starting out to accomplish something for the first time and establishing a continual process of how we can make and do things better.

Next, we camped in Ohio. There we visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We were inspired by those who pioneered this favorite American pastime. They were passionate players who dreamt of becoming the greatest in their sport, starting out with minimal protective equipment in comparison to what we have today. The game has always been rough on the body, and now the equipment is continually improving to keep that body safe. From the first time it was ever played up to modern times, the game never ceases to bring out endearing fans all across the country.  

We also visited the famous Christmas Story house on Cleveland Street. Yes, that’s right, Ralphie’s. It is actually in Cleveland, Ohio, in the heart of the steel industry of our nation. It was amazing to see a product of innovation in this small town that time forgot. Again, we were introduced to pioneers of a skill and a product that keeps America, among other nations, operating and growing. 

While driving along US I-90 onward to South Dakota, we saw much of America’s farmland. There are endless rows of corn as far as the eye can see from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, to South Dakota. The land was so beautiful to view. There were no tall buildings, stores, neighborhoods, or businesses, just farmland. Keith and I conversed much about the pioneers of this land. We wondered what they envisioned as they came westward in the great expansion. Today, it appears to be the breadbasket that feeds our great nation. Witnessing this vast site truly gave us a new appreciation for our nation’s farmers.

Approaching Mount Rushmore was another awestruck moment of pioneering genius – to see a dream for a national treasure that became a reality in 14 years’ time. It provided work for many during the Great Depression as well as gifted a legacy that many people today travel across the country to view in person. It commemorates four of our nation’s greatest presidents during her first 150 years of establishment. They, too, were all pioneers in their offices, as they led a baby nation to become a world leader, all during times of war and civil unrest.  

All of this was made possible through the dreams of pioneers. A pioneer is a person who is among the first to settle or explore an area or an idea. It is someone who ventures into the unknown or unclaimed territory or who opens up new areas of thought, research, or development. Conditions may not always seem in the pioneers’ favor, but their drive, passion, and purpose bring into being those things that, at one time, did not exist.  

Within you are many possibilities. You have the capacity to share them, embark upon them, develop them, and create them. Your mind is brilliant and formed in the likeness of your Creator. You have ideas in which you can invite others to participate to make those thoughts a reality. The question is, Are you willing to be a pioneer? Our world needs pioneers to keep moving towards and bringing out the best that mankind has to offer. Are you a pioneer? Don’t be afraid to go after what may appear odd or strange to others. Later, they will be thanking you for making their lives better because of it. Let’s keep growing and keep going. It’s a good time to be you!

Peace and Joy,

Angela

In August of 2021, Keith and I intentionally set off on a grand adventure to take our 2006 Cedar Creek RV across the country from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to Keystone, South Dakota. As we ventured out, our destination was Mount Rushmore, with hopes of seeing other U.S. attractions along the way.

Our first two stops were in Kentucky at the Ark Encounter followed by the Creation Museum. At both of these amazing sites, we discovered how powerful the human mind actually is. It was created to envision, strategize, conceive, plan, and calculate. Everything that is done has already been done by others who lived long ago, in another time and another place. Many were pioneers, starting out to accomplish something for the first time and establishing a continual process of how we can make and do things better.  

Next we camped in Ohio. There we visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame. We were inspired by those who pioneered this favorite American pastime. They were passionate players who dreamt of becoming the greatest in their sport, starting out with minimal protective equipment in comparison to what we have today. The game has always been rough on the body, and now the equipment is continually improving to keep that body safe. From the first time it was ever played up to modern times, the game never ceases to bring out endearing fans all across the country.  

We also visited the famous Christmas Story house on Cleveland Street. Yes, that’s right, Ralphie’s. It is actually in Cleveland, Ohio, in the heart of the steel industry of our nation. It was amazing to see a product of innovation in this small town that time forgot. Again, we were introduced to pioneers of a skill and a product that keeps America, among other nations, operating and growing. 

While driving along US I-90 onward to South Dakota, we saw much of America’s farmland. There are endless rows of corn as far as the eye can see from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, to South Dakota. The land was so beautiful to view. There were no tall buildings, stores, neighborhoods, or businesses, just farmland. Keith and I conversed much about the pioneers of this land. We wondered what they envisioned as they came westward in the great expansion. Today, it appears to be the breadbasket that feeds our great nation. Witnessing this vast site truly gave us a new appreciation for our nation’s farmers.

Approaching Mount Rushmore was another awestruck moment of pioneering genius – to see a dream for a national treasure that became a reality in 14 years’ time. It provided work for many during the Great Depression as well as gifted a legacy that many people today travel across the country to view in person. It commemorates four of our nation’s greatest Presidents during our her first 150 years of establishment. They, too, were all pioneers in their offices, as they led a baby nation to become a world leader, all during times of war and civil unrest.  

All of this was made possible through the dreams of pioneers. A pioneer is a person who is among the first to settle or explore an area or an idea. It is someone who ventures into the unknown or unclaimed territory or who opens up new areas of thought, research, or development. Conditions may not always seem in the pioneers’ favor, but their drive, passion, and purpose bring into being those things that, at one time, did not exist.  

Within you are many possibilities. You have the capacity to share them, embark upon them, develop them, and create them. Your mind is brilliant and formed in the likeness of your Creator. You have ideas in which you can invite others to participate to make those thoughts a reality. The question is, Are you willing to be a pioneer? Our world needs pioneers to keep moving towards and bringing out the best that mankind has to offer. Are you a pioneer? Don’t be afraid to go after what may appear odd or strange to others. Later they will be thanking you for making their lives better because of it. Let’s keep growing and keep going. It’s a good time to be you!

Peace and Joy,

Angela 

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