Murdo Girl…the road trip..friendship, the whole ball of wax

The older I get, the more I appreciate friendship. 

I have made some very special friends through the blog, our church, and my part-time job, but until the last few years, I didn’t know much about having and being a friend. I couldn’t imagine trusting another person enough to let them help me through difficult times, and I wasn’t self confidant or brave enough to try to help someone else through theirs.

I wasn’t really selfish or uncaring…I lacked courage. I wasn’t at all sure I wanted to get to know someone else that well, and I was unwilling to let myself be vulnerable. I didn’t know how to give or receive in a friendship and I wasn’t sure I could learn.

Then Kip and I gradually became involved with a group of very special people…and so began the process of learning about friendship. I was around people who demonstrated it through good times and bad. They’re the kind of people who can be depended on to help others because that’s what friends do. It takes courage, patience, trust, compassion and understanding. Friendship is a big commitment. 

No one can fix everything, but a caring friend can look beyond the smile and see the pain in their friend’s eyes. They can also enthusiastically share in their joy. It’s as simple and as difficult as that. 

Friends like these can also be a whole lot of fun.


Since Kip and I started taking longer RV trips, we have made it a priority to spend time with friends we don’t get to see very often. This year’s trip has been especially rewarding. 

I’m sure all of our friends back home who know these smiling faces in the picture below, will join us in being thankful for the many blessings of friendship.

I want to thank Anne and Bear Jones for their warm hospitality. This morning Kip and I went hiking with Anne and we got to see some awesome waterfalls. Then we all had a fun lunch at Rocky’s. After lunch we went to see the totally impressive Sierra Nevada Brewery and more beautiful waterfalls. Later James and Janet Adams joined us for dinner…followed by ice cream. 

Janet and James are going to feed us all tomorrow.

The hike, lunch and the brewery

I also promised to show you a picture of Anne and Bear’s beautiful log home in Brevard, North Carolina.

8 thoughts on “Murdo Girl…the road trip..friendship, the whole ball of wax

  1. scoper07 September 23, 2017 / 12:29 pm

    10-4 on the friendship MG! I am happy you are having such a meaningful trip. I live vicariously…


    • Mary Francis McNinch September 23, 2017 / 8:05 pm

      It will be unforgettable 07. Others seemed to relate to my feelings on friendship. Thanks for your comment.

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  2. lifelessons September 23, 2017 / 12:56 am

    What a beautiful spot, and I love their cabin. I’ve always wanted to live in one. I also love how the rocks look like paving stones on the mounds in front of their house. Is that natural or did they do it? I am loving seeing how much fun you are having. Just wonderful. I also appreciate your delight over the next meal! I know that feeling. What did you buy at the second hand store? You leave out some of the good parts!


    • Mary Francis McNinch September 23, 2017 / 7:14 am

      They tried to put grass in the terraced area, but it didn’t do well so they had the pavestone put in. I forgot to take pictures of the house, so Anne emailed this one. You would love the back deck and the interior, Judy. I bought a pair of tan capris and a stripped Talbot’s top. They’re like new and totaled $4.00.

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      • lifelessons September 23, 2017 / 9:34 am

        I love the stone. It really looks like it could have just grown there. Was that true in person?


      • lifelessons September 23, 2017 / 9:36 am

        Can she email you photos of the interiors? Your fans would like to become her fans!!!

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      • Mary Francis McNinch September 23, 2017 / 9:49 am

        We’re going to see them tonight. I’ll ask her to. She also has a fabulous house at the lake where we live.


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