Milestone from the Via Egnatian displayed in the Thessaloniki Museum. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.
A few minutes ago the counter on this blog indicated that we have reached one million hits since beginning the blog about five years ago.
This is not much compared to many secular web sites, or even some biblioblogs, but I am pleased with the results over these years.
Ferrell’s Travel Blog was begun to keep friends and family of our tour members informed about the progress of a tour in 2007. Had I realized it was to become a regular part of my life, averaging more than 1100 hits a day, I would have named it differently. But I didn’t, and here we are.
Thanks for following the blog. I am especially pleased when Bible class teachers write to tell me they are using the material in their Bible classes.
I have enjoyed the contact with some well-informed people who have taken time to communicate with me regarding the subjects I write about. Thanks to all who have taken the time to leave a comment on the blog, in person, by Facebook, or by Email.
We celebrated becoming half a millionaire November 21, 2010, here.
Some days I think of discontinuing the blog; other days I don’t.
The photo of the milestone from the Via Egnatian, a Roman road used by the Apostle Paul, seems appropriate today.
In the olden days of 35mm I made about 300 to 400 photos on each trip. Now, with digital photography I make 3000 to 4000. Out of that number I find a few good ones that can be used in various presentations. Pardon me for sharing with you a few of my personal favorites of our foreign tours in 2007.
This photo was made in Tarsus of Cilicia (now in Turkey). This was the hometown of Saul, later the Apostle Paul. Elizabeth and I stopped to smell the roses. I think few of us really take enough time to do that. I don’t remember who made the photo. Maybe Larry or Olen. Leave a comment if you remember.
One of the highlights of the Ancient Crossroads Tour of Historical and Biblical Sites in Turkey was locating the ancient Roman Road north of Tarsus. I had known of this road for a long time but had been unable to get to it. What a thrill!
David Padfield made this photo. David is a great photographer and knowledgeable in photographic equipment and techniques. He also made the photo below. In fact, he has a little story behind it. This was made at Arsameia in the mountains of Eastern Turkey. This was the capital of the Kingdom of Commagene in the first century B.C. Elizabeth made David, Gene, and Leon promise that they would not let me fall off a cliff. David sent her an enlargement of this photo with a note that this was as close as he could get to me.
On our September trip to Scotland I enjoyed going to the Isle of Iona, site of a medieval monastery. It was an always misty, and often rainy, experience. I am not sure, but think Jim made this photo.
Those who traveled with us must have their own favorites. Send a comment to tell us about it.
We have been greatly blessed to travel to so many places on earth over the past 40 years, and to be able to share them with others. Thanks for the memories!