Somehow between slow internet, busy working days, busy playing days, mostly cloudy skies and cool days (which makes me more apt to pick up a book and snuggle under a blanket than to cozy up to the computer when I have free time), and a SOWER newsletter that always consumes the first part of every month, I have sadly neglected this little blog. In effort to do a little catch up, I thought I’d scroll through my phone and see what little snipped of life I can share from the last week and a half (give or take!).
I got a little tour of the YWAM chickens when we first got there. They are still on the young side so there haven’t been any eggs yet – but they’re checkin’ every day now!
I’ve been working away on the blue trim throughout the camp, and Gary has been working his way along the roof….
Fourth of July
Did you have a good 4th? Ours was a bit on the quiet side, but quite lovely nonetheless! We ran some errands over inÂ Sequim (rhymes with Skim not sequin as you might think), including a fun breakfast out,
(hello, Mr. Squirrel)
enjoyed a fun picnic with the staff,
(and this was before the grilled salmon, chicken and brats were added!)
and enjoyed listening to the fireworks from our rig. (They didn’t start until after 10PM and the temps were dropping fast. Yes, we’re wimps!)
I finally made it down the ‘cliff’ to explore Discovery Bay!
Lynn (my fellow painter of the blue) and I had a lovely afternoon walking along the water’s edge and collecting sand dollars and shells.
Friday (wow, just yesterday!) we ran errands over in Sequim again, and since the clouds looked like they were beginning to clear, we took a little drive to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.
While we enjoyed some beautiful overlooks,
and I trekked down to the beach,
weÂ did NOT hike out to the lighthouse at the end of the spit (about 6 miles down the spit).
It was a beautiful day to do a bit of local splorin’.( Plus we were able to combine it with a stop at Costco!)
And that brings us up to TODAY!
We hit the local farmers market, picked up some lovely fresh fish at theÂ fish market
(OK, we bought filets, but these were much more colorful for the photo op.)
and are now looking forward to a yummy dinner with friends tonight! So – all that being said, it’s time for me to wrap this up and start tidying up the house. After all, we’re having company!
Thanks for stopping by (and for your patience with the sporadic nature of these posts!). Check over on the Photo’s page if you’d like to browse through some of the other pictures from the last week (or so!).
It’s a foggy, misty morning here outside of Port Townsend and since my SOWER task involves scraping, cleaning and painting door frames, I decide to finish up my work hours after lunch when the sun is promised to be shining.
Usual view across Discovery Bay –
This morning –
My assignment (and 15 or so like it)
So – this afternoon it is!
With an almost free morning (which is disappearing fast), I thought it might be time for a bit of an update. In a nutshell –
YWAM, Discovery Bay offers three month discipleship training courses, courses on teaching English as a second language, and also courses concentrating on foreign missions – the School of Frontier Missions. Between YWAM events (courses), the facility is used for area retreats and camps. Right now they are in one of those ‘in-between’ times, so it’s a great time to get some maintenance done. The guys are working on some roofing issues in the office that require pulling down the ceiling in the said office (yuk – the mess), and we ladies are busy sprucing up the cabins by painting the trim.
Since we’re parked behind the buildings
so we don’t have a view of the mountains and the bay – but last night we had a evening visitor which was kinda fun!
(The lines in the bottom right corner are our windshield wiper. Guess having a big ol’ RV or two in the neighborhood is no big deal to this guy. Or the young doe that followed him!)
We’re getting familiar with the area and are looking forward to a great month! There is tons of stuff to explore – from the artsy Victorian seaport of Port Townsend
to the Olympic National Park, to taking the ferry into Seattle!
(Photo taken from Port Orchard – you can’t actually see Seattle from Port Townsend!)
At any rate – it’s time for lunch out here on the West Coast, and then it’s back to work for me! Thanks for stopping by – you can check out some other pictures of our first days here over on the photos page if you’d like a bit more detail!
Here are the steps that I often go through before I actually hit the “publish” button to post a blog entry.
- Find something interesting to write about! This can be harder than you think (or maybe not, you say!), butÂ for this example I’ll be using our mini road trip to explore the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
- Actually DO the ‘interesting thing to write about”. Â And while you’re doing it take lots of pictures, and give a little bit of thought about how you want to “frame” the story. (Even though the day started out a bit cloudy and drizzly,Â we were hopeful that the weather would break in our favor.)
- Return home, take a quick nap and then begin sorting through the photos of the day.
- Original Count (both camera and phone)-203
- Mark your favorites – got it down to 93
- Look at that first sifting, and continue to fine tune your choices. (Decide you need to take a photography class to better utilize/understand your SLR camera since you oftenÂ like the iPhone pix better than the camera pix.) Get it down to 60. Still too many, but I just gave up!
- Begin to upload the pictures to Flickr. Be realistic about your slow internet (here under the towering pines) and when after 3 days of having had only 15 successfully upload, take the computer to the dining hall and use the camp wifi. Â In the time it took to eat dinner, all the pictures were uploaded and just needed a bit of organizing. Phew.
- Start the post and then decide which few photos to actually highlight and how that will work in with the storyline. Assuming I remember the story line. Where were we again? Oh right – Mount. St. Helens.
We’ve visitedÂ a lot of mountains in our travels (most recently the majestic Mt. Rainier), but we’ve never visited an active volcano that erupted during our lifetime – 1980. And I mean, ERUPTED! Â From Wikipedia –
Mount St. Helens is most notorious for its paroxysmic eruption on May 18, 1980, at 8:32Â a.m. PDT, the deadliest and most economically destructive volcanic event in the history of the United States. Fifty-seven people were killed; 250 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles (24Â km) of railways, and 185 miles (298Â km) of highway were destroyed. A massive debris avalanche triggered by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale caused an eruption that reduced the elevation of the mountain’s summit from 9,677Â ft (2,950Â m) to 8,363Â ft (2,549Â m), replacing it with a 1 mile (1.6Â km) wide horseshoe-shaped crater. The debris avalanche was up to 0.7 cubic miles (2.9Â km3) in volume. The Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument was created to preserve the volcano and allow for its aftermath to be scientifically studied.
It was a very interesting day – from the lower slopes that have been purposefully re-forested by Weyerhauser
to the area managed by the Forestry Service which has been left to regrow without man’s help.
One of the highlights of the day (other than the very informative visitor centers and videos) was a short hike I took along the ridge to the Johnson Ridge Observatory.
Another wasÂ theÂ beautiful walk along Coldstone Lake (formed when a landslide from the eruption formed a natural dam).
What an excellent day! Such powerful examples of “beauty from ashes” and the wonderful regenerative resources that our great God has enabled in His creation.
- Read it over about a dozen times – checking grammar, always being thankful for that squiggly red line for spelling, and insert any links that might be helpful. Do a preview post to check for formatting and if you just can’t figure out how to make it line up the way you want to (just enough html knowledge over here to be dangerous) get over it and move on. Save your draft and then make sure you put it in a category and apply pertinent “tags” to it.
- Decide if you want to do a “featured image” which will be the header when this specific post is brought up. Find and upload the picture.Â Uploading, uploading, uploading…….(Tidy up a bit while you’re waiting for the upload. After all, we are moving down the road and there is packing that needs to be done!)
- Decide if you want to do a “Check out this LINK if you’d like to see the whole set of photos” or actually do a fancy slide show. What the heck – do ’em both-Â it’s good practice!
- Preview one final time – and then, (four full days after the event!), hit the Publish button.
- Take another nap.
Back to packing! Hope you enjoyed this little ‘inside edition’ of the journey!
I’ve decided that these days we can best be described at National Park Scratchers. We never seem to have enough time or enough stamina to really explore the beautiful National Parks this country has been blessed with. And so, we tend to just scratch the surface of these wonders. We approach the rangers sitting behind the desk with the question – “So we only have the day (afternoon) and we’re old(ish). What are the “don’t miss” items in the park that we can see and do.” Yes, we’re those people – National Park Scratchers. But still, even with our limited time and ‘resources’, we were so glad we spent (at least part of the day) Saturday checking out Mt. Rainier National Park.
First of all it was a beautiful day. Crisp and clear and warm. Closing in on hot actually. (HOT actually happened on Sunday when the temps climbed to 97!). We kept chasing that mountain
until finally we were in the park and closing in on the subject!
Even before we got to the Visitor Center in the Paradise section of the park, we did our best to stop at some of the pull-outs to see what we could see!
(Not too much scenery, but I really like the cross!)
I say we ‘did our best’ to stop because the pull-outs were already full of cars trying to see what they could see. In fact, several times along the way there were signs that read – “Paradise Lot is Full. Through traffic only.” It seems that LOTS of folks thought this beautiful clear Saturday was an day excellent to visit the mountain!
And yes, indeed, the parking lot WAS full. As were the shoulders for at least a mile before you even got to the visitor center. We circled the lot a couple of times (us and about a dozen other cars) and then resigned ourselves to just a beautiful drive back down when a car pulled out of the line-up along the shoulder. Before I could say, “I don’t think we’ll fit in there”, Gary had us parked and we were walking back to the center. (We had hoped to do a loop drive that started from there, but that wasn’t open yet for the season. Silly snow!)
We checked out the 21 minute video (:)),
(We do love us a good National Park video!)
toured the small museum and gift shop. We decided that tromping through the snow wasn’t all that interesting to us, so we relinquished our shoulder parking spot and did indeed head back down the mountain road.
Most of the pull-outs were still packed, but I did make Gary stop so I could check out these lovely flowers blooming amidst a rock wall.
Pretty, pretty, pretty!
We continued home, stopped for a lovely dinner along the way, and still enjoyed catching glimpses of The Mountain all the way home!
A few more photos of our day at the Park can be found here
but I thought I’d leave you with two very different views of Mt. Rainier –
Taken on my flight East back in early May –
and then on my flight back to Seattle two weeks later –
Yes, it’s that little dimple in the clouds! Gotta love Seattle weather!
Thanks for stopping by –
Your friendly neighborhood National Park Scratchers!