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Mondays are for Memories – Joy in the Journey

CraterLake-19I was talking with our kids in Waco today, and they are chilled.to.the.bone. The roads are snow and ice covered (have you ever seen a snow plow in central Texas?), the temps are barely reaching the twenties, and there are ‘rolling blackouts’ as communities try and conserve electricity. As my dear daughter-in-law (who moved to TX to escape winter) said – “Texas, you have betrayed us!” Since I am not chilled to the bone these days, I thought I’d look back to a time when we came across some crazy snow in late April, 2016.

Joy in the Journey – May 2, 2016
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Sometimes we drive just to get to our destination. Sometimes it’s even a long drive. But this last week, while our drive was long (almost 1300 miles) and we were pointed at a final destination (Lake Retreat Camp in Ravensdale, WA (SE of Seattle)) we tried to take that road less traveled when it was possible and take time to stop and smell the roses (or walk in the snow as the case may be) along the way.
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Heading on our way! After 4 months in the desert we're excited to be heading to some trees! Washington, here we come! Oregon, we'll be enjoying you along the way. 🚍 🌳 #ontheroadagain
Although we did have to hop on to Interstate 5 for a bit to get through Sacramento, we mostly drove on Route 99 and then 97. Rte 97, in fact, took us from Weed, California right through Oregon and almost up to I90 in Washington. We drove through valleys, scaled (or so it seemed) mountains, crossed rivers and drove along beautiful lakes.
Along with the gallery of pictures below, HERE is a link to the album on Flickr. (I’ve put captions on most of the pictures, but apparently unless you click on each picture, you won’t be able to see them. I’ll have to talk to Flickr about that!)

Our two main stops were –
Lava Beds National Monument
Have you ever heard of this place?
It was very interesting – lots of lava, beautiful views
and lots of caves to explore. We weren’t really expecting to go spelunking, so we stuck with the one lighted cave (Mushpot) and one other that seemed pretty easy (Skull). As in no duck-walking or crawling easy. Yeah, we’re not into that. Of course, my phone died just as we were entering the Skull cave – so you’ll have to trust me that it was pretty cool!
The caves found in this park were created by flows of smooth lava thousands upon thousands of years ago. In another part of the park was a huge rock outcrop with petroglyphs –
I’ll confess that the petroglyphs were a little disappointing, but the rock itself was fabulous!
(Full album can be seen HERE!)
and (continuing the sentence back a couple of pictures!)
Crater Lake!
We’d heard about how stunning it was – and I’m sure there is a lot more to do in the summertime when things are actually open,
but draped in the beauty of snow – this was still a crazy beautiful experience!
We are so glad we bundled up and stopped to see this amazing lake that was formed when a volcano erupted and collapsed upon itself. So beautiful!
More snowy pictures HERE!

We thoroughly enjoyed our drive from the desert to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. The scenery was varied, fuel prices were low(ish), our stops were outstanding, and arrival at Lake Retreat welcome!
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We caught sight of Mt. Rainier today on our way home from church –
Mt Rainier
Looks like there will be more ‘sploring in our future!

PS – Here’s a music video of the song “Joy in the Journey” by Michael Card. It’s not so much about RV travel (not at all, actually), but about our journey with Christ. It’s worth a listen if you have a minute (or 3).

Mondays are for Memories – The Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington, DC

Like so many events around the country, I believe that the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC was cancelled. However, while the festival could be cancelled, the cherry blossoms pay no attention to such things! We enjoyed that festival back in April of 2006 – and it did my heart good to look back over that wonderful weekend!

A Wonderful Weekend! April 2, 2006

Sometimes God totally surprises me with his Goodness to me. Both Gary and I still pinch ourselves that we are actually on this adventure. We have been blessed over and over again in the people we’ve met, the places we’ve worked and the sights we’ve seen. And once again, when I thought that we’d be having a really good weekend, God surprised me by turning it into a total delight.
Saturday started out early. We wanted to get an early start for our trip into DC for the Cherry Blossom Festival. (Fortunately the other couple on our project used to live and work in DC, so they drove!). We still had to park very far from the center of activities, but it was well worth the walk. DC was absolutely beautiful! We got to see all of the monuments (many for the first time) and the walk through the cherry trees was spectacular. Here are a couple of the shots from the day – so very pretty.


Friday evening I had discovered that one of the churches that was having a women’s retreat at Sandy Cove was Calvary Chapel of Central Bucks. I know several families that worship there, so I was hopeful that I would be able to track down some friends. Saturday after our wonderful day in DC, I headed to the dining hall to find some of those buddies. It was a grand reunion with friends – some I expected to see and some I was totally surprised to see (as were they!). I sat in on the evening’s session (more blessings) and then was able to hang around and visit. It was down right amazing. And a total “God Thing” kind of day!

Sunday was a lovely early spring day and a quiet day of rest – a beautiful Sabbath.

And tomorrow we start the project. New things every day! Gotta love it!

Happy Daylight Savings….and there are a couple more pictures of the Cherry Blossom Beauty here.

Happy Wednesday!

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 –
We’re HERE!
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!