Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
The view in front of us:
The view behind us:
Big-league baseball and a sunset over Puget Sound from the same seats - not too shabby!
Saturday, we took advantage of the gorgeous weather and drove out Interstate 90 to North Bend, Wash., for a hike at Little Si. I have never been on a more crowded trail, but it was still fun. Sunday, Steve and I went up the Angel's Rest trail. Since it was a conditioning hike for our upcoming Mount Adams climb, we loaded our packs with weight and worked our legs and lungs up to the viewpoint. Adams was barely visible peaking over the hills across the way.
Brad spent the weekend at Smith Rock in Central Oregon with his Mazamas Advanced Rock class. Hopefully he'll have a few minutes to tell you his story.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
I just finished reading Blood Brothers, by Elias Chacour. I never knew much about the Israeli-Palestinian history and fighting other than that they both lay claim to the same land. This book, a short, quick read, is written by a Christian Palestinian who was a child in the late 1940s when the Zionists took over what is now Israel. He recalls the soldiers coming to his village and warning that the villagers were in danger. They were to leave everything behind and head for the hills - and the soldiers would protect their homes and tell them when it was safe to return. They were never allowed back. It's a heartbreaking story.
Elias was sent to live in a city orphanage so he could be educated. He eventually went to seminary and became a priest. He is currently the Archbishop of Galilee of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church and works for peace and understanding between Jews and Palestinians.
In the western world, I think we most often see Palestinians as the bad guys. This true story shows another perspective. However, the point is not to turn the tide on the Israelis but to promote peace and reconciliation. It explains the history and puts faces to those involved in the ongoing war.
I would highly recommend this read! Anyone want to borrow my copy?
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
In the evening, we were treated to a concert by the Tualatin Valley Community Band. The group's timpanist recently stepped down, and my mom was asked to fill in. She easily took over the mallets and did a kick-butt job! (that's her standing in the back, house right)
The band shared the stage with high school musicians preparing for their upcoming solo and ensemble competitions. I was very impressed by each student, as well as the community band. It was a lovely night of entertainment!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
"Our mechanistic approaches worked when you had a vaguely Christian world. In some of Billy Graham’s latest interviews, he says he realizes in hindsight that he basically went around to the Western world saying, “Come on home to what you know to be true.” Back then he could say, “the Bible says,” because everyone knew the felt-board Sunday school stories of the Bible. But now in a more post-Christian world, we don’t have the luxury of doing that anymore. People don’t know our story or doctrine. There’s no Christian home for them to come back to. So it requires us dropping approaches that seemed sensible in a Christian world and adopting post-Christian ways of doing evangelism — which has more to do with faithfully being the people of God."
I immediately thought of a friend who didn't know the story of the Good Samaritan. She understood the concept that it was someone, perhaps a passerby, who helped out someone else. But she didn't know the story. She was raised completely outside the church and had never heard the story. I was truly shocked, but it really emphasized where she was coming from in her personal and spiritual life.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!
Friday, April 11, 2008
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I spent several hours today weeding and picking out plants to add to his sparse landscape. Here's the front yard before. I'll keep you posted on the progress.
- Liz :)
Sunday, April 6, 2008
This week's hike took us to Aldrich Butte above Bonneville Hot Springs in the Gorge (at least that's where we were supposed to end up!). We'd never been there, but the map looked easy enough to follow. We got through the first few directions OK but then it didn't look right. A Mazamas group pointed us up a muddy trail and told us to go right and then stay left. The trail was as muddy as could be, and we were trying to keep our footing as we climbed the hill. We got to a junction and soon realized that our map didn't show the trail we'd been on.... so where were we?? Instead of following his right/left/left instructions, we went Brad's way. We eventually found the PCT (which was on our map) and guessed as to where we were. After another couple hours of watching the sky get darker and hoping we were on the right track, we came to the next anticipated crossing (a good sign that we really had found our way).
We soon passed the side trail to Aldrich Butte, but it was too late to make the trip. So we continued down and, right around the corner, there was that junction - the one where we were supposed to go left instead of right. (So that guy's directions were right after all!)
But instead of going down the steep, muddy slip-and-slide route, we chose to try yet another unknown trail (we assumed it was the one on our map that we were supposed to be on in the first place before that Mazamas guy sent us the wrong way). All looked good until we got to the power lines near the bottom and the trail split in several directions. The map wasn't as helpful as it should have been, and I lost the vote 4-1, sending us down the wrong way. We ended up on a road that hopefully would take us to the car. After walking and walking, we started to doubt. It also started to pour! Steve, armed with a small map from the Web, was sure that we were in the wrong place (duh!) but that the road would get us there (yay!).
We made it! Notice Karen's soaked pants, the mud up Steve's legs, the pouring rain and the standing water in our photo? It's always an adventure with us... always :)
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Eryn and I planned to try our best at the 5K run. Mom stuck with the 5K walk. It was a chilly, gray morning at Champoeg State Park.
Tim and Laura opted for the walk (Laura took third place!!!!!)
Aaron (the only real runner in the group) ran the 10K while Irene and Abram walked.
I started strong, struggling only to dodge a kid on a bike who was going the same speed as me but weaving around the little path. I felt good as I neared the turnaround point but wondered why more people weren't already passing me. I kept running and running and finally reached the sign (again dodging that kid on the bike!). A couple minutes later, I started to feel a little yucky. I debated with myself, finally coming to the conclusion that I should walk a bit. After 4 minutes, I decided to pick up the speed and finish it out. I was just under 37 minutes.
Eryn mentioned that she thought the turnaround was in a different spot than last year. YES! I was thinking the same thing. Others around us confirmed. Apparently, last year's course was a bit short. HOWEVER, they seemed to have overcompensated and made it a bit too long this year. So considering my sickness/walking and the long course, I'm pretty happy with my time.
Eryn won free bowling in the raffle and mom took us to lunch at Elmer's. A good day :)
Friday, April 4, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Fat flakes fell for another 30 minutes or so. I've seen snow at the beach before, but not this late in the season. Right now, I'm looking out my window at bright sunshine and blue skies. It's just plain crazy.
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
The storm made for really cool views. Northwest toward the city: Northeast:
Southwest:Christine LOVES to take pictures along the way - especially of neat weather stuff:
Can't leave the summit without one of these!
I have to admit that I'm ready to hike without freezing my baguettes off (and by baguettes, I mean fingers!), but this bizarre weather has made for some extra-memorable adventures :)