We left the house at 7:00 Sunday morning, driving into the sunrise to cross the mountains and meet friends for lunch in Leavenworth. Judi, my college roommate, and her husband Arlin had come from Spokane to Leavenworth's Octoberfest. The drive over included some photos from the windows of the moving car and a few taken along the Skykomish River on the west side of the Cascades. The trip also gave us a chance to meet Craig and transfer the Burundi-bound auto parts that I wrote about here. After a little produce shopping at Smallwood's Harvest in Peshastin we went back to Leavenworth and up Icicle Canyon to visit Roger and Sandy, who live off the grid in forrest fire country. They told us how the fires had come within three feet of the corners of their buildings in 2001, and they've been watching the helicopters drop thousands of gallons of water on nearby mountains, knowing that the wind could change direction and send the fires their way at any time.
To spend unhurried time with friends, to take in the beauty around us, and to know God is at work in this world -- yes, it was quite a day!
Tom and I were both shooting away on our cameras, so I can't take credit for some of these photos. Hope you enjoy them.
|With Judi and Arlin
|Tom and Roger, looking for deer tracks
|Sandy and me on a trail Roger cut on the property