Journey

“Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t really you, so that you can  be who you were meant to be in the first place.”

And most definitely, it is realizing and living the transformed life that God gives us through Jesus, in whom “we are a new creation.”
Isaiah 26, Wallowa Lake

Oregon’s McKenzie River ripples

Walking between two beautiful waterfalls on the McKenzie River, Sahalie Falls andKoosah Falls, provided these wonderful images of joyful delight.

 

McKenzie River Oregon
Koosah Falls, McKenzie River Oregon
Koosah Falls,McKenzie River Oregon
McKenzie River Oregon
McKenzie River Oregon
McKenzie River Oregon
McKenzie River Oregon
McKenzie River Oregon
McKenzie River Oregon
McKenzie River Oregon
McKenzie River Oregon
McKenzie River Oregon
McKenzie River Oregon
McKenzie River Oregon, Sahlie Falls
McKenzie River Oregon, Sahlie Falls

Backpacking Eagle Creek in the Eagle Cap Wilderness

Bob Carter and I enjoyed a three day backpack trip up the Eagle Creek drainage on the south side of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Bob and I have been hiking together since 2003, and we are grateful our legs still let us enjoy these trips.

We left  Monday afternoon and found very few others on the trail.  The flowers were at their peak, blooming in green expansive meadows beneath formidable peaks and cliffs.

” The mountains are calling and I must answer.” John Muir

Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness

Eagle Cao Wilderness

Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness
Bear Lake,Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Creek Eagle Cap Wilderness

 

 

 

Outside the Painted Hills

The iconic view of Painted Hills unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument is off limits to exploring. However, there a couple “mini” colorful ash areas outside the unit where you can hike and explore and let your mind wander in the stillness that is uninterrupted by vehicles and viewers. Here are a few pictures from May. I hope to hang out there more in the future.

Painted Hills, Mitchel OR, John Day Fossil BedsPainted Hills, Mitchel OR, John Day Fossil Beds
Painted Hills, Mitchel OR, John Day Fossil Beds
Painted Hills, Mitchel OR, John Day Fossil Beds
Painted Hills, Mitchel OR, John Day Fossil Beds
Painted Hills, Mitchel OR, John Day Fossil Beds


Painted Hills, Mitchel OR, John Day Fossil Beds

The goal of life is God

“The goal of life is God! The source of life is God! That out of which life comes is that into which life goes. . . . God is the guarantor of all [our] values, the ultimate meaning—the timeless frame of reference. That which sustains the flower of the field, the circling series of stars in the heavens, the structure of dependability in the world of nature everywhere, the stirring of the will of man to action, the dream of humanity, developed and free, for which myriad men, sometimes in solitariness in lonely places or in great throngs milling in crowded squares—all this and infinitely more in richness and variety and value is God. Men may be thrown from their courses—they may wander for a million years in desert and waste land, through sin and degradation, war and pestilence, hate and love—at last they must find their rest in Him. . .”   Rev. Dr. Howard Thurman

Wallowa Lake

BSA Troop 514 backpack into Minam Meadows

Six Scouts and another adult and myself from Troop 514 in La Grande made a mid July backpack into Minam Meadows/Red’s Horse ranch, an eight and a half mile hike from Moss Springs above Cove, Oregon. We stayed at a cabin constructed in the mid thirties by the father of a member of the Presbyterian Church. The boys, ages 11 to 17. collaborated and cooperated, living the Scout Oath and Law to the fullest I have ever experienced. It was a deep joy to listen to them laugh and share. They repaired a small bridge, hiked, fished, cooked, cleaned Mup, and played a variety of games. This trip created distinct memories of happiness for all of us.

Photos by Eric Valentine