Good, evil, mercy

“Let your mercy shine upon evil.” St Teresa of Avila

“We must understand that we are capable of any evil and that only God is our strength. Only God can protect us from the evil we might do if we were placed in circumstances of enormous suffering and tragedy….Humility is the right relationship to God. It is at the same time total dependence on God and invincible hope in God’s infinite mercy.” Fr. Thomas Keating

Anthony Lake Gunsight
Anthony Lake Gunsight

It is easy to be distracted with our unhappiness over the current politics in the United States.  We blame the President for our ills, and forget that we too commit small acts of unkindness consistently every day.  More than ever before, we must let go of anger and engage in distinct, continuing acts of mercy and compassion to those around us.

Clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, 
kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and 
forgive anyone who offends you.  Above all, 
clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all 
together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tender Love

“What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin?  But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.”  Matthew 10:29

Not only does God breathe with the sparrow, but the butterfly as.  How infinite and eternal is God’s goodness, love and tenderness for us?  I often wonder why I can be so forgetful of the delicate way God holds His Creation.  His Presence never falters, despite the storms of life.

Swallowtail on echinacea
Swallowtail on echinacea

Camping above Hells Canyon

Hells Canyon campsite
Hells Canyon campsite
Our tent looking out at the Seven Devils Mts.
Our tent looking out at the Seven Devils Mts.
Full moon rising over the Seven Devils Mts.
Full moon rising over the Seven Devils Mts.
Hells Canyon sunset
Hells Canyon sunset
Hells Canyon lupine sunrise
Hells Canyon lupine sunrise
Hells Canyon lupine in the early morning light
Hells Canyon lupine in the early morning light
Hells Canyon wildflowers
Hells Canyon wildflowers
Hells Canyon, Seven Devils Mts
Hells Canyon, Seven Devils Mts
Hells Canyon sunset
Hells Canyon sunset

Meg and I enjoyed our annual trip camping trip high above Hells Canyon, near Hat Point in Wallowa County.  The Seven Devils mountains in Idaho rise above the Snake River, making Hells Canyon the deepest gorge in the US.  The view is one of those “million dollar” experiences..  If this were private property accessible by an easy road,  a five star resort would be perched here, hosting hundreds of people a day..  Instead, amidst gorgeous wildflowers, skies and clouds, science and tranquility, Meg and I rested in these views and feelings alone.

Oyyhee Country: The Honeycombs of SE Oregon

For at least a decade I have wanted to visit to Honeycombs in the Owyhee Country of south eastern Oregon. Finally, after turning back in my earlier Suburu and my Highlander attempts,  I purchased a Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. The road is not extreme 4 wheeling, but it does require clearance, caution, and a good skid plate if an error is made. Fortunately, no errors, and the trip was uneventful. I went with my Pacific Crest Trail hiking partner, Bob. This Owyhee country is remote and spectacular!

 

Early evening in the Honeycomb country
Early evening in the Honeycomb country
Honeycomb country. wild horses
Honeycomb country. wild horses
Honeycomb walls
Honeycomb walls
Honeycombs. Mariposa lily
Honeycombs. Mariposa lily
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Owyhee country
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Owyhee country
Owyhee country color
Owyhee country color
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Owyhee country
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Owyhee country

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Road into the Honeycombs
Road into the Honeycombs
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Honeycombs
Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Honeycombs
Honeycomb walls
Honeycomb walls
Road into the Honeycombs
Road into the Honeycombs
Sunrise light above the Honeycombs
Sunrise light above the Honeycombs

Grande Ronde river rescue by Troop 514

 

Thirteen Scouts, four adults with four rafts enjoyed three days on the Grande Ronde river from June 16 to June 18..  Three of the boats were involved in rescuing a party of five whose boat had flipped . Morgan, Nate, Tim, Caleb, Garren righted the flipped raft and collected floating gear, and helped out a father and son who had landed on a rock near shore,. Nick skillfully maneuvered the second Scout raft while Lucy, Kadyn, Elias  pulled a father and two young children out of the river, got them to shore and provided them dry clothes. Eric, James, Devin in the third boat heated up water with a jet boil stove, and furnished   food and drink to the the children and father.  It was a solid performance by the Scouts. Greg in the lead boat, was ahead of the accident. He had a campsite ready for us when we arrived.  David, Alex, Kyler, and Eli had walked up stream and alerted us where to land, and helped pull us in.

Troop 514 ready to start Grande Ronde river trip
Troop 514 ready to start Grande Ronde river trip
Rafting the Grande Ronde River
Rafting the Grande Ronde River
Grande Ronde river fun
Grande Ronde river fun
Dutch oven cooking on the Grande Ronde river
Troop 514 Dutch oven cooking on the Grande Ronde river
Oarsman Nick
Oarsman Nick
Grande Ronde River campsite
Troop 514 Grande Ronde River campsite
River fun
River fun
Splash
Splash
Saturday afternoon campsite
Saturday afternoon campsite. Enjoying the water.
Troop 514 dutch oven pineapple upside down cake
Troop 514 dutch oven pineapple upside down cake
BSA Troop 514 rafts on the Grande Ronde river
BSA Troop 514 rafts on the Grande Ronde river

Photos by Eric Valentine