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The call of Anthony Lake, OR

When Meg and I arrived in La Grande in 1970. we had no idea we were coming to an area with alpine scenery within an hour’s drive.  We had imagined eastern Oregon as sage brush country.  Instead, we have lived in a beautiful river valley for forty five years, enjoying a wide range of outdoor activities that we can reach in less than a couple hours.

Anthony Lake, here in NE Oregon, spans Union and Baker Counties.  Our sons learned to ski here, and we have enjoyed the hiking and rock climbing these alpine mountains offer.  On Sunday, after church, we left for a wonderful afternoon of cross country skiing in sunshine after a fresh snow fall. Silence and awe surrounded us.

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The Klondike Derby, February 20&21, 2015

Eighteen Scouts slept in their snow shelters last Friday night up at the Anthony Lakes area of NE Oregon.  Their gear was appropriate to the weather conditions–18 degrees and light snow–so they enjoyed a comfortable night.  Many of these boys were barely eleven years old, yet their enthusiasm lasted the entire time, and they were most proud of their accomplishment. And I, at the other end of the age spectrum, enjoyed sleeping out in a tree well inside a bivy sack, underneath the tree boughs.

Saturday morning they competed in Scout skill events, as well as fun challenges based on a medieval knight theme–a catapult to knock over buckets, a jousting where they held a long light pole to thrust through a small hole as they were being pushed on a sledge, a bridge to knock their opponent off of.

We had enough scouts for three patrols.  One patrol finished first, so naturally there was extra excitement. These opportunities are unique skill and confidence builders–lessons and memories to last a  lifetime.

My sleeping “quarters”

Jousting target

Troop 514: Rock Climbing above Anthony Lake, OR

Troop 514 recently enjoyed its annual rock climbing event.  We leave early Saturday morning and drive to Anthony Lake, a delightful alpine lake less than an hour distance.  We then backpack up to a higher lake where we camp.  The boys day hike and then cook a variety on one pot meals as patrols.  In the morning, under the guidance of experienced climbers, the Scouts enjoy excellent rock climbing and rappelling,  The first time Scouts are usually a bit tentative in their approach to the granite wall, but after they try it once, they are exuberantly head up again, pleased with their new self confidence and sense of adventure.

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Troop 514, learning to rappel

Troop 514 rock climbing

Troop 514, finding traction

Troop 514, climbing wall above Anthony and Hoffer Lakes


Regardless of with whom or without whom we journey through life, our thought life is never mindless.

“At no time of day or night are we not thinking about something.  The only real question is, What is it? What do I choose to ruminate about in the interstices of the day, in the dark quiet of the night? Where does my mind go when there is nowhere specific for it to go?

The questions is an important one because its answer defines the kind of person we are choosing to become….The fact is, we become what we think about. What we seed in our souls grows in us, forms us, becomes what drives us from moment to moment.
Prayer intends to steep me in the thoughts of God….If I pray for my enemies, if I pray to a loving God to make me loving too, however many years it takes–it will happen. Then, like a drop of rain in the midst of the sea, I will become part of the heart of the world.  I must pray to become love.”
                               Joan Chittister, The Breath of the Soul
Eagle Cap Wilderness

Anthony Lake OR, Union County

Nourishment

If the music, movies, media of today were food, would we feel it would really make
 us healthy?  So, when we want nourishment for the mind and for the
soul, where do we find it?

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Buff throated saltator, Costa Rica
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His Creation

“The creation is not a study, a roughed-in sketch; it is supremely, meticulously created….Even on the perfectly ordinary and clearly visible level, creation carries on with an intimacy unfathomable and apparently uncalled for.”  Annie Dillard,  Pilgrim at Tinker’s Creek   

I love that phrase, “uncalled for.”  How can we doubt that a loving, purposeful God indeed created us for Himself?
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