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For all eternity

“I am yours for all eternity. I am the Alpha and the Omega; the one who is and was and is to come. The world you inhabit is one of constant change—more than your mind can absorb without going into shock. Even the body you inhabit is changing relentlessly, in spite of modern science’s attempts to prolong life and youth indefinitely. I, however, am the same yesterday and today and forever.

Because I never change, your relationship with Me provides a rock solid foundation for your life. I will never leave your side. When you move on from this life to the next, My Presence beside you will shine brighter with each step. You have nothing to fear, because I am with you for all time and throughout eternity.”  Sarah Young, Jesus Calling

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Long ago you laid the foundation of the earth
    and made the heavens with your hands.
26 They will perish, but you remain forever;
    they will wear out like old clothing.
You will change them like a garment
    and discard them.
27 But you are always the same;
    you will live forever. Psalm 102:25-27

The high country of the Eagle Cap Wilderness

My hiking partner, Bob, and I spent a delightful time in the high Wallowas, far from the “madding crowds.”  A ten mile hike and 4000 foot elevation gain to us to the tundra country of the Eagle Cap Wilderness, where its short spring was just arriving.  We have been here before, but it was the first time we caught it at the peak of its wildflowers.

 

Eagle Cap Wilderness moonrise

 

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Trail to Pete's Point
Trail to Pete’s Point
Eagle Cap Wilderness, named lake
Eagle Cap Wilderness, unamed lake
family fun
family fun
Feather
Feather
Snow line beauty
Snow line beauty
Heather
Heather
Eagle Cap Wilderness, early morning
Eagle Cap Wilderness, early morning
Lake reflection, vanishing point, Eagle Cap Wilderness
Lake reflection, vanishing point, Eagle Cap Wilderness
Rarely visited meadow
Rarely visited meadow
Snow lines
Snow lines
Eagle Cap Wilderness
Eagle Cap Wilderness

 

Eagle Cap Wilderness moonrise

 

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.

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

The heart of prayer

“The heart of prayer is to recognize the presence and action of God and to consent to it. We do not have to go anywhere; God is already with us….Faith tells us that we already have God.  The most intimate relationship with God is to be completely present to God in whatever we are doing.”  Fr. Thomas Keating.

Mt Joseph Wallowa Lake
Mt Joseph Wallowa Lake

 

 

 

A late season transition

Fall comes to a close in NE Oregon, from the Grande Ronde Valley to Wallowa Lake. Saturday was overcast, the type of day where normally I would not have gone out with my camera.  But we had friends visiting from Hong Kong and we wanted to show them Wallowa Lake. As it turned out, the sky was filled with dramatically defined dark clouds and special subtle shades of light shone through.

 

attitude adjustment, Joseph Oregon

“Attitude Adjustment, Joseph Oregon

Egglegson Corner, Wallowa County

Eggleson Corners, Wallowa County, Joseph Oregon

Minam Canyon, Wallowa County

Minam Canyon, Wallowa County

Mt Emily barn, Grande Ronde Valley

Mt Emily, Grande Ronde Valley, Union County

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3000 feet in 3 miles

There is no steeper trail in the Eagle Cap Wilderness than the one my long time hiking partner, Bob, and I took this backpack trip the last Thursday/Friday  of September. Three thousand feet up in three miles! The trail to the Legore mine and the meadow above  is as close to straight up as a trail can be. I had done it several times in my fifties, but at 73, with a backpack, it is much, much steeper than I remembered. What had seemed an easy ascent–and descent (going down was more treacherous than going up)–twenty years ago, was far different now.

We did 1500 feet up to Sawtooth Peak Friday morning. We saw both big horn sheep and mountain goats. Then we headed back down to camp, packed up and dropped the 3000 feet to the trailhead. (Lots of elevation for one day) I was as tired as I have ever been, but still exhilarated by what we accomplished!

 

Hurricane Creek. Falls Creek. Eagle Cap Wilderness

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Where we camped above the Legore minelegore-meadow-wm

Hiking up the gully to the bowl below Sawtooth Peak

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Legore Mine, Eagle Cap Wilderness

legore mine

The freshness of fall in Wallowa County

I enjoyed a Friday overnight stay at our shared cabin at Wallowa Lake in NE Oregon. Kokanee, a landlocked salmon, are running in the Wallowa River above the lake. Their redish colors are mirrored in the beaufiful fall maple leaves in downtown Joseph. The air was fresh and clear early Saturday morning, a great befinning of the fall.

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Wallowa Lake, NE Oregon

Wallowa Lake

 

 

Wallowa Lake and Bonneville PeakTeasel and spider web

Teasel and spider web

Kokanee in the Wallowa River

Kokanee in the Wallowa River

 Chief Joseph Mt above the town of Joseph, Wallowa County

Chief Joseph Mt above Joseph, Wallowa County

Downtown Joseph, Wallowa County

Downtown Joseph, Wallowa County

Kokanee sculpture

Kokanee sculpture in downtown Joseph

Troop 514 backpacking in July in the Eagle Cap Wilderness

Embraced by memories of mountain air, sounds of the river, and visions of green meadows filled with wildflowers beneath alpine peaks, I loaded  La Grande Troop 514 Scouts into the car to travel to the trailhead that leads up the East Fork of the Lostine River into the Eagle Cap Wilderness. The trail requires more effort than earlier years, but the challenge makes the time and beauty all the more meaningful. I am blessed to live so close to such a special place and still have the legs to hike, albeit at a slower pace. And it was particularly fun to backpack with these older scouts who could carry more weight and prepare a gourmet dinner and breakfast—despite the mosquitoes!

 

Eagle Cap and moon
Eagle Cap and moon
Troop 541 ib bridge over the East Fork of the Lostine River
Troop 541 ib bridge over the East Fork of the Lostine River
East Fork, Lostine River
East Fork, Lostine River
Mosquito protection
Mosquito protection
Campsite
Campsite
Diner preparation, Troop 514
Diner preparation, Troop 514
Waking up
Waking up
Breakfast, Troop 514
Breakfast, Troop 514
Eagle Cap
Eagle Cap
Breakfast, Troop 514
Breakfast, Troop 514
Wilderness run
Wilderness run