Category Archives: Wallowa County

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

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.

Hells Canyon National Recreation Area, morning

After a sunset that filled my mind and heart, I woke up to this sunrise and early morning scenery near Hat Point in the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area in the far corner of Wallowa County. Its massive grandeur never ceases to lift one’s spirits.


Hat Point, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area


Hat Point, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

Hat Point, Hells Canyon National Recreation Area

The deepest canyon in the United States, with million dollar views, Hells Canyon is one of the most profound esthetic experiences one could ever hope to find, anyone. Meg and I have camped here in early July off and on for over twenty years. Were it not so remote, someone would have obtained a permit for a five star lodge. Instead, simple camping provides this serene wonder and solitude.

I am posting pictures from the sunset. Later, I will post sunrise pictures.

Hells Canyon NRA, Hells Canyon Hat Point
Hells Canyon NRA, Hells Canyon Hat Point
Hells Canyon NRA, Hells Canyon Hat Point
Hells Canyon NRA, Hells Canyon Hat Point
Hells Canyon NRA, Hells Canyon Hat Point
Hells Canyon NRA, Hells Canyon Hat Point

Eagle Cap, an early season encounter

When Bob Carter and I started hiking together in 2003, he was 62 and I was 60. We are older and slower now. However, we still have the legs and mental stamina to do this eight mile round trip hike over lots of downed timber and over a couple miles of snow to reach this gorgeous meadow in the Eagle Cap Wilderness. On Monday, June24, we started at the end of the Lostine River Road at Two Pan and hiked up the East Fork of the Lostine River. From tracks we saw, we were only the second people to arrive this season.

East Lostine Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness
East Lostine River Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness
East Lostine River, East Lostine Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness

East Lostine River Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness
East Lostine Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness
East Lostine Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness
East Lostine Trail, Eagle Cap Wilderness

God is Love

Beloved, God is love. 1 John 4:7

“Notice that John doesn’t just say God shows love. He says God is love.This is a huge distinction. The love of God is God. That means it’s not sentimental. It is incredibly powerful.  It is ruthlessly determined.  It’s determined to give itself away at any cost. And one problem we will have with the God who really is, is that He will invite us to do the same, whether we accomplish it is this lifetime, or in eternity with Him”  Fr. Thomas Keating

Cats Back Wallowa County, 1 John 4.8

Music of the morning. Cats Back sunrise

The sunrise of the Ca’ts Back and the Wallowa Mts. does not need words.  The music of the mountains continues to resound in Meg’s and my mind.

 

Cats Back Wallowa County

Cats Back Wallowa County

Cats Back Wallowa County, Wallowa mts

 

Cats Back Wallowa County, Wallowa Mts

Cats Back Wallowa County, Wallowa Mts

 

Cats Back Wallowa County, Wallowa Mts

Cats Back Wallowa County, Wallowa Mts

 

 

 

 

 

Cats Back Wallowa County, Wallowa Mts