Tag Archives: Union County Oregon

Huckleberry Time in the Grande Ronde Valley

The huckleberries are thick this year.  I find it so relaxing simply focused on the berries with nothing else to interrupt my thinking–other than Leif slurping up some berries! (And the Indian paintbrush are gorgeous as well)

 

Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley
Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley
Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley
Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley
Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley
Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley
Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley
Huckleberries, Grande Ronde Valley

 

 

Mt Emily Summit Road, USFS 31, Umatilla National Forest

The Mt Emily Summit Road, as I have indicated before, offers some of the most spectacular canyon views you could hope to find anywhere.  It is only about a half hour drive from home. it travels through the Umatilla National Fores, USFS 31, off of Interstate 84. The road also provides excellent views of both Meacham Canyon and the Grande Ronde Valley.

 Grande Ronde Valley, Mt Emily Summit Road

 

 

Mt Emily Summit Road, Umatilla National Forest
Mt Emily Summit Road, Umatilla National Forest
Meacham Canyon, Mt Emily Summit Road, Umatilla National Forest
Mt Emily Summit Road, Umatilla National Forest
Mt Emily Summit Road, Umatilla National Forest
Mt Emily Summit Road, Umatilla National Forest
Grande Ronde Valley, Mt Emily Summit Road, Umatilla National Forest

Early morning in the Grande Ronde Valley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mt Emily, Grande Ronde Valley, mustard

 

I went out into the Grande Ronde Valley just after sunrise and enjoyed finding some beautiful places to photograph.

 

Mt Harris, Cathering Creek, swallows, Grande Ronde Valley

 

 

 

Mt Emily, Grande Ronde Valley
Grande Ronde Valley
Mt Emily, Grande Ronde Valley

Troop 514 Veterans’ Day

BSA Troop 514 Scouts enjoyed a sunny, chilly day marching in the parade in La Grande. After the parade they went over to the local Safeway and collected food for agencies that help those in need.

 

Veterans Day La Grande, Troop 514
Veterans Day La Grande
Veterans Day La Grande
Veterans Day La Grande
Veterans Day La Grande
Troop 514 Scouting for Food
Troop 514 Scouting for Food
Troop 514 Scouting for Food

Boy Scout Troop 514 rock climbing

Troop 514 recently took its annual September backpacking, camping, rock climbing weekend. Eleven Scouts enjoyed their time camping at Hoffer Lake above Anthony Lake and then rock climbing higher up.  We have been doing this event since the early eighties.

We set up our tents in the rain.  When the clouds cleared in the evening, we enjoyed a spectacular sunset that reflected in Hoffer Lake.

 

Hoffer climbing wall
Hoffer climbing wall
Hoffer climbing wall
Hoffer climbing wall
Hoffer climbing wall
Gunsight Anthony Lake
Hoffer climbing wall
Hoffer Lake fall
Hoffer Lake Anthony Lake sunset
Hoffer Lake Anthony Lake sunset
Hoffer Lake Anthony Lake sunset
Hoffer Lake Anthony Lake sunset

Seeing miracles

“Around us life bursts with miracles—a glass of water a ray of sunshine , a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops. If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere.  Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles.  Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; earth that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings.  Where we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.” Thich Nhat Hahn.

 

1 Corinthians 2.9, Grande Ronde Valley, Union County Oregon

 

Spring, Mt Emily Recreation Area

The Mt Emily Recreation Area above La Grande and the the Grande Ronde Valley in Union County Oregon calls recreationists anytime of year–hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing in the winter, and mountain biking, riding dirt bikes, hiking the rest of the year. We are so blessed and fortunate to have such a great place to enjoy so near to us.

 

MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon
MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon, MERA mountain biking
MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon
MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon
MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon
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MERA dirt biking, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon

 

Mt Emily Recreation Area dirt biking, Mt Emily Recreation Area, Union County Oregon, La Grande
MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon

 

 

MERA, Grande Ronde valley, La Grande, Union County Oregon

 

 

Let the past rest

As I watch a sunrise or sunset develop, I am awed by the spectrum of color that is displayed. The light and color move gradually and spectacularly, cleansing my mind and soul, reminding that my circumstance are minute compared the eternal moving, transforming Light.

 

“God’s hand reaches back to the past, settling all the claims against our conscience….Let us go out with the patient power of knowing the God of Israel will go before us. Our yesterdays hold broken and irreversible things for us.  It is true that we have lost opportunities that will never return, but God can transform this destructive anxiety into a constructive thoughtfulness for the future. Let the past rest, but let it rest in the sweet embrace of Christ.

Leave the broken, irreversible past in His hands, and step into the invincible future with Him.”  Oswald Chambers
Grande Ronde valley, Union County Oregon

Troop 514 snow shoe to Hoffer Lake

On Saturday, I snow shoed up to Hoffer Lake, above Anthony Lake, OR  with five Scouts and two other adult leaders. I came back with two “day” scouts, and the others are camped up there tonight. It was a proverbial winter wonderland, but not enough to attract/convince my “elderly” body to stay overnight

 

Troop 514, snow shoe Hoffer Lake OR

Getting water for soup

Preparing soup at Hoffer Lake
gathering fire wood