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BSA Troop 514, Snow shelter construction

The seasons of Scouting continue.  Over Presedents’ Day weekend, Troop 514 from La Grande Oregon traveled up to our local ski area, Anthony Lakes, to build snow caves. This preparation is part of the annual Klondike Derby.  Troop 514 will go up and sleep in these snow caves Friday night, and then compete in various winter skill events on Saturday morning.

We dug a long, deep trench on Saturday, and then dug out snow caves into the trench walls on Monday.  I started an igloo, but did not have time to finish it this year.

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Anthony Lakes

Troop_514, Union_County, Anthony_Lakes

“That is why we never give up…”

That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.  For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”            2 Corinthians 4:16


I have enjoyed an excellent start to my seventieth decade. I enjoyed spending a couple days building my igloo, as well as helping the Scouts build their own snow caves.  The preparation culminated with spending twenty four hours in a snow storm, sleeping in our shelters and then competing with other Scouts on the “Klondike trail.”

I sometimes think about the old phrase “quit while you are ahead.”  Our spiritual and physical journey, however, is never done.  If we decide to quit or even take it too easy, we miss so much of the life around us that never ceases to shape, mould, and deepen us in the love God has shown us through His Son and His Creation. It is exciting to realize how much we all still have to learn!

Anthony Lake

Three Sisters Beach


To There and Back: Travels in January, 2013

As you know, Meg and spent six weeks in New Zealand and Australia, from the first week of December, 2012 through the middle of January. We have gone from northern hemisphere winter to southern hemisphere summer and back to winter.  The experience has been exciting and stimulating. From sand and surf in New Zealand and Australia to snow and mountains in La Grande; from boogie boards to snow shoes. We have been blessed by this blend all within one month.

Anthony Lake and Gunsight

Meg amidst snowy trees

Bermagui, Australia Sapphire Coast

Ohope Harbour

Mt Cook lilies, Routeburn Track

Key Summit, Routeburn Track

Sapphire Coast, Australia

Anthony Lake winter

Bluebottle, Three Sisters Beach, NZ