Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Scrambling & Camping at Courtright Reservoir

On the drive up....it was sunny....but that changed once we got there.  The sky turned dark and it began to pour.  When you're camping with kids....the key is just to "go with it".  Don't let anything get under your skin and hold every ideal loosely.  The rain wasn't going to stop us from having a great time...and it didn't!







In the morning we found quiet spots to eat our breakfast.






In the afternoon we found an objective to scramble.  Scrambling is climbing without a rope but using your hands and feet on easier terrain where roping up would be unnecessary. 




Half way up the granite peak....the weather began to turn and it gave us a chance to teach our kids how to turn around and not get "summit fever" ...but to stay alive and come back to the mountain another day which it's safer to climb.  Knowing when to back off and turn around is a necessary skill in outdoor environments.





Even when you back off a mountain....there are always other ways to have a good time.  Like playing in the lake! 



These are good days.


Monday, March 19, 2018

Camping in Castle Crags State Park

33 times in 2017 we played in the mountains and failed to document it on our blog.  So, on occasion this year, we will just put the pictures here for you to enjoy.  It's crazy to us that after 13 years of this blog...and nearly 1000 stories, that you are still interested in following our journey.  Busyness is an illness of the spirit...and the mountains teach us to stay present to people and place....they also teach us how to keep it light and have fun!
























Sunday, March 11, 2018

My biggest project yet

A few months ago my brother and I went to our friends house in Acme Washington to use their beautiful cabin to work on a book that he and I are writing.  We've worked on this book for over a year and a half.  It's the biggest project we've ever done! We are writing about what it means to live your life in such a way that following Jesus is your obsession, that loving your neighbors is your lifestyle, and pursuing the well-being of the neighborhood your church represents is the priority.



this cabin always inspires us every time we visit. 


The book also shares the stories of dozens of people we interviewed across North America who are doing innovative things to love people and place.









After a week of writing....we were ready to celebrate a year's worth of work with our best C.S Lewis portrait.


We want to thank our friends, Corean and Ray Bakke for allowing us to glean your wisdom and use your beautiful space! 



So what's the status on the book?  The first draft is written...and now we are in editing mode.  We're not close to where we want the book to be...so now we hold onto the cliche "failure is success in progress."....so we adapt and continue to make our project better so that it can help more people!

These are good days!   


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