Gonna list stuff today – mention as they come to mind.
1. Church was amazing! First we got the kids to church at 8 AM. As with many parished, the early service is not used to teens at that hour – so we were noticed.
The sermon was about miracles and why they happen and or maybe don’t and why some prayers are answered and what happens if our prayers are not answered and many other things. With some of the things our kids are dealing with in their familes right now, this hit hard. I went up for laying on of hand with two of the youth – and a bunch of the folks from the church came up and there were many hands, quite a few tears and so much love it was hard to take.
These people were amazing. So welcoming, that it was overwhelming. They kept commenting about how wonderful the kids were (they really were).
2. Driving up to Hurricane Ridge, 17 miles and approx 5200+ foot elevation gain, we were passing a cyclist on his way up. He was walking, bare foot and walking his bike. I immediately pulled over (I was sure he wasn’t hiding any consealed weapons in his bike outfit). He had two flat tires and his team didn’t realize he was left behind so he was walking. He’d been walking for about an hour and no one had stopped! I still don’t understand that! So we gave Misha a ride up, found his friends and left him with them – they had spare tubes.
Maybe I stopped because I’m a cyclist? But no one stiopped for an hour!?! He had blisters on his feet from walking. He was so thankful. Maybe it was my paying the kindness we’d received in the morning. I just could not leave him.
3. After picking Misha up, we then saw a bear scrambling up a hill – I was thankful he was in the car with us. He commented that might have been a good thing he was with us.
So we saw the bear, a bunch of deer (separately thus not a herd), chipmunk, mountain goat, a hawk we think. So, lots of wild animals.
4. Pretty yummy mexican food for din. Tomorrow we head to Winthrop via Whidbey Island and the North Cascades Highway.