Who knew what November would look like - our 13th state, fall, cooler temperatures than anticipated, but then who knew what to anticipate?
Blogging has been harder than I thought. Usually when we have the time we don’t have good connection and when we have good connection we don’t have the time. It then turns into a “data dump update” and sometimes misses the more profound moments of discovery, what we’ve seen that’s amazed us and other contemplative observations to share.
For example, I wish you could see the sun setting in Kennewick, Washington and on the Oregon coast where the wind slows down to a breeze and the calm right before it goes beyond the horizon, or the mountain forest meeting the ocean or the low clouds on the mountains with the fall colors of golden amber, rich maroon and vibrant yellow with an evergreen background and a river on the forefront or the craggy rocks that have waves crashing against them… We could go on and on.
Each state has surprised us in different ways; landscape, color, scenery, nature and has profoundly reminded us of our Creator: “The path is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world and all who live in it; for He founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place?” Psalm 24:1-3
“For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it and his hands formed the dry land. Psalm 95:3-5
And then there’s the everyday, sometimes mundane, experiences we get to share. We laughed today that Perkins Restaurant was probably one of our favorite stops to eat when we were in Helena, MT, maybe it was because we were so hungry or maybe it was really good down home comfort food. We tried to remember the names of all the RV parks we’ve stayed and what we liked or didn’t like about each of them.
So here’s the “data dump update” of what we’ve done and seen since our last post, leaving Washington and arriving in Oregon…. Like Nike and getting into the company store (40% off) and, of course, our state capital selfie or the Oregon Sand Dunes not 2 miles from our RV park (which we all agreed was the best one we've stayed at so far #winchesterbayrvpark), or crabbing off a nearby pier for only a $5 rental or the Umpqua Lighthouse and the coolest little gift shop, or Cape Arago State Park and Simpson Reef (Coos Bay) where we got to see (and hear) the seals and sea lions (barking) off the coast, or Tillamook Creamery, or Canon Beach. Even Grants Pass - where we finally had coffee at Dutch Bros (apparently a thing out here) only to find out that the original one is from here along with the Dutch Bros. headquarters. And let's not forget the University of Oregon and Multnomah Falls!
As the Lord has been so faithful to bless our paths with friends along this journey, the past several weeks have given us the opportunity to see three more. A dear friend of Mandy’s from Tulsa, Lynn, who currently lives in Kennewick, Washington. Dinners, homemade face masks and an official introduction to her fur babies made it feel like old times. Thanks Lynn!
Susan Joy and Daniel Wright. Susan Joy used to live with Leonard and Lana and their parents in the early 8o's and have long since remained special friends, SJ is like family, and it was fun to re-connect and pick up where we left off. So gracious and generous with dinner and their time driving in to Portland from Estacada. Thank you both for wholly rollin with us!
Sharen Bates, Mandy’s dear friend from Bartlesville K-Life days, happened to be in Oregon too, so she popped her grandsons, Nolan and Griff, in the car for an afternoon meeting in the super quaint city of Silverton, Oregon. Silverton is a picture perfect town, that looks like it came straight out of a Hallmark Movie! We loved hanging out with you, Sharen and those boys are so great! Thanks for meeting us half-way.
It’s hard to believe all that we’ve gotten to do and see and that it’s November and both Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us. Both new experiences for us with celebrating both in California. But before that, November brings northern CA with stops at the Capital, Lake Tahoe, Napa, San Francisco before heading down the CA coast. Pray for us as we continue to travel, entering into a new state and staying put for a while in Southern California and as we continue to ask the Lord what’s next - keep going? Our hands remain open for what the Lord has for us next but what is it? Pray for our kids as we continue to school them and for their hearts and what’s best for them as we “roll”.
See you on the road!