Salt and Straw with Old and New Friends

Salt and Straw
Salt and Straw

We were in Portland, Oregon this past weekend. It was 20 years ago that we left the Houston, Texas area for our “Great Adventure“! How nice to see long-time friends and colleagues and to make new ones as well.

We capped off our morning at Life Church, in Aloha, Oregon with a dessert at the “Salt and Straw” — they have some very strange ice cream!

Congratulations, Werner and Gabriele — and to Life Church!

Yosemite and Lake Eleanor

Tree at Lake Eleanor

I really like the way this photo turned out. It is at an obscure lake called Lake Eleanor at the north side of Yosemite. You practically need to 4-wheel drive to get to it. On Labor Day weekend (Saturday) we only saw 2 other people there besides the park rangers. In fact 3 different park rangers came out just to say, “Hi.” I think they were enjoying the beautiful day as much as we were.

Romans 1:20 (NLT) 20 From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.

My wife, Ginger, and I had an extremely fun week of “unplugging” and just enjoying what God has made. So … where do you go and what do you do to stop and enjoy nature and all its beauty?


Ahhh, the Sierra Nevada Mountains!

Ginger and I have been on vacation all week for a nice rest. We visited Yosemite twice, went 4-wheeling and did some hiking. Wow, what beautiful creation God has created in our small part of the world.

We have seen a Bald Eagle, a huge Grey Owl sitting on the side of the road, countless deer, a coyote, and even scared a Brown Bear and sent him scurrying into the forest!

What a joy it is to enjoy one’s wife and best friend and to get away.

Still, the calling of God on our lives constantly infiltrate our conversations, prayers, thoughts, and plans. I can’t wait to see what God wants to do this fall and forward at our church and with our friends!