This week we are on our way back to Sacramento but were taking advantage of the good weather. It’s been fun to visit with friends, get outside, do some hiking and see parts of the country that are somewhat new for me and entirely new to Ryan.This is taken near the top of Badger Mountain in the Tri-Cities area of Washington, which we hiked with a friend of mine who worked with me in Papua New Guinea. We got to spend some time with her fun family, husband and new baby but we also really enjoyed getting out and hiking. It’s amazing to think that the area this rock overlooks used to be filled with water before the water carved it’s way through the mountain range and made it’s own little canyon. Ryan and I drove along the Columbia River through that little gorge on our way out of Washington into Oregon. It was a beautiful hike and a beautiful drive.Then today we enjoyed Klamath Falls in southern Oregon. It wasn’t sunny but it was warm enough for a hike and a picnic on Moore Mountain. We had fun visiting with friends of mine from Santa Barbara and as I type everyone else is still visiting and playing Super Mario. We had a great day outside and also visited the Klamath Falls museum which boasts an exhibit about the Japanese Balloon Bombs. It’s worth reading about this interesting and sad part of our history.
Tomorrow we’re headed to our last stop in Grass Valley and then it’s back to Sacramento for us. We’re super encouraged about the strides we’ve made on this trip, especially the relationships that we’ve built, strengthened and renewed. Good food and a little hiking seem to go a long way.