Monday, September 10, 2012

The Sunset in His Eyes

It was so cool to be able to wander the desert, make new friends, hang with old ones, and see creatures and rocks we’d never seen before. We saw A LOT of rocks! And dirt! But after a while, I just needed to see some green grass. And trees! And water! I really needed to see water!
We stayed at an RV park in Salem, Oregon where we had a nice visit with our friends, Ron and Sugar. This is the couple who taught us how to play Hand & Foot, so it was fun to squeeze a few games of that in and learn a new game as well. They not only blessed us with their company, but blessed us with fresh raspberries from the garden, raspberry pie and the most delicious Butterscotch Rice Krispie Bars!
Some added bonuses of our time there was being able to take a walk every day through green grass on an unpaved trail that ran alongside a creek and wound around the perimeter of the RV Park, and being able to squeeze in a run to the ocean one evening where we had dinner on the shore and visited some now familiar places on the coast.
All too soon, we left our friends to head toward the state of Washington. We spent the first week there in Anacortes, Washington; one of our favorite places. There are many spots in the area to catch a nice view. One of our favorites is Washington Park. They have a 2.2 mile paved, loop trail, that takes you through forest so deep the sun barely gets through, up high hills with beautiful overlooks, then down to sea level, where you can watch birds, fish, seals, and boats, and ferries shuttling people and vehicles to various islands in the area. It was great kicking back down at the water, gazing at the beautiful scenery, sitting next to Trevor and watching the sunset in his eyes.
We met some very nice couples in the RV Park. One of them allowed us to dog sit for them one day. We took little Snickers for several walks, took a nap, and played in the grass. We got the greatest dog fix that day!
We spent the following two weeks in Seattle, coming back to the motorhome on weekends. We enjoy Seattle quite a bit as well. We like to stay by Lake Union, with daily visits to Lake Union Park, where there’s always so much going on;
Lots of boats, sailboats, sea planes taking off and landing, people playing on the water and walking the docks to see the old and interesting boats parked in the harbor.
Back in Anacortes, we took the ferry out to explore Orcas Island for the day. The weather that day was perfect for exploring small island shops, enjoying a nice lunch outside and getting a great view from high up on a hill. I hope to go back again someday to explore more of the islands out there. The ferry trip alone is much more fun than one would think.
Soon we were off to visit Karen and Gary in Cedaredge, Colorado. We love the view from their front yard! It’s so beautiful and peaceful there! We loved to sit on their porch, breathe the fresh mountain air and watch hummingbirds at the many feeders that surround the porch. I wish you could see the gorgeous creek that runs through the back of their property. Nice, fishing spot! Their place is the first property in two years that made us think for a second about owning property again someday. That thought didn’t last long! And no, we don’t want to do that; but if Karen and Gary enjoy our company as much as we do theirs, hopefully, we’ll see them again before long.
After all those months in the desert, it was refreshing to be around so much water for a change. But the thrill soon changed as we traveled through Nebraska to visit my cousin. The drought was so bad there this year. There were fields and fields of brown, dried out corn. It was pretty sad to see, but it kept in mind the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis. And the dream he had of the coming drought, and how God provided for the land through the inspiration He gave to Joseph. Awesome story, if you haven’t read it!
We had a great time with my cousin, her husband and occasionally one of their daughters. Deb and Bruce took us to many neat and interesting places. One of the places Deb and I visited was Lincoln’s State Capital building. What a cool building. My favorite rooms were library and the room where the Supreme Court meets, but really the whole building is cool, especially if you like marble and mosaics.
We’re in Minnesota for a short time visiting friends and family and feeling like turkeys being fattened up for Thanksgiving. We need to get out of here soon! In the meantime, we’re enjoying each and every visit. It’s been a year since we’ve seen the kids and most of our family and friends. We’ve really missed them and cherish every moment we have with them. Soon we’ll be off to new adventures. It’s always interesting to see where the Lord will bring us next. Peace and blessings to all of you! We love you guys! Love, Trevor & Roni