We arrived in Yacolt Monday evening… pretty much without incident, after spending the weekend camping with friends along the shore of the Columbia River, across from Umatilla, Or.
We spent 3 days there in an unmarked campground known only to the locals. One of the locals pointed it out to our friends, and they tried to tell us how to find it. We arrived about dusk and they wouldn’t arrive until the following morning. Since it was getting dark and their phone directions, though they were good, didn’t help too much, because we drove past it. We decided to park in a wide spot beside the road until morning, and try again.
Ooooooh, bad choice. There was a train track on the other side of the road from us. I might add that the tracks crossed the road about 50′ from where we chose to park!
That’s right, folks. For the first two hours, every 15-20 minutes our heads were lifted off the pillow by first, the whistle. then the roaring of the train.
In the morning we found the spot about a half-mile back down the road. We got all set up and a couple of hours later, Duane and Sue showed up. After they were set up, one of the other campers came over to ask about Montana, and , “How in the world did you find this place?”
“Some local friends told us about it.”
“Well, I don’t know if you know it or not, but you’re parked on the boat ramp.?
Well, I didn’t! It wasn’t marked anywhere as such. The only other campers in place were 200′ away from us.
“I’m sure it’ll be O.K.,” she assured us, “But if a few more come there won’t be anyway for them to get into the river.”
So we stayed put, and it worked out just fine.
Today we met with friends, Paul and Ginny, to chat over our summer experiences and eat lunch. Three hours later we we weren’t finished, but had other things we needed to get done. Thanks for lunch Paul.
I read this week… (yes, I read) a cool observation. “Good judgment comes from wisdom. Wisdom comes from a lot of bad judgments.”
That brought me around to a discussion in our Bible class last week, about helping the poor. I wish I would have come up with this thought during the class. “If we view the poor around us as only ‘people who are reaping the results of their poor judgments’, then we are missing God’s point, when He proclaim, If you have done it to one of the least of these, my brothers, you have done it to me.”
We will most likely be in Yacolt until the middle of October before heading down the coast highway 101. We haven’t been that route for nearly 40 years. We will be working on the new Adventist church being built in Yacolt.
If you have any ideas for volunteer work, let me know.