Almost Home

July 26, 2017

After spending a relaxing evening in Las Vegas yesterday, we awoke this morning to the curious taste of a new granola. This one contains no grains! …. mostly just nuts and honey.

However for a guy that is hooked on HoneyNut Cheerios and Honey Bunches of Oats, I didn’t think that the makers of this granola were standing close enough to the honey pot! One half of a peach sliced over it helped with the flavor. Be warned, it takes a lot of chewing to get it down.

 

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Finding a nice place to set up camp in the Coconino National Forest, about 4 miles out of Flagstaff, we got ready to kiss this Wednesday goodbye.

 

 

 

 

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We discovered a little trail and set off to see what we could see. Both Jolie and Evelyn were eager the stretch their limbs after nearly 6 hours on the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Found these two hikers tagging along in the sunbeams keeping us company.

 

 

 

 

 

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Couldn’t resist bringing home this towering thunderhead in a blue sky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomorrow a doctor’s appointment followed on Friday by a minor surgery on Evelyn’s ankle. Saturday, a day of rest so she can recuperate and the final 90 miles will get us home to Holbrook and a “normal” life at hissda.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy Trails

What an awesome trip from Oakridge, OR to Fallon, NV yesterday. At one point were went from 92F and light clouds, down to 62F and rain so heavy I could barely see the road.  Coming into and out of storms punctuated with lightening and thunder. There were at least two fires burning the hills in the distance.

We spent a peaceful night in the Fallon Walmart Rest Area.

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Homeward Bound

We are off to a jolly good start on our journey home. First stop for the night is Oakridge, OR. We arrived just before dark. Jolie cooled off in the Mackenzie River and we made a loop of the park.
We spent the morning doing a week’s worth of laundry and loading the pickup to over-flow with stuff that someone donated to the Holbrook Indian School, plus things that just happened into our possession at more that a few Yard Sales.

Last week we were attending the Gladstone Camp Meeting. The evening keynote speaker was Ty Gibson. Awesome! His evening presentations were live streamed and can be found here: https://livestream.com/accounts/13746337/en-camp-meeting-2017/videos/159973372

I understand that audio recordings were made of all the seminars each day, but so far I’ve not been able to locate the link.

Jolie was a orphan all week and has been as eager to hit the road as we are.

Lake Chautauqua Reflections

Lake Chautauqua Reflections
July 19, 2017

We have spent the first night ensconced in our “Family ’n Friends compound,” composed of three consecutive RV campsites on the grounds of the Oregon Conference SDA Conference Center at Gladstone, Or. Meetings don’t start until tomorrow evening, but already this part of the RV park is half full.

 

The Lake in its morning glory.

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Tuesday morning, this week, I read the last posts on my Facebook page (making only a few Comments) and deleted my account. With my announcement the week before of its imminent demise, on my FB page, I promised to keep my word, unless I was dead, unlike those who promised to leave the USA if Trump was elected President, I’ve kept my word. But I understand that it may take up to 14 days for them to snoop out all my posts and information in order to delete it, so be patient I AM on my way out.

It’s been a good run. I’ve enjoy every minute, and hours upon hours, of our “visiting” on that venue.
Some of my Facebook “Friends” were relatives, some have been face-to-face friends in real life, some of you I have never met. Those in the latter category, I think that I would LIKE to meet you one day.
I am also limiting the use of the phone that is smarter than I am. Phone calls and text messages will be answered at my convenience… usually after Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. I’m tired of being a Smartphone Zombie.
Email will take a few months longer to untangle, but for almost 200 years the postal service, paper, pen and ink has served our nation well. OK, I’ll probably use my computer as a word processor before dropping the missive in the mailbox. I’m taking that step so that I can more easily keep a copy of all my correspondence. Besides, I need to hone my handwriting skills or my recipients will not be able to read what I’ve written.. lol
My wife, Evelyn has pointed out that by Blogging, “You’re still on the internet, still being social, so what’s the big deal about not being on Facebook? You’ll be back soon as Jolie or some other fictional character.”
Perhaps but certainly not “soon.” If I can hold out long enough, I’ll be dead of old age… then what’s the point of being a “Friend” on Facebook?…. unless I join as a Zombie???
BTW, we are missing the Monsoon weather going on in south-central AZ in favor of more moderate (70-85F) !

 

Haunted Valley, WA

 

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July 14, 2017
Haunted Valley, WA
Our window with a view

 

This has been the view from our second-story window every morning this summer. There have been interesting variations, of course, but it has been basically the same. Sometimes it is clear. Some days the fog lies between us and the nearest trees.

It is with a bit of sadness that we will forever take leave of this fair view. Only four more mornings to enjoy this view … Two next week and one the following week. I say “forever take leave” because we will be leaving for Arizona in ten days. In August our youngest daughter will be selling this 20 acre paradise that we have called our summer home for so many years.

She bought this place in the early 2000’s and in 2008 they built this beautiful large house overlooking the Yacolt valley. We placed a modular home at one corner of the land and lived here for several years, until my wife, Evelyn, retired in 2010. Then we hit the road in a used motorhome, touching bases here at least once per year ever since.

Despite the usual rains, which have been noticeably lacking this Summer, I will miss this view. One never knows the multiple colors of “green” until living in the Southwest Washington countryside. There are the yellow-greens of the sunny Vine Maples to the black-greens of the shaded Douglas Firs and thousands in between.

Our Hidden Valley has water falls …

 

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…and trickles.

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There are magical rings of iron …

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….  ginormous trees …

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…and cool places to hike.

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The Lord willing, I’ll live long enough to see other beauty spots in this area next Summer.

Whom Do I Seek?

Whom Do I Seek?
Psalm 2016:5

When God comes near do I see him?
When God jogs my memory do I listen?
When he blesses my life with a glorious sunrise
Do I anticipate the following sunset?

When I touch a new baby’s skin
Do I reflect on the journey that my skin has seen?
When I savor a tasty fruit
Do I pine for the fruit of the Tree of Life?

When I revel in the melodic sounds of a great orchestra
Do my ears itch for the sounds of the heavily choir?
When I enter a crowded room
Do my eyes seek out the best looking or the most needy?

Heaven is here among us, but am I really cognizant?
The Spirit world constantly barrages me, leaning on me to choose God.
How am I to feel the Spirit’s leaning
If I am constantly seeing, listening, tasting and desiring things of the flesh?

You have promised, O Lord, to be my Guide
May I follow you in ALL things.
Seek your face in the eyes of need,
Taste your love in helping others,
Marvel at your greatness in the sunrise and sunset,
Listen to your words in the sounds of nature,
But most of all, be aware of your presence by my side,
Both by day and by night.

A Psalm of Don

If Ezekiel Lived Today

The following is a description of the people of God in the days of Ezekiel. His words to them could just as well have been written to the American people of today. I would like to draw some parallals of what has been happening in our country over the last 200+ years. But first, take a minute or two to read the words of Ezekiel in their context.

Ezekiel 16:15-63

“4 And your fame spread among the nations on account of your beauty, because the splendor I had given you made your beauty perfect, declares the Sovereign LORD.
 15 “‘But you trusted in your beauty and used your fame to become a prostitute. You lavished your favors on anyone who passed by …
 20 “‘And you took your sons and daughters whom you bore to me and sacrificed them as food to the idols. Was your prostitution not enough? 21 You slaughtered my children and sacrificed them to the idols. 22 In all your detestable practices and your prostitution you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, kicking about in your blood.
 23 “‘Woe! Woe to you, declares the Sovereign LORD. In addition to all your other wickedness, 24 you built a mound for yourself and made a lofty shrine in every public square. 25 At every street corner you built your lofty shrines and degraded your beauty, spreading your legs with increasing promiscuity to anyone who passed by. 26 You engaged in prostitution with the Egyptians, your neighbors with large genitals, and aroused my anger with your increasing promiscuity. 27 So I stretched out my hand against you and reduced your territory; I gave you over to the greed of your enemies, the daughters of the Philistines, who were shocked by your lewd conduct. 28 You engaged in prostitution with the Assyrians too, because you were insatiable; and even after that, you still were not satisfied. 29 Then you increased your promiscuity to include Babylonia,[c] a land of merchants, but even with this you were not satisfied.
 30 “‘I am filled with fury against you,[d] declares the Sovereign LORD, when you do all these things, acting like a brazen prostitute! 31 When you built your mounds at every street corner and made your lofty shrines in every public square, you were unlike a prostitute, because you scorned payment.
 32 “‘You adulterous wife! You prefer strangers to your own husband! 33 All prostitutes receive gifts, but you give gifts to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from everywhere for your illicit favors. 34 So in your prostitution you are the opposite of others; no one runs after you for your favors. You are the very opposite, for you give payment and none is given to you.
 35 “‘Therefore, you prostitute, hear the word of the LORD! 36 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because you poured out your lust and exposed your nakedness in your promiscuity with your lovers, and because of all your detestable idols, and because you gave them your children’s blood, 37 therefore I am going to gather all your lovers, with whom you found pleasure, those you loved as well as those you hated. I will gather them against you from all around and will strip you in front of them, and they will see all your nakedness. 38 I will sentence you to the punishment of women who commit adultery and who shed blood; I will bring on you the blood vengeance of my wrath and jealous anger. 39 Then I will deliver you into the hands of your lovers, and they will tear down your mounds and destroy your lofty shrines. They will strip you of your clothes and take your fine jewelry and leave you naked and bare. 40 They will bring a mob against you, who will stone you and hack you to pieces with their swords. 41 They will burn down your houses and inflict punishment on you in the sight of many women. I will put a stop to your prostitution, and you will no longer pay your lovers. 42 Then my wrath against you will subside and my jealous anger will turn away from you; I will be calm and no longer angry.
 43 “‘Because you did not remember the days of your youth but enraged me with all these things, I will surely bring down on your head what you have done, declares the Sovereign LORD. Did you not add lewdness to all your other detestable practices?
 44 “‘Everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb about you: “Like mother, like daughter.” 45 You are a true daughter of your mother, who despised her husband and her children; and you are a true sister of your sisters, who despised their husbands and their children. Your mother was a Hittite and your father an Amorite. 46 Your older sister was Samaria, who lived to the north of you with her daughters; and your younger sister, who lived to the south of you with her daughters, was Sodom. 47 You not only followed their ways and copied their detestable practices, but in all your ways you soon became more depraved than they. 48 As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, your sister Sodom and her daughters never did what you and your daughters have done.
 49 “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen. 51 Samaria did not commit half the sins you did. You have done more detestable things than they, and have made your sisters seem righteous by all these things you have done. 52 Bear your disgrace, for you have furnished some justification for your sisters. Because your sins were more vile than theirs, they appear more righteous than you. So then, be ashamed and bear your disgrace, for you have made your sisters appear righteous.
 53 “‘However, I will restore the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters and of Samaria and her daughters, and your fortunes along with them, 54 so that you may bear your disgrace and be ashamed of all you have done in giving them comfort. 55 And your sisters, Sodom with her daughters and Samaria with her daughters, will return to what they were before; and you and your daughters will return to what you were before. 56 You would not even mention your sister Sodom in the day of your pride, 57 before your wickedness was uncovered. Even so, you are now scorned by the daughters of Edom[e] and all her neighbors and the daughters of the Philistines—all those around you who despise you. 58 You will bear the consequences of your lewdness and your detestable practices, declares the LORD.
 59 “‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will deal with you as you deserve, because you have despised my oath by breaking the covenant. ..”

Our nation started as a God-fearing group of people escaping the tyrannies of the mother-land. For more than 250 years our forefathers lived, worked and prayed for freedom in this new place.
Washington, Jefferson, Paine, Franklin and other great men heeded God’s call  to free His people and found a nation where He could love us and we could respond at will to that love.

Different bands of colonies and religious persuasions banded together to forming cliques that eventually were formed into secular states. Those first 13 states would be under the umbrella of a United States, republican democracy. The likes of which was directed by God, and unlike any other government on earth.  Every meeting was started with a prayer session for guidance. God blessed our national efforts and over the next 100 years ours became the greatest nation on earth. We were destined to spread the love of God around the world. By the mid-1800’s we had missionaries doing just that.

Our first Naval ship was built to combat the rising tide of radical Islam, in the form of pirates from the Barbary Coast of Africa. At first we tried buying their good-will, but they continued decimate our commerce as well as our national treasury to pay the bribes. That was just the beginning of our efforts.
Diplomacy ever after has taken the form of treaties with other nations that included buying their friendship and if that fails, we fight them in an effort to get what we want.

This pattern started in our own land as we tried to make friends with the native Americans. First, we tried to convert them to our notions of God. Then, we tried to buy their friendship with worthless trinkets. When that failed, we beat them into submission.

Even as our missionaries went out, our hearts at home were hardening and we were becoming more un-Godlike, although we proudly proclaimed that we were following our God-given destiny.
Throughout the 1900’s, our gods became greed, self-centeredness, and lust. Frankly, we were quickly becoming greedy Humanist, depending not on God, but our own efforts for our greatness. Like Israel of old, we wrapped ourselves in the gold and riches of the world and declared ourselves Christians.

49 “‘Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. 50 They were haughty and did detestable things before me. Therefore I did away with them as you have seen.”

We have prostituted our greatness to the world in so many ways. The most obnoxious of which is our “humanitarian” aid… the “buying” of friendships when our diplomacy fails to get us what we want. Our country lends (at an interest rate, of course) money to a country for modernization, on the condition that our multi-national corporations do all the work (at inflated costs). We have, in effect, saddled them with debt and stolen the money back from them.
Is it any wonder that so many people around the world hate us on the one hand, but want to be like us… the spoiled prostitute, on the other?

“ …because of all your detestable idols, and because you gave them your children’s blood…” (USA, through multiple wars that were based on our greed)
“38 I will sentence you to the punishment of women who commit adultery and who shed blood; I will bring on you the blood vengeance of my wrath and jealous anger. 39 Then I will deliver you into the hands of your lovers, and they will tear down your mounds and destroy your lofty shrines. (Twin Towers?) They will strip you of your clothes and take your fine jewelry and leave you naked and bare. 40 They will bring a mob against you, who will stone you and hack you to pieces with their swords.”
The nations that surrounded ancient Israel to do her  harm are the very ones that are trying to bring down our country as well. I believe that radical Islam will be the instrument of God’s wrath in our day.

“… you will no longer pay your lovers…. I will surely bring down on your head what you have done, declares  the Sovereign LORD.”

“21 You slaughtered my children and sacrificed them to the idols. 22 In all your detestable practices and your prostitution you did not remember the days of your youth,”

There are a lot of similarities between what God did to and for Israel and His dealings with modern America. They called it Ba’al worship. God called it fornication and adultery. Our generation calls it fun.

The Israelites offered the resulting babies of their fornication and adultery as sacrifices to Ba’al.
We sacrifice our babies on the alters of Planned Parenthood, to the God of Lust.

In 2007 Planned Parenthood (not parenthood at all but dedicated to the prevention of parenthood) sacrificed more than 300,000 human lives from the Alter of Lust, making more than $1 billion in profits… of which $100 million came from unwitting taxpayers.
http://www.cassyfiano.com/2010/03/how-many-lives-does-planned-parenthood-take-in-one-year
by 2009 that subsidy of death had risen to $363 million.

While our economy is going down the toilet, so are our nations babies. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/02/12/effort-choke-tax-payer-funding-planned-parenthood/

53 “‘However, I will restore the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters and of Samaria and her daughters,…54 so that you may bear your disgrace and be ashamed of all you have done in giving them comfort.

So, I see our foreign enemies gaining ground and prevailing over us, as happened to Israel of old unless we change our ways and repent.