Saturday, March 4

Highway 224


This week I had the great opportunity to go for a long drive with one of our PUMP families. I could quickly tell as we left the city for more remote areas that they were passing some invisible barriers - social? economic? - that have kept them primarily within Northeast Portland. It was fun to see a world that is familiar to me through the eyes of the teens in particular. Did you see those llamas?!...which led to a family argument about whether it is llamas, goats or camels who spit on people. Look, sheep!...Did you see all of those cows?...As we drove out highway 224 we passed the Christmas tree farm where my family has had success two years in a row (that is more amazing than you know!). Passing through Estacada I was reminded of the camping trip where Pearl and I had to come into town to get pizza for everyone after a terrible scorched stew incident. As we climbed the steep mountainside outside of Estacada, I reminisced about a frustrated Greg as the Metro van stalled on the way to a fishing trip (don't make Greg miss a fishing opportunity). We made it all the way past Indian Henry campground - a family favorite (I have fond memories of a frantic search for nephew Austin, a young toddler, in the forest) and where some of my friends and I celebrated my thirtieth birthday. Did you see that waterfall?...Look at that ocean river thing - that is tight...Indeed.

photo by Ryan Stormer

5 comments:

Aimee Jo said...

It's always nice to see something again through the eyes of someone seeing it for the first time. I'm glad that you had a good trip.

Jason Hill said...

I remember that 30th celebration. You should have us join you there again. It was fun.

PapaPeters said...

aren't we blessed

randy said...

I'm laughing at the the thought of Greg all worked up. I'm jealous of the stream pictured in your post. It looks quite fishable.

Steve Maxwell said...

Great post K-White. The things revealed to us by those who have not visited the places we have is a treat. It gives great evidence to the fact that a trip out to Nature to encounter God differently than we normally do it well worth it.
God bless.