Thursday, June 06, 2019

More Road Trip

This past week has been a blur.  Starting with Friday, we have been visiting friends, classmates,  and family nonstop.  While it has ALL been wonderful, the schedule has not allowed for much down time (or computer time).  I didn't even get online to check in with other FFFers.  I hope I will have a bit more time this week to do that.

Here are my Friday Fave Fives from this past week.  There was so much it was hard to narrow it down to FIVE.  The link above takes you to Susanne's blog where you can post your link and share in the goodness of others' lives.

1.  This past weekend, `the alumni from FIVE classes got together for a reunion.  My brother was three years ahead of me, so we were both part of the group (and he and my sil were on the organizing committee) as well as my sister-in-law.  Oh! It was wonderful reconnecting with so many people from our high school years!

2.  Then on Sunday, we visited our former church.  We moved away from Oregon sixteen years ago, but we keep in contact with many people.  One amazing thing that happened was that our former adult ministries pastor, who has retired and now lives in Maine, and his wife were visiting their daughter who still lives in the area.  So we hugged and chatted after the service.  None of us had any idea we'd be in town at the same time!

3.  Then we hit the road.  We drove east.  In Idaho, we had two groups of people to connect with.  Mission Aviation Fellowship is headquartered in Nampa, Idaho.  During our years of ministry in Indonesia, we depended on MAF to provide transport for us in and out of our village.  In fact, on two different occasions, MAF pilots flew in on the helicopter and med-evacuated us.  Literally, they saved my life and my sons' life.  We value their ministry!  Those two pilots are still on staff and working at the headquarters.  We were privileged to stay overnight with one couple and have dinner with both families.

4.  Our pastor of church ministries moved to eastern Idaho six months ago to take a new church position.  They have four lively little boys and we had so much fun hanging out with them and eating an early dinner before we had to leave and drive on to our campsite for the night.

5.  Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park were our next destinations.  One paragraph cannot possibly contain enough expression of my awe of the beauty and majesty of those places!  (I haven't had enough time online to get all my photos downloaded and organized.  But, WOW!)
Eleanor was very impressed with the Grand Tetons!

She was a bit out of breath at 8,530 feet above sea level!

Lake Yellowstone is the largest high altitude lake in the United States.  
(those mountains almost hidden by the clouds way out there in the far distance are the 'back side' of the Grand Tetons)

Bonus:  we have discovered that when we chat with people in various landmark places, we find kindred spirits.  I commented to The Professor that people who travel to these amazing places have, like us, adventurous spirits.  We've met people from all over the world and with some of them we have really connected.


Faith said...

Omgoodness, the Grand Tetons AND Yellowstone are on Dave's and mine bucket list. I'm jealous!!!! What gorgeous photos! Did you HIKE to that summit of 8,000+ feet?? Or is it a road?

Your reunions and time with ministry members sounds wonderful. So glad you had a nice trip!

Happy weekend!

Schotzy said...

What amazing opportunities you have had this week! Your travels have yielded one wonderful surprise after another. Gorgeous photos! Stay safe.. have a blessed time

Barbara Harper said...

What a full week! Glad you had such good visits with great folks and beautiful places.

Gracie said...

The Grand Tetons are truly amazing as are the wonders of Yellowstone...both places left me with vivid long term memories! So glad you are enjoying time with family and friends. I had some unexpected encounters this week with friends I rarely see and am so grateful to the Lord for His perfect timing...for you and yours and me. xx

Mereknits said...

Such a grand adventure you have had! thank you for taking us along.

ellen b. said...

It's such a good way to travel, connecting with people you've had history with and seeing God's beautiful creation. Glad you are having a good time.

Susanne said...

Sounds like a very full and satisfying week getting to connect with old friends and see beautiful places!