TBT: Oregon 2015

At this time last year Lisa and I flew to Portland hoping for a few days of fun away from the Florida summer heat, but we were in for a surprise. Portland was in the midst of a heat wave with temperatures ranging from 95°-104° throughout our stay.  Not exactly the usual 70°-75° temperatures typical during June.


Our first day was spent on the coast, walking on the beach.


Day 2: exploring the Columbia Gorge and the waterfalls.


The next day, the hottest by far, we hiked a portion of the Pacific Coast Trail near Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood.


We’d seen pictures of Trillium Lake located in the shadow of Mt. Hood and decided it would be the perfect place to wade in the cool waters of the lake.


Of course, it was Saturday, and we weren’t the only ones hoping to spend the day at Trillium Lake. We circled at least thirty minutes trying to find a place to park and when we finally had success, we walked close to a mile to the lake, only to find wall to wall people, floats and kayaks in the water and chairs, grills and umbrellas crowded together on the shoreline.

We didn’t stay long. Instead, we decided this is a place to visit some Tuesday in May.

The heat didn’t spoil our vacation. After all, we’re used to temperatures in the 90°s, and at least we didn’t have any rain.

This is My Father’s World

Recently, the hymn “This is my Father’s world” plays in my head when we’re out enjoying nature. As the words say:
and to my listening ears
all nature sings, and round me rings
the music of the spheres.


This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas;
his hand the wonders wrought.


This is my Father’s world,
the birds their carols raise,
the morning light, the lily white,
declare their maker’s praise.


This is my Father’s world:
he shines in all that’s fair;
in the rustling grass I hear him pass;
he speaks to me everywhere.


Words from:

The United Methodist Hymnal Number 144
Text: Maltbie D. Babcock
Music: Trad. English melody; adapt. by Franklin L. Sheppard