Another year's great adventure comes to a close. I leave you with a hodge podge of miscellaneous photos taken by our Trip Photographer--Sam!
YES--it was cold this day!
Jim is pointing to where they are headed. It had already been a LONG climb and I could see plenty. Laura & I sat on the side of the trail and watched the others finish the climb to the top of Flat Top Mountain.
You have to enlarge the picture above to see they are down on all
fours trying to make it to the top. I believe the words heart pounding might have been used.
Yes, you are seeing how far it is to the bottom--a LONG WAY!
We saw beautiful water falls
And strange looking beasts
And might have been over the top with views and napped instead.
We paused before leaving for our annual "Homecoming Court" picture with the view behind our VRBO.
The two "Whipper Snappers" who tagged along this year--were loads of fun and somehow resisted killing all the old people in the group when we gasped and complained about the next planned activity. Planners extraordinaire and navigators with a flare---LOVE these two being on this year's adventure!
A Little Story To Close
This majestic eagle---visited us the day we kayaked. The symbol of our nation---these beautiful birds do not socialize and keep their distance most of the time. As we listened to the instructions by the guides, he flew in for a look--first landing in the tree overlooking our group. He then swept down on the shore---and sat--and watched---and let us all admire his great beauty.
I thought back as he took his flight---of the great wonders and beauty of God's creation we have been blessed to view all these years. Truly amazing that God would send this beautiful bird to remind me of the great gift of nature. It has been beyond my wildest dreams to see all that His hand has created and witness His creation in its finest from points only accessible by hiking. As this great symbol of our nation took flight and soared over us as we kayaked, I was reminded---so God watches over us and blesses us with a view of His greatness as exhibited all around us.
And so---it's a wrap---another year--another adventure---and already talking over next year---if God so ordains--there are more trails to trek and more wonders to behold--as He leads me down the path.
but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.