|Adventure Monday: Staircase Ranger Station Olympic National Park|
Weather: hazy and warm. We are worried that the haze is cuased by the wildfires that are ablaze in our state.
Finally summer: We have finally spent some vacation time as a family the past week in both Central Oregon and then the Puget Sound region of our state. Though we have had mini vacations and adventures this summer, and I have helped my sister celebrate her 60th birthday, this week-end represents our first family vacation of the summer. Just in time.
|At Elk Lake with parents and younger sister, Grace.|
Adventures in driving: Something awful happens to the traffic in the Tacoma area on the Interstate Freeway every summer. Last Friday, as I drove to pick up Don at work before heading out to our second leg of the vacation, I passed a sign that said the exit I needed was 2 1/2 miles ahead, then another sign that said it would take 32 minutes!!!! I kid you not. And it did take that long. Ugh. / En route to the first leg of our vacation, we had to take an hour long detour around a forest fire. Another Ugh!
|Tangled roots, Olympic National Park|
"I knew it was morning when I saw the light coming through the floor": Don't you think this would make a great opening line of the book? Just guess how it relates to our recent camping trip to Soundview Camp on the Puget Sound with our church family. (Leave your guess in the comment section below.)
Spending a few days with church friends in a camping setting is fun and relaxing: We are so lucky to live in such a lovely part of the earth. Today during our worship service , held on the basketball court at Camp Soundview, we sang the following song, I Could Sing of Your Love Forever. The first verse seemed so perfect.
Over the mountains and the seaBooks read the past two weeks:
Your river run with love for me,
And I will open my heart
And let the healer set me free.
- The Wright Brothers by David McCullough---a favorite author reads his own audiobook about the famous Americans who were the first to invent an airplane. Don and I were able to finish this book while wandering around on Mt. Hood as we were detouring away from a forest fire.
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston--- written in the 1930s, this book, now considered a classic, was actually out-of-print before Toni Morrison rediscovered it 1972.
- The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose---WWII in Denmark, teen boys conduct acts of resistance.
- The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith---another zany novel by Smith where the unbelievable ends up being believable or at least understandable.
- What Matters in Jane Austen? by John Mullan---Twenty crucial puzzles about the writing style of this popular, classic author.
- Ishmael by Daniel Quinn---surprisingly philosophical. It is slow going as I digest the information.
- The Truth Commission by Susan Juby---Art students start a commission to encourage honesty and truthfulness, but for Normandy Pale she has to look far for the truth but she does need to look closer to home.
|Mom and Dad on the banks of the Deschutes River in Central Oregon, a favorite spot.|
I can't imagine why the light would shine through the floor--a tree house? LOL Love the family get togethers; I'm still hearing new stories and words of wisdom from my parents. I can't get enough of them. Traffic around here is just terrible. The smoky haze scares me for air quality. :(ReplyDelete
Wow your family is amazing, your parents 64th! Happy Anniversary to them. Sounds like a really good reunion and celebration. Nice photos. I think we are socked in by the smoke coming from your state and BC too. I hope it rains on the fire soon. Enjoy the days off till school.ReplyDelete
Late start to school this year for us, too, with the late Labor Day. My boys normally go back the last week of August but they start back next week, too.ReplyDelete
Glad you got to enjoy some vacation time! I would LOVE to visit Olympic NP. We have been to NPs all over the US but Washington is one of only 3 states I have never been to! (along with Alaska and ND). Have to remedy that.
Yes, Ishmael is slow-going and very philosophical - I can't remember if I actually finished it or not!
Enjoy your last week of summer and your books this week!
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