We had a great view of Mt. Hood on the way, so I got a couple of shots of that, but it was completely dark by the time we were approaching Mt. Rainier, so no luck on seeing that. This morning we had the luxury of no specific agenda, so I woke up and went outside to have my quiet time by the lake here. When I came back, I ended up waking Nicole up at about 10am – ah yes, the teenage years are definitely upon us! Breakfast was waffles for the kids and eggs and fried potatoes for us adults – yummy! I think breakfast is my favorite meal! The place we are staying at has a basketball court, and it was calling Nathan’s name all through breakfast. He finally got out there, and then the other boys (including Tim) eventually joined him, along with other campers, and they had a full fledged game going on! It was definitely a huge highlight for Nathan. He has missed playing a lot, so today has been great for him! After the big game, Tim got a shower and then called us all out for Little Church. We had our camping chairs all set up in a nice circle and were about to start, when Nathan announced that he was hungry. Well, no wonder – it was 2:30pm!! So I raced in and made some sandwiches, Noah grabbed snacks, and Nicole brought out drinks and we had a quick bite to eat while singing some hymns and songs to get us started. Then we all shared our verses and songs, and closed in prayer. I’m so thankful for a country where I don’t have to hide in fear of imprisonment in order to worship my God. What an amazing blessing I don’t ever want to take for granted!
We were debating about heading up to Mt. Ranier since we are leaving tomorrow, but it has been quite overcast today, and the people at the office said we could stay as long as we want tomorrow since we got in so late last night and they don’t have anyone coming in tomorrow (and today saw a mass exodus from this place – the whole row of campers we were in are now all gone except us!), so we decided to continue our day of rest here! Tim bought some worms at the store, and the boys have been fishing since then. It’s not really crazy cold here (I think it’s in the 50’s) but I got chilled today more than I have so far on this trip, but nothing that another layer of clothes and a cup of hot chocolate couldn’t remedy! Tonight we are planning on making a fire and roasting hot dogs, but I just realized it is already 8pm, so I'll probably just boiled the hot dogs and call it a day. :-) Tomorrow, we’re planning on getting up early to go see Mt. Rainier. Will we actually get up early or not? What do you think? Stay tuned for the answer…. In the meantime, pictures! First, some shots of Mt. Hood from yesterday, and then pictures of our campground today. Hope everyone has had a great weekend! Blessings!