Monday, July 9, 2007

Camping @ the Metolius

We just got back from an amazing camping trip over the weekend! We were invited to join some friends from church up at Camp Sherman in Central Oregon. What a beautiful campground! It's where the Metolius River springs up from the ground and eventually runs into the Columbia. The Metolius runs along the entire camp site and is just breathtaking! We all had a great time floating in the river, playing in the sun, fly-fishing, roasting marshmallows and having great fellowship around the campfire (Josh and I played "Chubby Bunny" to see

how many marshmallows we could fit in our mouths...I was victorious!), making camp ice cream, bathing the boys in a not-so-warm tub of water, feeding the fish at the fish hatchery and basically getting as dirty as possible!

Living in the Willamette Valley, we had quickly forgotten the pristine excellence of Central Oregon-the juniper and pine needle smell in the air, the taste of the water, the kind of people you meet and the shared loved of the outdoors; it's as though we are in a constant state of worship-pure wonderment and awe. I've always felt that nature literally screams out the name of it's creator...who could ever spend a moment in nature and still deny the God of the universe?
Peter and I joke that, because we miss Bend so badly and because we would love to live there again, our subconscious blocks it out in an attempt at self-preservation! But I must say for now, we feel full! Our souls have been fed and all our sensory organs have been nourished...