With its thunderstorms, mosquitos, and Republicans, Wenatchee, WA is a nice little reminder of the south; It is a piece of home right there in the center of Washington state. While the majority of the population in the state lives west of the Cascade mountain range, the east side is sprinkled with small towns that have their own unique character and charm… but let me be honest, my biggest draw to the “east side” is the summer HEAT!
This heat is not like the sticky humidity of the south, but a nice, dry 95 degrees that barely makes you sweat. Our friends Bill and Gale have a condo in Wenatchee and we were so thankful to take advantage of it this past weekend! Gale, Leah, Reed (he didn’t have the option of going on boys weekend) and I spent some amazing time sitting on the back porch drinking white wine and eating homemade pizza, lounging at parks, and watching the occasional Food Network show. We did manage to be a little more active when Bill arrived and got us out in the kayaks. What a huge blessing it all was!
If there’s one thing I (Tim) learned in my high school physic class, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This has held true in our marriage too – for every girls weekend, there is an equal and opposite boys weekend. On this occasion, we tackled Mount St. Helens.
But, on May 18, 1980, St. Helens erupted, blowing out a huge crater, spewing gas and ash for hundreds of miles. It was the largest debri avalanche in recorded history, flattening the forest over 230 square miles….
Now, she looks like this:
A hurried hike in to our backcountry campsite as the sun was setting, some cold PBR’s, and the next morning’s sunrise over the clouds accompanied by scrambled eggs made for a memorable weekend with Rick and Ben.
We read during breakfast that morning:
“May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
may the LORD rejoice in his works,
who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke.”