A cup of Tea?

Summer will not long be with us.  Already a dusting of snow has appeared on the mountain ranges around us.  So we’ve squeezed in a few hikes this month…I’ll let you guess which was my favorite!

Up, Up and UP we went to find the fabled ‘Teahouse’ on Lady MacDonald, which rises just across the highway from townLady McDonald HikeIMG_20160818_114144179IMG_20160818_123438098_HDRIMG_20160818_123452092_HDRIMG_20160818_123553621_HDRIMG_20160818_123811211_HDR

The ascent was a doozer, steep and relentless,  and we never did find the teahouse, only a helicopter pad…


Had we read more closely we would have realized that the elusive teahouse was never completed.  This failed enterprise of some tycoon visionary was demolished a few years back.   All that remains is the helicopter pad that would have saved the diners an arduous hike!

But had we come just a few years sooner we might have seen this:

and the gazebo that is no moreTeahouse Lady McDonald[from Internet archives…]

Climbing three thousand feet in under 2 1/2 miles is difficult but the descent was at least as bad! IMG_20160818_130832731

My quads complained for days! They are accustomed to pedaling, not climbing and descending.

At least now I can point to this mountainIMG_20160818_172234133and tell you just where the helicopter pad sits and how once-upon-a-time we climbed up to it…


Well, that was last week.  Hoping to ‘lock in’ these climbing muscles  we went for another summit in Banff a couple days ago—Sulphur Mountain.  IMG_20160825_114449168_HDR

We once took the gondola but not this time. IMG_20160825_114456487_HDR IMG_20160825_121948567

A seemingly endless series of switchbacks tamed the 2,283 feet of rise, spreading it nicely over 3 1/2 miles.  And this time there was a real coffeehouse at the top from which to survey the expanse of Banff


and to wait out a passing squall.

Then we hustled down the mountain to dine at McD’s and hurry home to get ready for the kids coming for a birthday celebration!

With them we did another sweeter hike the following day.

This time, just 2.8 miles round trip and just 853 feet of rise, but with smaller feet and shorter legs it was a triumph for all!


The rock faces around Grassi Lakes are a rock climber’s destination, so some of us tried a hand at that too…



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It was a splendid day!





Ho-ho cake anyone?


Go and walk through the land, and describe it, and come again to me… Joshua 18:8

Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. Ps.89:15

Our Princess has found her prince…

sarah1Sarah holding blue Ducksarah and JimSarah and Jim down the aisleS and B 3the ceremony 3Sarah and Bryce

The car

And we gathered from far and near as a family to witness their wedding… P1210639Sisters!P1210665Sisters!P1210670baby SisterP1210663my firstborn and his familyGrand Kids!






and to celebrate family, new and old!

the latest addition to our familyour second son and his familynew grandbaby, Alexis

We shared sunshine and a bit of rain, picnics, walks, water and wonder…




The Patriarch of this clan

Its a LONG way down



There was laughter,  and there were tears…


And way too soonP1210793 we parted ways againP1210775P1210778P1210776 for our separate worlds…

We are grateful for all that God has done for us. Children are a heritage from Him.


“Let your work be shown to your servants, and your glorious power to their children.

Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,

and establish the work of our hands upon us;

yes, establish the work of our hands!”



Waiting for clouds to clear…

Sometimes you have to just stroll awhile slowly…


…stooping to glean wild raspberries along the way…

pausing to notice the thistles and their bees…

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Even things with prickle and sting have beauty.


Sometimes it takes awhile to see clearly…

It takes time for the water to still and the clouds to be seen from a different perspective…


May your summer’s finish hold such times.



Be still, and know that I am God…I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is  our refuge. Selah.


He leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul.


For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Ps.46:10,11; Ps.23:2,3; I Cor.13:12,13; I Jn.3:1; I Pet.4:8