What’s That?!

There it was glinting in the unexpected brightness of the morning sun way up atop Scout Mountain.  We were minding our own business, eating French Toast on a Sunday morning, before heading out the door to church.  But this glinting thing was suddenly there, beckoning…Could it be a bench? 

It hasn’t been so very long since I was last up Scout, has it?  I’ve never known there to be a bench at the top; we just settle down on the windswept rock usually.  But today was different.  After church we scrambled up there to find this delightful addition to a great hike:


And for a few moments we sat and reveled in this new thing—not just the bench, but the brilliant sunshine that brought it to light!!  We’d almost forgotten what sunshine was like.

up Scout

It’s remarkable the energy the sun gives, not just fueling photosynthesis, but fueling human activity.  We came down the mountain, pulled the tandem out of hiding and pedaled around the neighborhood, then headed out to the boat with new friends, to introduce them to the great ‘salt chuck’ by sailboat–


It was a splendid day for a sail—sunshine for warmth and wind for power…Wonderful to see the sun again!



Lichen’ it!

P1080977Just had to grab a sunny afternoon and turn it into an exercise for body, mind and soul,

A trek up Scout, naturally.


The old gray mare just ain’t what she used to be, but slowly and surely ‘we’ (me, myself, and my Comforter) gained the top for a quiet sit to read, pray and ponder…Nothing conspicuously photo-worthy… but the lichen is bright and fresh.




And the undergrowth is conspiring to put on Christmas cheer, already!


This ‘shroom I espied on my careful-not-to-slip descent begged to be noticed  ( :


The pines are healthy and vibrant, bearing abundant little ‘boy’ cones…


But home and fireside beckon far below. It may be bright but it is also cold! Time to head home. 

[Our golden willow marks the spot. Do you see it?]


P1090008Wind and rain are lashing the house tonight.  Glad to have gotten out while I could!


See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Eph.5:15,16

Up and Over the Mountain…


There’s nothing quite so refreshing and reorienting as a brisk clamber on a bright day–so up and over our little ‘mountain’ I went, all by my lonesome, yet not.


Glad for the sunshine and all the things it brings to light…


“For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.” Ps.95:3-6


“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.” Ps.19:1 NLT


…no time to dawdle at the top; the sun was sinking fast…


…so I scampered on down with the setting sun, all tuckered out, and yet refreshed.

strait straight

Considering God’s glory has a way of doing that.


For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. Hab.2:14