Most weekends our family goes hiking, and yesterday was no exception. However the experience was unique to us in a several ways.
First, instead of breathtaking views of Mt. Hood, we were treated to breathtaking views of Mt. Rainier.
We woke up before the crack of dawn and headed north. We had arranged to meet a family we'd never met at the trailhead at 8am. To say this family is adventurous would be an understatement. This family founded the Free Burma Rangers, a humanitarian relief organization with the mission of bringing help to war-torn areas of Burma (now known as Myanmar).
The parents are avid climbers and have taken their children (ages 5, 9 and 10) on many climbs. We were eager to meet them and hike with them.
a group picture before the final push to the summit of Pinnacle Peak
My youngest daughter and I were the only the in the group to not reach the summit. Instead, we hung out on a rock and enjoyed the beauty of the Tatoosh mountains before us.
I don't usually like to sit idly and do nothing. You will often find me with a book, but yesterday I found myself at 6000 ft., with nothing to do but BE. It was a wonderful exercise in stillness and was surprisingly quite relaxing.
As my daughter and I waited for the group to descend from the summit, we were surprised with wildlife sightings. We saw two marmots run by us on one side and on the other side, we saw this mountain goat. I'm so thankful my nose wasn't stuck in a book, lest I miss these surprises.
Be still and know that I am God ~ Psalm 46:10