It has been a while…

Labor Day Weekend + The Weekend Before That

We celebrated the unofficial end of summer by heading north and camping out with the Harrison’s.


(In case you wondering: yep, that’s a hole in my pants from where I took a tumble during a previous hiking experience)





The rest of these photos really don’t need any caption. God is good; he gives us beautiful spaces to enjoy with family. We are blessed.

The weekend before Labor Day we went hiking with some friends.

The trails were full of ripe huckle and blueberries just waiting to be picked/eaten. Our plan was to hike a couple miles in to Lake Margaret; however she was a bit underwhelming. Late August and a dry summer had combined to leave Lake Margaret struggling for life on our visit. As a result, we decided to hike on up to Lake Jillian and see what she had to offer.

This folks:


margaret lake

She’s a beaut isn’t she!

Until next time,

Ashlee & John

Foss Forest River, Central Cascades, Washington

“We know that God is everywhere; but certainly we feel His presence most when His works are on the grandest scale spread before us; and it is in the unclouded night-sky, where His worlds wheel their silent course, that we read clearest His infinitude, His omnipotence, His omnipresence.” Charlotte Brontë in Jane Eyre.







three quick comments about the trip:

1. if there is snow on the ground, don’t think the lake is warm enough for swimming
2. be careful on the way down or you’ll slip, fall, ruin your tights, and cut your knee up
3. God makes pretty things