So this morning, my wife and I were looking at a map of Southern Oregon and Northern California to map out an exciting day trip. After looking at several options she decided to let me choose the destination and route while she got ready to go. In a few minutes I excitedly announced that I had just the trip in mind. We were going to Happy Camp in Northern California along the Klamath River!
It seemed the perfect trip from Talent, Oregon about 20 miles north of the California border where we are temporarily staying. But as we crested the highest point on I-5 in the US at 4300’ elevation, where the temperature had fallen to 66 degrees, we noticed off in the distance a foreboding dark gray haze filling the sky and obscuring the mountains.
Shortly after crossing the border we arrived at the California inspection station so I inquired about the darkening skies. He asked where we were going and I told him we had picked Happy Camp for our perfect Labor Day weekend outing.
He smiled inquisitively and then informed us that the source of all that smoke was a forest fire that had been burning for 46 days at Happy Camp. He said our destination was the actual epicenter and in fact the raging fire is named the Happy Camp Fire and there were over 2000 firefighters there battling the blaze!
Needless to say, we did a U-Turn at the next exit and decided to head north towards Crater Lake, OR for a drive along the Rogue River. We had a loaf of bread, cheese & ham, peaches, grapes and brownies. We stopped at an organic farm and picked up some fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and watermelon along the way as well.
And best of all, we had a blanket and pillows so we could lay down under the shade of tall trees and listen to the Rogue River race swiftly yet quietly by us carrying the occasional rafter downstream while King Salmon fought their way upstream for their annual fall run. A few fisherman were attempting to get their afternoon catch of seafood from the sides of that icy cold river that flows from the deepest lake in North America.
We enjoyed the gentle breeze, and the sanctuary that is our love for each other. We ate. We laughed. We talked. We sang love songs, worship songs and silly songs. We read and discussed the last four chapters of Revelation. We prayed. We had the best day. I didn’t want it to end.
I especially didn’t want to forget the moments that made it so very special. After all, it is those small moments that become the tapestry that is our life. And if we weave them well, they will linger in our memory and caress our hearts for many years to come.
Today we wove some pretty wonderful tapestry together so I wrote this blog to make sure it didn’t slip away from my mind with the long evening shadows. Life can be hard and hectic. We need to be deliberate about taking time out for things that matter most. Today was the 1,614th day we’ve been married. They’ve all been great, but today was special. How was yours?