We just returned from a 12-day jaunt down the coast and back. We left Yakima on Thursday, August 10th and returned Tuesday, August 22nd. Heading south through Oregon, we stopped at Crater Lake National Park. Amazing to see the lake in the crater for the first time! Forest and brush fires along the way, and in the park itself, created much smog. After spending the night in Grant’s Pass, OR, we headed for the seashore and took US 101 down to San Francisco. The Golden Gate Bridge is always impressive! Next stop, Bethany’s place. Saw the new addition to the Urban School of SF, where Bethany works. Attended church at Grace Cathedral and attended the vigil at the SF City Hall for the victim and those injured in Charlottesville, VA. I love the big cities!!!
We headed south to Los Angeles, through the Central Valley that grows so much of the produce we enjoy. Went to Disneyland for a day, the Getty Museum the next, and Universal Studios Hollywood the day after that. Fantastic places to visit! We’d been to Disneyland about 23 years ago…it HAS changed! Lots of wonderful exhibits at all these places, and many tasty restaurants! At Universal, we especially enjoyed the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
We headed north on Sunday to Peace Lutheran Church, Philomath, OR, and met up with the Central Lutheran Youth Group and Felicity and Jason. We got up the next morning to enjoy the Solar Eclipse in its Totality! So COOL!!! Carolyn then returned to Yakima with the youth group, and Dave returned Bethany to her San Francisco home, then returned to Yakima in time to donate blood at the “God’s Work. Our Hands.” Blood Drive at Christ Lutheran Church in Yakima. A good time was had by all! We are blessed!
Finally getting around to posting some things from our visit to Chicago June 18-July 7, 2017. Carolyn was taking three weeks of classes at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in Hyde Park, just north of the University of Chicago campus. I (Dave) was exploring and experiencing the neighborhood and the city. I walked around the neighborhood, walked to the lake most every day, toured a couple of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural wonders around Chicago, and cooked and cleaned for the student, Carolyn. She loved her classes, and I loved everything I did there! Carolyn is done with classes now, looking forward to two more formal sermons for class and that whole thesis thing. We finally got to go to Adler Planetarium, and the Dusable Museum, too! Kilwins is a great place for ice cream in Hyde Park. It was amazing! Here are some photos from our visit!