Shabbat Shalom!

Last Shabbat, a gorgeous pre-autumn day in western Oregon, my bride wanted to go on a gentle hike up on Mount Hood, which isn’t far from us. So up we went to enjoy YHVH Elohim’s glorious Eden-like beauty in this alpine setting. We started at the famous Timberline Lodge parking lot at the 6,000 foot level and hiked around the mountain for about a mile and-a-half or so.

When my grandfather first came up to this area in the early 1900s, it took several days by horse and wagon to get here. It was all but impassible in the winter due to snow. With the help of laborers like Grandpa, the state built an all-weather highway to Mount Hood after WW1, and we can now be at the 6,000 foot level in about an hour and-a-half.

Please enjoy these photos we took.

In the background is the world famous Timberline Lodge built in 1937 and perched on the side of Mount Hood at the 6,000 foot level. Sandi’s grandfather helped to build the lodge.
Sandi and I were married at this lodge in 1991, so, needless to say, it holds a special place in our hearts. Beyond that, my grandfather was a professional mountain guide and led mountain climbs from this area for decades. What’s more, Sandi’s grandfather helped to build the lodge, we both learned to ski here when we were kids, and we grew up viewing this mountain from the Portland-area where Sandi was born, and where we were both raised and live to this day.

It was a wonderful Shabbat experience walking, fellowshipping and praising Yah as we relished the sights, sounds and smells of this pristine soul and spirit-raising environment away from the cacophony and confusion of the Babylon below.

A lot of people get “high” on a whole host of bad things that dissipate the spirit, soul and body and end up taking them away from Elohim. Well, some of us like to get “high” on Elohim on and in his mountains! HalleluYah!

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from YHVH, which made heaven and earth. (Ps 121:1–2)


4 thoughts on “Shabbat Shalom!

  1. Love!!! So much love!!! To you both and to the King of Glory who made this Beautiful garden and gave us His Shabbat in which to find deep, soul refreshment. LOVE!

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