We finally finished off the final pills for Typhoid Fever. I’ve never had issues with the pills for that nor did I have trouble with the Yellow Fever shot but I wasn’t sure how my family would do with it all. I’m happy to report that they did great. We now only await the time to start our Malaria medication…many weeks and months of that ahead even after we return. If you’ve seen what malaria can do you know that this preventative measure is worth it. Malaria is actually the world’s deadliest parasite…did you know it was a parasite? I’ve had many friends with this horrible disease. One simple mosquito bite and you can have a nasty disease that’s killed millions. Take the medication and do what you can to keep from being bitten and believe God!
The next series of photos were of our hike up to some falls near the Woodbine campground. It was a steep climb but Gabby did wonderfully and we enjoyed it all. Approaching the stream and seeing it through the trees provided a shot that I couldn’t resist . It seemed like a glimpse of good things to come. Have you ever taken a picture that later on seemed very prophetic? I have but at first I didn’t think much of it. There was a little bridge that we had to cross to begin our ascent of the mountain . Gabby led the pack which is pretty common for her and I snapped a quick picture as she began to cross the bridge . I think a child shall lead them is what I think when I look at this now. I travelled abroad for the first time when I was eighteen. I went to Ghana when I was still in my teens. My daughter started when she was nine months old! The two other children started when they were very small and we returned to the Philippines. Since then we’ve travelled together to Japan, Ireland and Scotland and even set foot in Paris and now we go to where I started working in the mission field in Africa! I get the sense that God works in perfect circles! I never grow weary of the sound of a rushing mountain stream . I can almost hear the stream rushing by even when I look at these photos . The weather was growing stormy as we approached the top of the mountain and I have to say it looked like big time bear country. It was way too quiet. There’s been a boom in the bear population but the unusually cold season has robbed them of what they normally eat: berries. Maybe parts of this country are boiling but global warming is just one more lie in these parts. We began to hear the big falls but couldn’t resist pausing to take a picture of this little one before moving on . The majesty of the upper large falls with no one else there but us is something hard to describe ! There were some of the most winding falls I’ve seen . The view opposite the falls showed forests and mountains that seemed to testify of Montana in all it’s glory The lower falls rushed by on some secret mission that God had sent it on . It was a long way down and steep so I kept Gabby’s hand in my own our entire time on top of the hill . The approaching storm coming over the mountains and a persistent sprinkle convinced us that it was time to head back down the trail We took at final glance at the lower falls before heading back through the forest . These trees seemed to point at the glory of God’s creation here . This view reminded me some of Mt. Fuji in Japan though it was cloud shrouded when we visited it in Japan at the time One thing that I love about these mountains is that they never end. One peak simply seems to lead to another Here is another view of the bridge we crossed earlier on the way back I love the return trip because it provides a new angle to familiar territory…never miss the new angles when returning! The snow melt has kept these streams strong throughout the season in fact there were days where the higher peaks had new snow! No matter what the weather or the politics of the day are doing I’m going to stay the course and keep the faith that God has given like the precious treasure it is! Don’t lose direction but rather I refuse to be blinded by the evils of this world. There’s still much to be thankful for…always a way that God has provided for us to walk God really is faithful to His word though all else fail. Some things are as sure and stable as the mountains themselves . These mountains have treasure in them in fact this is not far from the Stillwater Mine On the surface these mountains are beautiful enough but this beauty is more than skin deep…not only gold but also platinum was found inside! That’s it for now I hope to share the final chapter of this little adventure before going on another five day stay in a cabin near Yellowstone and Chico hot springs…we’re all very excited about it!