Our long-time and most dear friends from Everett, the Hiseys, were here for a visit over the Labor Day weekend. Timothy and Jeanne have been a part of our lives since Jeff & Peter were 12 year old Lego maniacs, and although most of our friendship has been a long distance one, we thank God for the depth of relationship we share. We've walked together through the many joys of life as well as the depths of sorrow when hard times have come. There is nothing like a friend who knows you and loves you despite your sin - who you can tell anything and they won't judge you, who directs you to your knees while pointing you to the Cross.
Any time we spend together with Timothy and Jeanne is always full of laughter. They are the fulfillment of the verse "a merry heart does good like medicine" to me. What a blessing it is to have them for our friends! Our weekend was full of smiles, laughter, tears, quiet, driving, talking, hiking, cooking, eating, and chocolate... we love you guys!
Originally we had planned to climb Silverstar on Saturday, but that didn't work out due to technical difficulties, so we settled on Lava Canyon in the Mount St. Helen's National Volcanic Monument.
The Lava Canyon trail is divided into three segments based on difficulty and hiking experience. Much of the difficult portion consists of a thin descending gravely path along a steep cliff above the canyon, so we didn't go all the way to the end (we may be crazy, but we're not that crazy). For the most part we stayed on the trail, although there were a few dare-devils among us who ventured toward the edge of the cliffs and will remain unnamed. :)
The second segment of the trail is a loop that ends at a really cool suspension bridge and then turns back on the other side of the canyon. Of course we stopped to take a few pictures...