Go South Young Man (to California)

It took us a while, but we finally got through Oregon, and are now in Northern California. (and have to pay sales tax now… BOO!) We will worship at the Redwoods National Forest on Sunday. At least we got across Oregon faster than this fellow… OREGON COAST PHOTO GALLERY IS NOW ONLINE! Hope you enjoy the photos! We sure had a lot of fun, and plan to vacation here again when we can move even slower, and stop more often to hike and explore. NEWLY UPDATED WITH MORE! If you would like 1280 x 854 highres wallerpapers of these, Vist: Karl’s Oregon Coast Wallpapers You will see thumbnails and can download the ones you want.

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Karl’s Oregon Coast Wallpapers

Yes, we bought matching shirts. Yesterday we started our journey down the Oregon Coast. In one word? Breathtakinglyamazinglybeautifullyspectacular. The Oregon Coast FAR EXCEEDED my expectations, and they were pretty high already. It has proved to be even more spectacular than I had even hoped. Colorado? You may need to step aside – you’ve got the mountains, but not the rivers, ocean, lakes, and lush greenery. I still claim Colorado as my favorite state, but is more due to my personal roots there… It is getting harder to say it is the most beautiful state in the Union. The first day we traveled from Portland, North to the Coast, and then started straight down. We ended in Newport for the evening with dinner with our friends, the Helts, who I met through Kidology. Pam Helt has co-authored a few of my Kid’s Church units with me. We had lunch this morning at Coca Mocha Joe’s before heading on our way again. We also visited their church, but more info and pics on that later. I can’t get over the amazing displays of God’s Creation here! It just never ends, for hours on end. No photos can capture it, but I tried.…

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Hinson Memorial Baptist Church…

We are currently in Portland, OR. Not only did I get to visit with my long-lost buddy and pal Rich Stafford (as usual, more pics to come!), but we got to visit a dear sweet grandma named Evelyn Monnier. There is no slowing down this 85 year old saint! Just a few years ago, she and a friend (not much youger) drove all the way to Chicago for a visit, on the way to the Cove in North Carolina! This time it was our turn to make the trek. Returement is a time when most people slow down, but not for Evelyn. Since retirement she has served on the mission field and been active in church and was on staff with ISI. (International Students International) It was while she was in the Philippines serving with Sara’s parents, that she was adopted as ‘Grandma’ to a 9 year old Sara. Evelyn with a picture of herself at age twenty. Quite a catch, eh? Rock of Ages. This church supported Sara’s folks years ago. Tonight we went with Evelyn to church – Hinson Memorial Baptist Church – and met the children’s ministry director, Judy Busch, who I was surprised to hear was…

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Be Encouraged Chicagoians!

And I thought gas was expensive in Chicago! (and this was the lowest we could find!!) We have arrived in Everett (20 miles North of Seattle) Washington. Decided to get in the mood for our miles and miles of driving… Where is the red convertible when you need it? We’ve arrived at Kim’s house… a childhood friend of Sara’s from the Philippines who was her Maid of Honor when we got married. More pics to come! Another buddy named Nathan!

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On the Road Again, er, TRACKS

Or should it be ‘trackin’ with the Bastians? Well, we are off on the next phase of our sabbatical… I stopped by the office to grab a few things and was SHOCKED to see a new sign on my office door! Soon we were at the station… Sara booked us a huge comfortable room… With views out BOTH sides of the train! Soon we were leaving Chicago behind… We went from tall building to farmland within 40 minutes… I’m not sure how fast this train is, but it seems FAST – my guess at least 80mph if not overa 100 just trying to imagine a car going this fast… the train looks very old and worn, but is comfortable, and the ride isn’t too bumpy… we’ll see how it goes. Yes, I am bloggin’ from the train via my trusty cell phone which gets my laptop online. I was curious if I would get this post posted and not lose my connection, so far so good. Keep in touch! Post a comment below and say hi! Good Bye Chicago, be back in a few weeks!

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