Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish! We don't play the major role. If we did, we'd probably go around bragging that we'd done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.
Ephesians 2:7-10 The Message

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Colors of Fall

Friday Butch and I went for a drive. We just needed a day "out" of the valley. So we drove north through a little town called Kingston. It's a nice little town with not much in it, the story of central Nevada. We drove through Kingston, over the mountains and made a big loop back through the town of Austin.

I didn't really expect to see much fall color on our drive because all our leaves just froze and blew off the trees. Many of them are still green and the ones that aren't green are brown. Definintely not the pretty yellows and oranges of fall. SO we were pleasantly surprised on our drive to find some spectacular displays along the way.

Just past the lake above Kingston there is a guard station. In the trees just before the guard station we were surprisd by a swing. I wish I could have captured the view from the swing, as I was sitting on it, the trees created an orangish frame to the mountains across the road. It was absolutely breathtaking.

We capped off our drive with a very filling lunch at the Toiyabe Cafe in Austin. The best burgers and onion rings around.

This is the swing at the guard station

This is one view from near the swing, but not the one I saw while sitting on it!

When I worked at REI we had a picture that said simply, "Integrity, leaving no doubt where you stand." I have had the page I want to do in my head capturing that sentiment since before I left, and now I have a picture to go with it. I am always amazed that a tree can grow out of a rock.

Wild burrows at the north end of the valley.

We found the Hot Springs everyone told us about when we first got here. The Forest Service has kept them up pretty well. There were people using one of the tubs, thankfully they were dressed! The water is VERY hot! We didn't dip more than our fingers but now we know where they are if we ever wanted go back. It was nice day out together and gave us a much needed semi day off.

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