Summertime is travel time for many of us.  School is out.  The weather is fair.  Some of us have traditions of a place to go, or things to do that approach holiness:  a National Park, a particular beach, one’s 2nd home, perhaps, if we are that lucky, a bicycle trail, a pilgrimage, an annual get-together with friends and relations.  People and things and places that bring fond memories and pleasures.  Revisiting places where romance bloomed (such as ‘On the street where you live.”)  Activities or destinations that have been tested, so there’s little risk of something going wrong.  Or the adventure of travel, or anything new. 

COVID continues to dampen what is possible, and it will limit exuberant joy for a while longer, but–the world has begun its recovery, and we are eager for the weight of the plague to lift. 

What are a few of your favorite things to do in summertime? 

My favorite thing to do in summer is to hike Mt. Rainier’s Wonderland Trail to a high meadow that is so far out of the way that in over almost 50 years of visiting, I have met a stranger there only once.  The wildflowers go to glory there in about two weeks.  Oh well, maybe next year. 

– Rev. Leland Bond-Upson

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