Day 3: Enjoying the Blessing and Making a Decision

Trip Start Oct 18, 2012
Trip End Oct 21, 2012

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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Day 3 got started a little later this morning since the earliest ferry for Maria to join us only left Clinton for Mukilteo at 5:30am. Once she arrived and we had loaded her gear, we headed out at 6:50am in steady rain for Griggs Road and commenced walking at 8:30am.

What a special joy it was to rekindle the many special memories and spiritual lessons Maria and I had learned and shared on our walk from Spokane to Issaquah back in July, in spite of very different weather and temperature circumstances. Anne and I have so much for which to be grateful in the daughters and their families with which God has blessed us! 

The walk along Orville Road past Lake Kapowsin and later Ohop Lake was initially fairly comfortable going and most passing oncoming traffic thoughtfully gave us a wide berth onto the other side of the road. Then, almost without much warning, the steady rain intensified to almost cloudburst level diminishing visbility. A sharp drop in temperature also began to tense muscles, which made the going quite a bit tougher. By around noon the rain and clouds began to clear and there were even some brief periods of sunshine. A few glimpses of nearby higher elevations then revealed the snow that had fallen and resulted in the much colder temperatures we were experiencing. 

As we neared Eatonville I had begun to feel some sharp and painful pressure building in my small toes and the thought of still attempting to walk as far as Elbe or even beyond Eatonville became less of an option. A shared decision was made to end the walk in Eatonville and preserve joints and toes by driving the full distance to Morton tomorrow morning. As eager as I am to see the good folks at Morton UMC and share with them in as healthy a state as possible, following a walk of the remaining 29 miles to Morton under current weather circumstances, I would have without hesitation (and hopefully with full understanding and support) opted for an hour long soak in a hot tub with Epsom Salts over an hour in a worship service.
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Volana Gleason on

I think you have made the wise decision. See you in the morning. God Bless.

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