Jul 242013
 

IMG_0560I’m getting ready to leave for the woods tomorrow.

I’ll be heading for Union Creek and Crater Lake, Oregon, where I grew up.

It’s my ground and water…where I was born, where I now go for healing, and where they will scatter my remains when this is all over.

It’s my favorite place on earth.

Where’s yours?

  77 Responses to “Participation Required: Favorite Places”

  1. North Carolina. Beautiful coast, beautiful mountains. Hard to beat my homeland. Have fun, Michael.

  2. Mt. Shasta, where I grew up.

    Spent a beautiful day yesterday walking along the beach with my wife for our anniversary; have to say we both prefer the walk we took around Crater Lake last year to the best day we could make at the beach. Mountain, lake beauty get me every time.

  3. I’m beat to a pulp emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
    It’s a sign of God’s care to me that I get to go home and let Him put me back together.
    I’m very thankful.
    I’ve always wanted to visit NC…it looks beautiful…and I was in Mt Shasta a few weeks ago…majestic and awesome.

  4. My 2 favorite places- Northern California coast from Eureka to Crescent City, and Disneyland.

  5. Gary,

    That’s a beautiful stretch through there and all the way up into my state.

  6. When my sister moved with her company (Living Epistles t shirts) to Klamath Falls I visited Crater Lake. It was so blue and beautiful. I heard the story of how fish were planted and how they almost ruined the purity of the water. That was so odd.

  7. My own home and backyard….. used to be my home in Ashland….. here…

  8. My favorite place is the arms of my wife. She makes me a better person.

  9. “the arms of my wife” You said it.

  10. Gary, re; your #4, that’s where I live and it is absolutely beautiful. Michael, Crater Lake is breath taking. Paigemom, Ashland is awesome. Maui is amazing. Beirut, Lebanon is a very beautiful place as is Alaska. The most beautiful place in the world is as Shaun said, in my wife’s arms. There is no other place I’d rather be.

  11. Michael, wishing you refreshment, healing, a reconnection with Jesus, and a few nights of being overwhelmed by starlight

    My fav place, San Francisco. Diverse, architecturally amazing, topographically challenging, a photo-op every moment of every day

  12. Covered,
    Oh yeah? How come I never see you there? Where abouts do you live?

    ( Io )====:::,
    You can have S F. How much will you take for it?

  13. Headed to Crater Lake in August. Favorite place is Ocean Beach and Mission Beach in San Diego.

  14. There are a lot of beautiful places in this world, but my favorite is where family is.

  15. I travel for work so I’ve been a lot of places.
    My favorite is at home in New Mexico.
    The beauty of that state and it’s people just blows me away every time.

  16. Haven’t arrived yet, but I betting that it’s home with the Lord. Nothing and no one can compare to this, not in the bigger schema and eternal of things, that is. Otherwise, it’s anywhere that I can walk down the street without being accosted and speak freely of those things that are placed upon my heart while also listening to others doing the same without either of us disrespecting or discounting the other.

    Favorite terrain—-Carmel, Alabama, and home with my honey.

  17. Florida’s Gulf Coast.

  18. Three favorites.

    1. Kona, Hawaii… a house we rent for a month at a time
    2. Southwest CO… Durango-Puratory-Silverton-Ouray-Gunnison-Telluride … love to relax there in the fall.
    3. Angel Fire, NM… quiet, gorgeous scenery the most placid place on earth.

  19. Gary, between Crescent City and Smith River. It’s where God vacations.

  20. Not to be different, but for most of my life my favorite place was a baseball field. The combo of grass, dirt, the mound and dugouts – surrounded by fence and seating (well, I guess you already knew what a baseball field looks like – but my point was not just about playing the game but just being there – even if alone).

    I still love them, but it is a very bittersweet thing. Often leads to a melancholy feeling and so I mostly avoid them these days.

  21. Oddly enough, my favorite place is the town in which I live.

  22. Favorite Place, easily “THE CITY OF ANGELS” Mountians, Desert, Beach, Suburbs and City life. I wish they all could be California Girls!

  23. I hate LA. sorry Solomon.

    Well, since it’s required.

    I haven’t traveled much in years. I need to get out more. I live in an area that most people come to visit for outdoor recreation and solitude, so I guess my absolute favorite is where I live.

    1. Central California coast. Morro Bay, Cayucos, Cambria, San Simeon, Big Sur. It’s been about 14 years since my last visit.

    2. Yellowstone.

    3. Banff.

    4. Lake Tahoe, Nevada side.

    5. North coast, California Redwoods.

    6. A half dozen or more places within a few hours drive of here.

  24. my favorite places….dancing in the rain….and here.

    I’m home…out of the hospital. ….12 day stay in havenwyck hospital. failed, accidental suicidal attempt. Am on a 2 week outpatient program. will see how that goes to see where to from there.. thank you all for your prayer covering for me.

  25. glad you are doing better dusty, will continue to pray for you

  26. Dusty!!!! I love you and so glad you are home! Is your email still the same? Been down that path myself and you, Michael, erunner and many of the oldtimers here helped me through without even knowing about it. Big, giant, hugs to you dear one!!!

  27. Dusty,

    Welcome home…we’ve always kept your place prepared.
    Much love to you, my friend.

  28. Good to see you Dusty, I don’t know much about you other than you are much loved. Much loved is a great place to be! πŸ™‚

  29. love you too big brother….this has always been the one place i know i belong….i know is home. cant even begin to tell you how much ive missed being here among family.

  30. Hello Dusty … God bless you

  31. Sweet Anne!!! i know you have walked this road….many times….yes my email is still the same… dust.shaker@gmail.com ….I agree they they have helped so many of us….i should have known better than to stay away from home for so long. ((((hugs))))

  32. just in case you are wondering , yes they put me in a padded room on a padded bed and gave me a shot in the bum to calm me down….and I totally played in the rain….funny thing is the other patients thought i was crazy for doing that. lol

  33. covered,

    Dusty was part of the team here for years…and she took special care of the prayer thread.
    We’ve been around so long I forget that not everyone has been here since the beginning. πŸ™‚

  34. Thanks Michael for the heads up on Dusty. I remember her from a while back but it’s been a while. I’m glad she knows that she was missed and is loved.

    Enjoy your time away. Friends just got back from Crater Lake and said mid 80’s in the day, should be beautiful for you.

  35. Looks like the room is being covered in a fine missed.

  36. Thanks again for running this, Michael. Sorry folks, I have been working obscene hours.

    There is this beautiful area in Ivy Virginia, but I will probably never go there again. I used to drive through tree coverd winding roads to a little place that made the best pies. At night, I would sit outside and watch fire flies. For whatever reason, even the hot summer rains were nice. I wish I could delete that entire time of my life, yet there were things I loved. Like the outdoor mall in Charlottesville, and the old house streets with big porches in Waynesboro.

    There are stunning places in Colorado too. Grand Lake and Winter Park, an area I would love to live in.

    The Wind River valley in Wyoming.

    Ireland.

  37. Its good to see Dusty again.

  38. Hi Dusty-

    You may remember me from many years ago here.
    I go to your old blog from time to time to see if there are any new entries.
    If you want to reactivate it I would be glad to pray there with you.

    I have been praying for you, and just know that you have always been cared for, even though you may not know it πŸ˜‰

  39. Dusty… I have missed you so much!! So glad to see you here young lady!! :mrgreen:

  40. thanks for the warm welcome/hugs everyone. been missing ya

    I will be around more often if that is ok with yall…and with Michael. I need you guys. really.

  41. Dusty,

    This is yours as much as mine…always has been. Get settled in and relax. πŸ™‚

  42. Dusty…oh my goodness…so good to see you!!!

  43. Union Creek and Crater Lake. Doesn’t get much better than that! I pray God meets you there in a powerful way!

  44. Gary @ #6… I attended the church that started the Living Epistles T-Shirts for 19 years. Also the home of Ray Comfort.

    Favorite places… I love parks and I love being at the beach when I’m able. I am very close with our 3 and a half year old grandson and time with him overflows my heart.

  45. Beach Blvd. in BuenO Park is a favorite place of mine. πŸ˜‰

  46. Camp Sherman watching the trout in the Metolius River.

  47. Hi Dusty, Bless you.

  48. erunner,
    Would that be CCCM? You may have known my sister, and my brother who still goes there.

    Beach Blvd= Knott’s, Claim Jumper’s, Medieval Times (used to be 1420 AD), Pirates… What’s new there? Haven’t been for years.

  49. Bob…. You should see the mega center they’re building on the corner of Beach and Orangethorpe. I believe Buena Park is making an attempt to lure you here!! πŸ™‚

    Gary, Living Epistles was started at Hosanna Chapel in Bellflower. I know many folks moved to Oregon to work for the company but I believe it ended badly.

    They are trying to rid the city of the drug infested hotels that have been a part of Buena Park for many years and it’s helping. This new mega center is going to create a ton of jobs and income for the city if all goes as projected.

  50. This cant happen and I would never have the hubris to expect it but if I had my hope it would be here.

    http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=542

    If I could choose where I die it will be in Carmel California, Sea Side, or Half Moon Bay. I love the ocean it seems to wipe out all of the issues we have. Just so deep, water is just so clean and the hearing of waves washing up on the shore, I think that is heaven.

  51. Gary,
    “You can have S F. How much will you take for it?”
    I already have it.
    San Francisco brings me much joy, the depth of history, art, culture, music, poetry.
    Sorry it holds no appeal for you.

  52. Dusty,
    Welcome back!
    ((So)) glad you are here!!
    (((So))) glad you’re on the mend!!!

  53. (|o)====:::,

    I used to live between Rivera & Pacheco in the sunset district above Ocean Beach about a block or two west of 19th avenue. I know what you mean about the art & culture, I loved it too!

  54. Mammoth mountains in CA. My favorite peaks near my home.

  55. Sorry I dont live on the west coast like the most of you.I enjoy taking long drives in
    to the great heartland of Ohio,Pennsilvania and Indiana.Fall is the best time when season is changing.The roadside stands are full of fresh produce right off the local farms.The christians I meet are down to earth and real out there.

  56. Black Lake, NM near Angel Fire, NM, Ouray and Telluride, CO and Kauai…where the locals hang out πŸ™‚

  57. Oh Dusty…just saw your comment…SO very glad you’re back with us here πŸ™‚ Much love to you…

  58. So much love for Dusty, I must add my greeting in there too!
    Hello, Dusty!

  59. dusters, good to “see” you. been praying for you dear one.

  60. Dusty! So good to see you here again! We missed you and we NEED you here! Much love and hugs to you ….and prayers too! <3

  61. Muff,
    Love it!

  62. @52

    San Francisco definitely gets an honorable mention. I used to love to visit that place. I was born there. I lived in the vicinity of the Bay area for many years. In spite of all the tourists, I loved hanging out on the Wharf. It was the first place I could buy a beer as a minor without worrying about getting carded. It was a great place to buy a cooked crab, some bread and some beer and then have a picnic in the park.

    The city has some of the best restaurants and it was my favorite town to bar hop. Golden Gate Park was tranquil setting and you never knew what type of eclectic demonstration you would encounter. I ran the Bay to Breakers a few times. The Presidio was like taking a step back in time and walking the bridge was only out done by passing underneath it while on board a boat. I loved going to sporting events and concerts at Candlestick, even got to take in a game the second season at [what was then called] Pac-Bell Park. I enjoyed riding the cable cars, walking through Chinatown, working (as sporadically as I did) in the Mission District and watching the kites fly on the green of the Marina District.

  63. I’m late to dropping by here….so glad to see Dusty’s name among the commenters! So glad to hear you are doing better.

    Dread…Durango?! Just a little outside of there is our magical retreat…the place we head each summer. My folks place where the river runs through, the ponds have fish and crawdads, the cows moo in response to 2 year olds and the deer walk by and nod as you drink your coffee on the porch. I know I grow more sentimental each year but I think God blesses the place more each year as well.

  64. Favorite place?

    Maui Hawaii.
    Crystal clear azure blue water Kaanapali where the ancient royals preferred to dwell. Paradise where rejuvienation and healing is the norm. You will return from your visit years younger and super relaxed. I recommend staying in one of the cottages at the Royal Hawaiian in Kaanapali for at least one week.

    Maui Dave
    http://shekinahfellowship.blogspot.com/2013/07/maui-is-best-ono-maui-no-ka-oi.html

  65. Dusty!!!! So thrilled to “see” you here! Love and hugs!!!

  66. Nonnie…I’ve been watching Andrew Peterson’s posts on Instagram. One of these days Oxford will make my list of Favorite Places I have visited!

  67. Sarah, I would love to show you around!

  68. Crater Lake–best bike ride on the planet.
    Alaska–constant mountain views.
    Smith River canyon in N. California–most beautiful water and swimming

    Dusty–delightful to see you here!

  69. Nonnie…he went to the “Rabbit Room” and found a book and left a note to all the his followers…he has a blog called the Rabbit Room. He left a secret message and all Rabbit Roomers are to sign their name on the note if they go to the Eagle and the Child in the years to come and find the note πŸ˜‰

  70. One of these days I will show up on your doorstep!

  71. I shall go to the “Bird and Baby” soon, look for the note, and sign my name!

  72. Sarah… I love it. It must be a taste of heaven. I love mountains, high mountain valleys and crystal flowing water. I would never leave if I didn’t have to.

    Jeremiah Johnson Dread

  73. Speaking of favorite places, I’m going to be taking a road trip in a couple of weeks up Interstate 5 into Oregon. Looking for a time of reflection and prayer. I know Michael and others live in Oregon, and I sure would love to meet up for coffee, breakfast, lunch, or dinner, your choice. I have been on this blog for 7 years, and have met you through the blog, phone, and email. Now its time for a little face to face. Contact me if sounds workable to you. rasjr826@yahoo.com

  74. Let me pop in here for a bit, then get back to the job hunt….like Captain Ahab. πŸ˜‰

    Let me also give a Hello to Dusty! Gald you are feeling better. I had a spell of anxiety… depresssion… call it whatever….just living day by day. Trying to pull the blessing out of each day, even if the tooth isn’t loose yet.

    Favorite Place – YOSEMITE. When I lived in SoCal I used to make the pilgrimage at least once a year and more often if I could afford it. The best time I ever had there was right after a winter storm closed the Grapevine and other North/South passes and it took me 12 hours to get to the Valley. But the next few days were total bliss as I was pretty much alone to take photos.

    Bury me in my fav picture spot on the Merced, at the last vew of El Cap and Bridelviel Falls….. πŸ™‚

  75. #46….BOB… that used to be my favorite place,,, I lived there.

    now I live Yosemite, a field off Benders Ferry Rd near Mt Juliet Rd that had the best fireflies, the deck behind my work on Lake Oswego. I also love the coast just west of here, and the mountain….. wherever Dude is….

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