|A short hike reveals this beauty outside of Seattle.|
|Outside Annie and Adam's window.|
Seattle’s surrounding waters create a surreal landscape juxtaposed against the crowded high rises and condos of the city. Puget Sound is surrounded by scores of small islands. It is a sanctuary to explore, canoe, kayak, fish, or hike. The wildlife include seals , sea lions, eagles, osprey, porpoises , heron, and so many wonderful creatures of God. I am intrigued by this area. The Pacific holds treasures of cod, mackerel, flounder, oysters , and my favorite, wild salmon. The salmon are hatched in the headwaters of Northwest streams, begin life in fresh water and spend two or three years in the ocean. Then, they return to the river where they were hatched to spawn and die.
The salmon’s journey reminds me of my own journey on earth. I was birthed in an area that holds fond memories. As I went upstream , I like the salmon have traveled into turbulent waters in order to discover my priorities. No matter where I locate, I have an alluring device , a fondness, that calls me back to my family and roots. I still have the same taste buds that were developed early in life. Many days I yearn for my mother’s buttermilk biscuits and slick white gravy. It is still a very comforting food.
When the salmon merge from the streams to return to their birth place, they rush, crush, and fight for reentry. Adam has reported that streams are totally filled with salmon. He can walk across the stream to the other side by using the salmon as his bridge. I, too, have experienced some rushing and crushing that has developed me into the person that I am. The fast pace of the salmon’s journey forces them into unfamiliar waters. I have been forced out of my comfort zone and into new situations that have made me stronger and more agile. I , like the salmon, have needed others to follow, to mold, to create in me a new vigor and passion. I am grateful to all those salmon in my stream. They have shaped me. I too love to return to my roots, smell the salt water, linger under the palm trees, and feel the sun upon my skin. Each stream of my pilgrimage has instructed , warned, jostled, and satisfied me at different turns and tributaries. I have lost loved family members and friends in the upstream battle. Still, I continue to travel upstream until I can learn and do all that my Creator has purposed for me. I am thankful Seattle’s landscape and nature remind me my trek is filled with adventure and beauty along with the uphill battles. I am grateful for each day, each person, and each stream.