After two days of conference, I was ready for a trip back through the Gorge during daylight. This was the first time I saw the wind "vultures' twisting above the river, generating electricity, but causing great havoc with bird populations killed by the rapidly turning blades. They looked like sentinels standing watch over the river...an army standing ready to face an unknown enemy.
But the real treat for me was an opportunity to stop at the Stonehenge replica built to memorialize soldiers killed in World War I. Built by Sam Hill of "where in the world is Sam Hill" fame in Marysville, WA overlooking the river, it is what Stonehenge would look like if the years had not worn it away.
To see the river flow below through windows in the rock is breathtaking. To have it to myself to breath in the solitude and beauty was a special treat. It is a powerful place to be.
I wish I'd had more time to explore, sorry not to have the opportunity to visit my other sister-in-law, but off home again to get ready to teach in Idyllwild. I dream of the day when I can stop and listen to the wind, feel the sun on my face, and spend time with friends and family without looking at my watch...