Day 156, Lake Wisconsin

Perfect day for a hike . Sunny, hot , and no thunderstorms predicted . We went to the top of the Rock of Gibraltar and watched the turkey vultures circle . A little higher than Pilot Butte at home , but covered with trees , a floor of ferns , and a heavenly smell . I can’t go too long without that smell – soothes my soul .

The trailhead map didn’t really make sense , so we explored a little and came down another way . As we were at a junction to take a shortcut to the road , I joined in conversation with some other hikers contemplating the same route . As we walked through what Eliza and I were certain was downtown tick-ville , one of the other hikers asked if we were from Madison , and I briefly told her what we were doing . They all thought it was great , I repeated my passionate mantra to Live Your Dream , (you can do anything you put your mind to , no excuses, just do it before you ‘re too old) and then she asked what country the kids were from .

Normally I would turn to the kids and ask if they wanted to talk about it, but this time I didn’t hesitate to say that they came home to us from South Korea , by God’s grace . I knew she wasn’t a nosy Caucasian and then she said she was from SK, too , and came home through Holt in Missouri . In the woods of Wisconsin , we met an adult who shared her story , and reminded me of how precious each child’s life is . How God directs our lives , if only we let Him be in charge . And how absolutely cool hiking is .

We are going to stay in touch with Michelle , read her blog for her views on life and look forward to visiting SK in the not too distant future . We think the kids are almost old enough to have such a strong sense of self that it won’t derail them from knowing how special they are and how the plan for their life is just right – no matter what other people say . And that visiting SK will be something to look forward to , not something to dread . But that will be our next adventure ! For now I have to enjoy this one and the dinner that Dan and Nate are making . Eating it may be it’s own adventure !

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About sallyljacobson

I live in paradise again, Bend Oregon, after a 19 month RV trip around North America with our 2 teenagers and 2 dogs. It was the adventure of a lifetime, and now I'm on to my next one - selling real estate to those lucky enough to move to Bend. The trip blog is www.gojacobsons.com and my current blog is sallysbendblog.com. Follow along, I'd love to be in touch with you!

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