Friday, April 06, 2007


A couple of weeks ago I was at the Idyllwild Dump on my weekly dump run when I spied an old ratty looking bench in one of the dumpsters. I routinely check all the dumpsters for any items of interest when I go to the dump. I fished the bench out and brought it home with the idea that I would refurbish it and place it somewhere on Camp Maranatha's new hiking trail. Bowden helped a little.

Today Sarah and the kids were returned to me from their vacation with nanny in Oceanside. I had finished the bench while they were gone so we walked up there so they could see it in its new home. After checking out the bench we walked the rest of the hiking trail. Along the way we met up with Lisa Richard who was sitting atop "coyote rock." (It is so called because there is a lot of coyote poop on top of it.)

It was a nice day here in Idyllwild. Wish you all could have been here to enjoy it with us.


Sandy said...

I love how celebratory the children look, like "Hooray Dad! You're the GREATEST EVER!!"
The bench looks awesome.

lisa d said...

excellent work, tate. the trail rocks.

Annie said...

That bench gives a classy touch to an already nice pathway. Perfect for the casual hiker and for peaceful meditation in the beauty of the Idyllwild forest.

But most of all, I love the redemptive work, with Bowden involved, in turning junk into a thing of beauty.
I think it's a great way to give God glory.

Liana said...

What a great job on the bench! Also, I had your site up on our computer at home & my husband was reading through it - he said, "He's a great writer; I don't even like to read, but I could read his work forever!"

Abigail said...

Well done! Words, bench, pictures, and all.

MomZup said...

Amen and amen to all that has been said!