This is the lake I spent most of Labor Day Weekend: Glacier Lake. It’s a mountain lake at 8,200 feet above sea level, and it was worth every pained step to get there. My Father, my dog, and I took the holiday weekend to go up in the Eagle Cap wilderness of Northeastern Oregon and enjoy getting away from the world for a few days. I only wish I could have spent more time away.

One of the hardest things about being a pastor, and especially the main pastor for two churches is being essentially on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Because of technology today even when I’m on vacation or on my day off church members can still get ahold of me on my cell phone. And in some cases that’s a good thing, if a church member dies or is in serious condition in the hospital it’s good to know about that. But there’s the bad side as well.

So a lot of times I try to find ways to get out of cell phone range. I have found that the only way for me to fully rejuvenate is to go somewhere up in the mountains where the cell phone doesn’t work and I can fully relax and not worry about what is going on. Interestingly enough when I’m backpacking in the mountains it’s easy for me to forget the stresses of my life and just live. I don’t even get to that point when I’m on vacation.

So the weekend was a much needed retreat, but unfortunately it was much too short. Two nights in the wilderness and I had just started to really relax, and then that was it. After two nights it was time to head off the mountain, away from the crystal clear water of the lake.

I do have more vacation time which I intend to take. Maybe I’ll head up to the mountains again. Who knows?