Photo and Commentary ©2022 by Cheryl Boardman
Monday, May 16, 2022

A little over a week ago, I was using Goldendale, WA, as a hub to explore some of the surrounding area. That south central part of Washington was a new area to me.

It was pretty amazing how the scenery changed from scrubland to forested hills and rangeland and then the Columbia Gorge. You can get really good views of Mt. Adams and Mt Hood from Goldendale. This particular photograph shows part of the Bickleton Highway between Goldendale and Bickleton.

I had seen an article on Bickleton’s bluebirds in AAA’s Journey magazine last year and had kept the article on what to do and see there. If you like bluebirds, that’s the place to go. There are bluebird boxes for miles on the roads around Bickleton.

I drove about 35 miles of these back roads and saw lots and lots of mountain bluebirds. (Seeing mountain bluebirds and getting a good photo of these skittish birds with a 300 mm lens are two entirely different things! I pretty much just stopped and admired them through my binoculars.) I saw a tree swallow pair by one box but didn’t see any western bluebirds.

Anyway, what I thought would be a fairly mundane drive, turned out to be pretty awesome. I didn’t know about this canyon and there were wildflowers along the route. Paying attention to the road was important, however, even if the scenery was distracting.

This verse talks about paying attention on our way to God:

Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.
Matthew 7:13-14 (The Message)