We have been blessed with the visits of some wonderful friends here at St. John in the Wilderness. In June, Fr Richard and Presbytera Jamie Rene and their family arrived for an overnight visit. We were happy to have our house and cabins blessed, especially at the beginning of the summer season when we welcome visitors.
Next our dear friends Marla Riehl and Sam, along with Marla’s father, brother, and sister-in-law came for a couple of days. We enjoyed a walk with them to our water source at Small Fry Creek where the huge cedar trees give us the feeling we are entering another world.
Later in July, friends from the lower mainland — Ron Dart, Wayne Northey, Brad Jersack, and Dennis came for a weekend. Besides their wonderful conversations, there was a hike up Jumbo Pass that was short-circuited because of snow. Ron came back on his own a few weeks later and the three of us hiked up Monica Meadows — an amazing alpine meadow.
Then to our surprise, we received a phone call from Fr. Cyprian Hutchinson, our dear friend from our Montreal days. He was visiting his two sisters and was en route halfway between their Kelowna and Calgary homes. Lucky for us, he had time to visit us overnight. We had a wonderful visit with him and his dog.
While Fr. Cyprian was still here, our friends Mark Northey and Andy arrived. Mark has spent months with us in the past and graces us with his visits as he is able, for which we are grateful. Andy has been here once before when we were building our garden fence not long after we had moved here. The four of us were able to make it up to Monica Meadows once again.
Within the next few days, I will be posting photos from a few of these visits. Unfortunately, I didn’t take photos of them all, but I do have some work photos from when Mark and Andy were here, and I have some great Monica Meadows photos, too.