Multnomah Falls & the gigantic cookie

As a missionary kid, we used to meet all sorts of people growing up – from all over the world, and my parents were always having people over for dinner. I find I don’t do this myself, but sometimes, when they have people from out of town come visit, they invite me to come over as well, since I live near them.

This past Sunday was one of those days. I got to meet a wonderful mother and daughter who stopped by on their way to visit friends in Eugene. We met over spaghetti dinner at my parents and then had a fun trip touring the Columbia River Gorge along the historic highway and eating one gigantic chocolate chip cookie at Multnomah Falls. I’d never met either of them before, but the daughter had actually helped on workshops at the SIL Center in Alotau, Papua New Guinea, and helped my dad work on the song book for our village language, Buhutu, and even went out to our village and slept in my very own room while she was there!

This random connectedness to people you’ve never met is something I run into once in a while in life. Maybe in another missionary kid. Or someone who just grew up in another country and knows what it’s like not to have lived your whole life in the States. That feeling of having shared similar experiences either in the same place at different times, or different places in third world countries far away from all the conveniences of modern day life. That random bond that brings you together. Over gigantic cookies and waterfalls…

 

Multnomah Falls
Multnomah Falls

 

The view from the path to Multnomah Falls looking out towards the Gorge
The view from the path to Multnomah Falls looking out towards the Gorge

 

The stairs down to Multnomah Falls Lodge
The stairs down to Multnomah Falls Lodge

 

The back of Multnomah Falls Lodge
The back of Multnomah Falls Lodge

 

One gigantic chocolate chip cookie from the Multnomah Falls snack bar!
One gigantic chocolate chip cookie from the Multnomah Falls snack bar!

 

Multnomah Falls from the bridge
Multnomah Falls from the bridge

 

 

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