June 1st! It's that time again. Our spring board meeting is done; new initiatives are discussed and approved. The days are becoming longer and the seeds of new possibilities are beginning to sprout.
It also a time for the long anticipated touring around the pacific northwest on my motorcycle. I carefully mapped out my 1700 mile journey over the cascade mountains and into the Yakima Valley then north to Maryhill Museum high above the Columbia Gorge and finally along the river heading west to Hood River. The next day meant heading south in Oregon's High Desert country and then eastward to a remote spot on the map called French Glen. Then for the next two days, the journey called for heading to the eastern side of the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho before heading home through Missoula, Montana and then west to Seattle.
Sometimes things happen in our life that causes us to make changes. For me it was discovering that I had a small puncture on the bottom of my foot after the first day and decided that I didn't want to risk infection and complications so I headed home. Several years earlier I had a similar experience and for those that know me, understand that once I commit to a plan I complete the journey. I continued to ride in some very hot conditions and when I finally returned home I was greeted with an ambulance that rushed me to the hospital where I spent 5 days recovering from a nasty infection that entered my foot and up my leg. The thought of potentially doing the same on this trip seemed silly. The choice was pretty simple; I cut the trip short.
I am back at work and thrilled to be finally closing on a loan refinancing and getting calls from several different churches discussing potentially new loans. We have also initiated a new unsecured loan program for churches that have a small project they want to tackle. For the curious, give me a call at 206.971.4603 ext 3.
By the way, my motorcycle touring is not done! I have three more trips planned this year, weather permitting. I have learned long ago, it's not just the destination, it's also the journey that is important.