On Wednesday morning, I drove a van-load of Evergreen peepazoids to Goldendale and the Maryhill Museum http://www.maryhillmuseum.org/ We finished the trip with a visit to a Greek Orthodox Monastery http://www.stjohnmonastery.org/ where we feasted on amazing pastries and Greek coffee. Greek coffee was a new and welcome experience. Would it be wrong to suggest that the Greeks might actually beat the French in the global espresso taste-test?
The nuns of this particular monastery write (not paint) icons depicting Greek Orthodox Saints. They also make soap, other religious accessories and are known for their baked goods. They are also licensed as a goat dairy and raise chickens. It was especially nice to visit with the nuns and their cats. They had a proud mother with her brood of three (that I saw, though suspect more were around--someplace) and all were friendly. I'm now convinced that cats, as well as people, can convene with God. The property is amazing (in the middle of the woods) and peaceful. I kept thinking: this would be a great place for a writer's retreat. I wonder if the Nuns would ever consider hosting such a retreat? Writing your way to God, perhaps?
The drive two-and-from the Evergreen Campus was picturesque. The instructors had arranged it so we'd see some of the more inspirational sites during our journey; speed was sacrificed for beauty. Prior to this trip, I hadn't heard of Goldendale, the monastery, or the Maryhill Museum. They were all amazing places to visit and I look forward to seeing them again in the future.