On Friday, June 7, we walked up the Crossover to the Chapel to see if we could make it. We did the hesitation step, slowly, and we were glad. Despite the black flies, the day glistened, workers on the Mountain were fun to meet, the streams coursing our thirsty palates and roots, one walker having restrained her leashed companion from paw range of a friendly Mama bear and two cubs.

People popped in and signed the guest book. One couple was running up, and shared their plan for a memorial service when the time came. Another was celebrating the 40th anniversary of their first high school date. All had enjoyed the Chapel previously.

Stacey Sephira London-Oshkello from Living Tree Alliance, one of our volunteer chaplains, arrived to prepare for Sunday’s fifth annual Shavuot-on-the-Mountain. We swept, wiped the glass (not to Kathy Thompson’s perfection!) and sauntered back down, signed out, enjoyed a late supper and day of rest.

Sunday glistened — 70 degrees on the summit! Sing-sing-sing move and share would describe the service we enjoyed at the Chapel, with string and drums and prayers, sharing of the Torah, the 10 sacred words from Mount Sinai, and closed with the sharing of kuddush prayers over the cup and challah bread.

We look forward to hearing from lay or clergy who would enjoy conducting a service at the Chapel, meeting people in the spiritual dimension. 644-8144. And we look forward to “passing the broom” to whoever will be part of the new “resident chaplains” team.

Maybe we’ll see you somewhere on the Mountain.

— Dave and Louise Ransom

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