Sierra Lodge Trip Report!

Last week we had a WONDERFUL trip to the Sierra Lodge! The occassion started off on Friday night when we gathered at 213 Wheeler for dinner. We watched “Everything is Spiritual” and learned about how the laws of nature as we know them change as we go deep into the complexity of quarks or as we try to grasp the expanse of our universe. As if hearing about God’s creation were not enough, after some study time, a sleep over, and several Starbucks double shots, we drove up to the Sierras to experience it all first hand.

At our first major stop we hiked along a river (Truckee River?) and climbed on, in, and around rocks, and tried not to slip in the freezing cold water. (We didn’t want to die.) Then we drove to our next stop, which was a trail to this AMAZING place called Island Lake. The journey was nice–dense trees with various shades of green and moss on their bark, narrow paths, blue lakes, and icicles along streams–and the destination was beautiful. After some scruptuous peanut butter and jelly sandwitches we headed back.

Ryan gets the award for Trying-really-hard-to-look-hard-but-fails-in-a-really-ridiculous-manner

Austin gets the award for Trying-really-hard-to-look-hard-but-fails-in-a-really-ridiculous-manner

We arrived at Sierra Lodge, moved in our bags, and took a tour of the house and got a sneak peak a the soon-to-be Sierra Barn. We got to climb a latter to the upper story and watch the workers install the plumbing. It was super fun to see the house from the inside out! (Yeah engineering! So cool!)

Robert & Grace preparing to shoot

Robert & Grace preparing to shoot

Tim, with the eyes of an eagle

Tim, with the eyes of an eagle. Too bad he's facing the wrong way...

Then several brothers and sisters attempted archery and took a shot–at stones, hay, trees, the well house, and not to mention the actual target. Actually, several people, including myself, felt rather accomplished to even hit the hay on which the target rested.



For dinner the sisters got together and prepared a meal of two beef dishes, a pork dish, corn, mashed potatoes, warm rolls, and fried kimchi while the brothers played basketball. It was quite a feast! Don’t worry, the brothers graciously volunteered to clean, and did a good job.

To nuke, or not to nuke, that is the question.

Nuclear Risk: To nuke, or not to nuke, that is the question.

We then broke off for free time and watched Lord of the Rings, played games, and studied. We tried to do star gazing, but got a nice, big full moon instead.

Finally, we went to sleep and drove back to Berkeley in time for Sunday Worship Service to hear the message on Monday Through Saturday, on Christian values and living.

Editor: Photos are now online (thanks, Peter and Austin)! You can view them here. If you have more photos that you would like to see online, please let Abe know.


15 Responses to “Sierra Lodge Trip Report!”

  1. 1 andy
    October 19, 2008 at 11:32 am

    We had so much food during dinner! Those weren’t just normal size plates of meat, they were platters!!

    Haha, my favorite part of the trip was archery. It was fun going to the house with a small group and being able to fully enjoy the lodge that we spent almost 2 years building! I can’t wait for the barn to be completed.

    Thanks for the post Tracy!

  2. 2 robertkim
    October 19, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    LOL, I believe it was the Yuba River.
    Yay, this is Tracy’s First post on our blog, first of many I hope. 😀

    and…can’t wait for those pictures Abe ^^

  3. October 19, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Thanks, Tracy, for the post. I would like to point out that on our photo gallery, there’s a nice shot of Andy sporting a rad backpack.

    As for me, I was so sad that I could not go. At home, I got to see many of my relatives, including Tim’s mom (my aunt) — I think I’ll send her this photo of us. She’ll be so thrilled to see how hard Tim’s studying…

  4. 4 tlin
    October 19, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    hehe aww looked fun!
    wish i coulda been there…

  5. 5 robertkim
    October 19, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Err.. That’s Austin that wins the award for trying too hard… Ryan didn’t go…
    and since he doesn’t read this blog, well, It’s my job to defend him!

  6. October 20, 2008 at 8:26 am

    Yeah, it says Austin doesn’t it? =D
    Thanks for the correction. From far away they look the same… but I should’ve known since that’s a typical thing that Austin does.

    Austin, you’re still cool in my books.

  7. 7 mtruong
    October 20, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Though it was really cold, the Sierra Lodge trip was nice! I enjoyed the hike to Island lake–it was so pretty there! Also, another highlight was being able to see Sierra barn.. it is amazing how much work has been done on this new house already.
    Oh, btw, we should post that picture of Andy with his two sons on the blog 🙂

  8. 8 andy
    October 20, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    What the?!? That’s it Michelle!! But since that’s so clearly false, I don’t feel offended at all. In terms of age, I’ll defer to the sports night where I was running circles around you during Braveheart!! 🙂

  9. 9 robertkim
    October 20, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    In terms of age, I’d just like to say, Gracepoint dates you around 40 with a kid. Andy.

    Michelle = hater of the trip award!

  10. 10 cheng
    October 20, 2008 at 10:43 pm

    I second the last part Robert said.

  11. 11 Michelle
    October 21, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Wow, Cheng never comments on the blog! that’s a first! and, i see, it’s only to confirm that im a hater.. aish… But, hey, cheng, have you talked to mike fu recently? i told him that it was your idea to play the joke on him with the money bag on sunday.. he told me he was going to personally talk to you about it.. let me know how it goes! 🙂

  12. 12 cheng
    October 21, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    michelle, you should take a look at the last picture on this blog ntry. i am blue color, and you are the red color. if you know how to play nuclear risk, you know what that means. 🙂

  13. October 21, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    Haha I’m so glad that I can be part of this beautiful dysfunctional family.

  14. 14 robertkim
    October 21, 2008 at 9:29 pm


    So much resentment that you would betray Cheng to Mike Fu…. that’s pretty mean :/
    Who knows what Mike will do to Cheng, after all, Mike is Cheng’s Housemate and Abe’s roommate O_O

    I’m scared for Cheng.

  15. 15 andy
    October 22, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    Now, now… Let’s be nice 🙂 Though I can’t wait for some friendly competition in bowling this Friday!!

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