The monastic community managed to squeeze in a Late Fall-Walnut Harvest picnic at Black Butte Lake today before the November rain begins. It was also occasion to celebrate the birthday of one of our monks. He tried to look surprised when we brought out the cake and sang him "Happy Birthday". The weather was on the cool side, but the day started out bright and sunny until mid-afternoon. Several brothers took the opportunity to go hiking and do a bit of treacherous rock climbing as well. Overall, we were grateful for the time we got to spend with God, with nature, and with each other.
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