The monks of New Clairvaux took one warm but gorgeous spring day and drove up to a site near Shasta Dam for a picnic. Some took the opportunity to go on a tour. After going through a security check, we entered the elevator that took us 600 feet down Shasta Dam and learned a bit of the history of its construction. It is the 9th tallest dam in the United States (according to Wikipedia). But when it was built, Shasta Dam was second next to Hoover Dam.
Other monks took the opportunity for a much needed snooze. And some simply sat in the cool shade and watched the waters. There was also time to take a dip in the water and make rock towers. As important it is for us to spend time in prayer as a community, we equally enjoy these simple moments of relaxation and leisure.
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