John Lassitter, music minister at First Baptist Church Lufkin, organized a trip to Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho. The group was: Scotty West, Hall Henderson, Chase Luce, Walker McWilliams, Hal Levine, Mark Morris, David Hearne, David Ormsby, David Sanders, Victor LaPorte and Gus Monsante. They flew into Sun Valley and were prepared for the backpacking wilderness area from Tuesday to Saturday. The altitude was from 6,500 feet to the highest at 9,800 feet. The ages of the group were from 32 to 42 and 57 to 62, all in good shape. They camped by lakes because there was no fire permitted in the National Forest. Each had at least 35 pounds in their backpacks. They went eight miles the first day, five miles the second day and eight miles the third day in the loop. The meals were powdered and each carried some of their provisions, which were sleeping mummy bags and tents. They encountered rain one day and the temperature dropped to 25 degrees at night. It was an easier hike down the mountain. A good time with meditation and scriptures was had by all.

Mabelyne McKnight celebrated an early 97th birthday with Linda Ellis and Amanda Ellis in Austin at the Renaissance Austin Hotel in The Arboretum. Mimi McKnight brought Mabelyne to the hotel for the visit. Her birthday will be Sept. 29. Happy early birthday to you, Mabelyne. Linda and Amanda were attending the State DAR Workshop in Austin.

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