12 souls gathered in silence on the bank of the West Fork of the Hood River. Together, we grasped the wooden shaft of a paddle and listened as the rushing water spoke to us.
“For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction”.
We were all kings on this day, abundantly wealthy and at peace with the river.