God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

First Time

There are a lot of glaciers in Alaska. It is estimated that there are about 100,000 glaciers in Alaska (616 officially named per the NPS website). This is Matanuska Glacier which we passed driving from Wrangell-St Elias NP to Anchorage. It boggles my mind that you can be driving down the highway and just look out and see a glacier. I wonder if it becomes “commonplace” for those who live here. Something taken for granted.

We are instructed to become like children. Part of that is to see things as if for the first time.

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First Impression

China River State Recreation Area

This is a photo of the start and finish area of the 50k race I recently completed outside Fairbanks, Alaska. Much like the cover of a book, the start area forms the first impression of a race. But the total experience is so much more! This course was pleasant – a nice “walk on the woods”.

We say “Don’t judge a book by its cover” usually meaning not to judge a person based exclusively on a first impression. The same is true for experiences in life; imagine that God is waiting around every corner.

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Change

This is a photo of Root Glacier joining with Kennicott Glacier (in Wrangell-St Elias National Park). This was the view from our flight from Chitina to McCarthy. Specifically, you see the terminal moraines of these glaciers. It may look like just dirt, but it is actually a mixture of dirt and ice many feet thick.

It boggles my mind to think how glaciers have formed the valleys at places like Yosemite and all over Alaska. Great change often happens at such a slow pace that we barely notice it.

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Just a View

Nebesna Rd, Wrangell-St Elias NP

This was our lunch spot on a day we got up early to drive from Fairbanks to Wrangell-St Elias National Park. We found a picnic table here with this fantastic view. It seemed odd that there was a single table and toilet here and not much else. On the other hand, not much else was needed besides the view!

Often, you don’t have to look hard to find the beauty in creation!

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Change

This is a photo of Portage Lake on the Kenai Peninsula. It is named for Portage Pass which is to the left at the far end of the lake. Portage Pass was the route taken by miners and before that traders traveling from the Prince William Sound to Turnagain Arm. It was a trip of about 30 miles one way and typically took over 2 weeks. Portage Glacier once filled this valley but now has receded the to right of the far end of the lake. It was visible from this spot until the 1990s.

Change is inevitable in our world. Inevitable and the source amazing beauty.

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Little Joys

This is a view overlooking Horseshoe Lake in Denali National Park. The lake sits on the East side of the park, near the Nenana River. There were beavers at work in the lake; we saw a couple of them swimming through the water with small tree branches. Not sure we would have even noticed if there had not been signs pointing out the beaver dam.

How often do we miss noticing the “little joys” in our lives?

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Obvious

This photo was taken at the end of our first (full) day in Alaska. We were driving from Seward back to Girdwood. I remember looking across the road and seeing this lake (Tern Lake) and noticing the beauty. We stopped and took a few pictures and got back in the car to finish the drive to where we were staying.

It was only much later, when studying this photo to write this reflection, did I realize that the tops of this mountains are brown because they are above the tree line. Turns out the tree line is about 1500 feet in the area.

So often, what seems obvious in hindsight was not-so-obvious at the time.

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