God in all things, Photography, Scenery, Travel

Braiding

This is the Toklat River in Denali NP. It is a good example of a braided river, which we saw many of in Alaska. Braided streams tend to occur in rivers carrying a large amount of of coarse sediment. They are also associated with rivers that experience regular surges in the amount of water being carried.

Sounds like a great metaphor for what we should do in life: carry along good things we experience and deposit them for others to enjoy.

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The Bridge

This is a photo of the footbridge crossing the Savage River in Denali NP. There is a scenic trail that goes for nearly one mile on one side of the river. This bridge allows you to cross the river to return on the other side of the river. As you can tell from the photo, this is a fairly nice bridge. And this is definitely not a river most people would cross if there was no bridge. At yet, it is easy to take a bridge like this for granted. Climbing up the hill made me more appreciative of it.

So often, a small change in perspective can give us a new appreciation for things (and people) in our lives.

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Bittersweet

Eagle River Nature Center, Anchorage

This was our last hike in Alaska, other than walking along the waterfront in Anchorage. The end of a trip is usually a bittersweet experience. Part of me is looking forward to returning home, part of me is sad the trip is nearly over.

Life has many bittersweet moments. Sometimes we label them mixed blessings. The truth is that these moments are surely blessings.

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Rivers

McCarthy, Alaska

There are so many incredible things to see in Alaska. I did not expect rivers to be something that amazed me. The McCarthy Creek is in the lower part of this photo and is notable for the rapids. The Kennicott River can be seen in the background, flowing from the Kennicott Glacier. There is a milky appearance to the water from the glacial flour (rock ground into small particles by the glacier). We also saw braided rivers and broad flowing rivers.

Part of the wonder of creation is the marvelous diversity that exists.

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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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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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Solid Ground

This is a photo of Savage River, where we did our first hike in Denali. It was also the farthest (15 miles) you could drive a private vehicle into the park without a special permit (available through a lottery). We took the bus further into the park the next day. I recently heard that the road is now completely closed at mile 43 due to a landslide. This is not a new problem; it is actually a rock glacier which has been moving since the 1960’s. This summer, the rate of movement increased to 10 inches per day!

In the Gospel, we are told about the importance of building on solid ground. The parable is about a house, but it obviously applies to roads as well!

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