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The Road to Alaska

Since we were going to be so far north and west already because of our involvement with the BC Native conference in Kamloops, we thought that if we were ever to go to Alaska as a family, this would be it.  Besides a special family time, the trip would give us opportunities to visit several radio stations that air The Storyteller, connect with Native believers, and renew old friendships with those involved in similar ministries.  We also would have opportunities to sing.  So, we ordered The Milepost Alaska Travel Planner and began to make plans for this epic journey.

reviewing our route to Alaska—Mom was our amazing tour guide

And then it was time to go.  After the BC conference, instead of returning home, we headed north.  We have so many pictures from this trip, so selecting which ones to share can be difficult! But here they come…starting with the road sign that pointed us the right direction.We stayed in a number of interesting places along the way.  Below is from our time in Stewart, BC.  Stewart is a little village tucked away in the mountains and near the coast.  It borders the little town of Hyder, AK.  It almost felt like we were in another world.

great food found here

hospitable people here

main street here

beautiful morning walk

watching the tide come in

our first glacier sighting on the way in and out of stewart

stunning views

It was so much fun to see wildlife along the road (or on the road) as we trekked northward up the Cassiar Highway and the Alaska Highway.

ok, mr. grizzly looks small but he wasn’t

well hello

One night we stayed in a little town called Dease Lake—the experience was memorable.  We stayed at the Arctic Divide Lodge which was homey with a very personable host.  It was great. Through an interesting set of circumstances we ended up meeting some First Nation Christians who live in the area.  We had a great time of fellowship with them.  They invited us to sing at their Gospel festival sometime.

music and fellowship

family time

ready for a good night’s rest!

absorbing as much info as possible!

we enjoyed a visit with the workers at the Samaritan’s Purse ministry center

And finally we made it to the Yukon! If B.C. didn’t seem all that far from home, this sure did!The scenery was amazing.  We came across the enormous Kluane Lake that just begged us to stop and make some memories.It was fun to shout and hear the echo from the mountains all around. Scenes like this leave us in awe. We have a powerful and majestic God.

So after four nights on the road to the north…we arrived…at the last little town in Yukon! (Or the first, depending on which way you look at it.)

throw the baseball a few times while we’re here!

And then…

we made it to ALASKA!

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, measured heaven with a span and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? …To whom then will you liken God?  Isaiah 40:12, 18


We have found in the last several years that Tennessee is a great place to spend Thanksgiving! Not because of the beautiful mountains and a few green leaves still hanging onto the trees…but because we get to be with people we love. And as we sat around the table with grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins and said what we were thankful for, over and over again it was mentioned—family. So here is a photo recap of our time with them!

always a feast!

one of the dogs had an assigned seat next to Dad, since she is now his Thanksgiving buddy (click here to see how it started)

That weekend was Grandpa’s birthday so it was fun to celebrate with everyone.

Grandpa with three of his sons and four of his grandsons

The last night we were there we piled into two vehicles and went to the nearby NASCAR speedway to drive through a lengthy Christmas lights display. It was a lot of fun.

amid the many displays we were glad to see the true meaning of Christmas represented

It probably took over an hour to drive through the drag strip and winding road full of lights which led into the speedway.

entering the speedway

yes, that is our 15-passenger van driving on a nascar track

We’re grateful for family and the time spent together. And heading home we got to stay with more family…climaxing with a late-night major snowball fight!

snowy smiles

It is good to give thanks to the LORD. Psalm 92:1 NKJV

Atlantic Ocean

While we were in South Carolina we took the opportunity to go to the Atlantic Ocean. It was the first time we had all been there together! So here are some pictures along with portions of Psalm139 (NKJV).

Oh LORD, You have searched me and known me.You know my sitting down and my rising up; you understand my thought afar off.You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it.Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb.I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand;When I awake, I am still with You.Search me, O God, and know my heart;Try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me,And lead me in the way everlasting.*****