Sunday, September 23, 2012


Today I am missing my Dad. No particular reason, I just wanted to talk to him. He has been gone about a year now. I do believe in Jesus, and what he taught in John 14. He has many rooms he is preparing for those who trust in him. Are you on the list?

It is really easy to be a Christ-follower. 1." All have sinned and come short of the glory of God". Romans 3:23  2."Believe on the LORD Jesus Christ and thou shall be saved-you and your household." Acts 16:31  3. Confess our sins. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness". 1 John 1:9

Making a public confession of faith is an important step in becoming a Christ-follower. Revelations gives us a glimpse of events to come. Revelation 22:15 tells of those who are left out.

I wanted to ask my Dad about his mother. She died when he was 8. The tombstone says she was born, Lela M. Brown on 2/6/1898 and died 1/8/1936, just less than a month after she lost her infant son.  Paul Freeman born 11/18/35 and died on 12/12/1935.Was she a Christian? She was only 38......Did she know Jesus? I hope to meet her one day. I have a few pictures of her, but the latest one I acquired from my aunt's album is interesting. I guess they did not smile in those days. She is the teacher on the far right. An educator, teaching others to read and write. What a rich heritage of helping others. How did her death impact his life? My sisters and I enjoyed every minute of mother's teaching until she went home to be with the LORD at age 80. How are we influenced by our mothers and fathers? For those in education, while it may be difficult to have the salaries based on student performance, let's not lose sight of the real reason for teaching:helping others!

On a lighter note....are you enjoying the cooler weather yet? Fall is such a special time of year! Don't we love the changes in color and temperature? May the LORD richly bless you and yours as we begin shortly the holiday season. (Only 61 days until Christmas!)


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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Denali National Park-Mile Marker 67

More about Denali State Park: I thought I would share some more photos of our trip to marker 67. We were riding on an old school bus. The seats had been redone into plush motor coach seats for comfort. We saw caribou, bears, sheep and other questionable things in the distant horizon.

SIX  MILLION  ACRES! Gaze across a broad expanse of Denali National Park and Preserve, and you will see a living tapestry. The colors are amazing in Alaska.

Above: our bus driver Jeralyn Hath did an excellent job driving us through the park.

Igloo Creek Campground....elevation 2240. Below we spot our first white bear.

Sable Pass

Narrow road ahead.....

Wowza...glad we didn't meet them on the curve.....Can you spot the Dall sheep below?

The white spot is a sheep.

Above we stopped for a break and were allowed to walk around this area.
You can see the top of the bus.

There are areas you are not allowed to leave your vehicle. These bus tours began in 1972 as an alternative to private car traffic. It minimizes visitor impacts allowing many to experience the park that belongs to all of us without destroying it.

I was hanging out the bus window when I took this shot of the Dall sheep and fixed it in Picasso, a photo editing site. Here is the full view of them on the hill. A few were wondering along the roadside eating leaves from small bushes.

I kept wishing I had another camera with the zoom lens on it. It would have been a better picture....
The 91 mile road was constructed between McKinley Park Station and Kantishna, a mining camp from 1923 to 1938. More than 350,000 folks visit Denali each summer.
This was our last stop before returning. It was a bookstore and bathroom station stop.

You can see the small caribou in the right lower hand area in the photo walking the dry creek bed.

A caribou raises his head as we travel by.  Below my sister, Michelle and her daughter, Olivia pose for a photo midway on our journey.

I am thankful we had family with us so George and I could get a picture together...usually we are separate.....I will post another blog of the flowers I took in the park. They bloom briefly in the short summer season. Jerlyn said it gets around 65* below zero in the winter months....I wore a coat the entire time(except for photos).  My husband loved the cool weather and wore shorts most days.
Thanks for visiting and taking a tour of Alaska.
If you ever have a chance to go...sign up! We took the land tour first, then traveled to Seward to board the Celebrity Millennium and took the inside passage route. It was awesome!

Leave a comment to let me know if you've been to Alaska!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Denali State Park

This summer was extremely busy. We moved my sister and her husband into their new home, moved my niece home from Tallahassee, went on vacation, helped with a wedding, and remodeled the pool area. I should say my son redid the pool area. Anyhoo I thought I would share a bit more of  the Alaska trip.  From Seattle, we flew into Anchorage and took the train to Denali State Park to stay in the McKinley Lodge. It was awesome. Here are some pics from the train.

We did all this in one day.....WOW....I think I took approx. 350 pictures that day. Of course I wouldn't bore you with all of them. After we arrived, we took an excursion to the home of Jeff King. I'll post about the huskies later.
     Alaska is beautiful. Cooler weather and open spaces. I know it's summer but I wore a sweater or jacket every day. We did not break a sweat. I am thinking it would be nice to have a summer home here, but the food is way too expensive. Most folks here work all summer and put up food for the winter. We stayed at the lodge 2 nights.  We also took a tour of Denali State Park....instead of a bus ride to mile marker 17, we upgraded to mile marker 67. I'll take you on the bus ride later.
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