Hello all! It's been quite some time since I last posted a roadtrip update, so thought it was high time to enlighten all of you as to our goings-on. First, I can't begin to tell you how much of a blessing campmeeting was. Meeting new friends, seeing friends I hadn't seen since last year, hearing inspiring messages, fellowshipping with other families striving along the narrow way, playing instruments together; it was all so encouraging. But I think the music was a major highlight; it was a lot of fun playing instruments and singing with friends. During the last meeting, ten of us got together to sing a "farewell" song for special music. I noticed that as we neared the last chorus of "If We Never Meet Again" there were a lot of people fighting tears. But all in all it was wonderful to be with friends and to encourage each other in the Christian walk.
On our way over to Kalispell Montana to attend a wedding after campmeeting, we stopped by Kootenai Falls with some friends. It was a lot of fun to see the falls (for some reason their inexhaustible power and beauty never cease to fascinate me…) and walk across the swinging bridge. Here's a group photo we took in front of the falls:
The next great adventures we had were going to Glacier and Banff & Jasper National Parks. Some friends were able to go to Glacier with us, and we spent the day hiking in the rain. I guess God blessed us with a trial instead of sunshine… But it was still a lot of fun and it was nice to be out "hiking" again; even in the rain. You can view our photos from Glacier National Park here: http://picasaweb.google.com/SethA.Sutherland/GlacierNationalPark# After spending the night in Glacier, we headed up to Banff and Jasper National Park. While there we got to hike 7.5 miles up mountainsides (fairly good considering we hadn't hiked for a long time and had small children with us…). The last mountain we climbed had a gondola lift on it also, and the ride down was free if you hiked up! Needless to say we couldn't resist that offer and so climbed the steep and switch-backy trail up 3.5 miles; but it was a breathtaking view from the top and the ride back down was pretty fun also! :-) If you'd like to see the photos from our time in Banff and Jasper, you can view them here: http://picasaweb.google.com/SethA.Sutherland/BanffAndJasperNationalPark?pli=1#
While in the park, we were able to stop by the Columbia Icefields. As far as I know there is nothing more controversial in the natural world than glaciers. Go-green people are using them as proof for their global warming theories, other people (not sure if they have a name or not…) are using glaciers' constant progressive and regressive motion as proof that global warming is not happening, nature conservationists are concerned about our eco-systems falling apart once the glaciers disappear, atheist-evolutionists are using them to try and prove their hypothesis that the world was created over billions of years ago, Creationists are using them to prove the story of a world-wide flood, and I use them to prove the existence of a God Who is much more powerful than anyone else, period. Glacier's are huge. They're dynamic. They're beautiful. They're awe-inspiring. Seeing the tour buses parked out on the ice sharply brought to focus just how pitiful man's creations are compared with God's.
Nothing will make you feel your frailty and need of God more than spending some time out in nature. While talking with one of the park rangers about a lake we could drive to, he said, "It's a very spiritual place. You'll definitely feel it if you're inclined to that sort of stuff, and if you're not you'll feel it by the time you leave!" Something out in nature brings us to our knees and pulls forth adoration for such a loving and powerful Creator Who has adopted us, only finite human beings, as His own sons and daughters!