Follow the Ranger!
Folks, National Park Week 2018 is from the 21st through the 29th of April, and the 22nd of April is Earth Day. So, take some time out from the never-ending rat race and do plan to visit any of the many beautiful National Parks. Trust me when I say that you won't be disappointed! And while there, participating in Ranger-led activities is highly recommended.
This picture was clicked last Fall during a fun and informative Ranger-led hike to Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska. The glacier is one of the most accessible and speedily receding glaciers in Alaska. As you drive towards the glacier from Seward, you traverse its glacial recession timeline starting nearly 200 years ago, and it's shocking to see the impact of climate change and what it has reduced this glacier to over the years.
Every step, every struggle, every triumph, and every trial... God has always been there! What an awesome absolute and an important truth to cling to and remember! He knows what we are going through and He is there for us to run to for strength and wisdom! Thankful for this truth!
Art glass panel in the bedroom of the mother of President Garfield. His home, Lawnfield, is preserved by the #nationalparkservice . She outlived her son — he was assassinated after 200 days in office. Tragic.
Whats on the other side of fear? VICTORY!
Standing in awe of the Lord's faithfulness this week as I've watched a prayer be answered.
We serve a God who not only can move mountains but HAS moved mountains! And when the days get long, we can be reminded of the things He's already done and know He WILL do it again and again! ............."Remember the things I have done in the past. For I alone am God! I am God, and there is none like me." Isaiah 46:9
Tomorrow (April 19) is the 23rd anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing when Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols set off a massive truck bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people.
Here's the kids having a quiet moment at the Oklahoma CIty National Memorial this past October. This is looking through the eastern gate of the Gates of Time (the eastern gate has 9:01 on it) towards the western gate in the opposite end (which has 9:03 on it, the gates bracket the time of the bombing at 9:02 AM). The reflecting pool is what was once NW 5th Street. The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building stood on the left side of this photo. The explosive laden Ryder rental truck was parked by Timothy McVeigh on this street which was on the north side of the federal building.
The right side of 5th Street was a parking lot and the Journal Record Building, home of one of Oklahoma City's newspapers. Today that building houses the museum to the bombing.
The truck bomb left a crater here 30 feet across and eight feet deep. 324 buildings in a 16-block area around the federal building were either damaged or destroyed by the blast. The blast was felt as far away as 55 miles.
There is an intense gravity of emotion here that's different from other places we've taken the kids that we felt were important for them to see. You can see it in the faces of all the visitors, too.
California is home to immensely diverse ecosystems. Here along the North Coast of Humboldt County there is a narrow band of steep bluffs between the Pacific and the dense forest covered hills. A small portion of this area is too harsh or unstable for larger plants like trees and shrubs. In these areas hardy little plants cling to the hills and thrive in the wind and salt spray. Among them, the Dudleya.
A few weeks ago suspicious packages we're discovered at a local post office. Upon inspection the boxes destined for Asia we're discovered to contain 2000+ of these beautiful plants. California Department of Fish and Wildlife investigated and we're able to determine the origins of the poached plants.
On Tuesday April, 17 individuals from state, federal, and nonprofit organizations came together to return the plants to their native habitat.