our third anniversary was spent on kaua’i and we stayed at the far western shore, as far as the road goes. our cottage overlooked the ocean and ni’ihau, a neighboring island. the night of our anniversary, we put the kids to bed and sat on the lanai. it was absolutely pitch black without any lights from neighboring buildings and there was no moon that night. i think we could see every single star in existence and we saw about two dozen “falling stars.” it was phenomenal and we surely felt our huge-yet-insignificant place in the world. it’s been years since i’ve spent much time outdoors anywhere other than hawai’i, so i guess i associate lots with that place. yellowstone and the john muir trails were pretty impactful, though.]]>
The Northern California coastline on a cold and windy day
Likewise for Land’s End in Cornwall, England
Rainforest in Ecuador. I took a canoe into one of the smaller rivers that leads into the Amazon. Just me, the canoe and the river. It was an overpowering feeling – very primal. Very close to the Lord and his creations.
Big Sur and the Santa Cruz Mountains – especially at night when you can see the stars]]>
While I could point to many locations that have given me reverence for nature, since many have spoken about the Northwest U.S. and Southwestern Canada I should mention a recent experience. Although I grew up in southern Idaho and attended school in Northern Idaho (in the 70′s) it was not until this past January that I made my first trip to Seattle. I’m involved in the construction of the new Port of Entry at Blaine/Peace Arch. We flew into Seattle on January 12 and it snowed that night. We got up early for the drive to Blaine, anticipating bad roads. But the roads were fine and we traveled north at a steady pace. As the sun rose up over the mountains to the east and revealed the natural surroundings I was blown away by how beautiful it was. When we arrived at the existing Border Station in Blaine the sun was up and the surrounding area was covered in fresh snow. The pine covered islands off the coast where the Border Station exists was stunningly beautiful. I asked the Border Agents how they could possibly concentrate on their jobs while surrounded by such beauty. The environment around us is centainly evidence of God’s skilled hands.
I wish I had taken pictures to document what I saw.]]>
Fortunately now we have a temple close by instead.]]>
My husband used to surf at Neah Bay and other spots along the WA coast. Have to be hardcore for that.]]>