Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Portage Glacier #2

Here are a few more pictures of us with the glacier!

You can see from the way we were dressed that it was a beautiful day, although you could feel the coldness coming off the glacier

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The glacier looked mostly blue

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We liked the “spires”

Posing in front of the glacier…

and with the name of the boat, and the captain

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As I mentioned it was my favorite part of the vacation

Portage Glacier

SAMSUNG            SAMSUNG            SAMSUNG            My favorite event of the vacation portion of our Alaska trip was our journey to see the Portage glacier and cruise around Portage lake. The drive down from Anchorage to the lake was gorgeous and the glacier and surrounding scenery was just breathtaking. It was a beautiful day, even though Joyce got cold enough to go below in the boat and do some of her glacier watching through a window. We took a lot of pictures so I think I will break this into two posts. 

 

The scenery on the way from Anchorage to the lake was amazing. These pictures were taken from the side of the highway on the way there.

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We enjoyed seeing the mountains with snow on them while we enjoyed temperatures in the 70’s

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There were waterfalls everywhere

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There were several little icebergs floating in the lake

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And the glacier itself was spectacular

Monday, July 29, 2013

Trip to the Anchorage Museum

SAMSUNG            On Sunday afternoon the conference ended and Joyce and I shifted into vacation mode for a few days before we returned to Guam. SAMSUNG            One of our first outings was to the Anchorage museum. We took Isis with us and spent most of the day there. I love museums and would actually be pretty happy with a vacation that included nothing but museums and historical sites (note that my next post will contradict this – I let you know in advance.), and, of course, restaurants. I was impressed by how much the museum had to offer including a planetarium, multiple tours and shows, an art gallery along with the usual stuff. I felt like I learned a lot about Alaska’s geography, history and cultures. And we had a great time too.

This is as close as we got to a grizzly bear.

Although later they saw a real moose

Saw some movies about the “Alaskan bush”

One whole floor was devoted to the history of Alaskan aviation

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There was a large hands-on science area where we spent a lot of time. Here Isis encloses herself in a giant bubble.

We ended the museum visit with a walk around downtown Anchorage

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Visiting with Valerie

SAMSUNG            One of the bonuses of this trip to Alaska was getting see our foster daughter Valerie and her family. Valerie lived with us 1998-2000 and moved to Alaska soon after. We had kind of lost track of her until we re-connected on Facebook a few years ago. When she heard that we were coming to Anchorage she insisted that we stay at her house and meet her family. It was really a blessing to us and we enjoyed very much getting to meet her husband and two kids. Again, it is such a great encouragement to see the young people who have been part of our lives continuing to do well and be positive forces in their families and communities.

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We got “bonus grandkids” and had a great time playing with Isis and Carter.

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Valerie lives right next to this beautiful lake and park so we could walk over there in the evening. I will post some more pictures of some of our activities with them in future posts.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Palauan Fellowship in Anchorage #2

One of the coolest things about attending these Palauan gatherings is being able to see so many of  our former students from Emmaus and Bethania high schools. SAMSUNGWe taught there from 1984 to 1988. This time was especially nice because, for the first time, Joyce was able to come and be part of it. She said, “now I know why you enjoy coming to these things so much!” It is so encouraging to hear the testimonies of our former students about how God has worked in their lives and how their time at Emmaus was so influential in who they would become. Back then I wasn’t sure they were listening, but they were and we are so privileged that God used us to have influence on their lives. Of course, there is also always a lot of laughing about pranks, games and other reminisces about how things were back then and a lot of joking about how fat and grey all the guys look. As John wrote, “It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth.” 2 John 2.

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Joyce and Annie taught together at the Gospel Kindergarten in Palau.

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The final Sunday service included music led by several different groups

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… and a baby dedication done in Palauan and English by pastors Hedrick and Jeff

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And a few more pictures of us with former students.