Road-Trip Throwback

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This is a panoramic that I snagged on my way back from a wedding in Eagle, Alaska. The wedding was amazing! It was two friends I’ve known for some time that were getting married. Pictures are the threads that hold my memories together. Even one memorable picture ties to hundreds of thousands of wonderful memories. Every memory with every friend is something I treasure.

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Midnight Summer Hike

Late Night Hike of Lazy Mountain

Yes, this is around 10 pm. These are adventures in Alaska: where sunsets last forever, and friends even longer…

Outlook of the World

A place where the mountaintops see the curve of the world, where the sunlight spans the horizons like a river of gold…

Don't Cover the Light

 

Where the light finds its way into every crack, and every rock glistens in glimmering black…

Lazy Pan

 

A place where selfies sideline the panorama, and a place where every day is an adventure bonanza.

P.S. – We didn’t get off the mountain until midnight, and it was still light until about 1 am (we had dinner after we got down at a local restaurant).

Where Adventures Start

A yearning curiosity in the depths of my heart;
A wanting to go someplace and this place depart.
A searching for a mystery in the shadows so dark;
Joining hands with comrades on a great, dangerous lark!

Tis no better way to build friendships most strong
Than to share an adventure for a time and times long.
Our every hardship will be remembered by our sons
In picture frames and storybooks and songs that are sung.

The bonds that will bind each adventurer together
Will not be severed; for we are brother and sister.
Trials and tests will fall hard on each traveler;
Some will want to stop, but don’t stop, not ever.

The loneliness in my heart sought out someone who, when
Proposed with a quest, would join me hand in hand.
As a stranger becomes a friend, and an adventure begins,
Who knows where it will start? Or where it will end?

Enduring

Laughing with my family about nothing in particular,
Friends joining in without having a clue;
Hurting from the straining of smiling and laughter,
Our cares disappear for a moment or two.

Our burdens are lighter when we’re with each other,
Two backs are stronger than one, I’m told;
Your joys and sorrows are shared with your brothers,
No need to try to endure it alone.

Christ, my Savior, will be mine forever,
Of that He is not doubtable;
He is Hope when there is none elsewhere,
Security infinitely valuable.

Valuable

Gold refined by fire is very bright and beautiful;
Diamonds, cut and polished, glittering, so wonderful.

Love, like gold, that endures trials by fire,
Is better than any other and priced much higher.

Be a true friend that endures the pain and cuts,
A genuine love that, no matter what, never gives up.

If you survive the most painful things felt,
There will be no word, none that is spelt,
That can truly define the beauty in you,
Something so valuable, something so true.

Lights in the Dark

Shining lights in deepest dark.

Shining lights in deepest dark.

We all need a light,
To find our way;
We all need a friend,
That never sways.

A bright, brilliant star,
In the twilight sky;
A warm, burning torch,
For the caves of life.

Find those good friends,
Genuine and true;
Those friends will stay,
Forever with you.

Friends are, first, strangers,
That do not depart;
Strangers become friends,
Who stay in your heart.

Even in the depths,
Darkest and deepest;
God sends us some light,
A friend to keep us.

Their encouraging shine,
You lovingly know;
It spreads to others,
As you now glow!

A beautiful flame,
Your friend is to you;
Caring and warm,
A friend forever true.

I will be that comrade,
That will never leave;
Through trials and times,
Though hopeless they seem.

The light of encouragement makes other glow with that same encouragement.

The light of encouragement makes other glow with that same encouragement.

Look around at everyone,
Find those who are true;
They will not be far away,
And when you need them, they’ll find you.

Photo Memory

Memories of a bygone era...

Memories of a bygone era…

Times long since forgotten,
Now, are remembered;
In forests, begotten,
I, again, have wandered.

More memories are seen,
The deeper I go;
The light doesn’t gleam,
But glimmers and glows.

Sunshine from above,
Peaks through the leaves;
Some times I love,
Others are too dreary.

I recognize old landmarks,
And see the pathways there;
Travels there, we did embark,
Dependent on each other.

Someday, I will tell these tales,
Of every perilous moment;
Times of victory or of failure,
Each, a memorable monument.

So many memories,
Stored up in my heart;
Memories so distant,
I weep as I depart.

I emerge from the forest,
Shaken and tired;
With sorrow and joyfulness,
To my home I retire.

God gave us these moments,
So precious and so few;
I cherish these fragments,
These snapshots, and these moments with you.