Saturday, July 11, 2009
Have you ever stood alongside a glacier? Yes, a glacier! Neither had I--until today. April and I decided to hike to Exit Glacier in Seward, Alaska instead of doing the boat ride out to one. I'm so glad we did. The whole experience was breathtaking.
Upon entering the site, we approached the signs that tells you how to handle a bear if you happen to encounter one. One part of the sign tells you to play dead unless the bear starts to eat you! That sent me into waves of laughter. It might as well have said, "Act dead until you're not acting anymore!" Then as we started on the trail, one of the rangers stopped us to let us know that there was some bear activity. We would likely see some and they might get closer than we're comfortable with. Then she gave us some advice on how to handle things. Thank God, we never had to use it!
When I had first seen the glacier from the road, I told April it was NOT a glacier. She assured me it was. As we got closer to it on the hike up, I was amazed at the size of that thing. When we finally got there, I was in absolute awe of it. You know, I'm strange, I guess. Some people see things like I've seen in Alaska in the last week and a half and they require the whole history of it-- and the history of the history of it! I require very few details. I mean, I want to know some things, but just experiencing it is the powerful part to me. Let me know a little something-something, and then let me be free to just breathe it in, you know? As I do, I find myself whispering, "Wow!" or "Thank You, Jesus" because I'm just overwhelmed by it all. That glacier, for example, spoke more than words could to a deep place within me.
Here are some pictures of our experience with Exit Glacier. May it speak to you as well. Please leave a note to share what it says!