A2A - This is My Father’s World I woke up to the sound of a light rain hitting the top of my tent. It’s an unmistakeable sound that gives you comfort knowing that you are dry when it is wet outside. Yet it also alerts you to the fact that you will be packing up your things in the wet. Nevertheless, we anticipated the rain and looked forward to the full day ahead of us. The first task, after morning tea and packing in the wet, was to head to a nearby Yamaha dealer to see if Fuzzy could buy a spare chain. No need to get stranded again. Turns out they did, and though it took longer than planned they cut the chain and Fuzzy installed it on his bike. He also got several connecting links that actually fit this chain. That took the morning so we had a quick lunch and then took off for Alaska! Haines, AK, specifically. Though the start of the ride was cloud covered and gave all appearances of a gloomy ride, you could see the underlying beauty of the mountains and rivers. The roads were decent and we had a successful short gas stop in Haines Junction before taking on the longest part of the trip. Remember, this is country where the stops and bathrooms are far and few. So we typically take every opportunity to ensure we can get to the next stop comfortably. Another hour or so, and the blue sky pushed its way past the low overhanging clouds. It soon became one stunning view after another. Greg said that just when you thought you had seen the most beautiful view, the next curve proved you wrong. I have always maintained that as evil in the world gives a glimpse of hell, the beauty of the world gives a glimpse of heaven. When you have a “wow” moment, imagine how much more heaven is. I was reminded of a hymn (originally a poem) that best describes the day. This is my Father's world, And to my listening ears All nature sings, and round me rings The music of the spheres. This is my Father's world: I rest me in the thought Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; His hand the wonders wrought. Most people don’t consciously grasp that they love one of God’s characteristics. He loves to create. What an imagination to not only carve glorious beauty out of rock, but to give us peacocks, and porcupines, and lions, and tigers, and bears; Oh My! We love people who demonstrate this characteristic even if they are not the type of person we would want to emulate. Artists, singers, architects, carpenters; people who are creative and create. They are all reflective of God’s love for creation. In all the tripe in the world, take time today to look at the glimpses of heaven around you. We arrived in Haines, AK! The first of five crosses between Canada and Alaska we have planned. Enjoy the photos.