Sunday, May 30, 2010

Juneau Update #2

Trail #2: Mount McGinnis

Round trip: 10 miles

Yes that would be a real mountain. Recommended climbing season is not until summer and fall. There is a reason for that, once we got past the treeline it was pure snow to the top. Let me tell you that the added snow resistance makes the hike up a lot harder but once at the top it was the most gorgeous view! Nice sunny day so we hung out at the top for a while and enjoyed it, I even got sunburned. Climbing buddies were two of my coworkers Sara and Kristin.

After the Mountain, Morgan and Nick took Brenna and I out crabbing! We got 10 keepers and I cleaned 2 of them. Its kind of intense, you have to grab and hold back all of the claws then rip of the shell, break the crab into two pieces and then wash out all the guts. Soon we will be having a nice crab dinner

Thursday night we had our first women's bible study at the waffle co. I am looking forward to those every Thursday for the next 3 months. Earlier that day I spent at least 3 hours swimming in Auke Lake!!! It was been that nice out this week to make that experience enjoyable

Now I have to go pack up my tent and gear for an overnight camp trip to Aaron Island. More details on that and more to come!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Juneau Update #1

Summer Goal: complete every trail in the trail book.

One Trail Done: Windfall Lake Trail, 7 miles roundtrip, easy, nice path goes through trees along a river some of the way, across a few bridges and ultimately to the lake. Hiked with Brenna and Mego.

First day on the job: drove a 15 passenger van no problem but still have yet to try it full of people with a trailor full of bikes on the back. Successfully biked one of the routes with tourists, nice route starting at Chapel by the lake, through campus down the back loop first stop at west side of glacier and then back around to east side. met some sweet tourists from England in the process and confident i am going to like my job

First sunday, attended just the sunday school portion of Douglas Island Bible Chapel with Alison and Sandon before rushing off to work. Saturday night attended Cross Roads service where Andrea attends. First night of ultimate frisbee, always a good time! Had a fire down at Auke rec where we saw flourescent algea lighting up by any movement! quite possibly the coolest thing i have ever seen

Friday, May 21, 2010


Route: across ND to Shelby, MT where we camped one night. I randomly have a friend who lives there and it just so happened to be his birthday that night so that was a nice surprise and addition to the trip. Got up drove right into Canada on Mountainous roads through Banff Canadian National Park and camped in Jasper. One of the cars had alternator problem so we stayed there all morning while the car was in the shop, took off eventually getting on the Alaska Highway and camped in Fort Nelson. Made it to Skagway the next day with extra time to enjoy. The next day spent on a Ferry was excellent, nice hot sunny with a breeze. Sat out on the top deck the whole time staring up at more mountains, arrived at Destination Juneau, Alaska.

Animal sitings: multiple moose, tons of caribou, 4 bears, 3 mountain sheep/rams, a few buffalo, whales, dolphins, sea lions.

Group traveled with: Brenna Malaney (good friend from UM), Mego Pace (new good friend and project Fox-trot Alum), Stephanie Woebbecke (friend from NE, Fox-trot alum and project Golf staff lady), Jacklyn and Armand (newly weds from MO and project Golf staff), and Robert, Steven, and Steele aka Scubes (3 Fox-trot Alum and Golf staff)

Total Miles: 2,835

Praise the Lord for: Safe travel, car problem quickly fixed and no real damage done, wonderful group of people traveled with and great conversations, an upcoming summer full of adventure, growth, and furthering of His Kingdom, the beauty of His creation, how great and awesome our God is and how that is seen all around us.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Things of this world..

So this past weekend I went to my family's lake home with a mission.. to go downstairs to the gross, damp, creepy, dirty basement and start cleaning. I put on a pair of rubber gloves and felt invincible. Went through boxes and boxes of junk.. many of them filled with decomposing papers, dishes, old christmas decorations.. It just reminded me of how all in this world will rot and decompose and eventually turn into nothing.

"Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moths and rust destroy, and where theives break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and rust do not destroy, and where theives do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also"
~Matthew 6:19-21

Thursday, May 6, 2010

At this moment

Alright so I am sitting here thinking about how I leave to head up to Juneau in 9 short days.

1. it makes me think about my friends at UM that i won't see again for a very very long time.
2. on the flip side, i am super excited to get back up there to see friends i haven't seen in a very very long time
3. it reminds me of the most special women in my life.. project Echo, and how we spent an epic summer up there furthering God's kingdom on all sorts of different levels :)
4. have to also give a shout out to the men's project '08, the greatest brothers i will ever know.

mostly i am excited to see all that God has instore for me up there! i get to travel with an amazing girl Brenna Malaney, my job at Cycle Alaska might kick my butt but i am guaranteed at least 3 sweet coworkers: Morgan, Alison, and Sandon. the famous Rikki Ruby and i will be having some great times! i also can't wait to catch up with Tessa, Andrea, CJ, Ruthie.. once again have a sweet women's bible study at the SE Waffle Co! dominate a few more mountains. slay some salmon, halibut, and crabs. meet a whole bunch of new people. just live the life!

real details to come as the summer progresses :)