Archive for November, 2012

Shenandoah Caverns, Part 1

November 14, 2012 Leave a comment

Caverns have always held somewhat of a fascination for me. While I don’t like the idea of crawling around on my belly in total darkness, I do find “civilized” caverns interesting. Shenandoah Caverns is one of these “civilized” caverns. In fact, it’s quite well developed with lighting and an elevator.

As with all caverns, a tour guide takes you through the caverns and points out the various formations and features. My tour guide was most knowledgeable and helpful in making the cavern tour a memorable experience.

Shenandoah Caverns is located in Virginia on I-81 at exit 269 and is definitely worth a visit.
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Scenes from Bunker Hill

November 13, 2012 Leave a comment

The Battle of Bunker Hill, fought on June 17, 1775, galvanized the colonial anti-British movement in Massachusetts and emboldened the revolutionaries.  Although technically the British won the battle because the American defenders ran out of ammunition, British losses were so great as to significantly diminish their fighting capability.  The Americans recognized this and were emboldened to stand up to the British army in subsequent battles.  Col. William Prescott’s command to the colonial defenders, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” still rings in our ears to this day. Read more…

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Cole Land Transportation Museum

November 13, 2012 Leave a comment

Every once in a while, as you’re driving along the Interstate something along the side of the road catches your eye, and you decide to go investigate. That’s exactly what happened as I was driving through Bangor, Maine, headed to the Bay of Fundy. There, on the right side, a Huey helicopter and a tank caught my eye – but no signs of any sort. I just had to investigate… Read more…

Thank you!

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

Dedicated to our best

Thank you, veterans and active duty military for your sacrifice on our behalf.
Thank you for putting your life on the line for our comfort.
Thank you for guarding the freedoms we all hold so dear.

May God protect you in time of danger,
Give you strength in time of trial,
And always give you His peace beyond understanding.


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The Maze

November 10, 2012 Leave a comment

In the fall, when the corn gets to be 8 feet tall, corn-mazes spring up all over the land. Farmers cut intricate paths in their corn field, with lots of dead ends, loops, and distractions, and charge people money to find their way through the maze.  It’s great fun; the grandchildren and I spent several hours in one enjoying the puzzle. Some of us got out more quickly than others, and some needed help to get out, but we all made it.

They also had this little “kiddie” maze painted on concrete. We were supposed to hop around to get to the goal, following some simple rules. It looked really easy, but it’s not. So I thought I’d share it with you. Print out, have fun, and enjoy the maze!

Now life is kind of like this little maze. We all start at the same place, and end at the same place. We all have to follow some simple rules. We all face lots of unknowns, dead ends, loops, and distractions. We all must make lots of choices; some choices help us get to the goal, some don’t. And we all have to turn (choose) right at each decision, lest we end up in a dead end or endless loop and fail our quest.

Life is simple, but hard! We must understand and carefully follow the rules; otherwise we reach a dead end. Thankfully we have a helper to teach and keep us moving in the right direction: Jesus Christ. He has the key to life, He knows the end from the beginning, He is the way, and He is walking with us through the maze He built. Follow Jesus and you are guaranteed to reach the true goal of life: Eternal joy and life with Him; all other options lead to a dead end.

This is the solution to the maze puzzle.


Canadian Rocks

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

While exploring the Big Salmon River on the Fundy Trail, I came upon the following beach:

On that beach I found the following two rock formations within about 10 feet of the water’s edge:

As I examined the rock formations, I wondered how they got there.  Did they get there because

A)     The water washed them up and left them there?
B)      Some wild animal came and stacked them there?
C)      Some human came and stacked them there?

Then I asked myself, “I wonder how long have they been here?”

D)     Days or weeks?
E)      Months or years?
F)      Decades or centuries?

After pondering the situation and analyzing it in great detail, I decided that some human probably stacked them there days or weeks ago.

I suspect that you, the reader, will come to the same conclusion. After all, options A and B are so improbable as to be impossible, and options E and F are highly improbable because storms and spring floods would surely topple the rocks.

“Now,” I thought to myself, “If rocks can’t even form into two simple stacks by chance, how logical is it to think that dirt will somehow acquire life – which is incredibly complex –  by chance, and also be stable enough for millions of years to accomplish it?  I wouldn’t bet my life on it.”

Then I thought of all those Darwinian evolutionists who are betting their eternal lives on just such silliness, and my heart broke.


Canada: Miscellaneous Scenery

November 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Some interesting pictures from the Bay of Fundy region.  Enjoy.