An Anniversary - Part 2

Friday, July 22, 2016

Day two of our anniversary camping trip dawned rather rainy and gray, but how calming it was to hear rain pattering on the roof in the early hours of the morning.

Breakfast was english muffins toasted over a welcoming fire, with candles and our kerosene lamp burning brightly to banish away the dark clouds carrying rain.

Soon we were dressed and setting off in the canoe again to explore the rocky cliffs near the cabin. Quinn and his family had often come to the cliffs on nice days, and at high tide would jump off of them into the cold water below. On that particular morning we decided not to take the plunge...though Greta wanted to jump overboard to attack the scary bunches of seaweed floating by.

We came to rest our canoe on a sandy stretch of beach where Quinn and his sisters had many times before moored their kayaks. At high tide, it was a nice place to go swimming all on its own, but ever the adventurer, Quinn always looked forward to the cliff jumping.

Thankfully, I talked him out of doing it that morning, ha! And instead we combed the beach and rocks for drift wood, searched for shells on the beach, and got a talking-to from a pair of marmots who had a burrow in the rocks.

A little rain shower came and shooed us back to the safety and dryness of our cabin and fire, but not before we had filled several pockets with shells and the whole canoe with firewood.

We curled up in quilts and read books we had brought. Greta slept near the cabin door, even in sleep alert to anyone going out (so she could go out too). And then! Well, the sun came and chased the gray rainy clouds away and we were left with such a hot afternoon, that I had to change into the dress I had worn the day before for its short sleeves! We may have even gone wading in the sea (I say wading because it was not swimming. I got a bit above my waist and chickened out.)!

Before to long it was time for dinner and we had brought things to make vegetable soup (though we had forgotten our new pot. Oops!). We decided our tea kettle would work just fine for a pot, so Quinn set to work making the soup.

But then, imagine my joy at finding sweet peas covering the rocky shore! Grabbing a bowl I carefully made my way through their twisty shoots and gathered the little pods. We would have fresh picked peas in our soup!

I don't think we could have asked God for a more lovely evening. Eagles called to each other right above us, and we heard the distant voice of a sea lion swimming by the cove.  And oh, what a yummy supper...
After supper was eaten and the dishes had been washed in the near-by creek, we loaded ourselves up into the canoe one more time to go see the sunset. We were just in time. As we climbed up the rocks, the two marmots whistled at us again, but we didn't pay them too much heed, we were there for something else...
"Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all."
1 Chronicles 29:11
In the glow of the fading sunset, we sang sea shanties together and talked about the journey we've had thus far together. I can't tell you how blessed I am to have Quinn by my side each day. I wouldn't have been able to get through these last two years without him holding me up, protecting me, and loving me. 

And of course, this blog would not be here if he didn't take photos for me...
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands."
Psalm 19:1

The next morning it was time to go back to work, for both of us. But we were so happy to have had such a fun and relaxing time together to celebrate two years in marriage. It was hard to leave such a stunning scene:
The water was so calm it seemed a crime to paddle through it in the canoe. 

A sad goodbye was said to the cabin and soon we were off, but the views on the way back made it a little bit easier to leave...

And of course, who could resist a sleepy puppy?

Thank you so much for adventuring along with me through my stories and photos, I hope you enjoyed your time with the family from Blueberry Barn. 
Until next time, may the Lord bless you and keep you safe!


  1. What another wonderful post with gorgeous pictures!!! Your soup looks delicious and how nice you found peas growing! I didn't know these grow wild in Alaska, then again, the only things I could find to pick on Kodiak were salmonberries and russianberries. Do you have the latter there as well? I always had a hard time judging when they were ripe, so I didn't pick too many of them.

  2. By the way... Happy Anniversary and I hope you and Quinn have many more years together!!! Blessings on you both.

  3. Happy Anniversary! (Sorry it is late.) What a beautiful and romantic way to celebrate.

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  5. Oops! I deleted my comment... Okay let's type it again:
    I didn't know there were sweet peas out the road! And what lovely picture of sunsets that I'm glad point us to God's majesty. He is truly warm.


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