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What is the basis of our security?


“What is the basis of our security? When we start thinking about that question, we may give many answers: success, money, friends, property, popularity, family, connections, insurance, and so on. We may not always think that any of these forms the basis of our security, but our actions or feelings may tell us otherwise. When we start losing our money, our friends, or our popularity, our anxiety often reveals how deeply our sense of security is rooted in these things.

A spiritual life is a life in which our security is based not in any created things, good as they may be, but in God, who is everlasting love. We probably will never be completely free from our attachment to the temporal world, but if we want to live in that world in a truly free way, we’d better not belong to it. “You cannot be the slave both of God and of money” (Luke 16:13).” Henri Nouwen


Sperry_Chalet, Glacier_National_Park

Milford_Track


The waters of Glacier National Park above Sperry Chalet

Glacier National Park is filled with waters–streams, waterfalls, lakes.  Hiking from Sperry Chalet to Lake Ellen Wilson and to the Sperry Glacier, we enjoyed an absolute abundance of water. Snow was melting, and sounds and sights of water captivated our senses!

Akaiyan_Lake, Sperry_Glacier

Lake Ellen Wilson, Sperry Chalet

Mountain goats on the way to Sperry Glacier

Akaiyan_Lake, on the way to Sperry Glacier–look carefully and you
will see a ptarmigan in the bottom right

on the way to Sperry Glacier–overwhelming waters of life and joy!

above Lake Ellen Wilson, three miles from Sperry Chalet

falls on the way to Sperry Glacier

Sperry Chalet Redux

The siren call of fresh air and vast vistas, far from the crowds of Glacier National Park, brought us back to Sperry Chalet for a second summer. After last year’s two night stay, Meg and I decided that we needed an extra day of hiking from the Chalet, so we opted for three nights this time.  We also invited our New Hampshire family–younger son Michael and his wife Sara– to join us. The Chalet does not have any electricity and the rooms have no running water. We shared a room together with easy going banter, and easy communication.

The Chalet was constructed in 1914 by the Great Northern Railroad to bring tourists to the Park on its railroad. The railroad turned the Chalet over to the park service in 1950, and it is now run by a concessionaire which as been family run since 1954.

“Chalet” is glorified title for a beautiful two story rock and beam structure with twenty basic rooms. It provides an easy way to spend time in the back country.  All one needs to do is hike 6.5 miles and gain 3300 feet from Lake McDonald, packing in clothes and personal gear.  Neither tent nor sleeping bag is needed, and wonderful food is provided in the dinning hall, cooked over propane stoves.

We enjoyed two outstanding day hikes.  This set of pictures show our first hike to Lake Ellen Wilson.  The bear grass filled the meadows and rocky ridges, stretching the eye and the imagination.  Mountain goats periodically interrupted our hike, watching us with curious expressions, and posing nicely for pictures. These views opened heart, mind and soul, and the lake also refreshed the body with a cold swim.

meadow above Lake Ellen Wilson

Mountain goats,  Lake Ellen Wilson


Sunset, Lake McDonald, Sperry Chalet

Sperry Chalet

On the way to Lake Ellen Wilson

Bear grass and waterfalls above Lake Ellen Wilson

Lake Ellen Wilson

Lake Ellen Wilson

Meg returning to Sperry Chalet from hike

Sunset, Sperry Chalet, Lake McDonald

Sara and Michael reading in front of Sperry Chalet

cliffs above Sperry Chalet

Meg and Michael hiking through bear grass to Sperry Chalet

Sunset, Sperry Chalet

Meg at start of trail to Sperry Chalet