While on our camping trip, we took a break from boys fishing and mom panning for gold, and hiked up this mountain.
And I want you to take note of the lovely, plump rain clouds coming over that mountain.
Do you know why clouds like this are forming on a day the weather report said 0% chance of rain?
Because we pulled out our camper. Remember the 21 day trip across the country we made last year? The 21 days that rained 18 of them? Yeah, that was only the beginning.
So we hiked this mountain, and enjoyed the wonderful view.
This was about half way.
Along the way, we saw all sorts of berries growing.
I have no idea what kind these are.
You can still see the evidence of the massive wildfires from two summers ago. Interesting how this mountain burned, but the one across the river did not.
We also saw what looked like an animal den in progress.
And some interesting fungus.
Now back to those swollen clouds….
The first night we were camping, it thankfully only rained about an hour or two in the evening, after we were able to cook dinner over the campfire. But as usual, we were stuck in the camper for most of the evening, without so much as a deck of cards.
The next night as evening rolled around, we again saw the clouds forming. I prayed, “Lord, please not another night of rain!” The clouds would peek over the mountain across the river, and then change and morph. They weren’t really going in any direction, it was the strangest thing. We could hear thunder on both sides of us, and could see rain going on each side, but it was almost like there was a wall holding it back from coming straight at us. After some time, the sun was setting behind us (as much as it does here in Alaska in July) when the rain on the mountain across the river presented us with an amazing full rainbow!
And for a while, there was even a second rainbow joining it…you can just barely make it out in this picture.
The other amazing thing? This rainbow display lasted a full hour!!
It brought this to mind…“When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” Gen 9:16
And even more amazing…..afterwards we only got 5 minutes of sprinkles…AFTER we had already gone to bed. Thank you Lord!
And lastly, besides fishing….
….the boys spent time with one of their other riverside hobbies, rock-skipping competition.
Cooking a snack.
And it is never really a camping trip unless you can play with the fire.
Another gorgeous Alaskan outing.