What I Did On My Summer Vacation (along with thousands of other people)

“you and the people who are with you…

lie in wait in the field”

Judges 9:32

On our summer travels this year, we saw several amazing and beautiful sights, from flora and fauna, to topographical and geological wonders.  And we weren’t alone.  By making our practically-required family trip to Yellowstone {me for the 2nd time; Hubby and the kids for the first time} we joined the three million other people who will visit this year.

That sort of fascinates me.  While I generally like to camp in a place that provides solitude, Yellowstone is not so much the place for that.  Our tent was about ten feet from the vehicle of the people at the neighboring site.  And our fire ring was about ten feet from the vehicle of the people on the other side.  But campers are some of the most respectful, least intrusive types around.  Everyone just sort of minds their own business.  And for the most part, they keep their voices down, clean up after themselves, and avoid walking through one another’s campsites.

Not all, of course.  But most.

Anyhow, as I say, I’m sort of fascinated by the idea of going on the same vacation as thousands of other people.  We have been fortunate enough to have attended the Winter Olympics twice ~ in 2002 in Salt Lake City, and in 2010 in Vancouver ~ and one of the things I love about that experience is the knowledge that almost everyone else there is there for the same reason you are.  Oh sure, many of them live there, but many others came, just like you did, from all over the world.  It makes for great conversation on busses, in lines, and waiting for events to begin.

But I was struck, as we visited many of the sites in Yellowstone, by the variety of the visitors.  They were old and young, many with tattoos, a few with wildly colored hair… They were wearing jeans or shorts, or even dresses, and I saw one man in a kilt.  They came in cars and trucks and RVs, on bicycles and motorcycles… There were couples and families, and friends and singles… And they took pictures with very expensive cameras, with long zoom lenses, and with tablets and flip phones and tiny, pocket-sized digital cameras…

They were all there for the same reason.  Awe.  Admiration.  Appreciation.   I saw license plates from all over the United States and Canada, and I heard over a dozen different languages being spoken.   And they were all there to see this:


And this:


See?  Here they are:




I was almost as fascinated by the people, as I was by the sights I was seeing.  All the people were oohing and aahing, and the crowd watching Old Faithful erupt actually applauded when it was finished.  And I wondered how many of them were giving praise to the God who created those wonders.

In a way, I guess it doesn’t matter.  There were definitely those ~ my family among them ~ who were praising Him in appreciation.  But for everyone who neglects to acknowledge Him ~ and sometimes it’s me ~ I think He treasures even more the joy of those who know Who to thank.

~ “‘Lord, open the eyes of these, that they may see.’

And the Lord opened their eyes, and they saw.” ~

2 Kings 6:20


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