Kelly & I got to have another couple day vacation, my parents usually watch the kids for a weekend for our anniversary and at the beginning of August, my weekends were filling up fast with photo shoots, there was only 1 left in September/October so I blocked it out and checked with my parents-so glad they were free!  We didn’t really have any plans but Kelly had points for 2 free nights hotel stay, the closest one was about 200 miles away so that became our destination.  Kelly’s idea of a fun vacation is golf, coffee shops, sitting around at a bookstore, having a good beer, and eating at nice restaurants, my idea of a good vacation is hiking, biking, eating on the way to explore someplace unique, and generally NOT sitting around.  We’ve learned to appreciate each others tastes, I’ve slowed down a little and he’s sped up a bit;)  Golfing has always been something we both like and now I have him really enjoying hikes.  So, we did a bit of each and just enjoyed time together:)

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Our hotel was right across from a national park, kind of a low key one but fun anyway.

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We rented bikes and went for a short trip down an old canal route (along a towpath trail), this was one of the “locks”

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We stood and watched as this giant crane caught & ate a fish-very cool but I didn’t have my good camera or lens with me:(  Along came this couple with a guy and a backback full of camera equipment (he was serious), I gave him my e-mail address and asked him to send us the pictures:)

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As we walked through God’s creation, I couldn’t help but think about how this park really isn’t even on the map with other beautiful places on our planet, how this is nothing in comparison to places like Yosemite or Glacier or the Amazon Rain Forest or the Coastal areas around the globe, yet it’s beautiful and how amazing is our God that even the places that don’t compare are still breathtaking, that is how much our God loves us, He didn’t have to give us beauty to enjoy on earth but He did and not just a little but an unfathomable amount!  How deep the Father’s Love for us!  How vast beyond all measure!

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