What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?

What Do You See Outside YOUR Open Window Today?
Remember: "When God closes a door, He always opens a window!" You never know what might be out there waiting for you!

Monday, October 7, 2013

This Webpage is Currently Unavailable...due to the "Government Shutdown"...

Mt. Washington as seen from the scenic overlook at Intervale, NH
I know you are probably wondering why you can't find any new news on this "webpage"...it is currently unavailable because of the Government Shutdown....in other words, I am on vacation!  Thankfully the only way the government shutdown has affected our trip so far is this:

After a very long drive through the woods and into the White Mountain National Forest in Maine/NH, we were in dire need of some "facilities".  We finally came upon this hiking trailhead, and noticed that they had some facilities, so we turned around and went back immediately...

As soon as I could get my seatbelt unbuckled and get my body unwound out of the back seat of our son's car, I rushed toward the "facilities" as fast as I could run...

As I got closer to the building I noticed a little printed notice tacked over the "women's" sign, and also a wooden barricade nailed over the door.  This is what the sign read:

After I got over my initial shock and horror, I noticed that there was no such notice posted over the men's room sign, nor was there any barricade across the door...so I became a man for a few moments of great relief.  Then I hurried back to the car to get my camera because I knew you'd want to know about how this Government shut down was affecting ordinary people, especially women (sexual discrimination on top of it all!).  This is just a small sample of what is going on in the country...and my situation is very small compared to the real victims in this "crime" against the people, but I wanted to report what's going on out here in the woods of our nation.

After this brief moment of my rebellion against the government, we climbed back into our car and continued our journey through the woods and mountains.  It was a gorgeous day for leaf peeping and for spending time with the people we love most....our family.  I'll be sharing more about that when I get back home.

I hope wherever you are that you are not suffering too many inconveniences and indignities due to the current government situation.  I pray that our nation will soon quit playing games and get back to governing our country with wisdom and concern for all of mankind.  (Wouldn't THAT be nice for a change?)

For now, here are a few pictures from our travels through the mountains and woods:

At Evan's Notch, Maine

Shelburne, NH

Mt. Washington, NH, at the base of the auto road

When I see these natural wonders and beauties here in our nation, I am able to put aside my feelings of
anger and frustration over the lack of responsible government in our nation's capital, and rejoice in the magnificence of
God's wonderful creation.  I love our country and am so thankful to live in the "land of the free" and the "home of the brave".  Now, let's quit messing around and "Play Ball!"


  1. A closed restroom could prove disastrous, good you used the men's room. The two worst examples of closures are the closing of the veterans' memorial in Washington DC and the outrageous closing of the ocean! Yes, the ocean in the Florida Bay has been closed, but of course they are spending big bucks patrolling it to keep out boats.

    1. There are a lot of ridiculous things happening right now. All we can do is pray for our nation and our leaders and ask God to give them wisdom for the good of our country. II Chronicles 7:14

  2. Hi Pamela! Oh brother, do I agree with you. And a closed bathroom? for a woman??? They are looking for a fight, that's for sure. Crazy!!

    My brother-in-law works for the Park Service in Colorado, so he is on furlough now. His daughter too. I really wish they'd get out there and 'play ball' too.

    I'd use the guys bathroom in a heartbeat. And your photos are beautiful! That one of the lake, and it's reflection is just amazing. Looks fake, it's so perfect :)

    1. Hi Ceil, I'm a bit behind in my replies. Been busy since returning back to "reality" of work and home and playing catch up. I hope your family gets back to work soon...for their sake as well as for the rest of our nation. So much craziness going on.
      Glad you enjoyed the pictures...yes, the lake reflections did look almost unreal, but I can assure you they were the real deal! Took my breath away! I made my son stop the car and pull over quick so I could take those pictures. My family all thinks I'm a bit nuts when I go traveling/walking with a camera always in hand ready to shoot! But some things are just meant to be remembered this way. Thank you for your thoughts and kind words. I hope to get caught up with everyone else's blogs one day...


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