To our friends scattered to and fro,
I’m not sure how much time I’m going to have to post here in the next few days, so I thought I’d rave tonight..
Today found us enjoying the fascinating architecture in Las Vegas early in the morn (before anyone was up) and then being completely impressed by Hoover Dam. It was warm there.. A sunny 109 degrees. I’d been there once before, but never taken the tour. The dam itself is 750 feet tall and 600 feet wide at the base. That is a pile of concrete.. 3.25 million cubic yards, to be exact.. I found it interesting that there were 3500 men, working 7 days a week, on the project with 2 days off a year. And 96 of them lost their lives during the construction. The beauty of the project is, the Colorado River is now more controlled. Less flooding and a more consistent water supply.
So we left there and travelled through more waste land and I complained about all the dry wilderness. Our devotions this morn was PS 107.. ” Oh give thanks unto the Lord for He is good… He has redeemed (them) from the hands of the enemy. And gathered (them) out of the lands from the east and from the west.. They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way.. Then they cried out to the Lord.. and He delivered them from their distress.. Oh that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men! For He satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with goodness..” I feel a little like the Children of Israel- that we’ve wandered for days.. I guess they still had 40 years ahead of them at this point.. But anyhow. Our trek took us to Historic Route 66 and I’m suddenly taking back all my whining.. Something about this part of the journey is incredible. Well, it all is, actually. But here we are driving through rocks and cactus and more rocks, and a little general store here and there and a few houses scattered all around, freight trains roaring down the track about every 15 minutes.. It just feels like I’d envision it to have looked back in the 1960’s. It’s really cool! I’m somewhat enamored by a pile of historic rocky, cactusy, desolation.. Sounds lovely doesn’t it? 🙂
“Oh that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them exalt Him.. He turns a wilderness into pools of water.. And sows fields and plants vineyards that they yield fruitful harvest.. Whoever is wise will observe these things, and they will understand the lovingkindess of the Lord.. “
Hope to see you on down the trail.. Good night, Kendra