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Faith or luck…. who’s looking out for you?

March 22, 2019

Under the lite snow fall hides a 65 mile drive on black ice.

….I think it was around 10 pm one Christmas eve when I had, what seemed like a good idea at the time to call my son, (who was in Germany), and wish him a Merry Christmas. My daughter who then lived in Philadelphia was visiting for the holiday and I just wanted to have my son with us if not in person at least on the phone. Now this would be no small effort because the nearest phone service was 28 miles South of my cabin on top of the 3800 foot Wickersham dome and though the snow had seemingly slowed in intensity, the three day storm had left quite a bit of snow on the mountains roads. Nonetheless we warmed the truck, packed our emergency gear and soon were heading South toward Fairbanks. It wasn’t too bad of a drive when you kept the speed down near 15 and never touched the breaks but as we gained elevation and topped some of the smaller hills the snow was blasting horizontally and at times you had a hard time seeing the front of the truck’s hood. If I had taken the time to turn on the weather radio I would have heard that the Elliott Highway the only road to Fairbanks 65 miles away and the one I was on was closed due to weather.

That of course was not the first time I found myself driving my truck on Alaskan roads better left alone until conditions improved. There had been a number of drives to and from Fairbanks getting supplies when the road was literally a sheet of ice or the numerous trips down from Prudhoe bay and the North slope on hunting or fishing adventures when the road was mired in the slickest mud anyone had ever driven on. To finish off the weird road trips how about the many early morning trips when the fog was so intense you had to have you head out your window looking at the highways center-line just to make some progress.

These tense and often dangerous moments were of course not confined to the highway. Having worked as an apprentice hunting guide a number of times I came to within a couple feet of black bears or the time when the ranch where I apprenticed at was surrounded by wolves, starving because they were just a few steps ahead of a forest fire and the morning when I opened my front door to a small black bear only inches from me… so after 20 years of adventure and miss-adventure in the Alaskan wilderness and no injuries to speak of………………… was this just luck?

Many who do not believe in God

would say I am very lucky

myself I know the truth


when I pray the Our Father

 I say his words

…..thy will be done


3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2019 3:31 pm

    In my 71 years of life, I have seen the Lord’s protection so many times. What a comfort to know he is here and that he will never leave me nor forsake me.

    Thanks for sharing, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. john w8wej permalink
    March 22, 2019 6:51 pm

    AMEN !!!! john w8wej

    Liked by 1 person

  3. March 23, 2019 2:49 pm

    Yikes…and AMEN!


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