I wanted to share this earlier this week, but I didn't have time to get it up here... So here goes...
Sabbath morning we went to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge (or WMWR for short). We had heard about a fault line that was over by Meers, a few miles away, and was said to be responsible for the presence of these mountains in the midst of an otherwise ordinary plain.Before we left, we had looked up some info about the fault on Google, and looked at the fault on Google Earth. You can see it pretty well from the air. Not so well from the ground, as we found out later, but we didn’t know at the time. Before we left, we prayed that we would learn as much as possible, and be able to have a positive experience, even if we couldn’t find the fault. So we drove down to Meers, and went to the place that we had pinpointed on Google Earth. Of course, we couldn’t see anything that resembled a fault. But we had heard there was a seismograph in the Meers general store and restaurant, so we drove a few miles over to the store to find out what we could.
In the afternoon, we headed out to Meers once more. We followed the roads, as we had been told, but we got to the place, and we couldn’t see a thing that looked like a fault. We passed a marker by the side of the highway, and pulled over to look at it. It was about the Indian chief for whom the pass was named. Just as we were ready to pull out, two vans passed us. My dad noticed the side of one of them said, “
My mom asked, “So do you know anything about those vans that just pulled into your driveway?”
“Don’t know.” And he started to turn away.
“Well, can we go ask them if we can take a tour or something?”
“Umm… Sure, you can go right to that building and ask Tom.”
So to the building we went. We talked to Tom, and the professor of the class, and they agreed to let us follow the class, and join their field trip. We were so excited! So we all hopped back into our vehicles, and drove the mile back to the fault. They pulled over by the side of the highway, and we followed their example. When we got out, the students were kind of looking like, “What are you doing here? You’re not part of this class…” But the professor, (who looked like a real naturalist), explained that we had permission to follow them, and that we were going to audit the class. We hopped over the fence, and walked about ¼ mile into the field, through the trees, and onto a hill. The teacher apparently thought very highly of homeschoolers, and she was very kind to us, and included us in the class (as much as possible). It was pretty neat. The lecture was actually quite interesting. She explained how the different actions of the tectonic plates could have formed the scenery we see today. Now I don’t agree with her time scale of millions of years, but the rest of what she had to say was very well put together, and informative.
On the way home, we were talking about how amazed we were at what had just happened, and I looked out the window and saw a strange rock formation at the top of a hill. I guess when you learn about rock formations, you tend to notice more things… So we pulled over, and took a picture.
Isn’t it amazing how much God cares for us? It was so awesome, getting these opportunities that we weren’t even expecting.
Then, to top it all off, the Seilers came to our house in the evening, stayed overnight, and spent most of the morning with us. That was fun! Even though we had planned getting to bed at 8:30, and actually got to bed at around 10:00. (Do we ever go to bed early when we’re with the Seilers?:)) Then in the morning, we had
Oh, and by the way, my CD production schedule is just a little
Well, I’ve got to wrap up this post… More to follow soon… J