Saturday, March 2, 2013

Lake Views

One of our favorite places to visit is Priest Lake.  We've been out there many times.  It is called the "Crown Jewel" of Idaho and for good reason.  It's waters are pristine and clear with mountains surrounding the entire lake.  In every direction, there is a beautiful view to be seen.  I thought I'd share with you today some of my collection of pictures from our many trips out to Priest Lake.

One of our favorite spots to go is a park that has picnic areas, and a beautiful sandy beach, along with a shoreline dotted with awesome climbing rocks for the kids.  

 

The views are incredible of the mountains, and the clear blue water.




The climbing rocks that the kids love climbing all over.... kids of all ages will have fun with these!


This is one of my favorite snapshots of Priest Lake.I love the varying shades of blue in the mountains, water, and sky accentuated by the green bushes growing around the rocks.


The sun was setting here, and the patterns of the sky were matched in the water. 


A popular swimming area at Priest Lake.




 This is a houseboat anchored out in the middle of the lake.


 The beautiful colors of sunset.


Huge beautiful rocks to climb on.


Another houseboat out on the lake... that must be the life!






This picture was taken on a "not so pretty day" when it was chilly, rainy and overcast... but there is a certain wild beauty about the lake, even on such a day.

 

Priest Lake has incredible views to offer all year round, spring, summer, fall, and winter.  It is a unique place to visit with lots of world-class resorts to stay at, if you so choose (we are lucky enough to live so close that we can visit whenever we want).  There are far more things about Priest Lake that we have yet to explore, including Upper Priest Lake which is accessible only by boat, or by hiking.  That is on our list of things to do soon! 

There is a portion of scripture in Psalms that I think of when visiting Priest Lake.  It is this one.



Psalms 65:5-13 and Psalms 66:1-2

By terrible things in righteousness wilt Thou answer us,
O God of our salvation;
Who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth,
and of them that are afar off upon the sea:
Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains; being girded with power:
Which stilleth the noise of the seas, the noise of their waves, and the tumult of the people.   
They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens:
Thou makes the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice. 
Thou visitest the earth, and waterest it;
Thou greatly enrichest it with the river of God, which is full of water:
Thou preparest them corn, when thou has so provided for it. 
Thou waterest the ridges thereof abundantly:
Thou settlest the furrows thereof: thou makes it soft with showers:
Thou blessest the springing thereof.  Thou cronest the year with thy goodness;
Thy paths drop fatness,  they drop upon the pastures of the wilderness:
The little hills rejoice on every side. 
The pastures are clothed with flocks,
The valleys also are covered over with corn,
They shout for joy, They also sing. 

Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands
Sing forth the honour of His name
Make His praise glorious. 

Visiting Priest Lake is like seeing the "strength of God that has set fast the mountains".  It makes one want to sing Psalms 66: 1-2 with all your heart! "Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands, Sing forth the honour of his name, make His praise glorious!"  Truly the miraculous works of God's hand in the world around us will bring forth praise in our hearts.  

Oswald Chambers once wrote "If we are the children of God, we have a tremendous treasure in nature, and will realize that it is holy and sacred.  We will see God reaching out to us in every wind that blows, every sunrise, and sunset, every cloud in the sky, every flower that blooms, and every leaf that fades."  

God indeed is everywhere, indeed just as close as the breeze that passed you by today.  Look for HIM wherever you are at... I assure you HE is there! 

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