Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Visiting with the Thompsons

We had such grand plans for the first day of our company's visit but alas, it started raining. It's been that sort of summer. Fortunately as Alaskans we don't let it get to us much, if we did we'd be in a world of hurtin' because summers can go that way around here. For our visitors though, we let them off the hook and didn't drag them to the campground on their first day.

Instead we ventured out for a late breakfast and then moseyed on to the Visitor's Center for the Sacred Space, Sacred Time exhibit focusing on the Holy Assumption of the Virgin Mary Russian Orthodox Church.  

After viewing and horsing around a bit through  the exhibit we made our way down to the church, nearby in old town Kenai. . Some of us- Cali, Cassi, and I,  walked in the rain. :)  On the way we stopped to take few photos in this old cabin that is barely still in one piece. 

There was a retired priest at the church giving a tour and providing delightful stories about himself and the church. He was a colorful character. I adored his stories and could easily spend more time listening to him tell of his earlier days.

He kept quizzing us and thank goodness Vicki knows her stuff; she got 4 for 4 answers correct.  

I love this photo of this cross he wears; I believe he received it for 50 years of priesthood.

The church was beautiful even in it's state of restoration. I can't wait to go back for a visit when it's all completed.

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