Derek's Time-Space Warp

A collection of thoughts and experiences as I explore the universe, warping time and space in my vicinity

Big Sky Country

About two weeks ago I got back from an intense, 8-day backpacking trip in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of visiting “The Bob,” or maybe haven’t even heard of it, I’m talking about 1,009,356 acres of Rocky Mountain paradise in its purest and wildest form. In short, a backpacker’s dream. We hiked in from the Silvertip Creek trail head, briefly following the Spotted Bear River before turning south along Silvertip Creek. From there we followed the Silvertip valley all the way to its head at the north cirque of its mountain namesake. We even managed to scale the peak of Silvertip Mtn. A steep limestone peak towering at 8,882 ft, and covered with loose rock and scree, Silvertip was no climb for the faint of heart! From there we explored the south cirque and peeked into a couple of really sweet caves, before turning around and [more or less] retracing our steps back to the trail head.





The Bob has had a very special place in my heart, ever since my high school days when I spent 6 weeks over 3 consecutive summers doing trail maintenance work there, within sight of Silvertip Mtn. Somehow just being there, completely isolated from civilization, daily distractions, and modern conveniences; in direct contact with intensely beautiful nature, while at the same time being very much at its mercy; helps me to put life back in its proper perspective, to be acutely aware of how powerful my God is, and to gain a glimpse of how much I really depend on Him. I wish I could go on and on, but the lessons learned in the backcountry can be difficult to put into words. Instead, I’m going to post a long-time favourite song by one of my long-time favourite bands, White Heart. I’ll let the lyrics speak for themselves…enjoy!

“Montana Sky”
by White Heart
listen to the song at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk768SjkciY

Gazing from a lonely mountain top
Face to face with a sky that never stops
Here, where an empty soul can turn
To look for some reasons, the riddles of why

They happen, things we just don’t understand
But there’s a peace for what we cannot comprehend
Oh, we can climb higher than the pain
To find some comfort when the answer isn’t plain

We don’t know why, but when the world is lost in shadows
There is a light that will remain
The love He gave, that cared enough to die
Is as endless as a Montana Sky

Flowing on the mysteries of time
Are secrets that are hidden from my mind
Oh, for all I cannot understand
My loving Father holds the answers in His hands

We don’t know why, but when the world is lost in shadows
There is a light that will remain
The love He gave, that cared enough to die
Is as endless as a Montana Sky

When there’s no why, there is a hope beyond the sorrow
It is the truth that will not change
His love that gave, that cared enough to die
Is as endless as a Montana Sky

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