I am away from our home for two weeks, and in lieu of daily writing, I’m running a series called Travel Diaries, with excerpts from my travel journal from the year I spent traveling around the world. I left Melbourne, Australia on September 16, 2008 to spend a year away from my home visiting friends, family, making new friends and visiting far away lands. These excerpts are as accurate as can be with the more shocking typos edited for my own pride’s sake.

Monday 22 September 2008

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

New Zealand is stunning. I keep thinking to myself that if God has a favourite place on earth, this might be it. Stunning Southern Alps arranged in a circle, with the ice blue lake in the middle, just enough shimmer on it from the sun for it to sparkle, but not too much for it to lose its radiant blue. In the distance there is a mist hovering over the water.

The mountains bow down to you, oh Lord. And they do here in New Zealand. I was singing loudly to Hillsong, “We declare the glory of your name…reign in all the earth, Jesus,” normally I would change that, but I knew the mountains and the trees and rocks were crying out to you, too.