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I can't tell you how many times I've driven by this little log church, both in my years as Ranger Brandy and these that have followed.  I'd seen weddings and other celebrations numerous times, but I'd never once been inside.  Katherine and I saw the door open this past Sunday, so we stopped in.  I think it's open all the time, but I never knew that.

Laurel Valley Community Church 1

The inside is very rustic, but has a real feeling of reverence to it.  It was quite dark, but I was able to get a few pictures.  They actually came out lighter than it really was in there.

Laurel Valley Community Church 3

I thought it was interesting that you could see daylight through the chinking.  I guess this must be common for some types of cabins, with the invetible shrinking of wood.  Makes me think of the Little House books and Pa making things tight for the Winter.

Laurel Valley Community Church 4

One of the podiums has fire damage from an arson incident a number of years ago.

Laurel Valley Community Church 5

Here are the pews, set on logs.

Laurel Valley Community Church 6

It was obviously made with a lot of care and attention to detail.

Laurel Valley Community Church 2


( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )
Jan. 25th, 2017 07:16 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful place!
Jan. 25th, 2017 11:14 pm (UTC)
Wow--what a beautiful place! Thank you for sharing your visit with us. :)

Jan. 26th, 2017 12:50 pm (UTC)
You are most welcome. Thanks for stopping by!
Jan. 30th, 2017 07:43 am (UTC)
Is this an actual practicing church or is it just for rent for ceremonies? It's so beautiful!
Jan. 30th, 2017 11:31 am (UTC)
It is! It's just for ceremonies or visits these days.
( 5 trees — Plant a Forest )

A Blessed Wilderness

It was just like being in heaven, being in there. In those days there was no road. The park was all a blessed wilderness. I have often thought what a wonderful people we would have been if we had wanted to keep it that way.

~Adolph Murie, biologist, on Denali


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