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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sightseeing (08/08/05)

TITLE: On Top Of The World
By Paul Mobley


From the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf, from the plains to
the mountains, from the sands of Texas to a blizzard in Fargo, America has it all. Having been in
forty plus states I know that it is America the beautiful. It is a country for sightseeing.
God was kind to us when he created this country. Yet He created other places of equal
Relatively few will ever see the Greenland Icecap, especially from northwestern Greenland.
About 800 miles north of the Arctic Circle is an AF Base called Thule. It is scary at first, and
always threatening, but one learns to live with it. But after becoming "comfortable" with it,
knowledge begins to sink in.
The stars, crystal bright during the dark season, sparkle as never seen before. During the
daylight season, the sun sitting continuously at high noon, seems desirable. Yet each causes a
desire for the other after awhile.
The absence of trees and brush gives an eerie barren view to the area. Tundra can be seen in
the "heat" of a four to six weeks summer along the coast. Icebergs, dangerous to ships, are visible
in the ocean. One can walk on the ocean, albeit frozen, for the bay froze in winter to depths that
will hold a crashing plane.
Native Inuits lived their lives there with no problems. There are no insects, no birds except
maybe what we saw that we called snow chickens. Disease was not rampant as it is in the states.
Their life is simple, living into their eighties, eating mostly game and fish. Food, clothing, and
heating and lighting oils were from the game and large fish. The men hunted and fished and the
women kept house. And each village was a circle of friends who truly cared for each other on a
daily basis.
The Inuits sat on top of the world. So did we !
The icecap would take pages to describe, thus a simple mile deep layer of ice covering nearly
all of the country suffices. Reflecting on it one speculates whether God during the receding of the
flood in Noah's time gathered excess water here and formed the great icecap. The idea has merit,
but may be untrue.
Beautiful in its own way, dangerous in others, I was allowed to see a greater breadth of
God's handiwork. Sitting, standing, walking, and sleeping "on top of the world" is an experience
I shall never forget. And my appreciation of trees, brush, grass, and even weeds, will not diminish.
Nor will my appreciation for America the beautiful.
My appreciation of God and His handiwork went up measurably.
From a "sightseeing" point of view, it was a once in a lifetime experience. As an experience
there has not been anything to equal it.

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Beth Muehlhausen08/18/05
This is an interesting story about a piece of the world I've actually avoided - physically (I'm not a traveler, even a little bit), and as a geology student! I think it would help the reader if your paragraphs were spaced. Also, it seemed there was some confusion about the verb tense that kept my mind from settling down, Otherwise, an interesting documentary.
Shari Armstrong 08/19/05
Very well told, great descriptions (space the paragraphs for an easier read)
Nina Phillips08/21/05
This was a very interesting documentary--sure did enjoy reading it. I agree though, about the paragraph spacing making it easier to read. God bless ya, littlelight
Phyllis Inniss08/22/05
An "On Top of the World" documentary. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was able to see through your words what the ice cap is like. Thanks very much for sharing.