Have you ever received a sign from heaven?
Back in mid-September, 2005, I was backpacking high up in the Sierra Nevada
Mountains. I crossed a rugged and remote mountain range called the Kings-Kern
Divide. A snowstorm had come up the day before (contrary to NWS predictions)
and tried to bar my way. But there was only a foot or so of snow, so
I made it over the Divide. The pass there is 13,190' elevation,
the highest point on the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail on the south
side of Forester Pass is etched into a near-vertical wall of rock.
Kinda scary, walking on a tiny ledge in the snow. I camped south of
the pass for two nights, near a big lake on the west side of Diamond Mesa, at 12,100'.
The second evening I was ready for bed, yet I was still watching for the fun
of it as the stars came out. Venus was shining brightly in the WSW. Then,
left of Venus, in the SSW, a bright column appeared over the clouds and
started growing into the sky. It was a rocket launch from Vandenberg AFB,
180 miles away.
The first stage leaves
a very thick vapor trail that is so high in the sky the sun is still
shining on it. I watched the second stage split off, then the third
stage. Then the wind whipped up the rocket-trail, and,, ... IT SPELLED MY
NAME!!! It's true. Each letter was well-defined, no imagination necessary.
In fact, I've often done a worse job with a pencil than the wind did.
So after fumbling around with my camera,
I ended up with this snapshot. The distant mountain range is about ten miles
away, they are called the Kaweah Peaks Ridge, which are at 13,600' elevation -
I almost died there one day. Above and behind them are clouds, perhaps twelve
miles away. Above that is my name. To top
it all off, I accidentally got the entire constellation of the Scorpion,
from the two stinger stars at left to the pinchers at right. I don't believe
in astrology, but they say I am a Scorpio, ya know...
Well, I finally made it over the hill, and found my name in the
sky - in color! Now, I'm not saying that the wind was calling out to me,
but, it is quite a coincidence. My name and my constellation, both, not
someone else's. Sure, you can pay an airplane to write your name, but you
cannot bribe the wind!
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