Going Straight to the Wild, Wild West

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Matt and I were blessed to be able to head out West last week for a family reunion in the beautiful state of Colorado.
My family gathers together every three years at a different location to catch up, have some fun, and…. to practice the art of patience.
Not only were we looking forward to spending some time with my cousins, aunts/uncles, and grandparents, we also were more than thrilled to explore the beautiful Rocky Mountains.
For me, landing in Colorado was an immediate throwback to 2008 when I spent the summer in Colorado Springs studying at Focus Leadership Institute:

To say that was an incredible experience would be an understatement.

Besides for learning fundamental and life changing “truth” inside the classroom, I spent much of my time exploring the outdoors…
Learning to line dance…
Running around downtown Denver to concerts, restaurants, and a Rockies baseball game (woop woop!)….
And making friendships that would touch my life forever.
Oh how my heart fell in love with Colorado that summer.
Unfortunately, we didn’t do a very good job of taking pictures this time around. It was just that kind of vacation where stopping to pick up your camera didn’t flow naturally. You know what I mean? We decided to enjoy intentional time with our family instead of worrying about capturing every moment.
I do have a few to share, though:
Matt and I outside of the lodge we stayed at.
A view from the camp grounds, which was built up in the Rockies, surrounded by mountains on all sides.
View of the Rockies while driving. It’s difficult to see a lot of detail here, but one thing I love about the Denver/CO Springs/Boulder area is that you can see the mountains in the background from almost anywhere.
A few notable moments from our trip:
  • We went white water rafting and I didn’t fall out of the raft
  • I went horseback riding and the horse I was assigned was named Frank. Not Dutchess, not Patches, not Princess. Frank.
  • I went from sea level to an elevation of about 8,000 ft and didn’t get sick. (Although I may have been a tad winded)
  • I woke up at 5:15 one morning to go on an early bird hike…on vacation. I think that deserves some props.
  • I successfully flew on a plane there and back and was not near as nervous as the last time. Can I get a high five for progress!? No? Just put on my big girl pants you say? Okay, fine.
I hope you get the chance to visit Colorado sometime if you never have; it is breathtaking and clear evidence of God’s creativity.