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.