Wednesday, June 25, 2008

We're ba-ack!

We made it back! We got back home last night! Our trip to Pagosa Springs was great! Very relaxing... nice to be able to come and go as we pleased. Good to be home, though, and life didn't stop for us. It was back to playtime, summer reading and the bug mobile at the library today. Luckily Keven took care of all of those things so I could get ALL of us unpacked from going three different places and get things back in order around here.

The kids had a blast. Dani and Tyler were with Granny and spent most of their time outside from what I hear. Marlie and Hannah LOVED being with Aunt Vonnie where they went to the Children's Museum in Pueblo, went swimming, made curtains for their little playroom, made a scrapbook of their time... How fun does that sound?

Friday Keven and I drove to Pagosa Springs and settled into the cabin. You can go here to check out where we stayed if you are interested (there are lots of pictures at the bottom of the site). Then we went to the grocery store to stock up for our meals. We tried out the hot tub which we could never quite figure out so we called it the "warm tub" the whole time we were there! tee hee! We had what looked like a golden retriever decide to visit with us while were were soaking that night.

I got my first digital scrapbooking magazine while at the store! Scrapbooking is a hobby I've always been interested in as it's just right up my alley. But, I've never had the time, space, or wanted to spend the money. For the past year or so, I've been tossing around the idea of doing what I've heard called hybrid scrapbooking which is some digital and some traditional. So, anyway, I was able to at least take the time to check it out while I was away.

Saturday, we drove to Durango and did the tourist thing. We bought all of the kids t-shirts and ate lunch at Poppy's, a fave sandwich/salad place of the locals. Keven barbecued steaks that night which were scrumptious!

Sunday, we were going to go to a Calvary Chapel in Durango but discovered it would be an hour plus drive on way the day before. So, we slept in and just hung out at the cabin and watched Charles Stanley and Les Feldick on TV. Both were awesome sermons that I'm super glad I didn't miss! God knows what he's doing! Anyway, we packed a lunch and headed out to do some hiking! Here's a short video that I took while we were on our way. It was just breathtaking and we couldn't resist pulling over to take it all in.

First we hiked to Piedra Falls. It was about a mile hike to the falls and was AMAZING! Here's some video of the rushing river on the way to the falls and the falls! The video just DOES NOT do it justice! We stopped and ate lunch here while getting sprayed by the waters. Was phenomenal!

Reminded us of the Scriptures that speak of God and his voice being as the rushing waters. It was almost deafening!

2 and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east. His voice was like the roar of rushing waters, and the land was radiant with his glory. Ezekiel 43:2

15His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. Revelation 1:15

After our hike to Piedra Falls, we drove to another hike to the Ice Caves. These structures are amazing! They are giant deep cracks in the mountain. They appear out of nowhere with no sign that they are coming up. Deep in them are ice deposits that are there most of the year. Once again, pictures just don't do it justice!

Monday we decided to spend out last day there on another hike! We took off to hike up to the Continental Divide. We were supposed to drive 3 miles off the beaten path to the trailhead and then 1/4 mile to the Divide. But, when we got to the road it was closed. We later found out it was likely because there was snow on the road. We decided to just hike the road to the trailhead. It was in the mid 60's and beautiful! You would've never known by what our bodies felt that there was snow on the ground. What a steep hike! It kicked our rears! About 2/3 of the way up we encountered the snow! There was still tons of it on the ground and we hiked through the stuff! But, it still wasn't cold! We get to the top, finally! It was awesome. Then... while we were up there, thunderheads rolled in on all sides and the temperature dropped! It was freezing and here we were in our shorts and short-sleeved shirts! Brrrrr! But, we giggled and laughed as I fell in the snow, had soaked shoes and socks, and generally froze my tail off. (oh, how I wish that were true!)

Being in the mountains always reminds me of the awesomeness of our God. His creation is incredible. It's hard to remember that on the great plains in the midst of daily life with four children. But, it was so nice to be in it and have the time to reflect upon it!

2 Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:2

And, this just wouldn't be a proper post without what? A slideshow? I thought you'd never ask!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

WOW - I am so jealous!!! I haven't seen the beautiful mountains in almost 2 years!!! That seems crazy!! Thank you for sharing the wonderful pics and videos!!