Saturday, October 4, 2014

friday in the mountains

Yesterday, we had an adventure. Well, several. But all in one.

Josh and Courtney, troopers that they are, agreed to head up to Estes Park with me to meet one of my blogging friends - Susannah - and her husband Peter. 

Note: I'd never met them before, and we've been "friends" for almost five years. Josh is still trying to process how he feels about this, whether blogging friends are real people are not. Working on that...


The weather was PERFECT, and the drive was lovely, and Estes was, well, Estes. 

We had lunch with Susannah and Peter at Bob and Tony's pizza, then they had to head back to Denver. But since we never really get up to Estes Park, Josh, Court and I figured we'd make a day of it and find something to do.

The three of us started walking around Estes Park, enjoying the weather and just looking around. Pretty shortly, we found a candy shop. And stopped. For a while.


Courtney bought 1/2 pound of assorted candy for her little candy horde. *grin* Josh and I bought 1/2 pound of chocolate in various forms - like giant malt balls that looked like Miracle Pills, and dark chocolate espresso beans, and chocolate covered peanuts - all of which we consumed in less than fifteen minutes. As Josh said, "Why not?"

We found an Indian teepee, and a Statue of Enos A. Mills with a Dog, a schnauzer with a funny haircut, lots of random older folks with dogs actually, a cage where wolves are going to be this weekend for some kind of festival, the street where Cafe Collage used to be *sniffle*, a Statue of Children Picking or Throwing Some Kind of Green Apple, license plates from all over the country, and a place called "Lonigan's" which made me think of The Sting.

Then we drove a little ways, and went exploring.

Once we got behind the lake, a whole new world opened up. And with no sound but the wind and a few birds, we just sat on the cliff and looked out over the valley towards the mountains. 

Oh, Courtney. I love her bouncy, rock-climbing self *hugs*

Majesty. Some day in heaven, we'll see Jesus, and see so clearly how the mountains reflect Him. His creation truly cries holy!

Josh wanted to go down into the valley, so we half-hiked, half-slid down the sandy, rocky slope into a stand of aspen trees. The view of the leaves and the mountains, and the complete stillness of the valley was an incredible combination. Pictures cannot, will not, do it justice. We'll just have to hold that beauty in our hearts - never to be accurately depicted on film.

We took a different way back, ended up on the exact opposite side of the lake, and just took the "normal" trail back to the parking lot.

I love spending time with these two. Fact.

We got home after dark, heated up leftovers and warmed up our cold selves with coffee in our "living room." It was such a lovely day - wonderful to just slow down a little and get away and see the glory of creation in a very real, all-encompassing way.
"Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; your judgments are like the great deep; man and beast you save, O Lord. How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings. They feast on the abundance of your house, and you give them drink from the river of your delights. For with you is the fountain of life; in your light do we see light."
- Psalm 36:5-9


  1. Gorgeous. <3 I had to scroll through so slowly, just soaking in the beauty of every photo.

    "Today I finally overcame / tryin' to fit the world inside a picture frame…"

  2. Wow. So beautiful. I saw this picture the other day, and now I have to go to Colorado sometime: (Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, Colorado).
    ~ The Ordinary Princess

  3. This is perfect. I love you guys. :)

  4. I may have just gotten addicted to your blog.. but not really because all I need is Jesus! But you have changed my heart towards the whole concept. I love it! Thanks for being wonderful! love you love you!

    -Auntie Court