Faith over fear. A sign I noticed while attending the Women’s March in Lansing earlier this spring. I hope that sign’s message is what a big part of this journey ends up being about. Flexing faith’s muscle more than I flex worry’s mantras. She’s a sneaky gal that worry. I’ve seen her show up on my doorstep with lots of friends that go by the name of, safety, reasonableness, scared, scary, fearful, anxious, nervous, and comfortable.
Today, may I trust in the One who has always loved me unconditionally, walked along side me, and has often given me the courage and strength to fight what is comfortable and easy. Stronger faith and greatness often reside at the end of my comfort zone which must include the lack of a 12 inch thick mattress, electricity, running water less than 100 feet away, and makeup. However, I do get one solar shower bag, one 2 man tent with a 1″ Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad, two wool blankets, one pillow from home, and a unzipped sleeping bag on top of the sleeping pad for added cushion. My Life is Good hat also covers a world of really bad bed-head hair from tossing and turning on said one inch thick sleeping pad.
Steve and I are in Estes Park. My earliest memories are found here or in nearby Pinewood Springs. I remember preschool, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. Bus rides with switchbacks and steep cannon drops, and coming down the hill to view the magnificent Rocky Mountains. I climbed rocks, swam in the Little Thompson river and fished in the neighborhood pond. I walked and ran and avoided cacti and sharp rocks.
In other words I wandered. Today’s hike reminded me a lot of my early childhood wandering. Big boulders, running water, flowers, Aspen trees and towering Pines, and oh the gorgeous blue sky.
Snow is melting up at the top ranges. Lots of running water today! Take a listen!
Some female elk and calves moving along.
Thank you so much for all the lovely comments and conversation! I wrote all your names on a paper napkin, lined them up on Steve’s leg, and then put them all in my Life is Good hat. I drew out this name…
That is the one and only wonderful…Nancy Jenks! Nancy, private message me your address please!
The rest of you…keep writing, commenting, and conversing. I love hearing from you. Scroll to the bottom for a question to answer.
Fun Facts and Photos from Today:
Hours traveled by car-1/2 of an hour.
Hours traveled by foot: 4 Hours
Steps taken-15, 229
Books we listened to or read: Jodi Piccult Small Great Things-Audio Version, Bible-App Message translation.
Odd Instances- Steve’s hand swollen up like the bag of Trail Mix. He said he’s taking one for the team by allowing me to post his big hand picture. He says it looks like four hotdogs. You can laugh out loud. We just broke grave silence at the Library laughing and looking at that picture.
# 1 Steve avoiding looking at the camera once again as we get ready to hike to Cub Lake.
#2 My Favorite Photo of the Day. When I traveled to Tennessee with my friends Cyndi and Miranda; there were huge centipedes. One of them landed on Cyndi while we were stopping to rest. She screamed and the other hikers in the area noticed. That centipede looked very different from this caterpillar, but it made me think of her and that trip. I also loved the patterns on the patterns.
#3 The shower bag. Moraine Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park has 2 shower stalls outside where you can take a shower. However, one must bring your own shower bag that hopefully has increased in temperature during the day to make it a pleasant shower. I have not done this since I went to Africa on a mission trip. That was 11 years ago. I should be grateful their were no bats flying around this time. Just booming thunder bouncing off the mountains that made me hurry along just a bit.
#4 Touristy Information and the beautiful Estes Park Library. I am holed up in this wonderful library writing this blog.
#5 These boots were definitely made for walking and I loved hiking with the guy who owns those tennis shoes.
We met Steve’s people on the trail. I became a bit more chatty on the way down the trail then I was going up. I started to talk with the people on the trail as we were passing each other. I was getting a run of single word responses, “Hi. Hello. Yes.”
I mention to Steve that one word utterances must be the average mean length of utterance on the Cub Lake trail. Steve quips back, “We found my people.” If you don’t know him, he’s not a big talker. I told him I was going to go back then and find Julie whom we met on the way up. She was chatty and told me her name and where she lived and that she was a teacher. She told us stories of her vacations and all kinds of Julie trivia. Steve says, “I didn’t think she was ever going to stop talking.” I said, “You thought that was a lot of talking?” “Yep,” he replied with his own one word answer and kept on moving down the trail.
#6 A gift from a new friend on Facebook.
And finally, A Question Prompt:
I took these photos inside the Estes Park Library. Build a Better World is the summer reading program theme and the smaller sign asks the question: “How would you build a better world?”. Respond to that question and I’ll find a random somebody (so I keep stretching out of my comfort zone) to select the best answer. Winner receives a gift from me from our visit to Boulder tomorrow.
Peace and JOY.