Randomness

From last week…. The extended family left Saturday and Sunday, so it’s been just our immediate family this week.

Joseph made breakfast one morning.
Joseph made breakfast one morning.
A rainbow outside our cabin one day.
A rainbow outside our cabin one day.
Grandpa and Josh
Grandpa and Josh
Making cookies.
Making cookies.

Friday we went to visit a fish hatchery. This hatchery supplies fish to most of Colorado rivers. It was a fascinating experience! Everyone who wanted was able to feed the fish.

The ripples on the water are the fish coming to the surface.
The ripples on the water are the fish coming to the surface.
Grandpa and Grandma restocked for everyone.
Grandpa and Grandma restocked for everyone.

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Of course, baby holding time was precious too. Drew is growing so quickly!
Of course, baby holding time was precious too. Drew is growing so quickly!

One afternoon, while the younger children were napping, Abby went with Dad, Mom, and GiGi back to feed the chipmunks. Abby was thrilled!
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Abby set up a party for the squirrels to eat seeds. Isn't that cute?!
Abby set up a party for the squirrels to eat seeds. Isn’t that cute?!
Cousins!
Cousins!
Notice her little bear tucked in? A gift from an aunt.
Notice her little bear tucked in? A gift from an aunt.

“O LORD, how manifold are thy works!
in wisdom hast thou made them all:
the earth is full of thy riches.”
Psalms 104:24

An Adventure From Multiple Viewpoints

It started about 3:30 am for Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary as they began their trek up Mt. Harvard. But for Dad, Mom, and I, our adventure began about 5:15 am as we hit the trail and headed for Mt. Columbia. Oh, what an adventure Monday was! But for now, I’ll leave you with a few pictures. We have hundreds from that day. More later!

Enjoying beautiful Colorado,
Sarah

A headlamp beginning for sure!
A headlamp beginning for sure!
They kindly built us a huge rock cairn to help us know where our turn off for Mt. Columbia was.
They kindly built us a huge rock cairn to help us know where our turn off for Mt. Columbia was.
From the Harvard crew's viewpoint.
From the Harvard crew’s viewpoint.
We found the cairn!
We found the cairn!
Joseph and John
Joseph and John

“They go up by the mountains;
they go down by the valleys

unto the place which thou
hast founded for them.”

Psalms 104:8

Mount Huron: Part 3

The summit is cold–freezing cold. We find a place to sit protected from the worst of the biting wind. It truly feels like you’re on top of the world. You can see so far out! We’re grateful for the weather–if it was cloudy, we wouldn’t have the same views. We try to get pictures in between warming up. IMG_2955

Jesse and Anna braved the biting cold and went down the summit aways to carry Dad and Mom's packs up the last stretch.
Jesse and Anna braved the biting cold and went down the summit a ways to carry Dad and Mom’s packs up the last stretch.

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Me, Anna, and Mary
Me, Anna, and Mary

IMG_3199 Anna is an advocate for a certain electrolyte brand, but Jesse says it tastes like Dill Pickle Sunflower Seeds. Smile. We take pictures, try to stay warm, and some manage to eat a bit. It’s so cold, some of our party decide to head down. Moving does help to keep one warm.

People coming up, and we're going down!
People coming up, and we’re going down!

As we descend, I’m surprised at the steady stream coming up the side of a mountain. It’s like a regular party! Wow! Mount Huron is popular today. We’re spread out on the mountain, some in twos, some by ones, and we enjoy chatting with others as we pass. It’s easy to give encouragement telling them the summit isn’t far. The descent is pretty easy–and the path is great–and the views continue to be stunning. We take an easy pace. Those who reach the little lake first spend time enjoying it.

John enjoying rest time.
John enjoying rest time.
Joseph and Anna
Joseph and Anna
John, Joseph, and Jesse
John, Joseph, and Jesse

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A kind hiker took our picture.
A kind hiker took our picture.

We head home, and we’re happy to see Anna Marie, Melanie, and the little ones! We’ve missed them. Mount Huron is a great peak to hike. I stand in awe at God’s Creation as I enjoy this special time in the mountains! Joyfully His, Sarah

“Bless the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain.” Psalms 104:1-2

Mount Columbia’s Welcoming Committee

Oreamnos americanus Mountain goat just sayin' "hi"!
Oreamnos americanus Mountain goat just sayin’ “Welcome”!

“There be three things which go well,
yea, four are comely in going:
A lion which is strongest among beasts,
and turneth not away for any;
A greyhound; an he goat also;
and a king, against whom there is no rising up.”
Proverbs 30:29-31

(And yes, we have another adventure to share!)

Mount Huron: Part 2

About 8:05, we leave the tree line. This is a great measure of progress, and the views change dramatically. We know there is one hiker ahead of us.

Oops! I used my cell as my camera on the trail, and when I reached into my pocket for it, it was gone. Thankfully, I had just lost it, and Christopher, who was behind me, got it.
Oops! I used my cell as my camera on the trail, and when I reached into my pocket for it, it was gone. Thankfully, I had just lost it, and Christopher, who was behind me, got it.

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Now, slightly to our right, a tall peak towers above the valley. Some of us wondered if this is the summit, but often there is a false summit, so we aren’t sure. We catch glimpses of the hiker (a small speck ahead of us), and the  path switches back and forth across the side of the mountain. The views behind us are breath-taking. The sun has illuminated portions of the mountains. We come to a gorgeous little pond and grabbed a few pictures.

IMG_7255IMG_7254We take our pace slowly but steadily as we gain elevation. It’s still chilly, as the sun hasn’t hit us yet. I sometimes wonder as we hike these trails who first blazed them? We are able to discern the path, even on the rocky portions.

Distances can be deceiving. The hiker is that small dot.
Distances can be deceiving. The hiker is that small dot.
The sun is just now peeking over the mountain.
The sun is just now peeking over the mountain.

IMG_2884IMG_2893IMG_2900The only wildlife we see are some birds and little picas, busily hurrying across the rocks.

As we approach the summit ridge, we split into several groups.

IMG_2905During this tough part, it’s extremely important to continue drinking water and eating. We keep going, although sometimes I grab my phone out to take pictures.

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You can see the summit now--some of the family is up there on the right.
You can see the summit now–some of the family is up there on the right.
A view on the overlook before we make our final ascent to the summit.
A view on the overlook before we make our final ascent to the summit.

About 9:45, the first Maxwells summit! Praise the Lord. The rest summit in increments. Part 3 will include what it was like on the summit.

Joyfully His,
Sarah

“I press toward the mark for the prize
of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:14

Mount Huron: Part 1

It’s dark, cold, and early, but the stars are sparkling against the sky. The time is 3:47 am. Yes. It’s a 14er morning.

After Bible time and prayer, you finish packing your Camelbak. You hope you have everything essential for the day. Oh, and you make sure to wish Mary a happy birthday.

5:02, everyone loads up in the van and John’s truck. Since we’ve stayed on Kansas time, it’s actually 4 local time. We don’t pass a single vehicle as we drive along the main road. After we turn off onto the county road, we see the headlights of other vehicles following us. John’s truck takes the washboard fine, but the van’s suspension makes for a rougher (and that’s even with airing down the tires) ride.

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About 6, we made it to an area where we parked the van. Then, we waited a bit for some light before piling into the truck for our final part of the drive. John’s truck did awesome across the rock-laden, pot-hole-and-beyond “road.” He saved us several miles of hiking! Thanks, John.

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We get to the trailhead and try to disembark quietly, since campers are in the area, and it’s still early. It’s cold, quite cold, probably in the 30′s.

Our goal this time had been to hike without headlamps, so it was refreshing not to begin in the dark. We are not quite sure what we have ahead, but we’re looking forward to it. The sun’s rays hit nearby mountains giving us gorgeous scenery. We soak it in, as we hike along the trail.

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Mary and Anna

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Part 2 up next!

“Bless the LORD, O my soul.
O LORD my God, thou art very great;
thou art clothed with honour and majesty.”
Psalms 104:1

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