Some of us decided to explore and take a hike up behind our cabin. We were gone for about five hours, and we hiked almost 3 miles, with an elevation gain of 2100 feet. It was an intense climb, figuring out our own trail, but the views were rewarding.

As we climbed, we couldn’t see our end goal, which helps in making yourself push forward. This, though, reminded me of Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We couldn’t see our destination, but we knew it was coming. It’s the same way with faith: we can’t see it.

Jesse found a big walking stick.

At the crest of a ridge, we stopped to eat lunch.

We then began another steep climb to the next ridge.

The mountain in the background that has a sharp peak is one my grandpa climbed years ago.

Those buildings show how far we climbed.

As we came down, we found pieces of an animal carcass scattered in a large area: everything from the skull to the vertebrae. It was obvious this was the remains of either a moose or a large elk.

As we descended, Anna found flowers to put in the jaw bone. She thoroughly washed her hands when she got back, and we’re going to procure some bleach next time we go to the store to sanitize the bone.

We children also enjoyed reviewing Scripture we have committed to memory on the trek back, in addition to singing. Singing would not have worked going up, as our lungs were maxed out.

Oh, a side note, we ended up coming back down very close to where we started: amazing for not having a trail!

After our long, hard hike, Anna treated us to chicken enchiladas. Yum.

Our time is half over, and we have been so blessed by this special refreshment.


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

11 thoughts on “Exploring”

  1. I have been sharing with my husband about your hikes. He assured me that we were not in good enough shape to do the types of hikes you all do. Guess I’d better step up my P.E. classs.
    We are excited about the Master Naturalists leading a nighttime hike in our area soon. That will be a first for us.
    The pics look fun.


  2. You are blessed with amazing health and fitness. Good for you for protecting and using it!

    I’m noticing that it’s hard to tell the girls apart. You’re looking very much like each other at this stage – all lovely!

  3. I’m curious — do you use any kind of GPS technology when you are hiking so you know your elevation, etc.? Or are you too remote to get a signal? (And that may sound like a dumb question, but I don’t really understand how it all works!).
    Jesse has an app on his phone that doesn’t require cell signals, just GPS. He uses it to tell us what we did. It really isn’t of much help for directing us. There are plenty of landmarks to maintain direction.

  4. I love how the purple and red colors really stand out in your photos (and I’m enjoying all the photos, too:) )!

  5. Wow! You all certainly had an intense hike! Thank you for sharing that special time with us through these photos–such beautiful scenery with the mountains and trees. ~ I’m so glad your family was able to take this trip, and I’m keeping you all in my prayers.
    Love, Mrs. Patti 🙂

  6. I hope you kept the skull, too! Thanks for sharing your vacation with us.
    No we left it.

  7. What a climb. Looks neat and fun…and tiring. Nice cloudy weather for it though. I like your purple jackets, and Anna’s white one too.

  8. Do you use anything to protect from bears? Are there many bears around there? Where we are from there are many bears. It would be taking a great risk to hike without bear spray. Just curious.
    There is no risk due to bears here.

  9. The girls look like they have sweat pants type skirts on…may I ask where they found these skirts? I would love to order one!

  10. I love your hiking/sport *skirts*! With that white stripe, they look just about identical to those sporty pants, but the modesty of the skirt. Do you buy them or sew them?
    Purchased. The ones with the stripes are New Creation Apparel Sports Skirt. Those without the stripes came from http://modestactivewear.blogspot.com/ (we asked permission to link since more were asking).

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