It’s wonderful to be settled into the cabin. We did some shopping today in Denver and then made our way up into the mountains this afternoon. And yes, Nathan and Christopher’s families came, along with GiGi!
I look forward to sharing our adventures during our time here. We each have so much to be grateful for. Praise the Lord for the simple gift of another day!
Joyfully His, Sarah
“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.” Psalms 100:3
Saturday, our final day in Colorado, we went for one more hike. We began with a slower pace for the little girls. Abigail and Bethany were so cute and did really well. Eventually, though, Nathan’s family turned around, and John stayed with them a bit to carry Christina a little longer, while the rest of us continued. John caught up to us before we reached the ridge.
Since it was clouding over, most didn’t go on to the top peak, but stayed on the ridge. We took pictures, ate lunch, and enjoyed the rest. Then, we headed back down. Although we heard thunder, some of which sounded pretty close, we didn’t get wet.
We drove safely home Sunday. The trip was an incredible blessing as we enjoyed each other, God’s creation, and quiet days. Now, we’re back to catching up and preparing for our next trip.
Joyfully His, Sarah
“Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually.” 1 Chronicles 16:11
A little before five a.m. Thursday morning, we reached the trailhead for our next 14er adventure. This time, we had two more climbers–Nathan and Christopher. Our first goal was Mount Shavano, followed by Mount Tabeguache (pronounced Ta-ba-wash) for all except Dad and Mom.
We saw dawn breaking across the valley, and a flock of mountain sheep springing down the mountainside. We left the treeline after seven as we came to the ascent to the saddle and broke into several different groups, everyone going whatever pace they could. The climb was steep, causing us to take breaks at different points. The family is good at motivating each other, and often you’ll hear an encouraging comment. If one person is struggling, the other will ask if he needs a break and patiently wait while the person recovers and is ready to press forward.
Jesse reached Shavano’s summit first, and with amazing energy, he went back down to offer to carry Dad and Mom’s packs the rest of the way. After everyone summited Shavano, we grabbed a family picture, and the eight Maxwell children began the 1 mile traverse to Tabeguache, while Dad and Mom waited on Shavano.
Going to Tabeguache was difficult. First, we climbed over rock fields, slowly making our way down 600 feet to a dip in between the mountains. Then, we faced a somewhat daunting ascent 500 feet. We enjoyed a little time on the summit before tackling the route back to Shavano. Then, we made our final descent to the trail head. Often, on a 14er, we’ll meet someone who is by himself. I can’t imagine doing it alone; I love company and encouragement!
We missed the little ones and Melanie and Anna Marie, but they gave us a great “welcome home” when we arrived back at the cabin. Anna Marie prepared a delicious “refueling” meal, which we enjoyed.
Climbing can be likened to our spiritual journey.
Sometimes as you climb, you gasp for breath, your legs burn, and you pause to catch your breath. Spiritually, we must remember that “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).
Sometimes the incline seems too steep to the summit, and you don’t know how you will make it. But, you press on, looking for the next rock cairn (pile of rocks) which marks the path. Spiritually, we must be continually looking to God’s Word to guide us: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path” (Psalms 119:105).
When you reach the top, you realize the climb was worth it. The views are breathtaking! Spiritually, we can remember that we “… press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14).
“I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalms 116:9
We decided to climb Mt. Jones Tuesday (a 13er), allowing Wednesday as a rest day before the 14er adventure.
The first part wasn’t too hard, just steady climbing, picking one’s way along the rocky path. We split into three groups near the base of the mountain. The younger decided to tackle it straight up, going two different routes, while Dad, Mom, and I preferred to follow the path and take the saddle over.
Thank you to Mary for selecting the pictures for this post. We missed John, who had to stay back due to a work project.
Joyfully His, Sarah PS – I can’t wait to share our 14er adventure!
“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.” Philippians 3:10
Our time is drawing to a close, but I have a number of posts still to share of what we’ve been doing. I can’t wait to share about our 14er adventure yesterday, and yes, we did summit, and most of us summited two 14ers. More on that later.
Feeding chipmunks is always a highlight for the little ones, and the one-year-olds especially were excited this year. It amazes me what simple things bring a smile to their faces!
Serving my Lord, Sarah
I meandered over to the bed and breakfast and ended up receiving a tour. The hostess’ husband built the place over a period of 10 years with reclaimed materials. It was amazing!
“Rejoice in the LORD, O ye righteous: for praise is comely for the upright.” Psalms 33:1
Hi y’all! Things are going great here in Colorado. We’ve been enjoying the addition of my brothers’ families. I don’t have time to do a full update, but I’ll leave you with a few pictures from the other day. We’re about to embark on another big 14er. I’ll share more pictures and a report later.
Joyfully His, Sarah
“The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.” Psalms 65:13
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