It’s been long awaited – the joy of a full week off – SPRING BREAK! I had decided to split up the week to have time away and time at home, a win-win situation, right?! The teens seemed to think so. Time away, time with their friends and time with their Dad. Too bad my eldest just got a new job and couldn’t come with us.
I put in my mandatory 3 1/2 hours at work on the Friday, packed up the kids and the dogs, and began the trek to Keystone, CO, where the mountains were beckoning. We did a couple of hikes, tried tubing (1st time in 13 years we actually couldn’t slide due to accumulation on the slope!), and walked in the snowstorm that dumped approximately 40″ in about 4 days.
The morning after a few inches of snow fell – glorious, breathtaking, God’s handiwork scenery. The pic on the left is Buddy and Cooper on a hike through an overlook by Lake Dillon. They love galloping through the snow and didn’t mind sinking belly deep! I sank in thigh-high deep at times but it was a very enjoyable hike. There’s just something about being in the mountains surrounded by such beauty that I feel at home, in peace, and so close to God. It clears the cobwebs and stress from my life back home and I feel so. much. better about EVERYTHING. What a wonderful emotional/mental break from life. And great cross-training, too!
Can you see how beautiful it is? In fact, my son got burnt on this 6.18 miles hike!
And then the snow began in earnest. We took a walk when it tapered a little (my daughter coordinated her walrus socks with her Grandma’s jacket!) but it was snowing sideways and actually wasn’t very pleasant. I came back with my hair soaking wet but I was plenty warm enough, despite the dropping temperatures.
We had planned to drive back on Tuesday and despite the hazardous warnings and the first time I’ve ever seen signs requesting passenger vehicles have chains, we braved the I-70. The highway wasn’t as bad as it could have been and some blowing snow caused some issues but we did just fine. By the time we got to Genesee Park on the west side of Denver, you couldn’t even tell there was any weather! How bizarre . . .
As always when I leave, my soul feels fulfilled and although I didn’t want to go, I knew I had to. I’ll plan another trip soon.As it turned out, if I hadn’t left when I did, I wouldn’t have been able to leave due to the additional inches of snow!