Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Colorado - Part I

The last week of my life was spent in God's playground in the incredible mountains of Colorado. A group of about 40 from church spent the week skiing at Monarch Mountain.

In all my years of skiing I can confidently say that the first two days (last Thursday and Friday) were the worst conditions I have ever skiied in. It was a total white out at the top of the mountain. Snow was coming down hard all day and the winds had to be blowing at 40 mph in some places on the mountain. Of course, this didn't stop us from attempting to brave the conditions. The sun finally came out last Saturday and it was a phenomanal day. The powder was deep and our group had a blast skiing together.

This, however, is where the week took an interesting turn. While weather was beautiful for our last day of skiing the storm that had pounded us during our first two days had made its way to Eastern Colorado and down into New Mexico. Roads were being shut down, people were already stranded on highways and roads across Colorado and New Mexico, grocery stores were running out of food, and people were being housed in emergency shelters.

After considering our options some of our group decided it was best to brave the conditions and head to Pueblo. They ended up being stopped there because all roads leading out of Colorado were shut down. The rest of us stayed put and spent Saturday night and Sunday in Colorado.........


Anonymous said...

Despite the miserable conditions the first two days of skiing...my first time was great! I love skiing and can't wait to go back someday. And who cares about the shut down roads--we had a great worship service on Sunday morning that we wouldn't have had otherwise(My grandma even said that it was one of her favorite parts of the trip). We got in at 4am this morning, but we made it-safe and sound-thanks to God for keeping us all safe. All-in-all it was a great trip and snow-capped mountians and trees are simply beautiful.


Anonymous said...

I agree the worship was one of the best parts of the trip. Wonder what God wants us to take from that? It was no accident that the exact people in the room were there and that we were stuck. I pray we won't loose what He gave us and that he will give us futher emphasis in the direction of deeper authenticty. I know I need it. Hope you and Lana are having a great conference. Love, Robin