Colorado

“I am flat running out of adjectives to explain what I’m seeing..” “Oh. My. Word..” “Y’all LOOK!!!” “That stream looks hand carved..” “What a masterpiece!”

This group is awesome. They exclaim over everything. I love that. I’m in good company.. 😉 It is so much fun to have people in the back of the van who are awake and enjoying the view as much as I am. We are really having a fantastic time!

But we struggle to express ourselves. Isn’t that a puzzle? All these millions of words, and yet, we are left breathless, enchanted by beauty our eyes can scarcely contain. We drink it all in, in unique ways.. Some burst forth in song. Some sketch frantically.. I tend to comment, and comment. It really is a beautiful world out here! The beauty of the Creation makes me feel close to the Creator.

We’ve been in CO for awhile it seems. Wednesday, we travelled to Colorado Springs and toured Garden of the Gods, but waited til morning to go up Pike’s Peak. It was snowing and raining there. So Thurs morn dawned bright and clear and we beat the rush to the top. It was a chilly 41 degrees.. And I minded the thin air incredibly..

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We stopped in Canon City for a tour of New Horizon Ministry. I’m so challenged by to see the sacrifices that are made for those adorable “prison babies”. For nap time, the child is wrapped in “swaddling clothes”(because I can’t remember the actual name..a wrap that goes around the baby and the nanny.. a hands free device) and carried by the caregiver, until they are 6 months old, to form a bond with it’s “stepmom”. I stand amazed. Bless the workers there!

We hastened to Montrose, where we stopped at an implement dealer to get directions for a fabric store.. 🙂 And spent some time getting a full tour courtesy of Ryan Whitfield.. 🙂 This dairy consists of 2,300 Holsteins and a 10,000 ton pile of ground corn. They average 8 in of rain a yr, so everything is maintains just fine, uncovered, out in the weather, and all the crops are irrigated. The girls tried their hand at flood irrigating, where you take a small pipe, and with one quick motion, start the siphon and the water runs between the rows of corn, until the plants get what they need, then it enters a ditch on the other end of the field, and moves on to the next farm.

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This morning started way early, and we travelled the “Million Dollar Highway” enjoying the early morning sunshine… Then spent the day on the Durango/Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway drinking in the fresh air, cinders, sunshine and rain drops. The coolest thing all day was the clap of thunder that resounded through the canyon as we chugged along. It truly is a beautiful wonderful world..

One of the girls with me,really has a gift of words. And I think it’s high time to shake things up here.. So, I secured her permission to share her word pictures with you.. Enjoy! And see you on down the trail.. Good night, Kendra

Bonus:

“We are on the “Million Dollar Highway” and we keep saying “this is the prettiest place yet”. The Rockies are absolutely, blow-you-away, indescribably awesome. The road has steep, drop-offs, so you can see down through the Valley, with ridges rising up on both sides, green grass and spruce trees covering the slopes, waterfalls plunging down rocky ledges, a silvery creek winding through the valley, and off in the distance, the jagged, snow highlighted peaks shining in the morning sun. Absolutely beautiful!”

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“Soon, with a whistle and a burst of steam, our train pulled out of the depot. What an exhilarating feeling to be riding behind all that power! As we slowly click clacked up the track the scenery changed from beautiful, to absolutely spectacular, to breathtakingly indescribable.. You get the picture.. 🙂 The greenish color of the river rushing by, the bridges, the steep mountain sides, the different trees and wildflowers and always in the background, the sound of the train… an occasional whistle blowing and the wheels humming their song..”

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