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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A Full Circle

No, We actually haven’t travelled a full circle.. We breezed through the rest of Kansas.. Stopping at Boot Hill and Front Street in Dodge City, and admiring sunflowers along the way…

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We tore through Oklahoma, eyeing the storm beside us and ended up entering it, and driving about 30 miles through pitch darkness. My first experience with a dust storm. I wasn’t overly comfortable with the situation, and was thankful that there was a trucker (or an angel.. maybe both) fearlessly leading the way…

Today we sailed through New Mexico, which was a new experience for me- I’m so excited to add another state to my collection.. 🙂 And entered beautiful Colorado. Spotting all kinds of wildlife, and gorgeous scenery everywhere we looked. We stopped by The Great Sand Dunes tonight and were properly sand blasted.. But it was great, just the same.. And the clouds tonight…

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The Full Circle part showed up from Texas. We visited Full Circle Jerseys and were given a wonderful tour by a sweet lady. The operation is very impressive, and I was just amazed at the wonderful professional job they do at producing milk for the world. They milk a mere 3200 cows.. My brain is boggled. And only have 1000 baby calves.. Every thing they do makes a full circle.. They recycle water to wash down the barns.. Whey from their milk that goes right down the road to the Cheese factory gets put on the field for fertilizer.. Etc Etc..

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Then we ran a full circle attempting to catch up with one of our Valley boys who was near by with a harvest crew.. But the wheat was wet, so we were denied the much anticipated field time.. Ah.. But we got to see an actual bonified Texas Longhorn.. We attempt to console ourselves..

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And I found a quote in Dodge City that fits with my thoughts tonight..

” You may have noticed that every thing an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round.. The sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.” -Black Elk, Oglala Sioux Holy Man

I remember quoting this,as a child.. “God’s Love is like a Circle, a circle big and round.. And when you’re in a circle, No ending can be found..” That’s the type of a circle that is awesome to be included in.. I’m blessed by this tonight..

See you on down the trail.. Good night, Kendra

P.S Another pic, another charmer

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