We managed to squeeze in one camping trip this summer, just last week, near Leadville.  It's a very historic area, boasting the early days of silver mining in our state's history.  And it's spectacular!

We enjoyed our time there with good friends, delighted we nearly had the campground to ourselves.  A fabulous setting with two big lakes ringed by several 14ers, absolutely breathtaking.  Wish I could share the scale with you.

Colorado is just so...vertical!

The highlight of the weekend was driving up over Independence Pass, a whopping 12,095 feet.  The day couldn't have been more perfect and the late summer hills were blanketed with wildflowers.  And yes, the air was thin!  We were glad to get down to more oxygen.

Photo courtesy of my daughter...the one with the good camera!

The weekend was nearly perfect, marred only by my hubby hurting his back.  More on that later...but we did make it home safe and refreshed.  I was glad we didn't hear until later that there had been a bear attack in the area!



Need some strength today?

I do...lots on my plate right now.  I bet you do, too.  Summer is winding down, fall and a new set of demands face us all.  So here's the "supplement" I'm taking today--encourage yourself with a dose, too!

  • "The Lord will give strength to His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace."  Ps. 29:11
  • "Your God has commanded your strength; strengthen, O God, what You have done for us."  Ps. 68:28
  • "The God of Israel is He who gives strength and power to His people."  Ps. 68:35
  • "Let the weak say, 'I am strong.'"  Joel 3:10
  • "...the joy of the Lord is your strength."  Neh. 8:10
  • "I am anointed with fresh oil."  Ps. 92:10
  • "As for God, His way is perfect...It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect."  Ps. 18:30, 32
  • "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."  Ps. 27:14
  • "Thou rulest the raging of the sea: when the waves thereof arise, thou stillest them."  Ps. 89:9
  • "He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength - causing it to multiply and making it abound...those who wait for the Lord...shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint or become tired."  Is. 40:29, 31 (Amplified)
  • "As your day, so shall your strength be."  Deut. 33:25
  • "The way of the Lord is strength and a stronghold to the upright."  Pr. 10:29
  • "God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect."  II Sam. 22:33
  • "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous hand."  Is. 41:10
  • "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped."  Ps. 28:7
  • "Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord."  Ps. 31:24
  • "...that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God."  I Cor. 2:5
  • "I have strength for all things in Christ who empowers me--I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me [that is, I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency]."  Phil. 4:13 (Amplified)
  • "The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like a deer's feet, and He will make me walk on my high hills."  Hab. 3:19
 Have a blessed day in the mighty strength of our God!


Home again

I had hoped to share some pics of our recent vacation to Arizona...and maybe I still will.  Just too busy with a million things right now to take the time, but I'll try later.

Arizona in the middle of summer is not usually the most desirable vacation destination unless you love it hot, hot, hot.  But the main attraction for us is our beloved families, and for that it was wonderful.  A sort of mini-reunion with both sides of the family...barbeques, sight-seeing, good talk, fabulous meals, three (!) birthday parties for me, heartwarming hugs from little nieces...got my cup well filled.  Even got to reconnect with a junior high friend whom I haven't seen in years (hi, Sue!).  Our thanks to each family member for all the loving hospitality showered on us--you're the best!

The drive home was a gift from the Lord--everything lush and green from so much rain, the high deserts studded with wildflower color and contrasts of red sandstone and the greens of sagebrush and junipers.  Then the astonishing panoramas of the pine-covered Rockies.  Honestly, I LOVE the southwest and am so happy to have been able to live my life here!

Back home, I was delighted to discover that my hail-smashed vegetable garden had made a full recovery and we've been enjoying the miracle all week--green and yellow beans, collard greens and kale so far.  Next week it'll be the various squashes, cucumbers, and maybe some tomatoes.  What is it about home-grown veggies that is so incredibly satisfying??

And now it's already time for school planning.  I confess to not being in gear yet to get back to the daily routine and it's demands.  I want some more time lazing in the back yard, nature journaling, soaking in the Word, riding my new bike, hiking with my family.  Having said that, I realize I'll have to make it a priority to not get swept right in to the "musts," but savor the season while it's here.  Soon enough it'll be cold and snowy and we'll be glad to hunker down indoors.  (Ugh.  Did I say that?!)

Blessings on your summer day!