Sunday, July 5, 2015

I raise my eyes toward the mountains....

... Where will my help come from? 
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. 
He will not allow your foot to slip; your Protector will not slumber. 
Indeed, the Protector of Israel does not slumber or sleep. 
The Lord protects you; the Lord is a shelter right by your side. 
The sun will not strike you by day, or the moon by night. 
The Lord will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life. 

Today, Isabella, Emanuela and dad Enrico climbed Mt. Bierstadt, their first fourteener (see for more info of what a fourteener is). It's a 7.5 miles round-trip hike starting at about 11,000 feet and reaching the peak at 14,060 feet. There were some tough moments when one or more of us wanted to give up, there were some technical spots where we could have slipped on a rock, but we endured and reached the summit. The view from the up there was breathtaking. Even coming back down is not easy when the trail is steep and the rocks are wet and slippery. Climbing a fourteener is a good analogy for life with its ups and downs. 
Psalm 121 tells us beautifully that our God will never leave us alone and help us every step of the way, even when we feel like giving up. But it's up to us  to recognize his presence and let him help.

Mount Bierstadt. Yes we climbed to that top.

6AM hike start
On the way up!

At the top. To the back and to the left of  the small lake in the background you can see the road and the parking lot where our hike started

2 hours and 30 minutes was our time to the top

I love girls. We missed Pietro who was sick and could not make it and Paolo who is still not very excited about climbing a 14er and maybe too small for some of the large boulders at the top.
"Forget me not". These are for you Norine. We know you love them.

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