Wednesday, August 29, 2012

If only every day could be a mountaintop experience...

Two weeks ago, we inquired about my favorite hike.  It's the one I pretty much wait for all season, with great anticipation.  The rangers told us that if we went there, they would advise crampons (metal spikes on your shoes) and ice axes.  So yeah.. not ready yet because I don't do hikes that require scary equipment.

We waited and the snowline finally went down enough for us this past weekend.  I was so excited.  Plus we had weekend guests who had never been up the mountain that far.  I forgot how scary the drive can be... but it's so worth it!  

We packed our sled too because there's always great sledding at the trailhead.  (If you haven't hiked in 70-80 degree weather and then gone sledding after to cool down, you don't know what you're missing.)

Tell me this doesn't look like fun. 

I think the reason I love hiking so much, is because I'm constantly reminded of my smallness.  When you're standing on the side of a mountain, gazing around at sister mountains, you can't help but feel your problems slide backwards off your shoulders like pebbles.  They seem so small compared to the beauty and greatness surrounding you, and the mighty power that created every rise and crevice. 
 I always remember to stop and breathe deeply, thanking God for His beautiful creation.

It's impossible not to grasp a measure of perspective, while being cradled by a mountain.  It seems so much easier to KNOW that God's got you in the palm of His hand when you're walking up here.  And how quickly I forget, in light of every day struggles when I'm back down in the valley.  I suppose it's the valleys that make the mountaintops so extraordinary though, isn't it?  Can't have one without the other. 

 

 As we hung out for a bit, I realized JJ was missing.  Being on top of a mountain, there's not a lot of places a kid can go, then I heard, "HEY MAMA!!!"  And he was up in the trees.  Oh that kid.  Keeps me forever on my toes.
Prettiest view I ever did see...

"For the mountains may move and the hills disappear, but even then my faithful love for you will remain. My covenant of blessing will never be broken," says the LORD, who has mercy on you."
Isaiah 54:10 (NLT)
Can't you just drink that all in?



23 comments:

  1. Have you sold the lenses yet? Do you know if canon lenses work on Nikon cameras?

    We love to go sledding when it is 70 degrees out. We went up to the mountain a couple of times this summer.

    :)

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  2. Beautiful photos! You are obviously having a wonderful time.

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  3. Gorgeous photos and yes! It looks like fun. Where did you find snow in the summertime?

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  4. Sledding in the summer...what an amazing concept! I'll have to add that to my list of things to try in this lifetime. =)

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  5. that is a good deal for someone! i hope they snatch it right up!!

    oh my, i love seeing snow and wildflowers alike. reminds me of living in lake tahoe. and sledding! haven't done that since high school. also reminds me of tahoe. if only i still lived there... i'd be able to sled, hike, and be a whole lot closer to you. : ) keep the nature pics, coming! i'll explore with you!! even the rocks cry out, don't they!?

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    1. Oh so wish you could explore WITH me... like right beside me!! LOL

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    1. That is particularly sweet considering I was having a not-very-cute day. LOL

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  7. The depths of the earth are in his hand,
    and the mountain peaks belong to him. (Psalm 95:4 NET)
    Beautiful!

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  8. Wow!! That looks like a ton of fun!

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  9. Good Morning Sasha,
    Once again your blog post came at a time when I needed it. The first picture of you and your sweet little Ava made me get all teary eyed...and I felt my heart fill up with so much joy.

    I live in Northern Ontario, up in Canada. It is beautiful here as well. When I look out my office window I marvel at how blessed I am to be living and working my dream.

    That being said, in a week we start "The Transformation" process and layoffs, office closures and voluntary exit options will begin. I am on my own with no dependants (other than my sweet Husky Sydney) and yet I find myself sick to my stomach and unable to sleep for worry. I am sad to say that for a variety of reasons I won't get into here, my faith is not nearly as unwavering and as strong as yours...or my beloved mother's. She reminds me daily that he doesn't give us anything we can't handle and there is a lesson in all of it. I'm just so afraid...I have no idea what is going to happen to me and with little financial cushion to help me through the leaner times than I am already facing, I feel so overwhelmed.

    Reading your blog brings me focus, and peace. Thank you so much for sharing your heart as you do. You bring such comfort in your posts.

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    1. Polly, it is my hope that you will find your own "mountain" during this time. What I mean is that I hope you can find something in your life to remind you that you are indeed in your Father's hands. Something that will make life's uncertainties melt away and give you the peace that comes only from God. He feeds the birds and clothes the flowers. How much more will He take care of you?

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    2. I second jward's words Polly. I actually woke up thinking about you and praying for you.


      Would you be so kind as so send me your address? I'd love to send a little something your way and couldn't find your email address to contact you directly.

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  10. Love your photos and your love for our Almighty Father God! Thanks! Kl

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  11. Can you tell us where you are hiking? When we moved to the Pacific Northwest we talked about going hiking in the mountains, but don't know which area would be best to try.

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    1. I recommend any of the mountain hikes, from Rainier to Baker. :) You can't go wrong... they're all gorgeous!

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  12. I love your pictures and that sounds so wonderful to hike in 70 degree weather and then go sledding. Never done that before but I live in the Midwest and we have a lot of humidity here. I would love to move to where you are but parents to take care of don't allow for that right now. One day I hope to move out that way or at least travel that way with my husband. He would love the view! Please keep the beautiful pictures coming...I love it!

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  13. So beautiful... looks very inviting to one who is sitting in muggy Middle Georgia in August!

    What a creative and mighty Creator we serve! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Beautiful nature pictures. My house is surrounded by tall trees and sometimes I imagine I live out west on a mountain amidst the tall trees. I live in PA, but hey, a girl can dream, right? ;)

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  15. Love your pictures! I definitely feel the same way you do when I'm in the mountains. Just being in the forest and near such huge pieces of rocks makes me feel humbled, but at the same time, peaceful. It's probably why I'm up hiking so often!

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  16. Awesome pics...and I love that verse.

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