Monday, September 12, 2016

Rocky Mountain Trip Day 1 // Colorado Bound

We're back home from our trip! What an incredible time we had in the Rocky Mountains! Dad was so kind to let me bring his really nice Nikon camera along which takes great photos, plus it can take video! That was really fun to do. I have so many photos and videos to share of our amazing and very much enjoyed time there. And as this was my first time ever videoing and narrating, please pardon beginner errors. :)

Here we begin with Day 1 of our trip (which is video-less unfortunately) . . . .

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Earlier this year, Leah and I had hoped to be able to make it out to the Berean Call Conference, but that ended up not being able to work out. Then about a month ago, Leah made the comment that we really should go do something special together . . . to which I readily agreed.

As we thought about places to go, one was definitely predominate: Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. We had been there twice when we were young children, and our faint memories of it (and the photos and videos) have always made us want to go back.

Within one day, it was decided in favor, and then the planning began for our much anticipated trip! Everything fell quickly into place, and this past Monday, the car was loaded down with all the food and drinks we would need for the week, cameras, riding boots, binoculars, and everything else that we would need, and we made the 12+ hour drive to Estes Park.

While the miles passed underneath our tires, we enjoyed the varying, though always beautiful, countryside, talked, listened to music and some Berean Call radio programs, and kept getting more excited as time went on . . .


Through the rolling hills and plains of Kansas . . .

Antelope in Kansas

. . . into the flatlands of Colorado . . .


. . . until finally in the distance, we could see the mountains . . .


They're getting closer!

Excitement was definitely getting high! Especially when we reached the mountains and began the very winding drive upward to Estes Park where we would be staying.



We were exclaiming about the beauty all around, when a strange noise under the hood of the car caught our attention . . . not long after, our engine quickly began to overheat. Thankfully, there was a place we could pull off not terribly far after this.

Steam was coming out from under one side of the hood, the engine temperature was reading just below the red zone, and we had extremely spotty cell signal. Not good! While Leah tried to get a text through to Dad to ask for advice, I got our hood up, she put the flashers on, and then I tried to look distressed. :) Which honestly, wasn't that hard as I'll admit to being worried!

So many people were going by on the road, but no one stopped. Fifteen minutes or so went by, the sun was sinking lower in the sky, and still we sat. As I walked a little ways up the road trying to get some signal on my phone, I was praying asking for God's help. Moments later, a pickup pulled up, and a man about my parent's age got out. He had seen us, found a place to turn around, and came back to help!

He was such a nice man! And he was a mechanic. With one quick look under our hood, he found a hose that had come off of the overflow tank due to it not being put on correctly when our car had been in the shop before our trip.

The hose on the bottom of the tank is what came off as the clamp had been put on wrong.

He put the hose back on and clamped it correctly, filled the overflow tank up with our bottled water (since we had no antifreeze), checked our car over, and then followed us to Estes Park.

What an answer to prayer he was! We thanked him profusely, and I made the comment about how I had just been praying for help right before he arrived, and his answer was "God always watches out for us, doesn't He?" Yes, He certainly does! Who better to have stop to help us than such a nice man who also had his own body shop! It was an example of God's hand of protection over us . . . what a loving Father He is.

After all of that, we made it safely to our lodge . . .


The part of the lodge we stayed at. It was nice as we had a balcony at the back overlooking the mountains. So lovely!

There we saw elk and heard them bugling (a really neat sound!), had several phone calls with Dad and Mom, went and got some antifreeze, and then prepared for our exciting adventures that we were to have the next day. We had our trip carefully planned out to squeeze in the most that we could out of every moment.

Our cozy little room 

So that night, we packed our backpacks for hiking with things like dried fruit, water, rain jackets, bird books, binoculars, etc. That way, we were all ready to head out first thing in the morning!

The little pond at our lodge


Part 2 will be coming soon!

22 comments:

  1. Ah!!! Mountains!!!! I love the mountains! I grew up in Arizona (where the mountains are purple). We've often see the sides of the Colorados, but on the opposite side -- the desert side. Seeing vistas like in your pictures was pretty regular when we traveled. How I miss them! Iowa, alas, has no mountains.
    The Colorados are so beautiful. I can't wait to see the rest of your pictures (and videos!!!!) We've never been there before.
    I'm glad you made it there safely. When God takes such good care of us, it makes me wonder why we even get it into our head to worry.

    Thanks for posting!
    -Christina

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    1. Your comment made me smile, Christina! It sounds like you like mountains just a bit. ;) I love them, too!

      After growing up in Arizona near the mountains, I am sure you do miss them with now living in the Iowa flatlands. Hopefully you'll be able to make it out to Colorado sometime!

      I know what you mean about worrying. :) Afterward I was thinking, "now why was I worried?" I didn't need to be! I simply needed to trust the Lord. And besides, worrying doesn't accomplish anything anyway!

      You're welcome for sharing and another post should be coming soon!

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  2. This sounds like a dream come true for you both. I am so glad that someone did come to your aid and the fix was simple. I look forward to the next installment.

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    1. It was, Suze! We had been dreaming of going back since we were in our teens.

      We are so glad, too! It was definitely an answer to prayer!

      Part 2 should be coming soon :) . . . .

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  3. God had you in his hand Sarah, what a lovely rescuer! How attractive the scenery is that you passed through, and what a nice lodge to stay at.

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    1. He did indeed, Elizabeth! It was really encouraging and special to see His care for us in that circumstance.

      Yes, it was! We loved our stay there.

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  4. Sarah sounds like a wonderful adventure for you and Leah! I can't wait for more pictures and the videos. God is indeed our Good Shepard in taking care of us and sending us help with the right person at the right time! I have some great friends in Colorado and love visiting there, it is a spectacular place! Glad y'all had a wonderful trip!

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    1. It was certainly that, Linda! We had such a great time there. And more pictures and the videos will be coming soon. :)

      Yes, God is indeed our good Shepherd! It was amazing to see how He worked in the situation and who came to our aid. We were so thankful for that!

      How nice that you have friends in Colorado that you are able to visit. Yes, it is very much a spectacular place!

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  5. thewarmfireplaceSeptember 12, 2016

    What a wonderful man to come to your rescue, God is good. Looking forward to part 2. Sue

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    1. He was, Sue! And yes, God is indeed good.

      Part 2 should be coming soon!

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  6. I used to live at the foothills of Estes Park. I miss it and have such good memories. I can't wait to see part 2. ❤️

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    1. How neat that you lived there, Nabila! It is such a beautiful place! I can see why you miss it . . . and why you have such good memories of it. :)

      Part 2 should be coming soon!

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  7. Lovely and fun travelogue ~ glad you were blessed with the kind emergency help :)

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    1. Thank you, Alex! We were, too. :) It was definitely an answer to prayer!

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  8. WoW! Sarah,

    You have been doing a lot of travel lately. I've also really enjoyed reading through your recap of the recent Berean Conference. Thanks for sharing your photos, activities and notes.

    Blessings,
    Mrs.B

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    1. It has been fun to do some traveling, Mrs. B! This was the biggest trip Leah and I have taken just the two of us, and it was so wonderful. We loved it!

      I am so glad that you are enjoying the recap posts of the Berean Call conference! You are very welcome for sharing.

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  9. Glad you arrived safely and that the nice man was able to help you out. God was definitely watching over you & Leah. That brings me back one of my memories. When I was a young girl, my Dad, little brother & I were coming home from a trip somewhere. We were driving on the main highway and then we had to pull over on the side because of a car problem. While Dad was waiting outside of the car hoping to flag someone down. We didn't have a cell phone back then. To our surprised, it was my aunt who stopped. We don't live in the same city. About 1 1/2 hours apart. So we were thankful to God that my aunt saw my Dad as she was driving by and turned around to help her brother out.

    Looking forward to hear more about your vacation trip!

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    1. Thank you, Leah! Yes, God was indeed watching out for us. And it sounds like He was for you all, too, in the story you shared. I am sure you were quite surprised and glad when your aunt was the one who stopped and helped!

      More about our trip should be coming soon. :)

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  10. You and Leah are certainly adventurous!: ) The LORD is so good to send along such a special helper. I look forward to seeing part two of your trip!

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    1. We are a little bit, Sarah. :) This was the biggest trip that we have taken just the two of us, and it was so wonderful!

      Yes, the Lord was so good to us in that situation with who came to our aid. What a blessing it was!

      Part 2 should be coming soon. :)

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  11. What an incredible beginning to your sisterly-adventure! Your account of the car situation--and your rescue--gave me goosebumps! God's timing is so perfect--He put that gentleman in the right place at the right time to help you ladies!

    I have a homeschooling friend whose Dad was involved in a motorcycle accident a few weeks ago, shortly after leaving Yellowstone National Park. Among other things, his spleen ruptured, which is very serious and usually fatal. Miraculously, two men rode up on the scene, who happened to be paramedics. No one could get a phone signal, so someone ran to the nearest house, and the owner was a doctor! They all helped keep this man alive until his life flight arrived. Talk about God's perfect timing, protection, and provision!

    --Betsy

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    1. It was quite the beginning, Betsy! Not exactly what we were expecting. :) We were so thankful how it all ended up working out . . . it was definitely an answer to prayer and amazing to see how God worked!

      Wow . . . that is an incredible story. God's hand must have really been over him! What a very great blessing that each of those individuals were there at just the right time! I hope that he is recovering well!

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