Monday, April 4, 2011

Saturday Mountain Climb

This past Saturday our family decided to climb the mountain in front of our house. It is a pretty well known mountain and it takes over an hour to get to the peak at a good pace. We worked hard and managed to get there. I carried two bottles of water, one on each hand to make sure I got the upper body workout as well as lower body and aerobic. I need to put up the pictures, but I plan to do it tomorrow. The challenge began on the way down. We had taken a known trail up the mountain, but on the way, we saw markings for a race that would take place on Sunday morning. When we were up, we saw that there were markings for the race going down a different way. We decided to take it and learn a new way. We made a wrong decision. After a few hundred meters too many and too steep to go back), the path became very dangerous, going next to a very high precipice and with loose rock everywhere. We prayed and "watched" as we kept going, hoping that the path would get easier at some point. Well, after 2 1/2 hours of hard work and stress we got to a path that would take us to our car, about a kilometer away. We saw a sing there that marked the "juvenile" trail one way and the "expert" mountain climber trail that we had taken. Hours after we had planned to get back, we praised the Lord for his protection. I was very proud of my children, how they stuck to it, even when their knees were shaking and were afraid (as I was). Daniel (8) kept on asking . . .so mommy. . . How many points do you have now? :(
:) That night I had a hard time falling asleep, thinking of all that "could have happened". Then I had to take my thoughts to God and "whatDID happen". Praise God for His protection.

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