My parents instilled in me so many values that I’m thankful for, but a love of travel definitely has a place at the top of the list. All my life we prioritized travel over things like cable television and caller ID, and as a result I’ve seen amazing parts of the earth. I love the vastness of the world, yet the shared humanity you discover with people who have different traditions and cultures. Happily, Brad loves adventuring just as much as me! When we found out that two college friends of his were getting married in Colorado, we jumped on the chance to make a hiking trip out of it!
We hiked and camped and hiked and camped and breathed the glorious mountain air. I also had the joy of climbing my first 14er (14,000 ft. high mountain). And when I say joy, what I mean is that it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. We were lapped by people three times our age, took several days to do the hike, and my muscles were only running on willpower, but getting to the top made it all worth it! There is a humility and comfort that comes from standing on the top of a mountain, seeing your smallness compared to the peaks and yet knowing that God spoke those mountains into existence. A fun story- the adorable doggy had just climbed the couloir (a snowy channel that goes straight up the face of the mountain) and thus completed his 47th 14er. 47!!! Dogs are awesome. Our trip only solidified my conviction that making time for adventures does impossibly beautiful things to your soul. So, let’s go camping!