Respite from the heat…
There were no vehicle breakdowns, no relationship troubles (spouse or child), no scheduling snafus, the weather was beautiful, the locations magnificent… even our dog did well. It was, my dear hubby and I agree, the best vacation we’ve ever had as a family. 🙂
We went: First to visit my husband’s brother in Pagosa Springs. Then, to a USFS cabin north of North Fork. Then, to a VRBO rental just outside of Dolores, into whose 400 s.f. the owner graciously let us cram our seven bodies.
It’s just hard coming back to 110° in the desert. Oh. And, I broke my camera. By sitting on it. While trying to restrain my 20-month-old from giddily flinging herself into the rushing Piedra River. (Toddlers: Gusto without wisdom.) So, 3/4 of my pictures were taken without a viewer: I cracked the LCD screen, and there is no manual viewfinder on my camera. I thought, “I’ll blindly snap away, and hope I can crop some fairly decent pics from them.” Well, 90% of the “blind” pictures are still wonderful, which is humbling, as apparently, my skill in picture-taking is really the “skill” of the camera. Or something.
The pictures for most splendid and picturesque part of our journey — the Dunton Road, which takes one along the West Dolores River, and over 10,000 feet in elevation to the foot of the Lizard Head Wilderness, with magnificent views of the backside of the mountains of Telluride — were taken with my decrepit mobile phone, as I forgot my camera. Ugh.
I’m sure I’ll be posting more, but here are a few pics for now:
During the trip, we saw three beavers, a cow elk, several deer (including the tiniest fawn ever seen by my husband or me), I identified three new birds for my list (with very little actual birding time), we absolutely SOAKED in the Spirit during the after-service worship-and-ministry time at my brother-in-law’s church… we discovered that Fiala would very happily live in any body of water, and that 4yo Audrey is now a nearly-perfect little traveler; she must be made to live outdoors. Grant is still the best hiker of the bunch. We picked out a campground for a future visit (Mavreeso Campground, along the West Dolores River– site 6). We successfully made a number of hikes and excursions, though none to the numerous National Parks and Monuments in the area.
And… though we purposed to take no calls while on vacation, we did make a few exceptions, and gained the very exciting news that there is a publisher VERY interested in the book I ghost-wrote. They said they’d give a reply (to query letter & first chapter) in 4-6 weeks. It took 10 days. Then, they asked for the whole manuscript, and upon receipt, called back in 24 hours to say they want to talk more. 🙂 It’s the publisher that was at the very top of our list of preference, and that is very encouraging, though absolutely nothing is for certain yet.
So. I hope y’all will forgive my absence. Before I left, my friend Kathy encouraged me to, “Soak up every delightful moment, and let Jesus minister to your every molecule.” That’s what happened. It was lovely. Bless God and the restorative properties of His creation.