You’ve probably heard of Estes Park if you live in or even visited Colorado. It’s a popular getaway destination in the mountains with beautiful scenery and a quaint town with small unique shops. I took a trip to Estes Park for a three-day weekend and it was much needed! My classes have been stressing me out already and it’s still the beginning of the semester but the fresh mountain air reminded me to breathe and I felt one with nature. That’s a big deal for a city girl like myself! One of the activities I did was archery which I’ve never done before. I felt like Merida from ‘Brave’ because who doesn’t want to be a Disney princess? To be completely honest, I wasn’t that good but I did hit the board a couple of times! I know I need to work on my aim but I’m glad I got to try something new.
I also went hiking for the first time to Bible Point and at the top of the trail was a mailbox with a bible, two notepads and some pens. People who had hiked before us had written letters and placed them back in the mailbox. Others wrote their names with a signature to show that they made it to the top. The scene from the top of the mountain was beautiful. I appreciated the view and marveled at the splendid beauty that God created. It was breathtaking (almost literally because the trail was so steep!) The green trees on the horizon were a perfect balance to the pale blue sky and it was chilly at the top but it was nice to sit and feel something. I think in the busyness of life, we forget to just sit and allow ourselves to feel. There’s an interesting juxtaposition I felt while standing on the mountain because it was a mixture of empowerment and humility. I felt empowered from the climb and making it to the top, not to mention I felt like I was on top of the world! But it was also humbling because I realized how small I am. This world is huge and I’m just a small part of it. It reminds me that there is a bigger picture and there is so much more to explore, see and do. Don’t limit yourself because the opportunities are endless.
Have you ever been to Estes Park? If so, comment what your experience was like.
Photo credit: Donovan Tate and Janaye Matthews