#26, #27 and #28 – Spend a day alone with God, Snowshoeing and Sleeping in a Yurt

I’m all about efficiency.  Well, that may be an exaggeration, but I’ve definitely found that there were several opportunities to combine items on my list.  This particular one knocked off three!

In the hustle and bustle before the holidays, I decided that would be the best time to unplug and spend a little time with God.  Many people hear the voice of the Almighty in the roar of the ocean, the laughter of a child or the cry of a newborn baby.  Me?  I hear Him most in the whispering of the pines.  I’ve always felt closest to God when I’m in the outdoors far away from the din of society, and unfortunately, I just don’t do it enough.  But on this day, I strapped on some snowshoes (which as a native of Colorado I’m embarrassed to admit that I’ve never done), headed up to the high country near Mt. Evans and just spent time praying, listening and enjoying God’s creation.  I hiked a couple of miles on a trail and then around a lake.  It truly was food for my soul and I’m reminded why I need to do it more often.

Mt Evans

To continue the theme of unplugging, I found a place that rented out yurts year round.  Ever since I saw a yurt on the “How It’s Made” TV program, I’ve been wanting to sleep in one.  This one was very simple; it had a double bed, a combo futon/bunk bed and a heater, and not much else.  After my hike and a quick dinner, I settled in and spent time reading, praying and just enjoying a few more hours of uninterrupted solitude.  It was a near perfect day and I’m already looking forward to the next one.


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