Tuesday, July 7, 2015

From the Sea--to the Mountains

It's been a little while since I posted anything, but some exciting things have happened since then. :)

One Sunday, we went to the beach with some friends. It was a fun, refreshing day.

Then, a week later, a group of us went backpacking!

We hiked 6 miles to our campsite :) We ended up hiking a total of 20 miles the whole weekend.

Stacey washing dishes in the little stream flowing through a beautiful valley

We had to hang our food at night because of bears.

The view from our campsite 

On Sabbath, we did a day hike--up 3000 feet to the top of a mountain! We didn't follow a trail, but Ben took us through the woods where we caught a ridge and climbed to the top of the mountain. 

The view was absolutely stunning

Kennedy Lake

While we were up there, we got caught in a thunderstorm with hail--very fun and adventurous. :) We set up a shelter, all squeezed under it, and ate our lunch of bean burritos.

The mountain we just climbed--I believe it is called Kennedy Peak (the actual peak we didn't climb, but the one just before)

This is Kennedy Peak--and even though it doesn't look that much higher, it is a whole 1000 feet more.

 My favorite part was climbing the mountain. The awesomeness of the views remind me of the song "How Great Thou Art." Here's part of the song that really went well with our day's hike:

O Lord my God! when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, 
Thy power throughout the universe displayed,

Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee; 
How great thou art, how great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee; 
How great Thou art, how great Thou Art!

When through the woods, and forest glades I wander,

And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees.
When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur
And see the brook, and feel the gentle breeze.

Now, we are off to the General Conference in San Antonio, TX!

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