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First Snowfall At the Cabin

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First Snowfall At the Cabin

This past weekend, we retreated up to the cabin to spend some quality time with the Henderson side of our family. Ben's brother & sister-in-law are going on a 10 month mission trip in early 2016 and we really craved some quality time together. We were thrilled to be able to experience the first snowfall of the season up in Fairplay. I love the snow, it sings to my soul! I was a little bummed/disappointed that we missed the leaves changing for the 3rd fall in a row but God knows the desires of our hearts and surprised us with a sweet window of snow! It was almost like a dream. Several inches fell on Tuesday and Wednesday and by Saturday it was all melted.

Our weekend was spent:

  • Watching the dogs wrestle and chase each other (for hours and hours)
  • Playing games (many, many games such as RummiKub, Yahtzee, Bananagrams, & Scattergories)
  • Hiking the Continental Divide at Hoosier Pass
  • Getting massages & eating crepes in Breckenridge
  • Four wheeling
  • Reading
  • Sitting around the campfire
  • Relaxing 

I never want to leave the cabin or the mountains. My heart yearns to stay there and enjoy the fresh, crisp mountain air. Until next time I will just reminisce on these joyful adventures.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Let it snow -

Chelsea
 

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Whitewater Rafting + McCullough Gulch

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Whitewater Rafting + McCullough Gulch

Whitewater Rafting

Last month we went up to the cabin to hang out with my in-laws and their sweet group of friends! We had quite the adventure. We started early on Saturday morning to drive from Fairplay to Salida to go white water rafting through Brown's Canyon on the Arkansas River. Our family has used Independent Whitewater multiple times now and really like them! We love their guides and their route is 2 miles longer since they have a private pull out. Our total rafting trip was about 12 miles and considered a half day trip. We had 12 people total so we occupied 2 boats. The other boat had a go pro tragedy (i.e. it is now at the bottom of the Arkansas River) and the same guy took a swim on Zoom Floom! Here are a few photos from our white water adventure. Our guide said we made a great team and listen to directions.... haha if you only knew us!

Rafting 1
Rafting 2
 
Rafting 3
 

McCullough Gulch

After our whitewater journey we went back to the cabin to change and get ready for a late afternoon hike. We drove to McCullough Gulch, which is about 1.5 miles past the Mount Quandary Trailhead. This was a 1.3 mile hike and much, much easier than Mount Quandary! We loved the scenic views, easy hiking, and the lake at the top was so gorgeous. It was totally worth the climb! All 12 of us made it to the lake.

Ben & I

Ben & I

My mother-in-law & I

My mother-in-law & I

Ben
 
Beautiful waterfall about .5 miles from the lake

Beautiful waterfall about .5 miles from the lake

 
Ben + Chels at the Waterfall
 
We made it to the lake!

We made it to the lake!

 
 
 
 
The sun started to go down on us and there is just something about those Colorado skies.

The sun started to go down on us and there is just something about those Colorado skies.

 

This was such a fun weekend filled with activities and fellowship! Loved spending time with some of our favorite people.

Gettin' some fresh air -

Chelsea
 
 

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GC Mountain Retreat Weekend

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GC Mountain Retreat Weekend

We recently hosted our gospel community {{also referred to as GC}} at our family's cabin in Fairplay for our seasonal mountain retreat. This weekend is designed to be a time of fellowship, game playing {I mean A LOT of game playing}, laughing, resting, & relaxation, as well as, exploration & adventure! I am so grateful to be in this community of believers that surrounds me with love, acceptance, joy, authenticity, & just all around fun & fellowship! I used to pray, and I must admit even just beg, for God to introduce me to friends that liked to play board games & card games, loved to do new things together, & enjoyed talking & laughing into the wee hours of the morning. God not only answered those prayers but he far exceeded fulfilling that desire. This may sound silly but I am not kidding when I say I like to play games.... I mean a lot of games for hours & hours. I have truly met my match at least 4 times over in our GC on those who love to play games! Anyways back to the GC Mountain Retreat Weekend --

Friday:

As everyone arrived, we unpacked cars and giddily talked about what lay ahead for the weekend!

We ate Christi's delicious chicken & sausage jambalaya (See the recipe here.) & talked about our activities for the next day! There were going to be three different groups doing fun things on Saturday which consisted of:  The Hikers, The Fishermen, & The Town Explorers.

We played Uno for hours {it only took us 20 minutes to explain all the rules since it had been a decade or more since some people had played.. aka Justin.} as well as B.S, also known as Boyscouts per Jack. hehe. I didn't want to stop playing games but since The Hikers were going to be leaving the house at 4:40 AM to hike Mount Quandary, we decided it was time to begin preparation for the morning & get ready for bed. 

We made assembly lines and took sandwich orders from the whole crew, made our bladders of water, and packed all of our lunches & packs. Finally we all got to bed a little after midnight! I felt like it was Christmas Eve I was so excited. I woke up at 2 AM convinced it was time for me to turn on the coffee and get ready. Thankfully I checked the time before I was too far in this plan.

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Friday Dinner
Ben + Jack + Trig

Saturday:

To get a full account of The Hikers journey to hiking a 14-er check out the post here.

After our hike which totaled about 8 hours with stops, snacking, potty breaks, etc. - we headed back to the cabin. On the way back, I texted the Town Explorer crew and they were at High Paw Pet Supplies meeting Andre! I convinced The Hikers to go meet up with them. {This consisted of me begging to go and no one having the guts to oppose.... I have such sweet friends! haha} Andre is a large cat that was rescued by this pet store and has since gained QUITE the Instagram following. Check out @andre.giantcat to learn more about Andre. We all just had to go get a picture with him! See these priceless photos below.

Chelsea + Andre
Jack + Andre
Anna + Andre

When we arrived back at the cabin, some of the crew napped {in hindsight - I should have joined them but anyone who knows me, knows I am not a napper and I do NOT like naps haha. I am personally just such a grumpo when I wake up, I feel worse or groggy the rest of the day, & I just don't like to waste daylight or miss out on the fun times!} and some of the crew talked and became delirious, I must add.

 
Ben + Trig
 
 
Jack + Trig
 

Shortly after a quick mountain rain storm, The Fishermen crew arrived back at the cabin to tell us about their adventures! They caught 25+ fish, hiked part of a 14-er, saw a buffalo or was it a bison? anyhow they thoroughly enjoyed themselves! It was so cool to see our seasoned veteran fly fisher teach a new fly fisherman what he knew and see them bond over their common interest in fishing!

 
Fish
 

Saturday evening consisted of cooking over 6 lbs of fried chicken, frying up the 7 trout the boys brought home, making homemade cauliflower mac & cheese {I will share this recipe soon!}, & hearty salad! I love cooking meals together at the cabin. There is something so sweet about the whole process. Some people gravitate towards cooking {me, Jack, Cole}, while Christi & John are great choppers & preppers, and some of the boys are our clean up crew {Edward, Ben, & Justin}, and everyone else who helps set the table & take drink orders. It is just one of the most fulfilling earthly experiences topped off with eating family style. Our presentation isn't fancy & it isn't perfect but it sure is made with love & absolutely delicious.

 
Saturday Dinner
 

Sunday:

After we had breakfast, we spent some time in God's word as a group and just reflected on on the weekend in the basement. During this time, Cole spotted a moose walking across our property! It was majestic. We immediately all started running up the stairs trying to snap a photo and get a better view. Here is the only good image I have of this moose. You can see that his hind legs are TALLER than our friend's Jeep Cherokee! It was amazing but don't be fooled. Moose are very aggressive and dangerous so do not approach one in the wilderness!

 
Moose
 

When I come back from a weekend like this I come back rejuvenated, filled with encouragement & joy, and thankful for the body of Christ in community. Community has changed my life over and over. If you are not in community - my prayer is that you would seek out Godly community that will continue to challenge you to live as Christ calls you to. Community isn't perfect but it is essential to our sanity & growth. Isolation can overwhelm you and suck you in before you realize what is happening. If you have questions or would like to know more about biblical community - feel free to message me in the Contact section or leave a comment below!

Full heart -

Chelsea
 

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