Wednesday, July 06, 2005
celebrating the 4th.
Happy 4th of July from Snow Mountain Ranch! In celebrating our country’s 229th birthday, we planned an action packed evening at Elise’s cabin and Grand Lake for fireworks. Almost everyone in our group was able to attend, and Elise’s family generously welcomed all us to their beautiful cabin for the ideal meal: burgers and hotdogs. The scenery was amazing. With an unobstructed view of the Colorado Rockies, we sat on the cabin porch, and enjoyed a time of relaxation, socializing, and eating.
It only got better from there. We headed into Grand Lake, an otherwise quaint tourist town, which was full of Coloradoans and other tourists eager to watch fireworks. Highway 40, the main road into town, was lined with cars, and we pulled into a parking spot before heading to Grand Lake Chocolates. Every time we head into Grand Lake we have to indulge ourselves with this incredible ice cream. Jill is right—the Toasted Coconut Macaroon wins every time. There were a lot of other Snow Mountain Ranch staff in town to watch the fireworks, too. Many of the students that we work with are from the Navigator Program, an intercampus ministry that is focused on discipleship and spiritual growth. A lot of us have made friends with these students, and it is exciting to hear about what they are learning from their time out here.
We eventually found a spot to watch the fireworks from. I must say, it is a bummer to watch fireworks be shot over a beautiful lake with mountains in the background. Yah right! People drove their boats onto the lake before the fireworks began for an even better view. It was weird not being at home for the 4th, but I can’t complain about spending the 4th of July with the people from LCI. We sat on the edge of Grand Lake bundled up in fleeces and blankets realizing how awesome our time has been here so far. I don’t like to think of the fact that we only have a little more than a month left here. (I’ll just pretend that I didn’t type that). With that said, we continue to be stretched and find valuable lessons from our time out here, though.
Last night we heard our lecture series from Jane Hendriksma, Dean of Judicial Affairs at Calvin. Her talk was about learning from our mistakes, and she challenged us to focus on our response to mistakes, not on the mistake itself. It’s great hearing from Calvin professors our here. It’s very evident that they believe whole-heartedly in this program, and they love spending time with us. From Mr. DeVries hiking Adam’s falls and Aaron Winkle playing basketball with the group to Professor Freeburg teaching us campfire songs and Rick Zomer taking us out for pizza at Hernandos, everyone is enjoying Snow Mountain Ranch.
Here’s some more pictures to let you know what we have been up to: A trip to Denver to pick up Torian, a friend of a lot of ours from Calvin. We decided to make the most of our time in Denver by heading to the 16th street mall, a popular place for shopping and dining. Some of us by the 16th street mall Getting some coffee before picking up Torian at the airport