This summer we were considerably behind in our mountain adventures.
One mountaintop we’ve all yearned to return to was the one we’d climbed first, Mt. Washburn.
We’ve tried several times this summer, but have been turned back by blizzards, broken cars, and other trivial things. :)
This was our last shot before winter and we really wanted to do it.
Our favorite trail was closed, so we approached the peak from the other side. Our hike started pleasantly enough, though cold and windy.
As we climbed, though, the wind became increasingly dangerous. The snow and ice on the trail gradually became more pronounced until it was about knee deep for the kids in some places.
We came out from a switchback into an very exposed section. The snow was deep and the wind was stronger than any I have ever felt. We were only a quarter mile from the summit. We could see it in front of us, so close we could nearly touch it.
I made the kids sit down, pressed against the rocks for a moment. We’d already climbed three miles and nearly 1500 feet in elevation. We were so close. But I closed my eyes to block the view of what I wanted, in order to hear the voice that I needed to hear, the one that was not my own.
It was just unsafe and frankly stupid to push forward at the edge of a mountain in that wind. We turned back. We were quiet. After getting so close, we all felt defeat.
But as we came down, I watched my girls. They had paired up and were holding hands for strength against the wind. Whether we succeed or fail isn’t always the important thing.
Sometimes, it’s how we accept the defeats that come that matters. We accepted it together, hand in hand. We moved down to safety and made a snowman.
I pondered on the way down. Our life is different than most. But anyone who thinks that God has only one way to give us the experience we need, to become who we need to become, frankly does not know Him at all.
Feeling grateful for the way He teaches me.