Thursday, July 16, 2015
I cannot adequately relay the beauty of Mount Washburn. This is a feeble attempt. This Mount Washburn (video), and photographs do not do justice to God’s majesty.
Early Thursday we arose, layered up and headed for Mount Washburn. It was a 3 mile one-way hike up to an elevation of 10,000 feet. The walk was glorious but challenging. Mary Beth and I kept each others company on the way up. We stopped several times to take in glorious vistas of unforgettable scenes.
The hike of a lifetime: “Jesus is Lord”
Once I made it to the top, the first words I uttered was “JESUS IS LORD!” I felt so achieved and happy and as elated as I felt during a road race. Climbing Mount Washburn (video) was a really big deal! We were cheered upon arrival to the lookout tower by our team and took a group picture. It was a 3 mile hike up which took about 2 hours up and about and hour coming down
Cell Phones? Seriously?
There is no phone service in Yellowstone for the most part. On the side of the mountain, people got temporary signals on their way up and people stopped on the sideline to try and make calls.
Some people in our group got fascinating nature photos of the animals of Yellowstone during the ascent.
Mount Washburn is in the northeast quadrant of Yellowstone, between Tower Roosevelt and Canyon Village. I don’t know what the temperature was, but it was cold; ironically, I worked up such body heat and such adrenaline on the climb, I had peeled off all my layers and I was down to my base layer by the time I reached the top. I didn’t realize how cold it really was until I saw the wind blowing very hard on other people. Once I figured out how cold it was I immediately put back on my layers.
Lesson Learned. You don’t know what you are able to do and you don’t know your capabilities. You have to be open to trying and experiencing and believing in yourself. God is on your side.
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