For three nights God enabled me to breathe on the property of YMCA of the Rockies. He sent me there to attend a Stress Protest with Girl Trek. It was the first Stress Protest since 2019. It was my first ever. This time between 8,000 and 8,615 feet gave me a time to rest, meditate, and do almost nothing. I had things on my schedule but most of them I cancelled and did something else. One I skipped out on with two other Girl Trekkers. We took a shuttle from the Y into Estes Park and attended their Labor Day Arts and Craft show. The walk through the quaint mountain town was refreshing.
The only activity I signed up for that I kept was an 719 foot ascent with twelve trekkers and two guides. We climbed, panted, drank, and rested our way to the top of Bible Point. We did the out and back portion which amounted to 3.26 miles because of the 1.5 miles round trip it took to get to and from the trailhead. The out part was all uphill and the return is a fast descent. I loved the twelve stopping points. At these points were posted scriptures from Psalms. The twelve of us each read one of those scriptures while we caught our breath and swallowed water. Each of us had to have two sources of water, snacks, box lunch, and broken in hiking boots. The lunch view of mountain ranges made the trek worth the effort.
YMCA of the Rockies has so much to offer any group that wants to reside in it’s borders with hiking and biking trails, swimming pool, skating rink, horseback riding, basketball courts, cabins, dorms, lodges, fire pits, equipment rentals, meeting facilities, tent camping, dining, shopping, all season activities, miniature golf, dog parks, and more. The Rocky Mountain National Park is a few miles away for more exploration. This is a perfect place for adventurers or those who prefer to sit and watch the sun rise and set.
Juel A. Fitzgerald has a degree in English and is a Toastmaster trained public speaker, loves to travel, walk long distances with friends, and is a driving instructor for teens. She writes in four blogs and is the author of “Lives of a Gem! God’s Treasured Possession”, “Bible Trek: Reading the Bible in Thirteen Weeks”, and “The Twelve: Fishers of Men”.
These are her four blogs:
- Heart Emissions – weekly spiritual devotionals.
- Juel’s Travel Beacon – travel information and tips.
- Walking For God Challenge – one year blog to raise funds for HOPE worldwide.
- Writer’s Blog – writer’s journey, news and other information
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