Today its snowing,,yet again. But yesterday was a beautiful day. Temperatures in the mid-40s, clear blue skies, wind--well, tolerable. I couldn't quite make it work to ride with Tom and Phil, who took a monster ride yesterday. But I did get a 2 hour loop on the ranch roads by myself. I rode hard, really pushing the roller coaster hills. When I got home, my legs were cooked--in that awesome way you feel when you've pushed yourself to the limit.
On the ride I saw some elk, a bald eagle, and a rather large rodent-like animal scurrying away--I think it was a badger. Pike's Peak was all-white, even the crags were frosted with snow. Horses were grazing all along the way, and two were rearing up, pawing at each other, just for fun.
I was keenly aware of how blessed I am to be able to live in such a gorgeous location. I can appreciate the beauty of just about every place. Our life in ministry has taken us to the prairies of the midwest, the saguaros of the Sonoran desert, the marshlands of western Chicago, and the hardwood hills of midldle Tennessee. While we made some great friends in every location, no place ever touched my heart like here. So as we near our five-year anniversary, to God I say, "thanks!"