WE MADE IT!
Our drive to Protectors' Peak began in the wee hours of the morning-2:00 a.m. to be exact. I'm not sure why I let my husband talk me into these things, but it was his desire to drive straight through, all 21 hours of it. At 1:30 am, suitcases were shoved in the back of our Traverse by sleepy girls whispering their displeasure of being awoken so early. I had my coffee gripped in one hand as I closed the lift gate with the other while each traveler situated themselves in their cozy nests they would occupy for the next almost 24 hours. A prayer was lifted up for safety and protection and heads quickly snuggled into pillows to catch some more z's before morning came.
We were off.
This was it.
We were really doing it.
Before I knew it, the morning turned to day, day turned into night, and we were driving on twisty turny mountain roads in the dark of night followed by a long stretch of a dusty dirt road. I didn't realize it, but my hands hurt from white knuckling the steering wheel as I clenched tightly to it. Just about the time I thought we'd never get there, we took the road that lead to Protectors' Peak. Nate had been there only once before yet miraculously found it in the dark. It's at times like these, I'm appreciative of his strong sense of direction and his ability to make things work out. I stepped out of the vehicle and into a star-blanketed night. Here we were....
WE MADE IT!
After exiting the vehicles, we found ourselves exhausted and quite frankly, cranky as heck. Nate signed the lease on this property only a few days before, so we had complete access to the lodge. I only remember stumbling into bed after cracking the window to get a whiff of the clean, crisp mountain air. There would be a lot to explore throughout the week, but it could wait until we all got some rest.
The week flew as we enjoyed the beauty of this property. There was no wifi and the nearest town was 45 minutes away. The phrase "in the middle of nowhere" is an understatement. It took the girls and I some time to adjust to this new way, but the beauty of the outdoors and the coziness of the lodge warmly invited us to savor each moment. We played games, gathered around a campfire, hiked, tubed, talked, laughed, fished, waded, and even went to town a few times to shop and eat breakfast. It was divine and special and sacred. Early mornings on the big deck with a cup of hot coffee, amazing views, my Bible, and God were definitely my highlights. I've already found where my special "God time" will be as I basked in the beauty of the mountain views surrounding me. It's there that I feel closest to Him-the mountains feel like His temple here on earth.
When the desire or dream you've held in your heart comes to be, it's exciting but scary. I couldn't help but feel unsettled at all the loose ends that will eventually need to be tied up. There's so much to do, so many projects to complete, and many details that need tending to. My overwhelmed soul called out to God many times over the week and I kept hearing Him say, "Do not fear. I am with you. I've taken you this far and I won't leave you."
It's Nate and I's hope that Protectors' Peak will be a special place where our weary visitors will receive rest, renewal, and refreshment to their souls. The reset button needs to be pushed in all of us at times and being surrounded by God's beautiful creation has a way of pushing that button. I know it did that for my family and me.
Sometimes, the very best things in life are the simple things like walks with the family, eating a delicious dinner together, and connecting over a hot drink while watching wildlife outside on the deck. My prayer is that everyone who enters the doors of this place will feel loved, heard, and understand how much God truly loves them. For now, we will continue to pray and ask for provision for what's ahead, and I do believe it's coming soon.
Peace and Blessings to you!