Posts tagged landscape
City of Rocks National Reserve || Malta, Idaho
City of Rocks National Reserve || Malta, Idaho || beauty, nature, settlement, immigration, wonder, majestic

Back in October, Matthew and I were able to spend a weekend in Idaho and I am just now getting around to editing the photos and sharing them with you. We usually go to California with my family, but felt like we needed some time away as a couple. Turner stayed home with Grammy Salter and Grey came along for the ride because he is seriously the happiest and easiest baby ever. I had found an Airbnb (a post about that coming soon!) and the sights Idaho to offer. After discussing it together, we decided on three places. City of Rocks, Shoshone Falls Park, and Perrine Memorial Bridge.  City of Rocks was the beginning of our journey. We took a small detour to drive through the reserve on our way to Twin Falls. When we started coming upon the rocks, I couldn't believe my eyes.

I felt like I had stepped into a world described by J. R. R. Tolkien. The misty skies gave it the most eerie and simultaneously serene feeling. I LOVED it. It was raining the whole time and the dirt roads were so muddy. Basically it was extremely dangerous and we were a nervous wreck whenever we were in the car. Haha! Still, SO worth the drive. Although I can't speak for my chauffeur. Sorry, Matthew.

But there was such a story being told in this place. So many people had traveled through this reserve and some of them had made it their home. It was incredible and I'd go back there in a heartbeat. Maybe when it's not so slippery...

Our visit to Shoshone Falls and Perrine Bridge will be up on the blog tomorrow, with Airbnb details on Saturday. Sign up to my subscription list if you don't want to miss it! Lots of love!  

White Water Rafting || Snake River, Wyoming
White Water Rafting || Snake River, Wyoming

This week Matthew and I had the opportunity to go river rafting in Wyoming. We were invited by one of his coworkers and I'm so glad we went. It was extremely beautiful up there and such a fun adventure. I'm somewhat of a thrill seeker. This experience was definitely a thrill, except the part where my husband fell overboard. I could have managed without that one, but it definitely gave us a good laugh later! 

It's always nice to be out in the great outdoors and disconnected from the rest of the world. We figured out that it was the first time in 5 years that Matthew had been disconnected from cell service, internet and data. It'd been about a year and a half for me since I went to girl's camp. It's so peaceful when you just sit and relax among God's great creations. Every thing holds such apparent beauty.

The group we went with had to be the most laid back, down to earth, and genuinely nice people I've ever met. I learned a lot about river rafting during our four runs. The major thing I learned is that in order to hit all the rapids correctly we needed to read the river and decide what looked like the most promising route. We needed a leader to call out the way we needed to paddle, so we could all be on the same page. There were multiple times where different people were calling out different things, or not following the directed paddle instructions, myself included. It led us into waters we didn't want to be in. 

We all had to paddle forward in sync to get out of certain situations. When we were not working together we couldn't get where we wanted to go, like that time we hit the cliff broadside and Matthew went overboard. Our raft was not balanced on this run we had 4 on the left side and 2 on the other.  It also had a lot to do with preparation. In order to avoid the cliff that the current pushed into we needed to look ahead and be prepared to paddle before it was too late. 

It had me thinking how similar river rafting is to our lives. 

In life we need a person who can see ahead of us, who knows the path we should take and can guide us through it using a leader's voice. We need to find a good balance in our lives so we don't find our rafts flipping over. The currents are often the easiest route to take, but if we are not careful it can lead us to dangerous cliffs and we may even be lost in deep waters. However, there are others around us who can help lift us up. We have teammates who coach us through the hard parts of the river and do it with a laugh and a smile. When we cheer each other on instead of criticizing each other we help each other return safely ashore. We look back at what was hard and realize it taught us to be stronger. It helped us gain experience for the future. 

So as we go down this river of life, I hope I can always remember to paddle forward. To remember the things that a loving Heavenly Father, Holy Ghost and prophets have told me. I hope I can be a form of rescue to those in need, that I can lift others around me and cheer them on when they meet rough, deep waters. My family is my team and together we can endure to the end. I am so grateful for the gospel, for the beauty of the world around us, and the opportunity to ponder what this life is all about. 

It's amazing what you can learn when you just sit and listen. 

I hope everyone had a great week!

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