While I just recently shared with you my year of the 40 list, I’ve been actively working on the list since the beginning of the year. Back in January I checked off #14 on the list; Visit the mountains in snow. It actually checked off two things, the other being visiting my sister, but officially it gets filed under the snow category.
Knowing we wouldn’t get to spend time with my sister and her family over Christmas we decided to plan a snow weekend in Breckenridge, Colorado. The weekend did not disappoint! There was plenty of snow, sunshine and time with my family, both my own and my sister’s. They skied and we spent time introducing P to the snow. When you grow up Texan, it’s a little hard to comprehend until you’re immersed in it. We did a little shopping, sledding and we visited the amazing Dillon ice castles.
Just as I was hoping, P loved it and I’m convinced I’ll be able to get him to go again. My other Texan, cc, might be harder to convince. I was grateful she prepared well and wore multiple layers of clothing…except for when she went sledding! That is her in the middle photo sledding in her jeans. Only a Texan can pull that off.
So why did this make the year of the 40 list? For some, the beach is grounding and relaxing. For others, like myself, the mountains speak to the heart more. They help me find a sense of peace, balance and even inspiration. Many of my best ideas seem to come when I’m trekking on a mountain. The snow only enhances that experience for me. There is is a silence and stillness that is hard to explain that envelops me when the ground is covered with snow. There truly is a feeling of hibernation, but in the mental and spiritual sense. Let’s be clear, I want to be out in it, not hiding in a warm space. And out of that feeling I find exactly what I need. I am grateful I was able to experience it with my family, and if it’s up to me, this won’t be the last visit to the mountains in snow.