Tuesday, June 21, 2011
free day at glacier national park!
And this is a post where I brag about my great friends who are always DOING THINGS and inviting me to DO THINGS and including me even though I'm kind of a weakling and come in a two-pack with a toddler who tends to go at a molasses-like pace at times.
We have wonderful, outdoorsy people at our church. Now, my usual experience of outdoorsy people is that they tend to make you feel bad about yourself (if you're bookish and sedentary like I am). No, I've never hunted a deer or ridden a snow mobile or climbed a mountain. When it comes to outdoorsy stuff, I'm limited by both my physical ability (I have a bum knee) and my lack of knowledge. I have to be told things that are obvious to others. In my experience, this has led to many folks just not taking me too seriously and going about their way. It makes me feel excluded sometimes. Left out.
Today was "free day" at Glacier National Park. It was an incredibly gorgeous day (after weeks of rain and grey skies). We skipped rocks at Lake McDonald, walked down a trail to a waterfall. We ate on a rocky beach by Lake McDonald Lodge. All along the trail, I joked about being eaten by bears (an actual fear that had me worried all last night...I was convinced both I and my toddler would in fact be devoured by bears). They put up with me. They laughed and smiled with me. And because of that inclusion, Burrito and I were able to enjoy the wonders of God's creation, the breath-taking scenery. The crash of the rapids and the waterfalls. The warmth of the sun on our face. The pleasure of good conversation on the trail. Burrito was enamored with the picnic on the beach. Eating sandwiches OUTSIDE? AT A LAKE? WITH FRIENDS? Awesome!