How Great is Our God!

How Great is Our God!

Why hike?

  • Exercise in the fresh air.
  • Breathtaking views.
  • Quality time with friends and/or family.
  • Opportunities to meet or spend time with new acquaintances.
  • It’s good for the soul. 

I used to be an island girl, but thanks to many hikes with my adventurous hubby I just might be converted. The ocean is memorizing, but mountains scream at you. There is something to be said about standing somewhere were few others have stood, sweating like crazy and sore all over, staring into valleys surrounded by snow-covered peaks.

I just don’t have the words to describe the feeling that a good hike gives – only that it usually truly does make my soul sing! How can you look at the Tetons, drive from Vancouver to Banff, climb Machu Picchu, or walk along the tops of the Andes and NOT be moved spiritually? I have yet to go on a hike and not have the words of “How Great Thou Art” ringing in my head:

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the works thy hand hath made. I see the stars. I hear the mighty thunder. Thy power throughout the universe displayed. 

When though the woods and forest glades I wander, I hear the birds sing sweetly in the tress. When I look down, from lofty mountain grandeur and hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze. 

Then sings my soul my Savior God to Thee. How great Thou art! 

This weekend, Jon organized a trip to a close by National Park with a small group of people from our church and schools. Our little and insanely uncomfortable bus picked us up at 7:00 am and drove 1.5 hours into the mountains northeast of Linares.  Little did we know what was in store for us…

I challenge you to click on this link … or this one , to listen, and to scroll through the pictures below.

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The beginning of what would become a 13 hour and 18.5 mile hike!
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One of our first glimpses of the mountains through the trees.
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The view halfway up
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Pep talk by Victor
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Above the tree-line!
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And the mountains declare the glory of God!
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First look-out point conquered! the Enladrillado

 

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Pure joy
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Trying to do the condor pose just like my brother Scotty.
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Condor sighting! My pose must have worked (; There were a few that flew right over us. Pictures do not do them justice. They are just massive.
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Goofing off. Seba is a member of our church, and we had fun taking pictures that would scare his mom. (=
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Siesta anyone?
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A pretty cool place to take a break.
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Celebrating in the best way = fresh coffee
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A good looking guy and a good looking mountain and some good looking coffee
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This volcano is called Descabezado Grande which means “headless” or “decapitated”
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Photo #2 in operation scare Seba’s mom
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Reliving Jenny’s “most entertaining comments” from the hike up.
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It just doesn’t get better than this.
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Obligatory couple shot (=
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Snowball fight!!!! Can you spot the snowball?
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Photo #3 in operation scare Seba’s mom: FAIL! Jenny tried to throw Seba in the snow, but this is what happened instead…
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Boy Band Album Cover – in honor of Joanna and her love of bands.
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The flat top of the mountain was beautiful and erie. Check out the condors flying above!
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After the Enladrillado lookout, we hiked along the top of the mountain to get to an even higher lookout and lake.
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This was my favorite part of the day. We were so alone up there. Sometimes it felt like we were just on normal ground and then there would be view that would remind you that you were actually on top of everything!
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Girl Power!
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Another world
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higher and higher
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Queen of the world! Jenny officially declared this hike to be cooler than Machu Picchu.
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Onwards to the lake at the top.
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We found it! And I discovered that Chileans hike with chocolate milk. Why have I not thought of this before?
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The snow was really deep here so we had to be careful not to fall through.
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It was a wonderful day with these beautiful ladies and many many laughs. One of us might have fallen and rolled down this hill… which one was it?
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Group shot. (I just realized that it looks like Joanna has one leg)
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Trying really hard to not fall through the snow
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Many parts of the trail were marked with these rocks.
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Excited to come back to just visit the laguna so that we can see it when the sun is directly above and maybe do some swimming!
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Last view on top of the Andes before the great descent.
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Our timing was perfect because the sun was just starting to set.
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Blessed with wonderful weather the entire day.

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From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord be praised!
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Egg yolk in the sky

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We ended up having to hike for about 2 hours in the dark to get back down to our bus. Thank goodness for headlamps! Here I am giving Jon my best “I’m so tired face.” Thankfully everyone made it back safely and had a great time!

Jon and I LOVE to travel especially by camping or hiking. It was wonderful to share something that we love so much with others. We are hoping to do many more trips like this with others in the future.

What an amazing God we have who gave us such a gorgeous creation!

If you would like to see a short video of our hike click here.

 

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