That’s exactly what I did these past couple of days. And man, was it good for me! I hadn’t been feeling my best in the couple of weeks prior so I knew I wanted to take some time alone doing something I love, to refresh & renew. And while I did, I was able to feel God’s presence stronger than I have in quite a long time! It was just what I needed.
Earlier in the week I hopped on Airbnb to look for affordable options for a one night stay somewhere not too far from me. After researching some nearby cities and talking to people who’ve lived here in Colorado much longer than I have, I decided to take a visit to Leadville: the highest incorporated city in North America! I found cheaper lodging in Salida, another beautiful city only an hour or so south of Leadville, and drove there after work on Friday. The views on the way there were indescribable, and pictures could never do them justice. I blasted my favorite music with the windows down, which of course is the only way to road trip! After arriving to the Airbnb, I realized that I could not have found a better place to stay. It was a little off-the-grid type cabin with all around views of the mountains. It was stunning; there I was able to spend time praying & reading my Bible in a new setting, which gave me a fresh appreciation for my daily quiet time. The next morning I woke up early and headed north!
I started with a nice breakfast at a little cafe in Buena Vista, then went straight to the trailhead for the hike I planned to do. It was the most perfect day for a hike and even with altitude ranging from about 10,000-11,000ft, I managed to make it to the lake & back within a couple of hours. I then took some time to explore the city, visiting some of the shops & local hangouts. When it came time to head home, I decided to take the scenic route through the mountainous cities of Breckenridge and Frisco since I had yet to see that part of the state. I made it back in time for Saturday night service at church, which was the best way to end my retreat of serenity & renewal.
I encourage everyone reading this to make this kind of time for yourself! Maybe you’re not the kind of person to spend a night somewhere unfamiliar by yourself, but at least spend a day doing something you enjoy (and having some good food in the process!) with no distractions from social media, work, or whatever gets you hung up sometimes. I’m absolutely going to prioritize doing this every couple of months now because the effects are priceless.