Recently my husband has been spending more time on the road than at home for work. And this last time he came home he mentioned that he wished he would receive a sign from above to know what to do about a matter we have been pondering for quite some time now. How funny he should ask for this such thing since his wish has been granted loud and clear. As I sit and type in this very moment we are getting hammered with the biggest snow storm….ooops, sorry let me rephrase that…..the biggest blizzard in over 20 years here in WI.
It began Friday evening and is still snowing at this time. We have had 50+ mph winds and so much blowing and drifting that highways are being declared impassable.Snow blowing has been done three times already just to keep up with the drifts forming around our vehicles, boat, and doorways/windows.
And the best part of this whole sign from above is……IT IS APRIL 15!!!!!!!!
In three weeks we are suppose to be camping, hiking, and hopefully wearing a little less clothing than we need to wear right now to go outside.
So to all you enjoying spring time cherry blossoms, tulips poking through the ground, and sunshine on your shoulders…..please, please, take a moment and be thankful you live somewhere this is all happening.
For me, I am not angry about this snow….I am not sad about this snow…I am just smiling and being thankful that my husband got what he needed to now know……we need to make a change and we need to make a change soon.
Thank you GOD….he needed your help and you came through.
A few short weeks ago my family was enjoying the beauty of the Utah area.
As I watched and listened to the numerous stories online and on television about the flash flooding and deaths that came to those hikers in Zion National Park this week I couldn’t help but wonder what they went through.
This area is where I find true happiness. It fulfills my passion for hiking and living large. I can only pray that this group of men and women were doing something they loved, in a place they loved.
This is simply heartbreaking and our prayers go out to their family and friends.
My husband, son and I were three of the few gathered on the cliff top enjoying the view when you suddenly appeared and just as fast disappeared from our eyes along the trail you were on. Honestly, none of us could quite believe what we had just witnessed.
I feel this need to write this to you because often times with social media and hearsay people, like all of us, that love to do what we do for fun get a bad wrap for being careless.This however, was not the case when this happened to you. We all saw the trail you were on and could have made the same wrong step you did. Plus, I hope by writing you it makes me feel better inside. I, along with everyone else on the top of that cliff, felt so extremely helpless watching you fall and being able to do nothing to help. There were two EMT’s and one emergency room nurse hiking on that cliff when you fell trying to figure out any way possible to reach you. Your climbing friends were clearly shaken but would have done anything to help you also. We were amazed by the calmness of the one climber whom was thankfully already harnessed and immediately made his way down to you by repelling. Devils Lake park service was first to arrive within minutes and right behind Baraboo Fire and Rope Rescue Team showed up with a climber ready to repel to your location. Finally, after all emergency personnel arrived we were all asked to leave the scene and let them do their jobs. However, this was the part that I just can’t seem to forget. We headed down that trail with everyone else and no one was talking. There were groups gathered around in circles saying prayers for you and it was a somber finish for all of us who witnessed this horrific accident that you endured.
That night as we sat around the camp fire we were so thankful to be safe from a great day of hiking. At the same time our thoughts were on you, your friends and family whom would hopefully be by your side by now at a local hospital. We would not know until arriving home Sunday that you were airlifted from the cliff a few hours later in stable condition. Thank God! We all took a breath of relief but also hoped that stable condition meant that eventually you will be able to get back out there and continue doing what you love.
We are always cautious while hiking this gorgeous park. However, witnessing your mishap has brought a whole new meaning to us that we will never forget. Accidents happen anytime, anywhere, to anyone when we least expect them.
My family will be praying for your full recovery. Just know, that any of us on the top of that cliff would have done just about anything to help you, we just had no way of doing anything.