Today’s gratitude post was pretty much by accident.  We decided to take the gondolas up to the mountain top to get a new perspective.  As we started the ride seemed pretty sweet, nothing that would bring any adrenaline…

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From there we were rewarded with a sweet view and a chance to have our picture taken with the Olympic rings from the downhill skiing competition.

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As we surveyed the environment we noticed that by taking a chairlift we could get up to the summit of the peak we were on.  No big thing, right?  Hop on a chairlift and off we go!  That’s what we thought anyways…

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As we started it was nothing but smiles…

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But then I realized what a crazy high climb with no seat belt or harness felt like…  especially with an 8yo next to me that never stops moving.  I have a mild fear of heights that hit me hard.  Wanting to panic but knowing that there was nothing that I could do about it I kept breathing and did everything I could to calm down.  The adrenaline was pumping and I did everything I could to not freak out as we finished with a 100′ vertical ascent at the end.  It was wild!

Once it was all said and down I was glad that I did it.  The views I can remember now that I’m not facing the dizzying heights were breath taking.  The top of the mountain was astounding, we were just chilling in the clouds!

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As we hiked down there were 20′ tall snow walls…

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Overall, it was an incredible experience that I’m glad to have had.  Almost more importantly, it reminded me that often times there are some incredible things waiting for me when I go past the point of my fear.

Thanks!!!

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