Hermit Basin Christian Conference Facility located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado.
Every year, Skillman Bible Church takes a trip to Hermit Basin Conference Center in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Colorado. This year Nick kindly invited us to join him on the retreat.
We have been very busy for the past month. Justin had his concussion which slowed us down for about a week. Shortly after that we had to pack up all of our belongs, say goodbye to all of our students, and move from China to Texas. A day after arriving in the States, Justin’s grandmother came to visit us. While she was here we prepared for our engagement party, and then celebrated with our friends and family that could make it here. Once that was over, we were fortunate enough to have our friends, Peter and Irina, visit from Oregon. They stayed with us for a week, and if you have been following the blog posts, you will know that we did a few interesting things with them too. Basically, when the time came to leave for Colorado, we were nothing short of exhausted… There was no doubt that we wanted to go, but we just didn’t know where we would get the energy to do all of the fantastic outdoor activities that we knew were available.
Nick had done this road trip before so we trusted his decision to leave Texas at 2 am. By noon it would be over 100 degree F so we wanted to get as much of the driving through the state of Texas done before the sun came up.
We packed the car before we went to bed and set an alarm for 2am. I certainly did have it lucky on this journey because I am small and I could spread out comfortably in the backseat. Justin and Nick took turns driving. There was not much to see after the sun rose. I kept lifting my head to see if I was missing anything, but each time I did I saw nothing new so I would go back to sleep. I felt like a kid waiting to get to the final destination. Thanks guys 😉
Justin and Nick – driving through New Mexico
We stopped a few times to fill up, stretch and get some food. At a Wendy’s we sat down to relax and ate breakfast. It was here that I once again marveled at how polite people were, and how clean the rest stop was. We stood in a queue waiting to place our order, and I noticed that no one pushed in the line, the bathrooms were immaculate, and the food came with tons of options.
haha, how easy it is to impress me now.
Inside my chocolate wrapped – some wise words to live by.
About 14 hours after leaving Dallas, we arrived at Hermit Basin Conference Center in Colorado.
Others has arrived already, but many of the families with kids had left a day before and spent the night at a hotel half way along the route.
The entrance room at the Inn.
The Inn consists of a double story building containing 36 rooms – sixteen of them have kitchenettes and twenty of them have bunk beds. We had been told that we were sharing with Nick, but upon arrival we were fortunate enough to be allocated our own room and it had a kitchen, so we were very pleased about that.
Kitchen and bathroom.
I took full advantage of the bath tub here. The evenings were cool and I was always exhausted, so this was a great way to relax and unwind. I haven’t had a bath tub since we moved to Asia…Again, I’m sorry, the smallest things amuse and impress me now 😉
The inn also contains a hot tub and a sauna 🙂
I was pretty excited about using the sauna but unfortunately it seemed to be out of order.
Ella and Nick share some snacks.
We unpacked the truck and settled into our rooms. Nicks room was next to ours and we had a great view from our balcony area. The families with young children were allocated rooms on the other side of the inn.
We were so happy to finally be in Colorado. There was nothing planned for the first evening so we looked forward to some “recovery” time. We set up our camping chairs outside our room and took in the fresh air and beautiful view.
This is the ‘mountain-facing’ side of the inn. The children had plenty room to play and run around here. In fact the grass slope to the right proved to be a fantastic play area!
A short walk from our rooms was an indoor swimming pool.
The weather was amazing, and almost every afternoon there were heavy showers. We experienced a number of thunder and lightning storms. This was a nice relief from the warmth, however we had to plan activities so that we were near cover by the afternoon.
This is the road leading to the lodge where we ate three times a day. Although it looks like you would need to walk for miles, it really was a quick walk. In fact, it was nice walking to the lodge before and after each meal.
Everyday, three times a day, we were served meals here. The staff that work here are WONDERFUL. They insisted on serving us, and it was always done in a friendly manner. I got up to get coffee after one of my meals and one of the servers said,
“Why are you getting up? What can I get you?? Let me serve you”
All of the meals were great, and although it wasn’t easy we managed to resisted some of the desserts and yummy treats. At many meals, Justin and I opted to share the sweet things. We are trying to not pick up weight like we did last summer. Second servings were always available, and there was also a salad bar at many of the meals. Drinks and fruits were available at any time of the day.
Here we are with the owner, Paul.
After most of the meals, Paul would pull up a chair and give us descriptions on activities that we could do in the area. He sure does like to chat 🙂
Our rooms were on the top floor, in the middle.