Wednesday, May 7, 2014

An Altitude Adjustment

The title of this blog post does not contain a typo; although I admit my attitude sometimes needs an adjustment too.

My biggest concern right now is for an altitude adjustment. In the near future, Charles and I will be heading to the Rocky Mountains. I will be attending the Colorado Christian Writers Conference while my adventuresome husband hikes and casts his fly fishing rod in the sparkling waters in Estes Park. Who do you think will have the most fun?

The atmospheric pressure changes and the higher altitudes of the mountainous west have been known to precipitate my headaches and nausea. So why did I make the decision to take a chance and go anyway? The outstanding faculty of writers, agents, and editors at the Colorado conference was hard to resist and Charles dearly loves being in the mountains. I also hear that Estes Park is a very picturesque place—although a bit chilly this time of year.
Years ago, I spent part of my visit to the Grand Canyon at the medical clinic getting medication for nausea. But another time, I was able to climb the lower portion of Mt. Rainier with no problems. Our plan is to spend a couple of days in Denver so that I can adjust to the lower altitude before we make our way into the Rockies. And this time I am going prepared with a sack full of pills.

As much as I hate to admit it, I am not a good traveler. My high-maintenance body tends to rebel when it is away from the comforts of home and hearth. I am praying that this time will be different. My inspiration for this trip comes from one of the Psalms of David:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 121:1-2 (NIV)

When I write my next blog post sometime before the end of May, I will update you on our exciting trip. In the meantime, say a prayer for our safe travels and my ability to conquer those mountains.


  1. Consider it done! Praying for an "altitude adjustment" for you!

  2. I love ya and must admit I'm a little jealous and happy for you at the same time. When I was in Peru at high altitudes, they had us chew on some sort of plant. Cocoa leaves maybe? Can't remember. Anywho, I still spent 3 days ill while my body made more red blood cells. Happy for you and proud of your tireless writing pursuit!

  3. Your conference, the beauty of the mountains, and Charles' adventures are bound to make for a memorable week. You will be supported by the prayers of many of your followers. Looking forward to a colorful report.

  4. Good for you for taking the challenge of a Colorado trip! Optimism and confidence are the words that come to mind when undertaking such a venture. I'm certain you will be extremely happy you chose to go! Enjoy!

  5. Will say a little prayer Frieda for your comfort and safety. Just relax and maybe you will do fine. Hope the conference is all you expect and need.

  6. Maybe if you stay long enough your body will adjust to those heights. Just don't be mountain climbing. Take time for naps and writing sitting down. Seems we lived at 8,700 ft. in the Andes, Bogota, Colombia, for many years. The people who had the most trouble were the ones who KNEW how high it was, the others were fine:-) I know you will love it, Frieda dear.

  7. Enjoy and take a whiff of that wonderful mountain air. Trusting Our Lord, that you will do well.

  8. I am excited for you. Hang onto your Psalm verses trusting that Satan will flee and joy and health will prevail so in it all you can easily give all honor and glory to God.
    Sandra A