I started the day by waking up early and heading to Altus for worship at my favorite church. I love going there for many reasons, one being that I know I am completely there for God, not others' opinions or approvals. I'm there for one reason only and that is heart-felt, beautiful worship.
Sure enough the praise was awesome and the holy spirit was strong. The sermon was about the parable of the seeds. I found it very inspiring and took several pages of notes from the discussion. At twelve o'clock, as always, I was sad to leave the sanctuary but I knew it was time to continue my journey out in the world.
I had taken just a few steps outside when I saw a good friend of mine. He informed me of an event going on downtown and told me I should come. So I parked my car and checked it out. It was the Walking on Chalk event hosted by Main Street Altus. I had heard of this event and wanted to see it for myself in years past but had never made it. I loved it! Artwork all over the streets is fun to watch and enjoy. Before too long I found myself paying five bucks to enter a drawing myself. I knew I wasn't much up for the prize money because most of these artists had bags and bags of specialized chalk. They had came early to stake out the good pieces of concrete and their works were premeditated. Regardless, I had an hour to kill before my friends would arrive in Altus and I wanted to get some art out of my system.
For weeks a phrase out of an Elin Hilderbrand book had haunted me. "She was her own happy ending." The moment I read it I felt the connection and minutes later I saw the vision. I had something I needed to create. Because this was fresh on my mind I chose the Art Walk as a fair enough place to create it.
First I picked a smooth square slab of concrete, but I was soon told that adults had to use parking spaces, not squares. I was okay with this, until I realized that the only smooth parking spaces were across the road and they had already been filled up. A lady instructed me to use the parking spaces on this side of the road and try to find a smooth one. The problem was, these spaces were on asphalt, therefore they were jagged and course, making it hard to chalk on. I didn't have a choice though, so I complied.
Very soon I found myself getting extremely into my chalk art. I was kneeling down then standing up and moving from one side of the parking slot to the other. The hair, the brains, the beauty and colors of it all were coming together. This was my masterpiece that needed to be seen and felt. The process took me nearly an hour and I felt pleased with my work, though I knew it was rough and choppy due to the canvas.
Several of my friends greeted me when I finished. Altus friends who just happened to be walking around. I was invited to a bar-b-que and a different hiking trip. Unfortunately around this time I needed to change out of my church clothes (jeans and a t-shirt) and into my hiking clothes (shorts and a tank top.) So I headed to my friend Bailey's house to change clothes and catch up on life. Of course, this always takes longer than 15 minutes and that was all the time I had until my girls were meeting up with me.
So I was late.
But I met the girls at a parking lot across town just a half hour later. We drove into the North until we came to a trail we liked near Quartz Mountain.
My phone said we hiked about three miles. It was exhilarating but it also made us very hungry. Naturally, our final stop for the day involved sushi at our favorite hibachi joint. We feasted. Calamari, Crab Ragoon, Miso Soup, and House Salads for appetizers, plus two Sushi rolls and two hibachi plates. We had hiked up quite the appetite!
Overall I would say this was a very memorable and fun Sunday. We plan on hiking again very soon.