I am not on vacation this month, but I’m taking it a little slower. Instead of regular blogging, I’m doing a photo essay based on last year’s trip to a place I go as often as possible: the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado.

Last year I promised myself I’d find the Catholic church in Estes, Our Lady of the Mountains. Turns out it’s right across from Safeway.

It was raining, and I only had my iPhone. I never even made it inside—the outdoor part was too mesmerizing.

Mother and Child.

Here’s good ole’ St. Francis with a deer.

And the Stations of the Cross are built with a roof to protect them from snow.