About Joyful Altitude

Nancy Reinke


I am a freelance writer, photographer and year-round resident of Estes Park, Colorado -- gateway to the beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. 

Bear Lake

My husband artist Dennis Reinke and I live on a half-acre homestead at the base of Prospect Mountain.

Our home is a 1926 cabin we purchased and completely renovated ourselves with the help of our friend Will.
 We converted a 150 year-old log barn on our homestead to an artist studio.
Dennis and I were married on Valentine's Day 2010 at The Fawnbrook Inn, a magical place in Allenspark, CO. I relocated from Ohio to Estes Park where Dennis is an established visual artist.
Dennis Reinke painting The  Fawnbrook Inn garden.

My Joyful Altitude blog journey began on May 3, 2010. I've always enjoyed writing. As a little girl I played "journalist" and made up newspaper stories. 

When Dennis gave me his spare digital camera, I discovered a new passion: photography. On August 3, 2010 I combined my passions for writing and photography in my second blog Mountain Manna Devotionals.
Mountain Manna is my tribute to my #1 Passion: Jesus Christ.

In my first Joyful Altitude post, Joy 7,522 Feet Above Sea Level,  I wrote: "I started this blog in an effort to hone my writing skills, as well as journal my life in Estes Park, Colorado...a high altitude location." I didn't realize then how much God would teach me through blogging and that through it He would encourage others in their faith walk. Nor did I dream that He would open doors for my writing to reach outside cyberland. My devotionals appear in:
 "Pay It Forward" -  January 24.

January 16 - 22, 2012

I take none of the credit or the glory. It all belongs to my Savior Jesus Christ. Without Him I would not have the freedom (both spiritual and emotional) to live and write the way I do.

Dennis and I are very blessed to be able to do what we love. 
Dennis's Studio

My "writing space".

We are surrounded by God's beautiful creation.
View from our kitchen window.

Wildlife visits us daily.

A graceful couple in our side yard.
Elk dashing through our backyard.

Animals that hang around get named. We call this chipmunk "The General".
Sunrises like this one inspire me to worship our Creator.
Sunrise view from our homestead. (Results of God's handiwork ARE typical.)
Dennis and I are on a joyful journey together. Following God and allowing Him to work through us. We're not perfect. Far from it. But we have an awesome God who loves us and teaches us every day.

Breakfast at the Meadow Mountain Cafe, Allenspark Co. A favorite spot.

"Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; 
Then they said among the nations, 'The LORD has done great things for them.'” 
Psalm 126:2