Hiding Under the Frosty Icing of Snow

1.6.22 … Going for a hike. Do you like the snow? How do you see the winter wonder – a smooth white blanket of tranquility? A frigid harbinger of icy death!? Nine days after Christmas, our little corner of America received 4 to 10 inches of frozenness. Though our abode kept electricity, many did not….

Stupid Rocks? Maybe Not

We went outdoors this weekend. Did our best on the social distancing thingamajig. So we went to CrabTree Meadows upper parking and walked the casual stroll to the head of the Falls. My wife had never been there and she wanted to get outside. On the 2 miles of trails, we met only 2 parties…

Got Outside – Guest Blog

Wide open spaces. Fresh air. Few people. Some articles say it is the lowest vulnerable activity if social distancing practiced. So today, I give a blog from another page. Here is a teaser… Welcome to Faith Connections Friday! It is a joy having you today! For the next several weeks until Easter, we will identify…

Let the Donkeys Pass On By

Awhile back, I was hiking the Grand Canyon with my son. It was one of the more popular trails – with scores of people going both ways, descending and ascending. There were a few spots on the trail that had water and shelters. But mostly, this trail was a collection of cutbacks and popular spots…

52 Hiker Mistakes by Backpacker … and by Worship Leaders

Bad choices, poor planning, and simply not paying attention. The article listed 52. And I have probably done 50 of them. True, many were in the early stages of my hiking journey, but some have happened very recently. Most of these mistakes are common sense errors. Handling the water reservoir wrong … so it will…

Jump Rock Trail Highlights

It started in the dark, early hours of the morning. I headed out towards Goshen Natural Preserve. A trail called Jump Rock. But the beauty hit me even before I got there. Once off I-64, I traveled the back roads. Splendid farms, rolling hills, cows, and the sun breaking over the mountain tops. Then I…

Jump Rock Trail, VA

Headed out real early. Sunrise from a mountain road near Buena Vista. Breakfast at Waffle House (might stop on way back too to replenish carbs). I am excited – for me it is a new trail, new part of the state, and new park – Goshen Little North Mountain. Pics will surface tomorrow … The…

Old Rag Mountain: Lightning on the Ledge

Some days the bear gets you, some days you get the bear. Some days it’s like you’ve been beaten and eaten by a bear. Such was Monday. Calvin, Tiffany, and I attacked Old Rag Mountain. The most popular, and possibly most taxing, day hike in all the mountains of Virginia. I’ve done it before, which…

My son’s fiancé … just got a wake up call

For a few days, we are being blessed by a visit from our son and his fiancé. I had met her once … we ate out at Hard 8 … a great Texas BBQ place where I always eat toooo much. I was moving from Dallas to Virginia, my son had struck up a friendship…

Hike Naked Day … really?

I think I will stay off the trails today. Apparently, it is an Appalachian Trail tradition that on the day of Summer Solstice, many will attempt getting back to … well, nature … the way you came into this world. Not specific to the AT, this tradition seems a bit extreme. And in a day…