Three-mile Hike In the Rio Grande Gorge

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We took an easy, round-trip hike on one of our most beautiful trails. Great time of day to hike. We went early in the morning to be sure we would be back in time for Brandon’s appointment. We three, me, … Read More

Backpacking Memories — Tour du Mont Blanc

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When my kids were young I wanted to take them on one of the world’s most beautiful hikes, the Tour du Mont Blanc. It’s a 105-mile hike around the highest mountain in Europe. The trail crosses several high mountain passes. It’s … Read More

Communing With God On Woodland Hikes

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After a lifetime of a love affair with nature, I’ve discovered words that express more adequately why it matters so much to me. When I was a child at summer camp, a counselor said every afternoon when his duty ended that he … Read More

Snowless Hiking Trails in February!

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Can You Believe — Just two weeks after a big snowfall, where did it all go? We had a decent additional eight inches of snow on January 26. By February 6, we had lost almost all of it. The groundhog was … Read More

Do You Want to be the Shadow or the True You?

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We do have a choice, you know. “It is because we don’t know who we are, because we are unaware that the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, that we behave in the generally silly, the often insane, the sometimes … Read More

Hiking Trails In Danger!

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Yikes! Walk Seven Miles of Highway! Call That Hiking? Hikers had been hiking this section of the Florida Trail for years. Then suddenly, without prior notice, they faced “NO TRESPASSING” signs! This is the most recent trail closing hikers are facing … Read More

Power of Geoff’s Faith Shown in Photos

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I got this post from a friend, Geoff Curtis, this morning.  He went from spiritual weakness to physical strength through simple belief. Proof of his metamorphosis is in the photos.  Below is his message.     I’ve felt weakness beyond … Read More

A Good, and Maybe the ONLY, History of Hiking in America

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BackpackerBill’s Take on a New Hikers’ Book On the Trail: A History of American Hiking  by Silas Chamberlin Even though it’s a “history,” the guy writes very entertaining stories of hikers pioneering the way. And it is factually correct!  How do I know?  Simple. … Read More

Is God Out There In Nature?

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I’ve had that question many times. Is God out there — Somewhere? If so, how does God get into my head, speaking to me in “that still small voice?” I know, the Bible says that “it is not here, not there — the Kingdom … Read More

The Holiness That’s In the Air

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While reading Houston Smith’s biography, I couldn’t help identify with what he said in this quote: I always felt happier at Native American gatherings than at meetings of the American Academy of Religion or, for that matter, at the universities … Read More

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