December's Liturgical Hike: Reflections



Once again we had a beautiful day for an Advent hike today. We hiked the Dorothy Stewart Trail which is actually in Santa Fe itself and a bit of a hidden treasure. It was a glorious early winter day as you can see from the photo above, such a strikingly blue New Mexico sky.

We will continue to hike through the winter months, weather permitting, so plan to join us on the first Sunday of each month.

Also, it seems that there is plenty of interest in two things we've been talking about recently. The first is beginning a "Green" Bible study using a new edition of the NRSV Bible called The Green Bible which is published by HarperOne. We will likely begin meeting in January so stay tuned for more details. The second is a snowshoe hike sometime this winter. This hike would be in addition to our regular first Sunday of the month and I think will likely be in February or possibly March, again stay tuned for more details.

Finally, as we move through the remaining days of Advent my prayer is that each of us will be "awake" to the Holy in our lives in all of the many ways that it is present to us each day. May you and yours have a blessed holiday season!

Blessings,

Jon+

P.S. one of the things I mentioned today was a new, to me, organization called Advent Conspiracy which has been getting some good press in online Church circles this season. Advent Conspiracy seeks to recenter our consumerist attention in four ways: Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More and Love All.

December's Liturgical Hike

On Sunday December 7th we will be hiking the Dorothy Stewart Trail, weather permitting. Right now according to Weather.com Sunday is to be mostly cloudy with only a 10% chance of precipitation. I hope you can join us for a wonderful Advent liturgical hike.

For those of you who have not hiked the Dorothy Stewart Trail before, it is an easy and relatively short hike within Santa Fe which has some beautiful views of the city below and the mountains above. This should be a pleasant hike during the busy Advent season.

We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9:00am and leave there at 9:15am. We'll then drive to the St. John's College visitor parking lot "trail head" and begin our hike there and return there.

I look forward to seeing you December 7th for our one and only Advent hike.

Blessings,

Jon+

P.S. As always be sure to bring plenty of water and at least a snack. Also, please be prepared for the weather which can change quickly. Friendly and trail wise dogs are welcome on this trail, although I believe they are expected to be leashed.

November's Liturgical Hike: Reflections

What a glorious day it was for our November liturgical hike! The Aspen leaves may have been gone but that only served to highlight the deep blue New Mexico sky against the bare Aspen branches. The temperature was cool, there was just the hint of a breeze now and then and the views of the valley below were marvelous.
We had our largest gathering yet, eighteen happy and hearty souls – not counting the three canines who came along. We even had a spur of the moment visitor from Tulsa, OK who just happened to arrive at the trailhead when we did and decided to join us for the day.

As has become our liturgical custom the hike was “offered” within the context of the passing of the peace and we had a great time hiking along and getting to know each other a little better. It was a great opportunity to live into the second of Jesus’ two great commandments – to love your neighbor as yourself. And to top things off we had two or three Gray Jays join us at communion, they knew it was “real” bread.

We will continue to hike throughout the winter so air out your winter gear and keep in touch with this page so that you’ll know where and when.

Blessings,

Jon+

November's Liturgical Hike

On Sunday November 2nd we'll again be hiking Aspen Vista, weather permitting. At this point, according to weather.com, it appears that Sunday should be a nice day, with only a 10% chance of precipitation. If for some reason, however, weather does not permit we will hike an alternate trail at a lower elevation, likely something near the Rio Grande river.

We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9:00am and leave there at 9:15am. Please remember that November 2nd is the first day of the fall time change so 9:00am will seem like 10:00am.

If you have not hiked with us before and/or if you haven't hiked Aspen Vista before I especially call your attention to this US Forest Service link http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/recreation/districts/espanola/trails/tesuquepeak.html and also the archives of this weblog to view the "October Liturgical Hike" entry for additional information about the Aspen Vista trail. You can reach this archived entry by selecting the Previous Posts link which is located at the bottom of this page.

I look forward to seeing you November 2nd.

Blessings,

Jon+

P.S.: Even thought the weather has cooled be sure to bring plenty of water and at least a snack. Also, please be prepared for the weather which can change quickly at this altitude, especially at this time of year. Friendly and trail wise dogs are welcome on this trail. We should be on the trail by 9:45 am or so and I would expect that we will reach the spot for snack/lunch and Eucharist in about an hour. I would expect we will be finished with Eucharist by about 12 noon and then you're on your own to continue or to return.

October's Liturgical Hike: Reflections

Well we had our first WitW hike in the snow. There was about 3 to 5 inches of snow on the trail from a small storm that ended just as we began. Two of us hiked Aspen Vista and it was a beautiful snowy morning. As you can see from the picture the fall colors were there too. It was a unique fall/winter opportunity, even if it was a bit slushy. I hope and pray that yesterday was a good sign for an appropriately snowy winter.

Beginning in November we will be moving our liturgical hikes toward more temperate areas around Santa Fe and may have back up hikes in place in case they are needed. Stay tuned for details about how that will work. But we will keep hiking, liturgically, throughout the winter so break out your warm clothes and join us.

Blessings,

Jon+







October's Liturgical Hike

On Sunday October 5th we'll again be hiking the popular Aspen Vista Trail. Hopefully we will be able to hike in the midst of beautiful fall colors and cool temperatures.

We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 8:30am and leave there at 8:45am. Please see the p.s. for important details about the day.

As I mentioned last time we hiked this trail, in many ways Aspen Vista is ideal for liturgical hiking because two or three can walk abreast. For the first couple of miles it is a "relatively" easy uphill grade. Again this time we will stop for Eucharist at one of the first places with a good view of the valley below. After that those who wish to continue toward the summit may do so while others may wish to saunter a bit further or simply return.

Please be sure to follow this link to the Santa Fe National Forest page which gives greater detail about the trail, http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/recreation/districts/espanola/trails/tesuquepeak.html

I look forward to seeing you October 5th.

Blessings,

Jon+
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P.S.:

Be sure to bring plenty of water and at least a snack. Also be prepared for the weather which can change quickly at this altitude, especially at this time of year.

Friendly and trail wise dogs are welcome on this trail and since the feast day of St. Francis is Oct. 4th we will be offering special blessings for our canine companions.

We should be on the trail by 9:30am or so and I would expect that we will reach the spot for snack/lunch and Eucharist in about an hour. I would expect we will be finished with Eucharist by about 11:30am and then you're on your own to continue or to return.

September's Liturgical Hike: Reflections

Sunday September 7th was a beautiful day to be almost anywhere outside in Santa Fe and this was particularly true on the Norski Trail. WitW revisited this beautiful trail which we hiked first in July.


Fall was in the air but everything was still green, even lush due to the wonderful precipitation we've enjoyed this season. Thirteen of us had a good time hiking the easy trail and sharing a bit of our lives with each other as we hiked along. As is our custom we stopped along the way to hear the lectionary lessons of the day, to reflect on those lessons together, to pray together and to share the Eucharist.

Please check back soon for details about the October hike which will be on Sunday October 5th.

Blessings,

Jon+

September's Liturgical Hike

Hi All,

Once again, by popular demand, we will be hiking the Norski Trail on Sunday the 7th. This is the trail we hiked in July and was, as I promised, a very enjoyable and easy hike. You can find my posts regarding that first Norski hike with additional information in the link to "older posts" just to the right below this post.

September 7th may be too early for fall colors but I'm sure we will see changes from two months ago as this lovely area gets ready for the new season.

As before we will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 8:30am and leave there at 8:45am.

This is a shorter hike and we will most likely be finished before noon.

Blessings and I look forward to seeing you on the 7th,

Jon+

P.S. Be sure to bring water and a snack (or lunch) and be prepared for whatever the weather may have in store for us. I'll be there rain or shine (or whatever else).

August's Liturgical Hike: Reflections

Photo (c) 2008 Justin R. Cannon
On Sunday August 3rd a hardy group of 15 hiked the Aspen Vista trail. The weather was perfect, the views were spectacular and the Christian fellowship was divine.

I think all would agree that the part of Aspen Vista we hiked was not too difficult and could be rated "moderately easy". We hiked about 2 miles up stopping along the way for a reading at one place, a rest break at another, and then had Eucharist. Afterwards, many decided to hike a bit further while others simply returned.

I think it is safe to say that Aspen Vista will become a recurring favorite. I expect that we will return to Aspen Vista in October (the 5th) when hopefully the Aspen's will be ablaze with color.

Our September hike will be Sunday the 7th, which is not Labor Day weekend. So look for my post with details about that hike soon and plan to be with us.

Blessings,

Jon+

August's Liturgical Hike

On Sunday August 3rd we'll be hiking the popular Aspen Vista Trail. We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 8:30am and leave there at 8:45am. Please see the p.s. for details with respect to time, etc.

For those of you who are not familiar with this trail it is actually a service road to the radio, etc. towers on Tesuque Peak. In many ways it is ideal for liturgical hiking because two or three can walk abreast. For the first couple of miles it is a "relatively" easy uphill grade.

My hope is to stop for Eucharist at one of the first places with a good view of the valley below. After that those who wish to continue toward the summit may do so while others may wish to saunter a bit further or simply return.

Please be sure to follow this link to the Santa Fe National Forest page which gives greater detail about this trail, http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/recreation/districts/espanola/trails/tesuquepeak.html

I look forward to seeing you on August 3rd.

Blessings,

Jon+

P.S. We should be on the trail by 9:30am and I would expect that we will reach the spot for snack/lunch and Eucharist in about an hour or so. I would expect we will be finished with Eucharist by 11:30am or so and then you're on your own to continue or to return. Be sure to bring plenty of water and at least a snack. Also be prepared for the weather which can change quickly at this altitude.

It appears that dogs are quite welcome on this trail.

July's Hike: Reflections

Our hike on July 6th was wonderful. We hiked the Norski Trail which sits at 10,000 feet but is a short and easy hike through Aspens and Firs and abundant wildflowers.

It was a cool and pleasant morning and all agreed that this was the "easy" hike I had promised it would be but that it was also one of the most beautiful too. I'm sure we will revisit the Norski Trail often so that we can witness first hand the change of seasons and enjoy it over and over again.

Please check back soon for information about August's hike, which will be on August 3rd.

Blessings,

Jon+

July's Liturgical Hike

Hi All,

If you haven't joined us before this is the perfect hike to begin your liturgical hiking career.


On Sunday July 6th we will hike the Norski Trail, which is 14 miles up Hyde Park Road (Hwy. 475) just before you reach the Santa Fe Ski Basin parking lot.

Norski Trail is truly an easy hike with very gentle hills and is relatively short too, only about two miles. The trail itself is very "soft" and easy to walk on and goes through beautiful Aspen and Fir stands with lovely wildflowers all around. Because this trail is shorter and easier (and we are leaving earlier, see below) I would think you can be finished by noon if you wish.

We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 8:30am (note the earlier time) and leave there at 8:45am.

Here is a link to the Forest Service web page about the trail -

http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/recreation/districts/espanola/trails/255_norski.html

Blessings and I look forward to seeing you on the 6th,

Jon+



P.S. Please be sure to bring your own water and a snack or lunch. Also, I'm not sure this is the best hike for some of our more energetic canine friends and ask that if you bring your dog you be prepared to keep him/her on a leash and/or well controlled.

June's Liturgical Hike - Reflections:


A hardy baker's dozen of us hiked the Chamisa Trail on Sunday, June 1st. It was a little warm but we had a great time anyway. There were a few cool mountain breezes and shade and beautiful butterflies and flowers. We ate our lunches and had Eucharist in the shade of a great pine tree in the meadow by Tesuque Creek.

The only real "problem" was that I inadvertently left my camera in the back of a pickup truck at the trail head and didn't realize it until it was much too late to go back for it. So no photos from this liturgical hiking adventure - I hope I never do that again! The beautiful blooming cactus above is in my "yard" and will have to suffice for this month.

We will meet again on Sunday July 6th so stay tuned for details. I'll post where we'll be hiking by June 22nd so you'll have plenty of time to check it out.We will probably leave a little earlier in the morning in order to beat the heat. We may also go up a bit in elevation for the same reason so be sure that you are up for that (no pun intended).

Please feel free to e-mail me about your favorite hikes if you wish and be sure to include links to any online information about your hike.

Blessings,

Jon+

P.S. The camera was right where I left it. ☺

June's Liturgical Hike

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING IF YOU PLAN TO JOIN US:

On Sunday June 1st we will be hiking the Chamisa Trail which is on the road to the Santa Fe Ski Basin.

The hike is about 5 miles round trip and is classified as an “easy” hike, but please know that it does require more effort than a neighborhood walk. We welcome anyone who is able to participate in a hike of this type.

It will likely be hot so please dress appropriately, bring plenty of water and a lunch. The hike, lunch and accompanying liturgy will take a good 4 hours depending on our pace.

More information about the trail can be found in a variety of place on the web, here’s a link to one by the USDA Forrest Service. http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/sfe/recreation/districts/espanola/trails/183_chamisa.html

If you have any questions please click on my e-mail link above.

Blessings,

Jon+

P.S. It appears that well behaved dogs are welcome on this trail. However, it may be prudent to keep dogs leashed at certain points do to trail conditions.

Reflecting on May's Hike & Looking forward to June.


We had a great time on our first "liturgical hike" on May 4th and invite you to our next worship outing on Sunday June 1st. Details about the June 1st hike will be posted soon so be sure to check back.

God's Peace be with you,

Jon+

May's "Liturgical Hike"

We are very much looking forward to our May hiking/worship experience and invite you to be with us.

On Sunday May 4th we will be “liturgically hiking” the Borrego/Bear Wallows Trail which is just off the road to the Santa Fe Ski basin. Details about the trail can be found at http://www.explorenm.com/hikes/Borrego/

We will meet in the St. Bede’s Episcopal Church parking lot at 9:30am and leave there at 9:45am. St. Bede's is located at 1601 S. St. Frances Dr. (on the southeast corner of St. Frances and W. San Mateo). The hike and accompanying liturgy will take 3+ hours. Please be sure to bring your own water and lunch (at least a snack) and be prepared for the weather.

If you have any questions please click on my profile and follow the links to e-mail me.

Blessings,

Jon+
Welcome to the Worship in the Wilderness (W.i.t.W.) blog. This is a new ministry of the Episcopal Church sponsored by St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Santa Fe, NM.

Our first "liturgical" hiking worship experience will be the first Sunday in May, the 4th.

Please check back for details on where and what time to meet.