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.
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.
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.
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