February's Liturgical Hike

It might sound funny but the first Sunday of the month can't come any earlier in February and March in that the 1st is the 1st, the first Sunday is also the first day of the month.  So now that "we've" got that all figured out the rest should be a breeze, right?  Well I think so and I hope you will too but in an effort to be totally transparent,  I should remind us all of a couple of things.

First, February 1st is Super Bowl Sunday and for some (mostly non-hikers I hope) the whole day will be spent in front of the tube.  But not us!  At least not until 4:00pm when the game actually starts.  If there's anything that is actually important (and that is a real question) it's the game itself.  You will be home by 4:00pm - and with the knowledge that you've already worshiped the Holy and exerted yourself that day out on the trail and are therefore free to indulge, and maybe then some, in the annual Super Bowl feast.

Second, much like January, this Sunday will be a bit chilly.  But if you think about it that just means you'll burn even more calories staying warm while you hike which means you can probably eat something like three times as much during the game as you normally would without shame or guilt.

Second and a half, I will be offering an optional liturgical hiking fast.  If you choose to fast during the hike that will mean, like, you can just graze from the opening kickoff to the final buzzer - again without shame or guilt.  In fact you might even feel a bit prideful about it.  But that's ok because our next hike (remember that will be March 1st) will also be the first Sunday of Lent and you could possibly do that one on your knees as penance for your Super Bowl bash overindulgence.   It's just an option and the penitential hiker's choice. ;)

THE REAL DETAILS:  We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 10:00am and proceed from there to our hike.  As in January, where we hike will be subject to weather conditions at the time so please plan to meet at St. Bede's and check the weather forecast for the day so you'll have a sense of what to expect.  As always, dress in warm layers, bring water and a snack.  I do not anticipate any significant snow so regular hiking footwear should be fine.

Finally, if you plan to attend would you send me a quick e-mail letting me know that to parson@worshipinthewilderness.org (You can actually just click right there, I mean left) It helps a bit with planning.  Thanks!



January's Hike: Reflections

Weather conditions dictated where we hiked this month. There was a little too much snow on many of our favorite trails and temperatures up toward the ski basin definately got my attention.

So what better place to hike in the dead of winter than a river when the Gospel lesson for the day was Jesus' baptism in the river Jordan. For us it wasn't the river Jordan but rather the Santa Fe River, such as it is in January. We hiked the dry river bed near the San Ysidro crossing and although it was cold and breezy the sun was bright and we had a wonderful time sauntering along. This was also an urban hike as there are homes on either side of the river at that point which are in the historic Agua Fria district of Santa Fe.

Winter hiking can be a challenge but those who came were prepared and we are looking forward to continuing throughout the winter. Weather conditions will continue to dictate where we can go for a least another month or two but please make plans to join us.

Also, stay tuned for details about our possible snowshoe hike and a Lenten Bible study using the Green Bible. I'll be sure to get the word out to you as plans for these develop. In the meantime please be sure to invite your friends to our outings!

Lastly, I am working on an online survey of sorts to help me better plan our activities for the coming year so please be on the lookout for that and please help me by filling it out.

Thanks and many Blessings for the New Year,


January's Liturgical Hike

On Sunday January 11th we will be hiking if the weather permits.  If you've followed this site or received my e-mails you know that we switched Sundays this month to accomodate St. Bede's stewardship kickoff Sunday on January 4th.  Several of you let me know that you appreciated this accomodation.

So this Sunday, the 11th, we will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 10:00am and proceed from there to our hike.  Please note the later time and the fact that I haven't announced where we'll be hiking.  There are two reasons for this - first, by meeting at 10:00am hopefully it will be a bit warmer and second, we've been having a good winter so far and this means that we may need to be flexible with respect to where (and I suppose if) we hike.  As I write this post weather.com indicates that the 11th should be sunny with a high of around 40 after a low near 20.

Please plan to be with us as winter hiking can be very enjoyable.  Also, please be prepared for the weather with several layers, a warm hat, mittens or gloves and footwear that is at least weather resistant.  And as always, bring plenty of water and at least a snack.

Finally, there are a couple of changes to the weblog for the New Year.  First, we now have our own domain name, http://worshipinthewilderness.org/ , and I have a new e-mail address to go with it, which is parson@worshipinthewilderness.org .  The old addresses will still work for a while but please begin using the new ones now.



January's Liturgical Hike

Hi All,

Briefly, this Sunday (January 4th) is the Stewardship Brunch at St. Bede's Episcopal Church (of which WitW is a ministry) and it seems to me that it would be best not to schedule a hike which conflicts with this important St. Bede's event. I would encourage everyone to plan on attending the 10:30am service and the brunch which follows the service. Any questions about this service or the brunch should be directed to the church office, 505-982-1133.

We will hike the following Sunday, January 11th, weather permitting. Details about that hike will be posted to the weblog soon and I'll also send another email once the information is posted.