It's been a whole year since we began Worship in the Wilderness in May 2008 and what a wonderful year it has been. I give thanks for such wonderful hikes and hikers and for the wonderfully creative worship that we have shared over these last twelve months. It has been a true ministry of the Spirit and I look forward to many more months and years together.
On Sunday May 3rd, to commemorate the beginning of our second year, we will hike one of our favorites, Aspen Vista. The weather has been quite nice recently and I think we will see some wonderful signs of the new season. As always though, be sure to be prepared for any possible inclement weather at that altitude and be sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, clothing layers, etc. Also, since it is possible that some of us may have been a little less active during the cold weather months we will hike at an easy pace and stop frequently for rest, liturgical tidbits and reflection. I anticipate that we will stop for Holy Eucharist at our "normal" spot and then those who wish to go on may do so at their own pace after the dismissal.
For those who wish to meet at St. Bede's please be in the parking lot by 8:30am and we will leave there by 8:45am. For those who may wish to meet us at the Aspen Vista trailhead, I anticipate that we'll be there by about 9:30ish.
For my planning purposes please send me a quick e-mail letting me know if you're planning to hike with us using the link to the right on this page. I look forward to seeing you all on May 3rd.
Springtime in the Rockies certainly can be "interesting". The two days before and after April's liturgical hike were beautiful spring days. The day of the hike, as you can see from the photo, was just plain winter. In re-reading my pre-hike post I notice that I mentioned hoping to catch the last bit of winter along with the first signs of spring. It was the coldest hike of the year! Spring is definitely here, just not on Saturday morning on Big Tesuque Trail.
All that being said it was a beautiful day in its way. We had an interesting and challenging hike and a quick Holy Communion at the intersection of Big Tesuque Trail and Windsor Trail where this photo was taken shortly before we headed back. I don't believe that the Guinness Book of World Records records such things but we may have set the record for coldest temperature during a Eucharist, about 20°.
The good news is that from now on (at least until next winter) the weather will be warmer and hopefully more agreeable. God is indeed gracious and good and we are thankful for God's blessings and protection and look forward to future worship in the cathedrals God has made for us.
I am hoping that we can catch the last little bit of winter and the first hints of the new life of spring on our April hike. So today I hiked the Big Tesuque Trail from the road down to where it meets the Windsor Trail and back. Conditions were good so if the weather holds between now and Saturday that's where we'll hike.
As you can see from the photo above spring is indeed beginning to poke up through the snow, which was not bad and is spotty and melting. The forecast for Saturday is for cloudy, windy and cooler weather than tomorrow, which is forecast to be quite nice so there will likely be additional snow melt from today's levels. But as always at this time of year please dress in layers, one of which provides some wind protection, and wear sturdy water resistant footwear.
I would recommend meeting the group at St. Bede's at 9:00am Saturday morning rather than trying to meet us at the Big Tesuque Campground parking area in case we need to alter our plans due to weather.
Please see my previous post below for other details and I look forward to seeing you all Saturday morning.
P.S. I've provided a new link at the very bottom of this page to information from the American Hiking Society with respect to being prepared for a safe hike. Please have a look.
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