November's Liturgical Hike

Greetings,

This time of year is one of change - summer to fall to winter, shorter days, colder temperatures, the return to "standard" time and many others. So too Worship in the Wilderness will be making some changes to better accomodate the realities of our outdoor worship space. Beginning in November we will hike on the first Saturday afternoon of the month, rather than the first Sunday morning as we have been. This should generally mean warmer temperatures for our hikes which will be a good thing and may hopefully allow greater participation for some folks who have other "responsibilities" on Sunday mornings. We'll try this for a season and see how we like it. The other change, which I hope all will enjoy, is that I will start bringing my "pocket rocket" backpacking stove so that we can boil water for hot (insert your favorate beverage). So start bringing a mug of some sort (an insulated car mug would be ideal) and your favorite tea, hot chocolate, coffee or whatever. And of course water, which you should be bringing anyway. :)

What this means for November 2009 is that we will hike on Saturday, November 7th, which may feel like the second weekend of month but will actually be the first Saturday since the 1st day of the month is on Sunday. Where we hike will depend to a large degree on what the weather has been doing in the days just before the 7th and what the expected weather is for the 7th.

So on Saturday, November 7th, we will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 12:30pm and leave there at approximately 12:45pm. Please be sure do dress for the weather expected that day and be prepared in case it changes. As always it is good to keep the 10 Essentials of Hiking in mind and there is a link to them at the bottom of this page under General Information.

Blessings and I look forward to being with you on the trail,

Jon+

October Hike: Reflections



What an absolutely picture perfect fall day to worship the Holy on the trail! The fall colors were nearing their peak on Big Tesuque Trail this morning, it was warm in the sun and decidedly cool in the shade - in other words it is fall in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. And being the feast day of St. Francis we blessed our canine hiking companion of the day Tucker, the wonderful old gentleman yellow lab you see headed out of the frame in the photo above.

This was our third or forth time this year to hike Big Tesuque Trail which has afforded us the opportunity to see the way things have progressed and changed throughout the year. For some of us it has seemed not unlike a labyrinth experience - it is the same path/trail but never the same twice.

As we move now toward the colder months we will continue to hike in all but the worst weather and as I announced yesterday I will begin bringing my "pocket rocket" cook stove to boil water and we can each bring a trail worthy mug and our favorite tea, coffee, hot chocolate, etc.

I look forward to seeing you on the trail soon and blessings to you all,

Jon+