January 2011 Liturgical Hike



Holiday Greetings,

It's time once again to begin another calendar year and why not start it off right by joining Worship in the Wilderness on Sunday, January 2nd for our monthly liturgical hike!  This will be our only hike of 2011 during the Christmas Season so don't miss it.  We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot, as usual, at 9:30am and depart from there at 9:45am.

As of this writing the weather is forecast to be mostly sunny with a high of 35 degrees and while it may be winter and the temperatures may be colder, it is still beautiful in the wilderness.  So if you've formerly been mostly a fair weather hiker join us to experience the beauty of the season.

As always, please be sure to come prepared for the hike by dressing warmly, bringing plenty of water and a good snack.  And once again, please refer to the General Information section at the bottom of this page for more information about hiking safety and preparedness if you are uncertain of how to prepare.

Blessings & I'll see you on the trail,

Jon+

P.S.  Those of you who came on our Advent hike be sure to come so that I can give you the gift I started for each of you that day!

December 2010 Liturgical Hike


Advent Greetings to you all,

It's hard to believe that the last month of the calendar year is upon us already.  But liturgically speaking it's already the New Year!

Join WitW for the final hike of 2010 on the first Sunday of December but the second Sunday of Advent, December 5th.  We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9:30am and leave from there at 9:45am.

As you know our weather has turned decidedly colder in recent days and the current forecast for Sunday is partly cloudy with a high of 49 degrees and a low of 25 degrees.  So where we end up hiking will be greatly determined by the actual weather that morning.  So come prepared for the expected (and the unexpected) weather and join our Advent outing.

Blessings & I'll see you on the trail,

Jon+

P.S.  As always, please be sure to come prepared for the hike by dressing for the weather, bringing plenty of water and a snack.  Also, if you have not done so in a while, please refer to the General Information section at the bottom of this page for more information about hiking safety and preparedness.

November 2010 Liturgical Hike


Greetings All,

In the mountains above Santa Fe most of the fall color is gone or so it would seem from "down here" in town. But when you're "up there" you notice that there is still some color about, life is changed - not ended.  It is a time of the year when one season is winding down and another has yet to begin, much like our liturgical year in the Church.

Today, Tuesday, November 2nd, is All Soul's Day - the day toward the end of our liturgical year when we remember those who have passed on from this life in the past year by reading their names (called the necrology) during the All Soul's liturgy.  And so we too will do this on Sunday during our monthly WitW liturgical hike.  Please bring along the names of your dear ones who have departed this life in the last year, both human and otherwise, so that we as a community may remember them.

On Sunday, November 7th we will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9:30am (don't forget about the time change this weekend) and leave there at 9:45am.  Where we hike will be determined in large part upon weather conditions that day but I hope to hike Big Tesuque Trail up to Aspen Vista Trail.  Currently the weather in Santa Fe on Sunday is expected to be sunny with a low of 35 and a high of 62.

Blessings and I'll see you on the trail,

Jon+

P.S.  As always, please be sure to come prepared for the hike by dressing for the weather, bringing plenty of water and a snack.  Also, if you have not done so in a while, please refer to the General Information section at the bottom of this page for more information about hiking safety and preparedness.

October 2010 Liturgical Hike


Greetings All,

The hints of yellow in the photo of the Sangre de Cristos signal that seasonal change is in the air.  In addition to the changes that fall brings we are making a change (or change back) in the scheduling of Worship in the Wilderness.  Many of you have asked about moving WitW back to Sundays and it does seem to be the thing to do.  So beginning Sunday, October 3rd WitW will move back to the first Sunday of each month.

On Sunday, October 3rd we will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9:00am and leave there at 9:15am.  The fall colors should be fabulous and I look forward to seeing many of you.

As always, come prepared for the weather and bring plenty of water and a hearty snack.  Also, please refer to the General Information section at the bottom of this page for more complete information about hiking preparedness, including a link to the 10 Essentials of Hiking from the American Hiking Society.

Blessings & I'll see you on the trail,

Jon+

P.S.  It has been a blessing to have many of our trail wise canine companions join us on our hikes and so we will return the favor and bless them this month as part of our observance of the feast of St. Francis.

September 2010 Liturgical Hike


Late Summer/Early Fall Greetings,

While it may not yet be fall officially, seasonal change is in the air.  Come join us for September's liturgical hike as we explore the changing of the seasons and the mystery of the Holy.

Our September hike will be on Saturday, September 4th - yes, it is Labor Day weekend!  We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9:00am and proceed from there at 9:45am.

As always, come prepared for the weather, which at this point appears to be favorable for Saturday.  Also bring plenty of water and a snack.  Again, as always, please refer to the General Information section at the bottom of this page for more complete information about hiking preparedness, including a link to the 10 Essentials of Hiking.

Blessings & I hope to see you on the trail,

Jon+

August 2010 Liturgical Hike

Alpine Forget-Me-Not
with lip balm tube to provide
size perspective.


Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. - Jesus

In the mountains above Santa Fe it is a season of growth and beauty.  What could be the purpose of an Alpine Forget-Me-Not if not to awe and inspire those who make the effort to go see it?

Our August Liturgical Hike will be the second Saturday of the month due to my travel schedule.  We will meet at 8:30am on Saturday, August 14th at the picnic tables near the outhouses at the lower end of the Ski Santa Fe parking lot.

As always please be sure to bring plenty of water and at least a hearty snack.  Also, as we are blessed this summer with a "healthy" monsoon season it would be wise to bring rain gear.  Please refer to the General Information section at the bottom of this page for more complete information about hiking preparedness, including a link to the 10 Essentials of Hiking.

Blessings & I hope to see you on the trail,

Jon+

July 2010 Liturgical Hike - Reflections


The day before the 4th of July we had a fabulous day for Liturgical Hiking!  The weather was inviting and the trail was challenging but worth the effort.  We began the morning just off the lower parking lot at Ski Santa Fe where the Winsor Trail passes by on its way up and into the Pecos Wilderness.  The first mile up to the Pecos Wilderness boundary is a bit of a challenge but we took our time and stopped a few times  for the liturgy of the word.

At the boundary fence into the Pecos Wilderness most hikers stay on the established trails, either continuing on into the Pecos Wilderness or turning right and hiking up to Deception and Lake Peaks,  but we turned left and hiked off trail to the wonderful meadow you see pictured above.  The meadow sits just below Aspen Peak and was a wonderful place to take an extended break, have a snack and share Eucharist.  There were many wildflowers throughout the meadow and it was surrounded by aspens and various pines.  There was also evidence, droppings, that elk had been there recently.  It's a place I'm sure we'll return to again and again and will be a great place to observe the changing seasons.

Blessings & I'll see you on the trail,

Jon+

July 2010 Liturgical Hike

Greetings All,

Summer is upon us and so we'll be meeting earlier in the day for the next month or two.  We
will be hiking on the first Saturday of July, which is July 3rd.  I'd like to meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 8:30am and leave there by 8:45am.  Once I see the group we've assembled I'll know where we might hike.

Please be sure to bring plenty of water and at least a light snack.  Also, please refer to the General Information section at the bottom of this page for more complete information about how to be prepared and especially read and follow the 10 Essentials of Hiking link.

Blessings & I'll see you on the trail,


Jon+

June 2010 - National Trails Day Hike/Clean up

Greetings All,

As some of you already know, our regular monthly hike on June 5th will also be a work day as WitW participates in the American Hiking Society's National Trails Day.

We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9am and proceed from there at about 9:45am. Since this is our first experience with National Trails Day I've decided that we'll focus mainly on trail clean up. At present there are a couple of likely candidates but I'm happy to receive trail ideas from any of you who know of a nearby trail that needs some looking after. Please bring suitable work gloves, a lunch and plenty of water as the day may be fairly warm. I'll bring trash bags for what we collect.

Blessings and I look forward to serving with you,

Jon+

May 2010 Liturgical Hike

Greetings All,

As has become our custom of late, we will meet on the usual day, at the usual time, in the usual place - translation, Saturday May 1st at 12:30pm in the St. Bede's parking lot. I am, of course, hoping for favorable weather but please do keep an eye on the weather forecast for Saturday as the week unfolds and plan to be prepared. We will hike rain or shine.

Please refer to the General Information section at the bottom of this page for information on how to be prepared and especially read and follow the 10 Essentials of Hiking link.

Blessings & I'll see you on the trail,


Jon+

March 2010 Hike Reflections & April Hike Plans



Greetings All,


Saturday March 6th was the perfect early spring day for a hike.  The Galisteo Basin Preserve was once again our cathedral for the day and the weather was near perfect with mild temperatures and just the hint of a  breeze from time to time.  The snow was mostly gone, as you can see from the photo, with only a few muddy spots on the trail.  It was a wonderful day to worship in the wilderness!


April Plans:  As some you may have already noted, the first Saturday in April is also Holy Saturday (the day before Easter) and so it seems appropriate to "transfer" our Worship in the Wilderness day to the second Saturday in April, which is the 10th.  We will meet, as almost always, in the St. Bede's parking lot at 12:30pm and proceed from there.  While I am certainly hoping for beautiful weather again in April, one can never be sure what to expect at this time of the year so please check the weather beginning a few days ahead of time and come prepared for the weather.  As always, follow the 10 Essentials of Hiking to which you can find a link toward the bottom of this page.


Blessings & I look forward to seeing you on the  trail,


Jon+

March 2010 Liturgical Hike

If you're like my friend Oso here you're probably bored from being stuck inside too much this winter and you just can't wait to get back outside to run around and get dirt on your nose again. Well if you are there is good news!

Spring is just around the corner and at the moment it appears that the weather for our March hike could be ideal - mostly sunny with a high of 50 and only a 10% chance of precipitation. So once again we will meet in the usual place, on the usual day, at the usual time - translation, Saturday March 6th at 12:30pm in the St. Bede's parking lot. As always there must be a disclaimer about the weather which is - at this time of year where we hike will be determined by how the day turns out so please come prepared for changing weather.

Please refer to the General Information section at the bottom of this page for information on how to be prepared and especially follow and read the 10 Essentials of Hiking link.

Lastly, I will again bring my backpacking stove so that we can make the hot beverage of your choice so bring extra water and your favorite tea, hot chocolate, etc.

Blessings & I hope to see you all the trail,

Jon+

February 2010: Hike Reflections


Saturday, February 6th was a beautiful winter day for hiking!  We hiked the northern part of the Dale Ball Trails and the trail conditions were very good, all things considered.  The temperatures were just warm enough that the snow was a bit soft (better traction than hard packed snow) but not so warm that the trail was muddy.  In fact the worst conditions of the whole day were in the St. Bede's parking lot which was a quagmire in spots - one of our number got her car stuck in the mud there and we had to push her out.  So you see even if you are planning to worship indoors you still have to deal with the mother nature ;)

What a wonderful gift the Dale Ball trails are to those of us who live in Santa Fe, providing great hiking opportunities with well maintained and marked trails scattered throughout the city.  For those of you who don't know about them here is a link to the official website for the trails - Dale Ball Trails

We are hoping to do a snowshoe hike sometime before the end of the season on a Saturday other than our regular day, so stay tuned for that.  Also, I'm planning some other "opportunities" this year that should be exciting, again stay tuned!  If you aren't on our email list please do send along your email address to me so that I can add you to the WitW listserve.  My email address is to the right on this page.

Blessings & we'll see you on the trail,

Jon+

February's Liturgical Hike

Epiphany West Hike
Lake Anza
Tilden Park
Berkeley, California

This past week I had the privilege of leading a workshop, "hike", as part of Church Divinity School of the Pacific's annual Epiphany West Conference. The theme for this year's conference was Sacred Elements: Creating Sustainable Earth Communities. Even though it had been raining for most of the week prior to our hike we had a wonderful and enthusiastic group as you can see in the photo. And yes it was muddy :) Here's a link to the conference webpage if you want to read more about it: Epiphany West 2010

As for February 2010 in Santa Fe, we will meet in the usual place, on the usual day, at the usual time - translation, Saturday February 6th at 12:30pm in the St. Bede's parking lot. Right now the weather forecast is favorable but as always at this time of year where we hike will be determined by how the day turns out so please come prepared for changing weather.

Please refer to the General Information section at the bottom of this page for information on how to be prepared and especially follow and read the 10 Essentials of Hiking link.

Lastly, I will again bring my backpacking stove so that we can make the hot beverage of your choice so bring extra water and your favorite tea, hot chocolate, etc.

Blessings & I'll see you on the trail,

Jon+

January Hike: Reflections



On Saturday afternoon , January 2nd we hiked for the first time in the Galisteo Basin Preserve and had a wonderful time. It was a near perfect winter afternoon as you can see from the picture above with the possible exception that it was a bit windy. But the skys were blue and the temperature pleasant. We all agreed that WitW should return to the preserve again soon to expand our explorations. And as promissed we had hot beverages thanks to my "pocket rocket" backpacking stove which I have been bringing each month while the weather is cool.

If you are interested in learning more about the preserve and its trails please follow this link Galisteo Basin Preserve Trails

We hope to see you next month when we will hike on Saturday afternoon, February 6th. Stay tuned for details.

Blessings, Happy New Year & we'll see you on the trail,

Jon+