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+