Important News & November 2011 Liturgical Hike


Greetings All,

Upon seeing the photo above you might say - that's not Santa Fe or WitW and you'd be right.  It's an image of the sunrise that I took on Pawleys Island, South Carolina on my 50th birthday recently.  Later that day as Anne-Drue, Connor and I were walking on the beach we witnessed a Bald Eagle attempt to steal a fish from an Osprey almost right over our heads - they both lost the fish.  I've been going to Pawleys Island for 40 years and I've never seen a Bald Eagle there before so I took it as a good sign.

The important news is that I've accepted a new position (in Episcopal Church lingo it's known as a call) as Priest-in-Charge Under Special Circumstances at Christ Church Chattanooga, TN and I begin December 1st.  So November's liturgical hike will be our last together - details in a bit.  I grew up near Chattanooga so this will be a bit of a homecoming for me.  In fact, Christ Church is right across the street from UT Chattanooga where I was an undergraduate.  We are looking forward to being there but will miss Santa Fe and our Worship in the Wilderness friends here.  At this point it is not clear how or if WitW will continue in Santa Fe but I am hopeful that "we" might find a way for that to happen.  Chattanooga is a very outdoors oriented city (in fact Santa Fe's own Outside Magazine recently ranked Chattanooga as the "ultimate dream town" for outdoor living and activities) and WitW will be a big hit there I'm sure.  I look forward to beginning WitW there in the spring.

With regard to our November liturgical hike, we will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot (map/directions)  at 9:00am and leave there about 9:15am.  It may be quite cool on Sunday so please come prepared for the weather, but do come!

Blessings and I'll see you on the trail,

Jon+


Boiler Plate P.S.:

Please be prepared to hike with proper footwear, clothing (including rain gear) for the expected weather, plenty of water and at least a hearty snack.  Follow this link http://www.americanhiking.org/Resources/How-Tos/  for information from the American Hiking Society, including the 10 Essentials of Hiking.

October 2011 Liturgical Hike



Greetings All,

A patchwork of gold is beginning to appear in the Sangre de Cristo mountains and by Sunday October 2nd let's hope it's even more so.  We will meet for our October hike on Sunday the 2nd in the St. Bede's parking lot as usual (map/directions)  at 9:00am and leave there at 9:15am.  At the moment it looks like we'll have decent weather with a 30% chance of isolated thunder storms.  So see the boiler plate p.s. below and come prepared for another wonderful day worshipping in the wilderness!

Blessings and I'll see you all on the trail,

Jon+

Boiler Plate P.S.:

Please be prepared to hike with proper footwear, clothing (including rain gear) for the expected weather, plenty of water and at least a hearty snack.  Follow this link http://www.americanhiking.org/Resources/How-Tos/  for information from the American Hiking Society, including the 10 Essentials of Hiking.

September 2011 Liturgical Hike



Greetings All,

Every September our hike falls on Labor Day weekend Sunday, which this year is September 4th.  While often some of our regulars are away that weekend we do sometimes have visitors who are in Santa Fe for the holiday weekend.  We'll see if this holds true this year.

On Sunday, September 4th we will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot as usual (map/directions)  at 8:30am and leave there at 8:45am.  While it won't quite be fall yet that weekend, I'm sure we'll see the early signs of the changing seasons.  So see the boiler plate p.s. below and come prepared for a wonderful day worshipping in the wilderness!

Blessings and I'll see you all on the trail,

Jon+

Boiler Plate P.S.:

Please be prepared to hike with proper footwear, clothing (including rain gear) for the expected weather, plenty of water and at least a hearty snack.  Follow this link http://www.americanhiking.org/Resources/How-Tos/  for information from the American Hiking Society, including the 10 Essentials of Hiking.

August 2011 Liturgical Hike




Greetings,


Good news! You may already know that the Santa Fe National Forest has been reopened recently, which means that we'll be able to hike one of our favorite trails next Sunday, August 7th. After the 10:30am service today I did a little scouting up near the ski basin (see the photo above) and can report that it was a wonderful day with some very nice rain showers to boot.

Next Sunday, August 7th, please plan on meeting in the St. Bede's parking lot (map/directions) at 8:30am and we'll leave there at 8:45am. Be sure to bring rain gear as it seems that we are being blessed with rain somewhere in the Santa Fe area almost daily in the last several days and the forecast is for the same next weekend.

Blessings & I'll see you on the trail,

Jon+

Boiler Plate P.S.:
As always, please come prepared to hike with proper footwear, clothing for the expected weather that day, plenty of water and at least a hearty snack. Please follow this link (http://www.americanhiking.org/Resources/How-Tos/) for the How-Tos of hiking from the American Hiking Society for important information, including the 10 Essentials of Hiking.

July 2011 Liturgical Hike

Pacheco Canyon Fire Day 1

Smokey Greetings All,

The Pacheco Canyon Wildfire and resulting stage III fire restrictions are making the planning for our July hike interesting to say the very least.  I had actually been talking with folks at the Valle Caldera about the possibility of bringing a group of more than 10 folks up for our July hike (10 being the default limit for any given reservation time there).  But as of yesterday morning the Valle Caldera is under stage III fire restrictions also and so there will be no hikes until those restrictions are lifted.  Once those restrictions are lifted I'll reschedule a Caldera hike for later in the summer.

All that being said, we will hike "somewhere" on July 3rd.  Please plan on meeting in the St. Bede's parking lot (map) at 8:30am and leave there at 8:45am.

As always, please come prepared to hike with proper footwear, clothing for the expected weather that day, plenty of water and at least a hearty snack.  Please follow this link  (http://www.americanhiking.org/Resources/How-Tos/) for the How-Tos of hiking from the American Hiking Society for important information, including the 10 Essentials of Hiking.

Blessings & I'll see you on the trail,

Jon+

June 2011 Liturgical Hike

Baby Robins 
Greetings All,

My apologies for the late posting.  I've just spent the last two days (Saturday & Sunday) taking a class in wildlife tracking and am now a level 2 certified wildlife tracker.  I should have posted this announcement before the class.  More about the class and wildlife tracking in general during our June hike which is this coming Sunday - June 5!

We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9:00am and leave from there at 9:15am.

As always, please come prepared to hike with proper footwear, clothing for the expected weather, water and a hearty snack.  Please follow this link 
http://www.americanhiking.org/Resources/How-Tos/ ) for the How-Tos of hiking from the American Hiking Society for important information, including the 10 Essentials of Hiking.

Blessings & I'll see you on the trail,

Jon+

May 2011 Liturgical Hike - Reflections


The Holy Spirit is often described as a holy wind and so we were filled to overflowing with the Spirit on May 1st as we blew our way around the Dorothy Stewart Trail.  I seem to recall a line from Winnie the Pooh that goes something like this - it was a blustery day in the hundred acre wood.  As a kid I never thought of it as being cold too but as you can glean from the photo above it was indeed cold on May 1st on our liturgical wanderings.  Possibly if you live in Northern New Mexico you remember this unusual May 1st.  But our small band was prepared for the weather and we were grateful for the opportunity once again to worship in the wilderness.

It also just happened to be the third anniversary of Worship in the Wilderness and I have learned a great deal about worshipping out of doors in that time.  Among those things is that most folks are fair weather hikers - I have come to understand and appreciate that.

Blessings to you all and I look forward to seeing you this summer on the trail!

Jon+



 

May 2011 Liturgical Hike













Alleluia! Christ is Risen!
The Lord is Risen Indeed! Alleluia!

Signs of new life are all around now in Northern New Mexico - the photos above are from my own gardens this past week.  The flower is a Wild Iris (which we did not plant) and the butterfly is a Yellow Swallowtail.  The hummingbirds are back too, I noticed the first one on Monday of Holy Week before leaving to attend a clergy retreat at the new (to the diocese) Bosque Center in Albuquerque.  As yet I have no photos of the hummingbirds.

We will hike again, liturgically, next Sunday - May 1st!  We will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9:00am and leave from there at 9:15am.  So far it looks like it will be a beautiful day weather wise and I hope and pray for a nice spring day.

As always, please come prepared to hike with proper footwear, clothing, water and a hearty snack.  Please follow this link ( http://www.americanhiking.org/Resources/How-Tos/ ) for the How-Tos of hiking from the American Hiking Society for important information, including the 10 Essentials of Hiking.

Easter Blessings,

Jon+

April 2011 Liturgical Hike




Blustery Greetings All,


It's hard to believe that we're already three months into the year but I suppose it's true - time to hit the Worship in the Wilderness trail again.  Please join us Sunday - April 3rd, the first of the month, for our one and only Lenten Liturgical Hike this year.  Although we have had some warmer weather lately, it seems prudent to continue our cooler weather practice of meeting a bit later in the morning - so we'll meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9:30am and leave from there at 9:45am.

Please be sure to come prepared for the expected weather and bring plenty of water and a good snack.  As always, you can refer to the General Information section at the bottom of this page for more information about hiking safety and preparedness.

Blessings and I hope to see you on the trail,


Jon+

March 2011 Liturgical Hike


Greetings All,

The photo above was from last summer but a new season of growth is almost upon us.  So come catch the last of winter (hopefully) and enjoy what is currently expected to be a very nice spring day.

Join us this Sunday - March 6th, the first of the month, for our next liturgical hike.  As has been our practice during the "cooler" weather months we will meet in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9:30am and leave from there at 9:45am.

Please be sure to come prepared for the weather and bring plenty of water and a good snack.  As always, you can refer to the General Information section at the bottom of this page for more information about hiking safety and preparedness.

Blessings and I hope to see you on the trail,

Jon+

February 2011 Liturgical Hike



Greetings All,


As those of you on the e-mail list serve already know I have decided to delay our February hike until the 13th due to the severe cold we've been experiencing this week and also due to the fact February 6th is the Feast Day of Super Bowl Sunday.  So we will meet on February 13th in the St. Bede's parking lot at 9:30am and depart from there at 9:45am.


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+