That Time Your Through Hike Turned Into An Epic Fail…

Taking A Hike Down The Trail

The best laid plans of mice and men! Those would be the words I use to describe our last hike.

We had a group of six on a through hike of the Buffalo River Trail. The first evening the hike started out splendidly. But by the end of the second day, a friend and I had to come off the trail. Frustrated is the mildest term I could use to describe our feelings.

On the drive home we spent most of our time talking about what went wrong. I am writing this somewhat humbling post in hopes that it may help you prevent your own epic fail hike…

[bctt tweet=”A bad day hiking is better than a good day at work!” username=”michaelkduff”]

Here is our evaluation.

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Is It Time For You To Pull The Plug On The Old You?

Pull The Plug On Sin - Flatline

We all have sin in our life that we are keeping on life support. A habit, a temptation an addiction, that we need to pull the plug on.

We read in Romans 6:6-7 that Christ, through His sacrifice on the cross, put to death our old body of sin.

When we asked Jesus to save us, we were made totally new. The old us was put to death, we became a new creature in Christ freed from the bondage of sin.

But immediately a battle began to take place. While are a new creature, we still desire what the body put to death has to offer. So we put that body on life support.
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Summer’s Over But A Late Fall Hike May Be The Ticket

Lunch On The Porch

Being the guy that likes to hike when it is 94 degrees and 80% humidity, I was hesitant when my friend asked me to go hiking on the 18th of November. The forecast was for a normally bizarre Missouri / Arkansas day. The temperature at 6:00 AM was 71 degrees, by noon it was to drop into the lower 40’s with a 20-40 mile an hour north wind.

Our trek on the Centerpoint Trail near Ponca AR began at a comfortable 65 degrees. By the time we stopped at the Henderson Cabin two hours later the temperature had dropped almost 25 degrees with a wind-chill in the upper 20’s.

While I still consider myself a warm weather hiker, I did enjoy the hike, but only because I was prepared. Here are a few things I learned on this hike.

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