Is A Hike Of Less Than Forty Miles Worth Putting Your Boots On?

Michael Duff on a day hike.

If you are into backpacking it’s easy to get excited about the possibility (dream) of a long hike. We all want to do the Appalachian Trail thru hike!

But the reality of life is, most us don’t have the time or resources for a 2,181-mile hike. If we are honest, we struggle to put a Saturday and Sunday back to back.

It’s easy to adopt the mindset that if we can’t hike 40 miles it is not worth getting our packs out. When we do so, we miss some great opportunities. Don’t underestimate the value of a day hike.

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Who Can Resist Being Enticed By Really Good Pizza?

A Brick Oven For Making Pizza

What entices you? Our world makes its living by enticing us through one of our five senses. It’s not difficult to entice us!

Downtown Springfield has several specialty pizzerias. In the evening the smell of pizzas baking in the brick ovens is impossible to resist. 

Many enticements are harmless, after all pizza is the ultimate food – bread, milk, meat and vegetable group all in one!

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Growing In Our Faith Is A Lot Like Climbing A Rock Wall

Man climbing a rock wall. Just keep climbing.

Climbing a rock wall is a challenge, even the kind you find in a climbing gym. At first the process looks fairly simple, grab the grips and climb.

But very quickly, the law of gravity makes itself known. Arms begin to ache, fingers struggle to keep their grip and a foot hold just a few feet away might as well be a mile.

On Father’s Day my family took me to a local aquatic center. The pool had an inspiring rock wall that started in the water and leaned out and up for about 20 feet.

Being fifty-nine and always looking for ways to hurt myself I had to give it a try!

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