April 11, 2008

Back from Vacation, er, hiking in the GSMNP….

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  • Hawaii trip postponed due to Aloha, ATA going belly up, thanks guys, great week to cancel my flights.  Bankruptcy sucks.. 
  • So, i still wanted to get out somewhere, so I chose the most remote location in the  Eastern US, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Appalachian Trail.  Jon and I tackled a 24 mile section from Clingman’s Dome to Cades Cove.  Not necessarily a relaxing vacation, but breathtaking views, scenic vistas, and unforgettable memories. 
  • We got to see lots of Thru-Hikers on their way to Maine.  At the pace they were headed, they could reach Katahdin by October.  5 stone, andTee the Colonol stuck out to me, a gulf war vet doing something he’d always wanted to do, also a father and son that knock out 70 miles or so every spring break.  Due to so much rain, no one was spared from huge blisters, and many were considering their options.  Check them out on trail  journals, so this could be fun to track their journey. 
  • Highlight of the trip:  Summitting Rocky Top.   For those not familiar with the song, click HERE!
  • I’m glad to be back, lots of neat things coming down the path of life.  
  • Sure was nice, after living a life completely Media-driven, and plugged in, to just unplug for a week.  wow…

 

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January 11, 2008

Sir Edmund Hillary…..

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I’m sad to announce that the world lost one of its great sporting icons yesterday with the passing of Sir Edmund Hillary. He was 88. This guy was a stud!  Not only was the first person to BAG Mt. Everest back in 1953, his first words upon reaching the summit were,edmund-hillary.jpg “Well, we knocked the bastard off.”  Being into Mountain climbing myself, alot of people might be able to say they’ve accomplished something, but there will never be another first.  In anything you do in life, Trailblazing a new path would be the hardest.  In the Christian walk, going  where no one has ever gone before, daring to dream God-sized dreams, doing what most would deem impossible.  What has God called you, to be the first to accomplish??