Friday, November 11, 2011

Well, as many of my friends know...I am not a blogger. I do not have a facebook, twitter, or any social media accounts. So this is different for me...however, I have been thinking about creating a site where I can share my outdoor trips (maybe a few thoughts on some other things) with all my friends and family. This site will also serve as a place I can look back on all of my trips and enjoy the memories. So this blog, really isn't a blog as much as it is a trip report for my adventures. I love to climb, hike, backpack, and well...do anything outside. If any of you are ever interested in joining me on any adventures, I always have ideas or something in the works for future trips. So don't hesitate to get in contact with me...God bless.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Jesus climbed...so shall I!


Exodus 19:3 says, "Then Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain and said, "This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob..." As you know...Moses, the most known character of the old testament, was kinda important. He got to chat with God...on a mountainside!

Matthew 17:1-2 states, "After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as the light." As you can see...Jesus and a few of his buddies trekked up a mountain...and guess what? Moses was there again!

What's my point? Both Jesus and Moses...in there polartec and gore-tex gear, ice axe in hand, and crampons on tightly, climbed there way up several pitches of 5.12 plus routes, traversing bottomless crevasses, and summiting in record time all while glorifying the Father! When I read these scriptures...this is what I am envisioning!

Ok...that's a stretch...maybe I am taking the verses out of context a little. However, these stories do stick out to me because I would have loved to have been on those hikes/climb up the mountain. Obviously, I love to climb! I will climb anything...stone, buildings, trees,...if there's anything I can put my fingers in and toes on...I'm sending it!
Let's go back to the transfiguration...Here, Jesus lit up. The bible says his face shone like the sun! Wow! Now, I know there was something spiritual going on...but maybe...just maybe...Jesus was also super stoked to summit the freakin' mountain. The sense of exhilaration...the sense of satisfaction...the adrenaline you get when you send a route or reach the peak. What do you think?

I don't know exactly how Jesus felt up there...but I do know how I feel: overjoyed, content, grateful, and most of all rewarded.
You can say that my face shines up like the sun too!
 I can't wait for the day that I can be like Peter, James, or John...Go out to the crag and hang out with Jesus. Work on a few problems, climb a few routes, or hike up a mountain and see Jesus' face light up like the sun. I will be right there with him...face too, all lit up!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Our Girls and Our Father

1 Samuel 1:22 (Alf''s Paraphrase Version) "Hannah told her husband...after the boy is weaned, i will take him and present him before the Lord, and he will live there always." Hannah was a very wise momma...she dedicated Samuel to God. She understood that her child did not belong to her, but that the child belonged to God...her job was to wean the child.

Sarah and I have two beautiful daughters...
Our oldest Hannah Banana...pictured above...
And this is our little Pia...

God teaches me a very important lesson in these scriptures...that my wonderful girls are His...and it's Sarah and I who have been blessed with the opportunity to take them and present them before the Lord, so they can live with Him there...ALWAYS! But...and this is a big but, we need to wean them or prepare them before we can present them.

I think it is so stinking cool that God has rewarded (psalm 127:3) and entrusted Sarah and I to make sure we follow through with Proverbs 22:6-"Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it."

So, Banana and Pia...it's Momma and Daddy's job to prepare you for presentation to God, by training you in the way you should go! And that way points to Christ!!!!
My promise is to make sure we do our best to give you two back to God...because both of you belong to Him!

Monday, November 7, 2011

White Rock-Shores Lake Loop

 Ecclesiastes 3:1-8..."To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven."

Seasons come and go; they have a beginning and an end. Autumn usually marks the start of harvests-a process of gathering mature crops from the fields. A time of great celebration...a time to reap what you have sowed!

I love Autumn! It usually marks a new season for the most of us. It's a new school year...football...the weather cools...and the Holidays are near.

However, the most noticeable change is everything around you when you walk out. All the different colors!!!! But in Texas...the landscape is not quite as dramatic...So we drove up to Arkansas to see the colors!!!
White Rock-Shores Lake Loop, Ozarks National Forest, Arkansas
Who: Melissa and Jeremy Hendrix, Sarah (mi linda) Pasquel and your feo!
When: 11/5-11/6/11
Mileage: 11 miles roundtrip
elevation gain: 1500'

We drove up on Friday the 4th and camped up on the mountain on CO RD 76. The girls slept in the hatchback of the Prius and we slept next to the car...Our plans to complete the loop came to a halt as soon as we got there. There was a gate on the road that kept you from going up to White Rock TH. Before we drove up this mountain, there was a detour sign to White Rock that I completely ignored...on purpose. Ooops, my bad.

But this worked out for us...the next day, we drove back down to the Lake Shores campgrounds and started our hike from here. We decided to hike the West portion of the loop only...
Well, I got what I wanted from the getgo...we got to see tons of color. There were shades of red, orange, and yellow leaves all over.
Sarah and I hiked this trail with our good friends the Hendrixs. Jeremy and I go back almost 15 years now...we have known each other since high school. Jeremy is an awesome dude...Both Jeremy and Melissa are tons of fun to be with and make for a great couple to hang out with in the woods! Today, was Jeremy's birthday...I consider this a great way to spend a birthday.
Like the Butterfield Loop, this trail was blazed with blue blazes...as shown above by me. As we were making our way to camp, we would see these trees with red leaves. These were my favorite...
From Shores lake TH, the trail steadily goes up. The trail is considered a moderate trail and I would agree with this. One of the coolest things we did see were these really bright berries. They added even more color to this very colorful trip...
 We finally arrived to camp after two hours of hiking. We camped right by a waterfall and a very scenic portion of the valley.
We ate lunch here, took a 45 mintue break...and started to make our way up to White Rock. There were some really cool views along the way...it was also a great way to hang out with everyone. We were in no rush, and just enjoying being outside.
Around 4pm, we finally got to the top. White Rock Mountain is awesome. The bluffs are incredible...the views to the West and Southwest were amazing. It also gave us our first look of all the fall colors from up above. 
We hung out here for about 30 minutes or so...we took several pictures and had good hubby/wifey time. But the sun was starting to go down...which meant we needed to as well. Of course, the descent was easier on all of us...so we got back down to camp within two hours...we made a fire, cooked dinner, and Melissa surprised Jeremy with a birthday dessert (sweet wife).
It was a laid back evening...we shared stories about our kids...and each other...and enjoyed the fire! As for Melissa...this was her first backpacking trip. She was a trooper. She did very well!!! And I am very proud of her! She is an awesome wife for giving Jeremy an opportunity to hang out with her outside in the backcountry...really cool.
Oh yeah...these two guys were getting it on all night next to us...
No, not the Hendrixs!

I wonder what this new season has in store...It's harvest time, so we will see what God has produced. The last season is gone...done. In comes the new...and God offers a harvest to not just replenish...but to also restore. So now that God is doing this good work in you...now what? I don't know what that looks specifically for you...or for that matter, me. But I do know this...For every season there is a purpose.That's reason enough to get excited!