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Archive for the ‘summer’ Category

appalachian trail • gettysburg • ace adventure center

January 2, 2008

  so, i’m finalizing plans for a father•son trip this summer.  we’re heading for… west virginia and the ace adventure center where we are kayaking, whitewater rafting and rock climbing. then to pennsylvania to hike a day or two on the appalachian trail. then to gettysburg to camp and visit the civil war battlefield. it […]

king of the road

June 22, 2007

i’m off again.  tomorrow morning myself and 7 other dudes head to north carolina to backpack on the appalachian trail. it should be sweet.  we wrap it up with whitewater rafting.  again, sweet. so the blog will be little light for awhile. hopefully you’re all enjoying your summer outside instead of reading my stupid blog. […]

perfect days

June 20, 2007

after the initial rain and wind, yesterday and today have been perfect days.  there is something about waking up in a tent on a beautifully sunny morning with a bit of a breeze and the birds singing that makes for the perfect start to a day. it’s gorgeous out here and i wish we could […]

lost on me

June 19, 2007

so, the allure and mystique of the flea market at shipshewana is pretty much lost on me.  it’s cool, but i thought it was an amish craft markety thingy.  but no, it’s your standard swap meet – flea market.  it reminded me of the orange county swap meet back home, but with more of a […]

beach week begins

May 29, 2007

as part of my rough and really rough job [obviously a joke] i head out to holland state park to camp for the next 10 nights while the seniors our out there for beach week.  it’s the tradition here that seniors camp the week they graduate and when i got here they thought it would […]


May 4, 2007

  so unofficially [in my book] summer has started! why?  because dawn and i just sat out on a pier in lake macatawa and watched the tulip time fireworks display out over the lake. it was cold and windy while waiting, but they were pretty sweet fireworks and as everyone knows, fireworks is a summer […]

new tent

April 15, 2007

i’m getting excited. yesterday i got a new tent in the mail, tomorrow i get my gps back!  why the excitement?  because i’m planning and getting ready for a summer backpacking trip with my students. i think the planning and prep are sometimes just as fun as the trip itself.  tuesday i leave for a […]

the ultimate job!

March 20, 2007

there are days when i’m planning stuff for our ministry where i start to daydream about the ultimate youth ministry job.  while i don’t think i could work for a better or more flexible church, there are still things you wish you didn’t have to mess with in your job so that you could do […]

just can’t wait!

March 9, 2007

  reading a friend’s post this morning shared how much he’s pumped about the sun, warmer temps and spring a comin’! he’s not the only one, so… most of us have been cooped up inside for the last four months or so and are itchin’ to get out and do all our favorite outdoor • […]