eagle rock loop

September 23, 2010

I have been meaning to post these pictures of our hike of the Eagle Rock Loop in Arkansas for a while now and I have just now gotten around to it.  Me and four of my buddies took this trip back in March.

The loop is 26.2 miles long.  We did it in three days.  We got down there on Thursday night and camped.  On Friday we left from the trailhead at the Albert Pike Campground (the same campground that was hit by the flood back in June) and headed to the Little Missouri Falls.  We only did about 8 miles on the first day.  This part of the trail is the easy part.

After this we went over several ridges that have high elevation and are full of switchbacks.  We got over all but one or two and left those for the next day.  This part of the trail was about 9 miles.  This part was rough.  It was the most difficult hiking I have ever done and pushed me to my limit.

Then the last day we had breakfast at the summit of one of the mountains and then finished out headed toward winding stairs.  This part of the trail had a couple of caves and was really cool.  The trail ends climbing Albert Pike.

My pack was full on this trip – probably about 40 pounds.  The trails is almost constantly near a river, creek, or stream, so we were able to have plenty of water the entire time.  We had two filters with us, so we filled up our Nalgenes pretty fast.  We ate dehydrated food.  The best was the breakfast – the breakfast skillet was awesome and then the granola with milk and blueberries I would eat any time.

Overall this trail was awesome and pretty difficult.  I lost track of the number of times the loop crosses the rivers and streams.  It was very cold during the night and pretty cool during the day.   We are hoping in the future we will get a chance to do the Eagle Rock Loop Marathon and do it all in one day.

Hope you like my pictures.

I have another hike coming up pretty soon (in a couple of weeks).  It is going to be much easier and a lighter weight in my pack (probably just take a day pack).  Looking forward to it and I am sure you will get to hear about it!


10-fold is coming soon

September 22, 2010

This is an exciting event mark your calendar and spread the word! From October 10th through the 19th, there is going to be a 10-day online event that will mobilize passionate people to stand up and be counted for causes they believe in, and you will have a front row seat. It’s called 10-Fold.

Each day will feature a different mission project of the General Board of Global Ministries supported through The Advance, the designated giving arm of The United Methodist Church. Through live webcasts, streaming video, online chats, and other media, you will learn about these amazing ministries that are changing people’s lives.

And by visiting 10-Fold.org daily and registering your interest, you’ll be able help secure tangible support for each project. It’s easy. With one click, you can trigger a $1.00 donation each day of 10-Fold, up $10,000 for each project.

Be a part of a movement that multiplies God’s work, be counted, and help create an effect that is 10-Fold in good works.

– RSVP to the event on facebook here.

pepper the salad

September 21, 2010

I have recently been making some salads for myself at home.  This is pretty cheap and delicious at the same time, so I like it.  I need cheap right now…  I like to put lots of different things on my salads.  The best topping, that has become my go to, is peppers.  Bell Pepper (red, green, and yellow), Banana Pepper, and Jalapeno (all fresh).  This is the way to go!  Bell Peppers are also loaded up with Vitamin C, so I know I am getting my share of that.  It also makes the salad a little bit spicy and who doesn’t love spicy foods.  Check out my picture below to see what I am talking about (I was excited about what I was about to eat, so I snapped a picture to share with you).  Glen Lake Camp got me hooked on the pepper salad.  Every summer when I am out at the camp I get a fully loaded salad bar everyday that I can load up with the peppers.  Then yesterday I made this salad and then topped it with my salsa from the pervious post too.  Even better.
What is your favorite things to put your salad?

(yes that is a Diet Snapple Diet Peach Green Tea – also awesome)

I love salsa

September 19, 2010

I made salsa the other day.  It was pretty delicious.  Thanks to David Riddile and his blog The Spice Search for the recipe.  The green one is a roasted tomatillo salsa.  Oven roasted the ingredients and then mixed it up – Awesome on fajitas.  Then the red salsa is called Enfuego Red Salsa.  It was pretty decent.  This one was pretty spicy compared to the other one, but it also had more jalapeno and a Habanero thrown in there to kick it up a notch!

HST – videos

May 19, 2010

This video is pretty funny.  The Harvard Sailing Team sketch comedy group is hilarious.

Check out more of their YouTube videos here.


April 13, 2010

My brother and I use to watch this movie all of the time when we were kids.  I found the trailer on youtube and it is worth checking out.  What an awesome movie!  What ridiculous movies did you watch when you were a child?

Awaken – Open Source – update

March 15, 2010

We have been engaging in a different form of sermon for the past several weeks at the Awaken Worship Gathering.  I mentioned it a little over a month ago here on my blog – you can also read about each week on the Awaken blog.  After doing this for several weeks I thought I would give an update on how it has been working and what has been going on.

This is awesome!
Everybody is responding to this different style really well.  The first week we talked about prayer, then we talked about fasting, then simplicity, and then solitude… (and that is as far as we have gotten).  Each week we start with some intro material on the spiritual discipline for the night (this is done by me).  At this time I basically give an overview of what that particular discipline is and give some scriptural references and a little explanation on how it works.  After that it is open.  There has not been a silent night.  I am amazed at the things people know and share.  During this time the people at Awaken have been sharing life experiences, things they do, places where they find the spiritual discipline in the scriptures, struggles, and helpful tips.  Every week I learn something new and usually come away with a different way to look at or practice these spiritual disciplines.  The conversation that is going on has always stayed relevant and continues and continues.  This open source format it really exciting and has been great at Awaken.  I am sure we will be using it more and more in future in other ways. 

If you want to come check it out — feel free.  Awaken is always open to everybody.  We have a few more weeks left and here is what we will be talking about.  Tuesday nights – Worship begins at 8:00pm.
March 16th – Service
March 23rd – Worship
March 30th – Celebration 


March 2, 2010

I am very excited about this season for the Rangers!

I saw this state trooper the other day on tv… This state trooper looks just like Kevin Millwood.  I know The Big Kat is no longer a Ranger, but it was fun to see this!

Snow Day!

February 15, 2010

This past weekend we got a record amount of snow in Fort Worth (something like 12.5 inches in 24 hours).  It was awesome.  Some of it is even still around.  I thought I would put up some of my snow creations and some fun things I saw in the snow.  I can’t wait until this happens again!


The pictures above include the view I woke up to (my backyard), a snowboarder that was snowboarding down the median of the street on a big hill (he was kind of bookin’ it too), my snow angel (which somehow did not win the competition it was in…, me creating a snowman, tiny snowman without head, and then finally that is an 8 foot igloo that my buddy Ben Wood built.


February 2, 2010

This is happening!  I am so excited!

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