Als ich wisse das Morgen der Erde enden wuerde, immernoch wurd ich mein Apfelbaum pflanzen.

Even if I knew the world would perish tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree. - Martin Luther

"Factory work's easier on the back, and I don't mind it, understand, but a man becomes what he does. Got to watch that. That's why I keep at farmin' although the crops haven't ever throve. It's the doin' that's important." Madison Wheeler in Blue Highways by William Least Heat Moon

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Hike to the Falls

We spent a delightful Sunday afternoon with our congregation's young family fellowship group.  We hiked to the falls off of the aptly names Falls Ridge Trail.  It was a delightful way to remember our baptism on Pentecost.

Spring is a great time to see wildflowers in the mountains.  Alas, no Trillium.

The Falls Ridge Trail can be accessed from Forestry Road 88 near Liberty Furnace in Western Virginia.  The first part of the trail is fairly steep.  We hiked to the turn off point for the falls and stopped for lunch.

The girls had a their last confirmation class for the year on the trail with our pastor.  They were told to watch for water and wind and think about the Holy Spirit.

After lunch we turned to the left on an unblazed, but well traveled trail to head for the falls.  If you head out to find the falls look for the rock cairns that mark the trail turns.

 Some of the Laurel is just about ready to bloom, the falls had more water than we'd ever seen before, and there were beautiful Jack in the Pulpit near the falls.

 Even though it was windy and cold, we even saw hail, we certainly found the Spirit out there on the mountain.

Happy Pentecost Everyone!

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