Joy in Hardship

Our third day of backpacking on Isle Royale did not start off well. It had rained off and on during the night, though it had stopped just before we got up. However, before we could finish breakfast, the rain began again and continued as we broke camp and began another...

Goals & Endurance

Backpacking can get tough sometimes. Our first night on our backpacking trip to Isle Royale, we had nine tenths of and inch of rain and discovered our tent was not waterproof. Not only did our sleeping bags and feet get wet, all of our warmest clothes that we had put...

Don’t Go Down the Wrong Road

As I indicated in previous posts, my backpacking trip provided me with lots of spiritual illustrations like this one. The trails at Isle Royale are maintained so as to allow hikers and backpackers into some beautiful remote areas of the island without unnecessarily...

When Life Weighs You Down

My first backpacking trip was a real learning experience. My friend Dave and I backpacked forty miles in four days with forty pound backpacks (we actually carried about forty-five pounds including water and other gear). I found that carrying that much weight added a...

Teachable Moments

One of the things I contemplated on my backpacking trip to Isle Royale was the variety that our God produced in creation. I was particularly impressed with the different kind, color and shape of the rocks along the shore lines. There were fifteen different kinds of...

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