Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hiking and The Gospel

Mike and have been trying to walk everyday and go for more strenuous hikes once or twice a week.   We live in paradise so it's easy to find beautiful hikes.  A week ago as we were trekking along the very rocky Froom Creek trail in the Irish Hills Open Space with our nifty trekking poles, I asked a question.  "What is a good analogy between trekking poles and the living the gospel".  We talked about how the trekking poles help us to be more stable, especially when the trail is strewn with rocks that make you slip and slide threatening to twist  an ankle, thus making the trail even harder.   Wearing sturdy hiking boots also helps give a strong foundation.  Our life on earth is like a trek.  Prayer and scripture study can provide a stable strong foundation when life on earth gets rocky.

Yesterday we walked the Sycamore Crest Trail.  After walking up a very step oak studded hillside we were rewarded with a beautiful view of the ocean.  There was a rocky trail along the ridge that gave more breathtaking views.  Here are some pictures from our hike. 

Trudging up the hill

View of Avila Beach

Phew, stopping to rest.

Slippery rocks on trail.

Beautiful oak near the crest.

Monkey Flower

Oak studded Trail

Danger, poison oak.

Beautiful red flower.  I wish I knew it's name.

When we got home Mike sat down a penned a poem.  I loved it and wanted to share.

The Hike
I start my hike with sturdy boots and trekking poles.
But why? The path is flat and easy.
The path is difficult now, winding and steep.
My boots provide a sure footing,
My poles support me,
Signposts show me the way.
The trail is a greater challenge now. Can I endure?
Finally, I reach the top.
And I can see forever.               

I live my life with faith in God and simple prayers.
But why? My life is nice and easy.
My life is difficult now, trying and tough.
My faith provides a sure foundation,
My prayers support me,
The Spirit shows me the way.
My life is a greater challenge now. Can I endure?
Finally, I reach the end.
And I can live forever.

By Mike Price 3/5/2012 

1 comment:

olivia (tringham) lyman said...

What a lovely hike! I like Mike's poem, you both have a talent with the written word.

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