Fishing is often referred to as the quintessential past-time.  It is the ultimate in male relaxation.  The phrase often said, “Just you and the line.”  There is no doubt that a fishing trip is a great time to just get away, but when is a fishing trip more than just a fishing trip? The answer: when you bring your son along.  Yes, it may mean less personal fishing time and more time teaching how to tie knots; however it may also mean memories that you and your son will never forget.

One such trip of fathers and sons left a lasting memory in my mind.  The fathers and sons seemed to have great lasting bonds; they had fun with each other and really seemed to enjoy each others company.  As the week went by, it transformed from a fun time in the outdoors into an intense bonding experience.  The group fished during the day and sat around the campfire at night.  Those times around the campfire proved to be powerful in bringing bonds together.

One father explained to me the importance of the trip to him.  He told me how he and his wife had a son early when their marriage was rocky.  He admitted that he made many mistakes raising his first son  that have had long lasting consequences, but he was passionate about not making those mistakes with his younger son.  “That is why we are out here,” he said.  Another father was on the trip not to strengthen his relationship with his son, but instead to create a relationship with his stepson.   His stepson had struggled through relationships with his father and had recently come out of rehab.  Their relationship was fragile, but the energy and passion the stepfather showed to his stepson was moving.  It quickly became clear that he loved his stepson, not because he loved his wife.  He loved his stepson because Christ loved his stepson.

Throughout history, relationships with a father, whether positive or negative, have an instrumental impact on the development of a boy to a man.  Current history tells the fragile story of Barrack Obama’s relationship with his father and ancient history tells us the story of Abraham and Isaac.  Father/son relationships provide a universal truth of our relationship with heavenly father.  Come explore these endless connections with us at Wilderness Expeditions.  We would be honored to have you.

Dreams

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Dreams-everyone has them.  They offer us glimpses of what the future could hold, hope that the world doesn’t have to stay like it is, and visions of how we might make a difference.  Every time one walks into the high country of Colorado, they make vows with themselves.  Vows that they will live beyond themselves.  That they will not just care about short term gains, but that they attempt to grasp the vastness of eternity.  Wilderness Expedition’s treks offer just that—a time to Dream.

One such time was on a mountain name Pacific with a group from Wichita Falls, Texas.  Pacific has several features that make it stand out.  First, the summit comes to a dramatic point which makes it look like a mountain straight out of Lord of the Rings.  Second, in late summer the flowers start to blanket the mountain side.  It gets so thick that the grass is absolutely covered with flowers.  You have the feeling that you are in a movie or at a five star hotel, but surely the flowers cannot grow like this naturally, yet they do.  It makes you think of Luke 12: 27-28 when Jesus says, “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all of his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you?”

The week had been a powerful week and the group had come along way.  One young man in particular, had struggled very much over the past year.  The final night on the mountain after a long successful day of summiting, he spoke up around the campfire.  He explained about how tough the past year had been dealing with divorce in his family, problems with his friends, and temptations he was facing.  He said, “I don’t want to go home.  I just want to stay up here forever.  Life is so perfect up here and down there it is so difficult.”  I don’t think he understood the magnitude of what he was saying. This young man unlocked the secret of nature and the calling of his King.

Mount Pacific on Left and Mount Atlantic on right

God calls us in necessary times to leave the cities and go to the mountains with him to dream.  He shows us through his creation how he has designed the world and how we fit into it.   He shouts to us through the serenity that the Kingdom has come and that it is possible to have the Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.  This is the heart of Wilderness Expeditions; this is the experience that people come back for year after year.  Share your story here or go on your own journey this summer!