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Renee DeVault

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April 26, 2016

Action Pact takes to the road

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This last weekend the Action Pact travel team packed packed up our bags and jumped in our fifteen passenger van at 10:15 AM to begin what ended up as a seven hour road trip to Cimarron, KS.

Between moments of doing homework, sleeping, and jamming out to the radio our team of six alternated between melting in suffocating heat when the windows were closed or being slapped by relentless wind when the windows were opened.

Action Pact followed Voices of Praise, an eight person singing group, in Clifford, their big red van. This was the second event Action Pact has done with Voices of Praise and by far the most extensive. We stopped and ate lunch together as well as stopped at gas stations so we were able to talk to them.

When we arrived at the church there was pizza provided, we figured out who our host families were, and then went to Dodge city to explore their mall and hang out at Sonic. Some friends from MNU came to Cimarron with us too so it was a huge MNU country party getting to explore the town that some of our good friends from Cimarron spent so much time in growing up.

Sara, Linsey, and I stayed with a family from the church who provided a place for us to stay and a fantastic breakfast in the morning. I wish that we had been able to stay after church for lunch so we could have spent more time with them.

Action Pact did a last minute improv performance for the Youth Group before service which was interesting because while improv is intrinsically made up on the spot, our plan of what games to play and who is playing what games is usually planned out far in advance.

The actual service was probably my favorite part of the trip. Quinn led Voices of Praise in some incredible worship both before and after Action Pact’s performance of “The Complete History of Old Testament in 20 Minutes”. It was my favorite performance we’ve done of that show. I felt like the congregation was very receptive and Quinn was able to tie it into VOP’s next song so the transition felt seamless.

As soon as we had all of our stuff packed up after the service we got out of Cimarron and frantically tried to make it back to Olathe in time for the Theatre Awards Banquet. We were on campus for about five minutes before the banquet started. I was so proud of us.

The banquet was very fun. My fellow improv friend, Justin Collins and I won male and female freshmen of the year award, Quinn won one of the performance of the year awards and Joshua won a One-Act performance of the year award. There were several other awards but I’m afraid I won’t remember them all so I’ll just say congratulations to everybody broadly.

Enjoy some pictures my friend Sara Eigsti took on the trip.

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Katie Linsey

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April 21, 2016

A Tribute To The People I Couldn’t Live Without

April 21, 2016 | By | No Comments

This school year has been so much more than I ever could’ve imagined. I have had amazing opportunities I never thought would come. I’ve also had incredible people in my life that equip me to be successful and encourage me to be fully who I was made to be. This blog is dedicated to those people – the ones that I couldn’t live without.

1. My family

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The first people I couldn’t live without are my family. My mom and dad have always been so encouraging in whatever endeavor I’m pursuing. They have been so gracious to support me in every stage in my life, and continue to show me that support even though I’m an “adult.” I know that if I ever need anything, they’ll be there in every way they can. My sister is also a gem. I look up to her so much, in ways she’ll never even know, even though she’s younger than me. Hanging out with her is so relaxing and fun. I couldn’t imagine life without a sister that is also a best friend.

2. Caitlin Alley

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This girl… where do I even begin? We’ve been best friends for over 5 years, and even though I don’t see her as much as I’d like, I can still confidently call her my best friend. She is my number one sister in Christ, someone that I know will always give me wise advice and has my best interest in mind. She walks with Jesus daily, and that’s so evident in her lifestyle. She’s the kind of friend that will challenge you and also love you so hard through anything.

3. Hannah Bostic

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I could not do college without Hannah. I have to see her at least 29 times a day or I’ll go crazy from missing her so much. She knows every detail about my life, what makes me happy or mad, and my heart from the inside out. She’s the best encourager I know. Her heart is full of love, grace, and patience. Her love for Doctor Who, board games, and sour patch kids are just great. Everyone needs someone like Hannah Bostic in their life. (but please don’t steal her from me)

4. Christen Zimmer

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This girl is so in tune with the Holy Spirit. I love being around her because she is full of wisdom, love, and grace. She’s one of the most genuine people I know. I know that I can be completely vulnerable and honest with her, without her judging or condemning me. The nights of laughter and tears are ones that I am most thankful for, and will never forget. I’m so excited to see where the Lord takes this girl. It’s gonna be good.

5. Morgan Peiffer

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One time we went to Colorado and it was one of my favorite trips because I got to learn more about Morgan’s heart and her quirks. She is such a unique, genuine, wise person. She is not afraid to face her emotions, fears, desires, etc. and I know she’s growing so much because of the way she leans into life’s happenings. I am learning so much from being a part of her life. She’s always uplifting, bringing happiness to my world if I’m having a mundane day.

6. Melodie Griseta

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I will never forget the day we met a few years ago. We had everything in common, and we prayed with each other just minutes after meeting. I believe that encounter set the pace for our friendship. Every time we get together, we always talk about Jesus and what He’s up to in our lives. It’s a friendship that I look forward to growing because I always feel so uplifted and encouraged when I’m with her. Also, she shares the love for One Tree Hill with me so obviously our friendship is legit. I’m so thankful for the role she plays in my life!

7. Lindsey Allen

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I met this girl at Youthfront LaCygne a few years ago when I asked her for directions to my cabin because I was SO LOST. Thanks for those directions, by the way. :) Lindsey has got something that not many people do. She’s got a unique spirit that is so inviting and loving. Whenever I’m with her, I feel so loved and cared for. She genuinely cares about my life and how my spiritual life is going. There’s no such thing as surface level when it comes to friendship with Lindsey, which I love so much. Thanks for always being there, even though we don’t see each other as often as I’d like.

8. Christa Johnson

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She’ll always be my roommate, even though she’s not. I hate that I don’t see her more, but I’m so thankful for the time we spent together freshman year and over the summer. Christa is so real. That’s the best word I can think to describe her. She’s not afraid to be herself and be honest. She’s also a really great listener and gives great advice. Hanging out with her is always a fun time.

9. Canaan Bellis

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This girl is so fun to be around. I know that whenever we hang out, we’ll have a fun time. I love the way she’s honest and uplifting. She really knows how to cheer me up when I’m feeling down! I love the late night food runs and Netflix binge watching. Thanks for always being there when I need you. It’s a joy being your friend. I’m really glad I met you this semester. :)

I’m glad that I could introduce y’all to the people that have helped me get to where I am today. I couldn’t do life without the love, support, and encouragement I receive from each of these people in unique ways. I’m so thankful that God knows who we need in our life and when we need them. :) What a good, good Father.

See you next week. :)

-KT

Stephanie Krohn

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April 19, 2016

Summer means _______ (Fill in the blank)

April 19, 2016 | By | No Comments

I asked different people on campus to finish the following sentences about summer:

  1. Summer means ___________ .
  2. One thing about MNU I will miss is ____________ .
  3. One thing about MNU I won’t miss is ______________ .
  4. The first thing I will do during break is ______________ .
  5. My plans for the summer are ____________ .

Everyone has different plans and thinks differently about the summer time. Personally, I am not a big fan of summer. Mostly, because I work full time. As you can see, my summer is pretty boring, so let’s see what the rest of MNU does for the longest break of the year!

Jazmine Parra-Navarro

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  • Summer means fun and adventure
  • One thing about MNU I will miss is all the different personalities in one location
  • One thing about MNU I won’t miss is the spotty WiFi
  • The first thing I will do during break is soaking up some sun
  • My plans for summer are working, traveling and exploring the outdoors

Sydney Knight

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  • Summer means freedom
  • One thing about MNU I will miss is nothing because I am stuck here
  • One thing about MNU I won’t miss is 8 am classes
  • The first thing I will do during break is visit friends
  • My plans for summer are working and family vacation to Canada where they have a cabin right at the lake in Ontario

Denise Dantzler

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  • Summer means swimming
  • One thing about MNU I will miss is the campus because it looks really pretty in the summer
  • One thing about MNU I won’t miss is the caf food
  • The first thing I will do during break is sleep
  • My plans for summer are doing an internship, studying for the Elsa, and going on the cruise to the Virgin Islands, Jamaica and Mexico

Coach Rodden

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  • Summer means warm weather, gardening, restoration, and family activities
  • One thing about MNU I will miss is the people
  • One thing about MNU I won’t miss is 5:30 am… sorry teams 😉
  • The first thing I will do during break is plant my garden and clean up my garden
  • My plans for summer are hanging out with my kids more and running my weightlifting camp

Chace Owen

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  • Summer means hot work
  • One thing about MNU I will miss is the people
  • One thing about MNU I won’t miss is Josh and the crazy weather
  • The first thing I will do during break is sleep and work on video projects
  • My plans for summer are to work at Camp (Table) Rock, fly drones, make videos, and driving boats

Josh Brisco

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  • Summer means miserable weather and Baseball
  • One thing about MNU I will miss is *starts laughing really hard* the people from the Trailblazer – except Chace
  • One thing about MNU I won’t miss is Chace and the stress of deadlines of projects that I don’t enjoy
  • The first thing I will do during break is sleep for one day and then start working on projects that are not related to school
  • My plans for summer are to do some creative things I don’t have time for during the school year

How would you fill the blanks? Please leave a comment! :)

 

 

Renee DeVault

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April 18, 2016

Have a little Fun, will ya?

April 18, 2016 | By | No Comments

I have been learning some valuable lessons about having fun this last week.

It seems like it would be easy, like Oh, of course I know how to have fun, don’t you? But in reality, in the middle of the insanity that is April, I found myself focusing on the stress so much that I nearly forgot how to have fun.

Tuesday the Sophomore class council threw a Napoleon Dynamite prom. IMG_1962

It was hosted in the tipping point in the Land Gym building on campus. The movie was playing in the tipping point, there were tater tots in the cafe area, and a disco ball and music in the actual gym area.

What ended up happening was a crazy dance party to some 80s music which, when done by theater people, ended up being very dramatic and probably horrifying for outside observers. There is definitely a difference between dancing to impress and dancing to be silly and funny.

We were not trying to be graceful…and that was a good thing.

It was one of my favorite nights of the semester so far though. I always forget how fantastic friends and dancing go together. Any chance you get, do something silly with people you love. Like perform at an improv show for new pioneer students where you can pretend to be a gerbil for a few minutes.

Gerbils don’t have homework. It’s nice.

Speaking of silly, newspaper has really ramped up this week. Joshua and I conducted interviews for the new Trailblazer staff and we’re doing interviews for our next print edition coming out on April 27th.

Being on Trailblazer staff is a lot of hard work but it’s also one of the most fun jobs I’ve ever had. The people are fun, we get to talk about what is happening on campus, and we get to talk about what’s happening in the news and world around us.

Having to work is 200% more fun when you love the people you’re working with. I think this applies to studying for finals too, I am definitely getting people together that I enjoy to do some studying this year. We all have to get work done, but that doesn’t mean we have to be miserable.

Take a nod from St. John’s Sabbath rest challenge and take some time to play this week.

Photo credit Katie Linsey

Photo credit Katie Linsey

 

Isaac Walker

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April 15, 2016

Unbreakable

April 15, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

One of my favorite Netflix original series is back on!  Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 is back on Netflix and I could not be more excited!  I plan on watching it all this weekend.  After doing so I will give you a little review.

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Season 1 was pretty good.  The show is about a a woman who is a survivor of a cult.  Kimmy and a few other women were retrieved from a bunker where they lived for over ten years.  Kimmy is now out and living in New York City.  The show follows her and the friends that she makes.  The show deals a lot about how we, as humans deal with pain and trauma.  We all have a past and we all have to deal with it.

I want to know!  What is your favorite show on Netflix?  Let me know in the comment section.

Until next time friends.

Div Tosinglo

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April 15, 2016

THE CURE FOR MNU’S SINGLENESS IS HERE

April 15, 2016 | By | No Comments

  • Our university is under attack. Our greatest enemy is greater than running out of toilet paper, your  8am class, getting busted for staying later for open dorms, and even bigger than finals. What’s bigger than all of that? The large epidemic of singleness that has prolonged its visit upon our campus. We have been called to “be fruitful and increase in number; to multiply on the earth and increase upon it.” (Genesis 9:7) (After we ring by spring first, of course). But how can we ring by spring if there is such a big gap between the guys and girls on this campus? So I took it upon myself to single handily (No pun intended) save our school. I believe that one of the biggest causes of this plague is ignorance. The guys don’t know what the girls want. The girls don’t know what the guys want! Enough with the assuming! So I asked a friend of mine (Who is a girl) and also girls around campus this simple question: What do MNU girls look for in a guy? and did the same for the guys. No more being lost in translation this is as direct as it’s going to get!

 

All a girl wants is….

  1.  A guy with a nice smile
  2. A guy who isn’t afraid to associate with people outside of his friend group
  3. A guy who is a little weird
  4. A guy who believes the best in other people/ Extends grace
  5. A guy who is humble yet confident
  6. A guy who is not cheap but frugal
  7. A guy who appreciates my weird and awkward moments
  8. Chivalry (don’t let it die even though some girls don’t want you to hold the door for them… DO IT I WANT YOU TO)
  9.  A guy who is assertive & can lead me
  10. an adventurous guy
  11. A guy who is willing to sing in the car with me ( just pray she’s not a Taylor Swift fan)
  12. A guy who has good hygiene
  13. A guy who consults Jesus before he consults me
  14. A guy who puts others before himself
  15. A guy who can hold an intelligent conversation

All a guy is looking for is a girl who…

  1. is genuinely kind to everyone
  2. has a nice smile, show your pearly whites
  3. Can pick up on sarcasm and relay it
  4. has pretty eyes
  5. is confident , but not an ego maniac
  6. brushes her teeth
  7. dresses modestly 😊
  8. is exclusive about her relationship with God
  9. Doesn’t pressure the future.
  10. Laughs at my jokes, even if they aren’t that funny (Preach it!)
  11. Will let me open the door
  12. Rub my head
  13. Values herself
  14. is selfless
  15. has a cute laugh

 

 

There are pros and cons to going to a small university. But today. In this blog it’s a pro. Because you get to know pretty much everyone! And I can honestly say that the majority of the guys live up to these desires, and the same goes for our girls. Maybe this joke about singleness goes deeper than just dating. Maybe this blog speaks truth about how unfamiliar we are with one another as a community. Maybe it’s a call out of our comfort zones and cliques, and a call to branch out! Or maybe it’s just another sneaky way to reawaken MNU Mingle. Who knows? But if this blog was the exact push you needed to find your future husband or wife. Just remember….to give credit where credit is due! 😉

 

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Renee DeVault

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April 4, 2016

The Story Behind “All About Lewis”

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This last week I performed in two of MNU’s student directed one acts. One of these one acts was a play called “All About Lewis” and stands to be one of the most interesting creative collaboration processes I have gone through to date.

I first wrote this script, about an egotistical talk show host named Lewis Daily and the plots of his producer, Debora, to get him fired, my freshman year with three of my best friends. Since then I have adapted the script several times to make it more of my own but the original heart of the show and the characters were created in a group.

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I have some amazing memories writing that script and looking back on things, it is one of my favorite projects I have collaborated on. It especially means a lot to me because the three people are now all away at college and one of them is in another country. Bringing this script back to life reminded me of them and how much I appreciated their impact on my life as well as brought about a sort of deep sadness for our lives being lived so far apart now.

When Quinn switched his major to Speech and Theatre Education and found out he needed to direct a one act for his class I volunteered to adapt the script from two hours to twenty minutes, a process which was much more difficult than I expected. I had to make calls on what was vital to the story, what was funny, and what was not.

It was like cutting up my favorite shirt to make handkerchief.

I never realized how connected to my stories and characters I can become. That was a huge realization for me-an awakening of the heart passion for writing and story telling that God has given me.

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It also tested my relationship with Quinn in very unexpected ways. When I gave him the script I was giving up a lot of control that I never realized I would have difficulty giving up. I had to learn to trust his judgment and remember that my way of doing things is not the only way…and may not even be the best way or the right way.

Another interesting element was the cast. I was given the opportunity to play Debora, a character I created, but all of my other characters were in the hands of actors and utterly out of my control. Joshua Brisco, a good friend of mine who played Lewis, brought a whole different element to the character than I had ever even imagined and I loved it.

At first I couldn’t stand that people were messing with my ideas and not doing what I had envisioned, but when I started to step back and look at what was happening I realized that it was good…there was a diversity of talents and viewpoints that was being brought to this project that I would never have been able to do myself.

 

Josh and Alex during one of the show segments. Photo by Mischele Brisco

Josh and Alex during one of the show segments. Photo by Mischele Brisco

Photo by Mischele Brisco.

Photo by Mischele Brisco.

Photo by Mischele Brisco.

Photo by Mischele Brisco.

The show was great. After all of the internal struggle of letting go of something I had held onto so tightly and allowing it to be influenced by other people, the show turned out better than I could have expected it to. And bringing other people in allowed for my story to be shown to people who never would have gotten to experience it had it just been left sitting on my hard drive as it otherwise would have been.

We are designed as people to be in collaboration with one another. God said that it was not good for Adam to be alone. Man was created in God’s image and God is, by definition, a cooperative God-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-working in harmony, perfect interdependence, and collaboration.

I had to learn to be dependent on Quinn and my fellow cast members for “All About Lewis” to happen. I had to allow this project which means so much to me in the memory of my friends to be vulnerable to the work of others.

I believe in doing this I become a little bit closer to the person God designed me to be- intensely passionate and creative but willing to trust and be in collaboration with those who have been put in my life.

 

Isaac Walker

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April 1, 2016

King of All Fruits

April 1, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

So those of you who know me know that I like adventure.  I also really like Asian culture.  So if there is an Asian market, you best know I’ll be there buying all sorts of amazing foods.  A few nights ago, me and my roommate/best friend decided to try something new together.  We wanted to eat the King of All Fruits.  Also known as the Durian Fruit.

Here is a bunch of the fruits in a pile.

Here is a bunch of the fruits in a pile.

Drove to an Asian super market that is about 15 minutes from campus to purchase the fruit.  They are rather large fruits.  About the size of a water melon and the spikes on them are actually very sharp!  So it was kind of painful to hold.

But what is so special about this fruit?!

I am so glad you all asked.  They are known for their smell.  When cut open, they smell very bad.  They are considered the worst smelling fruit in the world.  And I can confirm that this is a true fact!  When we bought it, the whole fruit was frozen solid.  So we stuck it in a bowl and put it in our hot shower.  After about 20 minutes, it was thawed enough to cut open and eat.

Someone cutting a Durian fruit open.

Someone cutting a Durian fruit open.

What the inside looks like.

What the inside looks like.

The moment we started cutting it open, the smell started to reach our noses.  It was a nice combination of banana, raw pumpkin, pineapple, and butt.  And it tasted exactly like it smelled!  I can see why people would like it but I did not.  Not for one second.  The texture was what got to me the most.  It was so mushy.  It was just yellow, smelly slime.

So needless to say I did not like it.  But I encourage you all to go out and try some Durian!  It is a good cultural experience.

Here is a video of children eating some Durian.

Until next time friends!

Renee DeVault

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March 22, 2016

Chicago and Championships

March 22, 2016 | By | No Comments

Over the break a few friends and I stayed at Jordan’s house in Champaign, IL which we used as a home base for getting to Chicago and exploring the city. We had some mishaps along the way such as losing Levi’s bag on the side of the highway when, wrapped in a trash bag to protect it from rain, it escaped the ties binding it to the roof of our car and didn’t even make it into Missouri.

Unfortunately we didn’t realize this had happened until we were a few hours into the trip.

Levi handled things really well though and we were able to lend him clothes/take him on last minute runs to Target so he didn’t have to wear the same two outfits every day of our trip.

We also got to lead worship at Champaign First Church of the Nazarene which was an incredible experience for me. I love being able to serve God along side the people God has put in my life.

I have included some pictures from our Chicago adventures.

The Water Tower mall had a giant Lego store that we went crazy for almost as much as the fancy tea shop that let us have free samples.

The Water Tower mall had a giant Lego store that we went crazy for almost as much as the fancy tea shop that let us have free samples.

Chicago has a free zoo! We got to see all sorts of animals including some crocodiles which are my very favorite.

Chicago has a free zoo! We got to see all sorts of animals including some crocodiles which are my very favorite.

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You can't beat $5 symphony tickets. Their symphony hall is absolutely beautiful and we got to hear some awesome pieces played...plus dressing up all fancy is always fun.

You can’t beat $5 symphony tickets. Their symphony hall is absolutely beautiful and we got to hear some awesome pieces played…plus dressing up all fancy is always fun.

As soon as I got back from Chicago the Trailblazer hit the ground running by covering the men’s basketball game against Georgetown in the Final Four of the NAIA championship. While the men did lose they played a great game and we got to be right there with them.

Joshua, our Editor in Chief, and Chace, one of our video reporters, got press passes and spots reserved for us at the press table. Josh and I sat almost dead center court.

It was probably the most fun I’ve had at an MNU game before although Josh did most of the actual work since he’s writing the story…and actually knows something about sports. After the game we went and did some interviews with the team.

I have a lot of respect for the student athletes on campus. I couldn’t even imagine taking the classes that I’m taking now while also going to workouts and practices everyday with games and tournaments all thrown in. I’m so glad that so much of our community is showing up to championship games and being so supportive.

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Isaac Walker

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March 20, 2016

Spring Break Adventures

March 20, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

Friday night, I got back from a crazy spring break.  No I was not partying, drinking, or waking up with my friends then discovering a dead body that forces us to make a blood oath so no one ever reveals our secret.  Instead, I was hiking through the Smokey Mountains with Kairos.

19 of us went to rough it up in the wilderness for three days.  We left last Tuesday and drove to Nashville.  We explored a little of downtown Nashville for a few hours then stayed the night at a church in Nashville.  The next morning we drove to our first hiking destination.  All the outlooks were blocked off because they were unstable so we really could not see the waterfalls to well.  From there we drove to Pizza Hut for lunch.  After we got our stomachs full we drove to our final destination where we stayed for the next three days and two nights.  The hike to our camp site was not too difficult.  It was about 2.5 miles and it was beautiful!  The weather was perfect too!  It was about 75 degrees and never rained!

The second day we hiked a little further to a site known as Virgin Falls.  It was a  massive waterfall that flowed out of a cave.  We hiked to the bottom and it was wild. The waterfall was creating huge gusts if wind and mist was flying everywhere!  After that Phil and I hiked to the top and explored the cave that the waterfall flowed from.  It was literally the largest cave I had ever been in!  The next day we packed up and came home!

Here are some pictures of our adventures.

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Hiking to our camp site.

Hiking to our camp site.

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The waterfall at our camp site.

The waterfall at our camp site.

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Chilling at our campsite.

Chilling at our campsite.

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Exploring the river.

Exploring the river.

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Hiking to Virgin Falls.

Hiking to Virgin Falls.

Overall, I loved the trip!  Everyone on the trip grew closer and we all had a blast together!

Until next time friends!