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April 26, 2016

Action Pact takes to the road

April 26, 2016 | By | No Comments

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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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!

Katie Linsey

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March 17, 2016

Spring Break 2016: Colorado

March 17, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey everyone! This week is spring break, which means that I’ve consumed more junk food than usual and I haven’t worn jeans at all (except to church).

On Saturday, I road tripped to Colorado Springs with my friend Morgan. We were on the same hall freshman year and this year we are on newspaper staff together. It was fun to spend time with her and relax!

Like I said, we began our adventure in Colorado Springs. We explored Garden of the Gods, went shopping in Manitou Springs, and hung out with some friends that live in Colorado.

Sunday morning church at New Life in Colorado Springs.

Agia Sophia – a coffee shop in downtown Colorado Springs. They have the best chai tea latte I’ve ever tried!

On the top of a rock at Garden of the Gods.

I took this while we were hiking a trail at Garden of the Gods. All the rocks are so pretty!

We made friends with a cute little kid while at the top of a rock.

We stayed in Colorado Springs for two days, and after that, we drove to Denver for our next set of adventures. We went to Red Rocks, shopping, and tried some local restaurants.

Climbing many flights of stairs at Red Rocks.

We made it to the top! The view was breathtaking.

I don’t have photos of everything we did, but we had a blast! We also did a lot of relaxing in the hotel which was definitely something I needed.

I hope y’all are having a great spring break. I love having time off, but I already miss my friends at MNU!

-KT

Isaac Walker

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March 11, 2016

Spring Break

March 11, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

As you all know, this is the last day of classes before our Spring break starts.  Most of us are leaving campus.  Tuesday, I am leaving at 7 in the morning to drive to Tennessee with Kairos.  We are going to be backpacking through the Smokey Mountains.  I have gone on several trips with Kairos and this will be the second time for me in the Smoky Mountains.  Last time I went backpacking through them was two years ago.

We will be back late Friday night.  I am going to do my best in taking pictures to have enough good pics to blog with next week.  I will be posting the blog on Saturday because I wont have access to internet.

Here are some pictures from the trip two years ago.  I did not have as good of a device to take good pictures two years though.

This was the first waterfall we saw on the trip.  This was also as close as we got to it.

This was the first waterfall we saw on the trip. This was also as close as we got to it.

This is a rope bridge that we crossed.

This is a rope bridge that we crossed.

This is the river we crossed.  I love the color of the water.

This is the river we crossed. I love the color of the water.

This is me slightly over packed.  But this was my first ever backpacking trip! And I survived.

This is me slightly over packed. But this was my first ever backpacking trip! And I survived.

This cave is the one we camped in.  The water at night was perfect to sleep to.

This is another waterfall we hiked to.  It is called Virgin Falls and is over 100ft tall.

This is another waterfall we hiked to. It is called Virgin Falls and is over 100ft tall.

This the top of Virgin Falls.

This the top of Virgin Falls.

Hopefully I can get better pictures this time around.  If you all remember, say a few prayers for our group as we are trekking through the mountains.

Until next time friends!

Renee DeVault

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February 2, 2016

Theatrical Escapades at MidAmerica

February 2, 2016 | By | One Comment

This has been kind of an insane week for me.

This is mostly because I am now a part of four shows at MNU and all four were a part of my week this week.

  1. Mousetrap

I am super excited for Mousetrap! It is a show written by one of my favorite authors, Agatha Christie. It’s a murder mystery set in post WWII era London. I play Mollie who owns a guest house with her husband, Giles. The play begins with the opening of their guest house and as the play continues the audience sees how the young couple’s big plans are kind of interrupted by a murder investigation.

It’s an eight person cast which is incredibly fun because we get to know each other but it’s also incredibly difficult because we’re almost all on stage all the time. That means we have to be on our game and completely in control for the whole show.

Some other fun aspects are that Quinn is playing Giles so we get to be a couple on stage. It certainly makes stage kisses less awkward :)

I also get to talk in a British Accent which has been very difficult but I think I’m getting the hang of it. I’ve never had to do an accent for so long so it’s a nice personal challenge.

The show is going to be February 25th through 28th and tickets can be bought online. It would be a great show to go to if you want to have date night, or friend date night, girls night out, or just if you want to pretend to be Sherlock Holmes for a while and try to figure out “who done it.”

Enjoy some pictures that our director, Heather, took without us really realizing what she was doing.

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2. Action Pact Improv Team/ The Complete History of the Old Testament in 20 Minutes

I have combined these two because they’re pretty much the same thing but also completely not. I am on Action Pact, MNU’s improv team that does improvised shows on campus but I am also on the travel team which does scripted shows as well as improv at churches in the area.

Thursday, we had an improv show on campus, which was incredibly fun. We tried Smith 200 as our venue that evening and it was great to have a larger stage.

Improv can really take you anywhere. At one point I was a chicken, another time I was a drunk alien, and of course, miming that I was giving a bath to Justin Bieber’s Demon pet dog was fun.12605331_1127347973945180_1940716450105923383_o

This is Elisa and Quinn doing a scene together. I honestly do not remember what it was about but this picture says a thousand words about the silliness that happens whenever our improv team gets together.

We also like going out together after shows with any audience members willing to put up with us for any length of time.

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The improvised aspects of Action Pact are incredibly fun. The travel team is also fun, but it’s in a completely different ballgame.

This last Sunday night the travel team hoped in a giant white van and rolled down to Pleasanton, Missouri, a very pleasant town about an hour from MNU.

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They’re silly.

We enjoy singing to the radio loudly on the way to the churches as well as making decisions such as what games we’re going to play (if we need to play games), and where to stop for coffee so we don’t collapse from exhaustion before getting up to perform.

We performed in two services for the church we went to. The first service was in their main sanctuary where we performed “The Complete History of the Old Testament in 20 Minutes” which is an incredibly fun show.

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There’s like a hundred characters so the six of us play multiple roles. I narrate a large portion of the show but also get to play fun characters such as Potiphar’s Wife and Delilah (yes, the team makes many jokes about that).

After we performed the show we played an improv game for the congregation and talked a little bit about what God is doing in each of our lives and on the MNU campus.

Their “Youth” service ended up being the youth plus the majority of their adults because so many members of their church wanted to see us do more improv. We played about four games with them and had a giant pizza and dessert party.

It’s great to fellowship with so many different people from different churches and share a little bit of joy with them. I never thought about theater as fitting so well into church until joining this team. It has certainly been an incredible experience.

3. Student Directed One Acts (It’s All About Lewis and Any Body for Tea)

Auditions for Student Directed One Acts were on Friday and the cast list came up on Monday.

Basically there are six students who are taking the “Directing and Play Productions” class that MNU offers so each of these six students are directing a one act play. All six plays will be performed in a huge festival that anybody can attend on March 31st and again on April 1st.

Since Quinn recently switched his major to be a Speech and Theater Education major, he is taking the class. I enjoy writing. Quinn needed a funny one act. It was a match made in heaven.

Over winter break I adapted a mini series that I had written into a one act play. I never really expected for the story to see the light of day so I was incredibly excited for the opportunity to get it up on its feet and in front of people.

It’s called “It’s All About Lewis” and it’s a comedy about a talk show host named Lewis Daily and the dysfunctional relationship he has with his show’s producer, Debora.

It was awesome to watch people audition for this show and see my script come to life. I can’t help but think what an incredible opportunity it is to get a little more exposure for my writing.

I auditioned for all of the one act plays and actually got cast surprisingly as Debora. It’s going to be an interesting challenge playing a character that I created. I also got cast in Elisa’s one act which is about a houseful of old women who begin killing each other off in order to get visited by the cute homicide detective who lives next door.

Both shows are going to be incredibly fun.

Auditions were awesome too. It was a whole bunch of cold readings and I got to play about a dozen different characters and watch others do the same. It was probably the most fun experience I have ever had at auditions.

Here are some guys who were giddy and running around being silly at Bell after auditions.

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It’s going to be an awesome semester for theatre at MidAmerica.

I just enjoy the opportunity to be able to serve God through my love of theatre as well as build some great relationships with people from all different walks of life and who are studying in all sorts of different areas. Theatre brings people together and when we get together in joy to celebrate God and the opportunities he’s given us, we bring people joy and show off his amazing creativity.

Isaac Walker

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January 29, 2016

My Hymn For The Weekend

January 29, 2016 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

I don’t know if you know, but Coldplay released their music video for their awesome song Hymn For The Weekend feat. Beyonce and it is amazing.  I titled this blog after their song and also because I am going to tell you about a great weekend I had two weeks ago.

Two weekends ago, I drove me and a van load of my friends to the River Market to do a little shopping.  For those of you who are new to the KC area or just do not know much about it ( I am one of those people.  I don’t know much of anything.), the River Market is a part of the Downtown Kansas City area. On the weekends, there is a lot of local produce sold.  It is not the best in the winter though, because it is not as big.  Not as many people are there selling their goods.  It was definitely still worth the trip though.  We mainly bought fruits and vegetables.

Before we went to the market, we stopped by Quay Coffee for some caffeine goodness.  From there we walked over to the market.  Once there, we began to look for some good stuff because we wanted to come back and cook dinner with all the things we bought.  I got some peppers, hummus, pomegranate tea, and some bubble tea!  We also stopped by an Italian store to get some pastries.  They were ‘fracking’ delicious.  I also saw a man carrying a mesh sack with two LIVE CHICKENS!  I panicked a little when I saw them….I have a strange fear of chickens.  Don’t ask why.  That’s a long story for another time.  Maybe next week’s blog?

After we bought all of our goodies ( I hate that word and I have no idea why I used it.  I am sorry.)  We walked over to the the big Chinese market across the street.  I LOVE Chinese markets.  This one smelled like fish though.  Like it smelt really bad!  They had a big fish market in the back.  They would chop it all up for you on the spot!

When we had our fill of culture and diversity for the day, I drove us back to cook our dinner!  We had kale salad (did not like it.  Kale is overrated), avocado spread for pita bread, hummus, and peppers.  It was a pretty successful day, if I do say so myself!

Amanda served as our photographer for the day!

This was the gang for the weekend. Amanda, Me, Wyatt, Phil, Ty, and Erin

This was the gang for the weekend.
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This is what Amanda got to drink at Quay.   V artsy and hipster.

This is what Amanda got to drink at Quay.
V artsy and hipster.

Amanda is also a master of getting candid pictures.  This is me awkwardly trying to decide of I should get the spearmint tea or the pomegranate tea.

Amanda is also a master of getting candid pictures. This is me awkwardly trying to decide if I should get the spearmint tea or the pomegranate tea.  It was an overwhelming task for me!  Look at all my options!!!

Here Amanda is fascinated by the pickled octopus.  Shortly after this was taken, the man running the cash register told her that if she is going to take a picture of it, she had to eat it.  So she did and she did not hate it.

Here Amanda is fascinated by the pickled octopus. Shortly after this was taken, the man running the cash register told her that if she is going to take a picture of it, she had to eat it. So she did and she did not hate it.

Here is a pic of the guys right after we got our bellies full of Italian pastries.

Here is a pic of the guys right after we got our bellies full of Italian pastries.  Look at our cute heads.

Amanda got some v artsy pics of the stands.  Here are some spices.

Amanda got some v artsy pics of the stands. Here are some spices.

Here are some v artsy apples.

Here are some v artsy apples.

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I was not aware that the picture was taken…..

If you were wondering, I did make a typo! I meant to say “v artsy”.  V means very.  As if it was not short enough already.

But I suggest that everyone go check out the River Market sometime!  Especially in the summer when it is a lot bigger and hoppin.

Until next time friends!

Katie Linsey

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December 16, 2015

My Favorite Memories From This Semester

December 16, 2015 | By | No Comments

As the semester comes to a close, I’ve been reflecting on my favorite memories of sophomore year so far.

The first thing that comes to mind is the trip I took to Colorado over fall break. I went with my friend Christen and we stayed with an amazing family while we were there. Christen and I explored Colorado Springs, hung out with horses, watched some Royals baseball, and went to New Life Church.

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Speaking of Royals baseball, another one of my favorite memories is when the Royal’s won the World Series… and every game leading up to that. My friends and I changed the building “Metz” to “Royalz” during the postseason, which was a fun prank that even landed me some extra credit in a class. 😉

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Photo courtesy of Haley Adams

Another memory that I definitely won’t forget is the semester long project I had to do in Promotion Management. I was paired with Britney, Brandon, and Kacie. We had to create an Integrated Marketing Communications plan for the MNU Admissions Department. Specifically, we re-designed SCOUT. After that project, I was offered an internship with the Admissions Department to help launch the new SCOUT idea and also help plan other events.

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This semester, I joined the newspaper editorial staff as Video Editor. I will always remember my time with the people who have become some of my closest friends this semester: Morgan, Sydney, Wyatt, Josh, and Robbie. I will also remember when I showed up to the first meeting, not knowing anyone, and the first thing the editor-in-chief said to me was, “You post too many selfies on your Facebook with Sonic cups.” I’m gonna miss ya, dad.

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Photo courtesy of Joshua Brisco

Relating to newspaper, I enjoyed Josh Meme Thursdays, because that meant I had an excuse to find a strange picture of Josh and post it on his timeline.

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The sweetest memories I’ll have from this semester are the ones that I shared with my suite mates in Spindle 306. We did a lot of weird things this semester… like buy a Ken doll and name him Chad. And buy a furreal friend cat since we can’t have a real one (his name is Murray… yes, after Chad Michael Murray). We also drink sparkling grape juice out of wine glasses while watching One Tree Hill. And ride Razor scooters around the parking lot at midnight. We love big blankets, Chick-fil-a, HGTV, and each other.

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So, that’s my semester in a nutshell. I’ve been blessed with incredible co-workers, professors, roommates, and friends. I’m so thankful for all of the opportunities that MNU has provided me.

Here’s to hoping next semester is even better. :)

-KT

 

Renee DeVault

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November 30, 2015

Thanksgiving in Texas

November 30, 2015 | By | No Comments

For Thanksgiving break I went with Quinn, my mom, my dad, and my brother to Houston, Texas to visit my family.

I thought I would share some of my pictures from the trip :)

We left right after classes on Tuesday and spent almost fifteen hours in the car over the course of two days

We left right after classes on Tuesday and spent almost fifteen hours in the car over the course of two days

Quinn, my mom, and my brother at a Jack in the Box somewhere southern

Quinn, my mom, and my brother at a Jack in the Box somewhere southern

Driving through Dallas was absolutely gorgeous

Driving through Dallas was absolutely gorgeous

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My cousin Blair and I set the tables for the big meal on Thursday

My cousin Blair and I set the tables for the big meal on Thursday

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This little girl kept me company for most of Thursday. She's so adorable!

This little girl kept me company for most of Thursday. She’s so adorable!

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Friday we went to a University of Houston football game. I know nothing about sports but Quinn and I managed to have fun. It was just great to hang out with family.

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We drove home Saturday and Sunday.

It was great to see family that I hadn’t seen in a while. I decided also to thank God for three main things this year.

  1. For my Family. They have supported me through all of my crazy endeavors and they love me. I know that means a lot.
  2. For my Friends. Coming back to MNU and seeing them again after being away for a while really made me realize how much I have come to love them and depend on them as an everyday part of my life.
  3. For MNU. That sounds cheesy, but hearing about other colleges from my cousins and going to a big school for a football game made me realize how well suited MNU is for me. My professors really care about me and I really care about them. I’ve been given so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have gotten at a big state school. I am very thankful for being here.

A little over two weeks are left in my first semester of college. I am both relieved and a little saddened. I will miss this semester greatly.

Katie Linsey

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October 29, 2015

Colorado – A place for new perspective

October 29, 2015 | By | No Comments

Over Fall Break, I went on a last minute road trip with my friend Christen to Divide, Colorado. We stayed with some amazing people, probably the most hospitable people I know, and had a relaxing and refreshing weekend.

I knew that I needed an extended Sabbath time to pray about some things and take a break from school, so I made sure to use my time in Colorado wisely.

On Friday morning, Christen and I went to Golden Bell Camp and hung out with some horses. That was really the first time I spent time with a horse. It was incredible, to say the least.

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On Friday night, of course, we watched the Royals WIN with the family we were staying with.

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On Saturday, I had the day to myself to spend some time with Jesus in Colorado Springs. I went to my favorite spot in Garden of the Gods and journaled/prayed for awhile. When I was there, a random man (who was with his family) sat by me and randomly started telling me about God and how He loves me so much. It was crazy, because it was exactly what I needed to hear, and he didn’t even know that I was a follower of Jesus.

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On Saturday night, I went to a dinner at Golden Bell that was over a campfire. Super cool.

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On Sunday, right before we left for Kansas, we stopped in Colorado Springs to go to New Life Church (one of my favorite churches ever). I highly recommend checking it out if you’re ever in Colorado on a Sunday.

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Ever since I came back to that trip, I’ve had a refreshed spirit and a new perspective in aspects of my life. I highly suggest making time for life-giving experiences such as this one.

-KT

Isaac Walker

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October 26, 2015

Fall Break Hiking Trip

October 26, 2015 | By | No Comments

Hey friends!

You may have noticed that I did not post on my normal day. Over the fall break weekend I went on a hiking and backpacking trip in Arkansas with Kairos.  Kairos is the college age ministry group that meets at College Church of the Nazarene. They normally take a trip every school break.  They go backpacking during fall break, skiing over winter break, backpacking again over spring break, and white water rafting over summer vacation.

Over fall break 22 MNU and JCCC students went to Arkansas and hiked the Ozark Highland Trails. We also peaked  Whiterock Mountain.  I really didn’t know a whole lot of the students that went on the trip, but by the end of the trip, I would consider everyone that went on the trip a friend of mine.  We had some crazy, fun experiences that brought us close.  I took a few pictures that kind of tell the story of our trip.

 

 

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Just got on the trail.

Just got on the trail.

We pretty much followed a creek for most of the trail up the mountain.

We pretty much followed a creek for most of the trail up the mountain.

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Found a small waterfall in the distance.

Found a small waterfall in the distance.

The views along the hike were just gorgeous! All the different colors in the trees were breath taking.

The views along the hike were just gorgeous! All the different colors in the trees were breath taking.

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High up on a cliff.

High up on a cliff.

 

The farther we got, the more gloomy it became.

The farther we got, the more gloomy it became.

Sadly these pictures cannot do the beauty of the trip the justice it deserves.  Just know the trip was amazing.  I think everyone should go on at least one trip during their time here at MNU.  The trips are for everyone.  You don’t have to be an expert hiker to go on these.  Believe me, because I am not an expert.  I don’t even have all the equipment.  You can borrow whatever you need from friends.  I will definitely be going on more trips with Kairos in the future.

Until next time friends!

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