Sweetwater Haven Blog
Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
-- 1 Corinthians 9:19
I spotted a pair of buzzards circling against a mountain backdrop as I was making my way down the eastern drop of Dynamite, just past some remote horse ranches with names like 4G, Oso Rio, and Esperanza.
I'm sure those turkey vultures had a better view of the sprawling ranches below, outfitted with the kind of indoor training facilities, air conditioned stables, and immaculate pastures fit for horse royalty.Read More
In the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to me, "Flee like a bird to the mountains! See how the wicked string their bows, fit their arrows to the string to shoot from the shadows at the upright. When foundations are being destroyed, what can the upright do?"
-- Psalms 11:1-2
Since I've been in the hiking vein lately, I’ll stick with that and share my favorite part of those journeys: it’s always the final stretch.
It seems like every adventure is precipitated by a great deal of heavy thinking, followed by another long stretch of deep thought on current affairs from sources like Drudge, along with the...Read More
Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.
-- 2 Corinthians 5:16-17
It was the end of May and hiking season was officially over. That much was pretty clear. Perhaps I should have been tipped off by the empty trailhead parking area when I pulled in earlier.
I was thinking about this from the Eagle's Perch high up in a steep canyon, swatting at a swarm...Read More
The desert and the parched land will exult; the steppe will rejoice and bloom. They will bloom with abundant flowers, and rejoice in joyful song. The glory of Lebanon will be given to them, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God. Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, say to those who are frightened: be strong, fear not! Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you."
-- Isaiah 35:1-4
I was stuffed with Navajo tacos and beer as we left the old Cameron Trading Post and jumped in my buddy's Ford pick-up truck...Read More
Yahweh is an everlasting God, he created the boundaries of the earth. He does not grow tired or weary, his understanding is beyond fathoming. He gives strength to the wearied, he strengthens the powerless. Young men may grow tired and weary, youths may stumble, but those who hope in Yahweh renew their strength. They run and do not grow weary, walk and never tire.
-- Isaiah 40:28-31
During the course of erecting the Cross of Cairns I was called away to the desert, so to speak.
My professional life that filled my time with the din and demands of large companies was...Read More
Set up signposts, raise landmarks; mark the road well, the way by which you went. Come home, virgin of Israel, come home to these towns of yours. How long will you hesitate, disloyal daughter? For Yahweh is creating something new on earth; the Woman sets out to find her Husband again.
-- Jeremiah 31:21-22
As intended, I returned to Hidden Canyon many times over the subsequent years following my first visit.
St. Patrick's Cairn rose to about six feet, only to be knocked down on several occasions...Read More
That is why I am going to lure her and lead her out into the wilderness and speak to her heart. I am going to give her back her vineyards, and make the Valley of Achor a gateway of hope. There she will respond to me as she did when she was young, as she did when she came out of the of the land of Egypt.
-- Hosea 2:16-17
There are seemingly endless things that can agitate us and cause anxiety if we let them, and yet there is a simple remedy if we only let go and let God. With that internal battle playing out in my head that day over 15 years ago, I fled to the desert for some sunshine, fresh air and peace...Read More
Then, too, heed your own heart's counsel; for what have you that you can depend on more?
A man's conscience can tell him his situation better than seven watchmen in a lofty tower.
-- Sirach 37: 13-14
Lost Dog Canyon - Part I
Having frequented many of the same desert wilderness areas recently, I decided to head off to Lost Dog Wash for a little more challenging experience.
I'm not sure where the name comes from, but most sources seem to speculate that it has...Read More
Then he said to all, "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself? Whosoever is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
-- Luke 9:23-26
I was looking out the of the window below at the Sea of Cortez and the tiny strip of runway coming up fast at Loreto's International Airport,,.Read More
Simply I learned about her; and ungrudgingly do I share –– her riches I do not hide away. For to men she is an unfailing treasure; those who gain this treasure win the friendship of God, to whom the gifts they have from discipline commend them. Now God grant that I speak suitably and value these endowments at their worth: For He is the guide of Wisdom and the director of the wise.
-- Wisdom 7: 13-15
As soon as each of my children was sturdy enough to hit the desert trail with me, we hit it, starting with my eldest son who was just past a toddler then, and is now practically ready for college. Where does the time go?...Read More