Walking in Creation – Appalachian Trail Hike: Harper’s Ferry, WV to Caledonia State Park, PA (May, 2022)

On May 17, 2022, after a long absence (since September, 2019), I was blessed to return to my journey north on the Appalachian Trail (AT).
My hiking companion (Jeff) and I started where I left off in 2019 – Harper’s Ferry, WV, and walked the trail north through Maryland and into southern Pennsylvania.

This article will provide a summary of the 40.6-mile Maryland section and the 18.3-mile part we hiked in southern Pennsylvania (to Caledonia State Park).

Here are some pictures, showing the highlights of the 58.9-mile hike, which occurred over 5 days and 4 nights (05-17/05-21-2022).

Maryland

Leaving Harper’s Ferry to cross the Potomac River and into Maryland
Happy to be back on new trail!
The AT footbridge adjoins a train track used by Amtrak and freight trains
An Amtrak train, headed east to Washington, DC passed by not long after we completed the crossing.
There’s an Amtrak station a hundred yards from the AT in Harper’s Ferry
A view of the Potomac River (and rapids) from the trail as it follows the C&O Canal Towpath trail for around 3 miles.
Following the white blazes along the river.
As easy as it gets on the AT! ๐Ÿ‘
A nice map at an information kiosk, showing the trail across Maryland.
Note the “You Are Here”, about 4 miles into the state.
Weverton Cliffs (859 ft.), after a short but steep climb up from the river.
This is looking west up river towards Harper’s Ferry.
Note the series of rapids…
Harper’s Ferry is in the middle of this view, in the “notch” in the mountains.
Looking east past the rapids towards northern Virginia and Washington, DC
After Weverton cliffs, the next highlight in MD is Gathland State Park.
A small park, important to the hiker with its restrooms, potable water spigot, and nice picnic pavilion.
The monument in this view is of the War Correspondents memorial.
Blooming azaleas greeted us along the trail in MD in several places.
Crampton Gap Shelter, where we spent our first night
I slept on the deck under the overhang.
A view from White Rock Cliff (1,589 ft.)
Stopped at Rocky Run Shelter for lunch and water.
This is the new version – note the upper sleeping area inside.
This is the old version, still used.
Dahlgren Chapel, completed in 1884
Now it appears to only be a wedding venue
The “original” Washington Monument (1,550 ft.)
View from the top of the monument
Historical information
Crossing Interstate 70
Our home for the night (a rainy one at that)
A damp, foggy start to the day
Reflections of the Creation
Watch your step Jeff!
A nice section through a pasture
The beauty is in the details
Raven Rocks Shelter – Our home for night #3
I had the loft to myself! ๐Ÿ™‚
Wonderful views from High Rocks (1,794 ft.)
Note the fog/low clouds at the other side of this broad valley
It was like this most of the way down from High Rocks
More Azaleas in bloom
Arriving at the Maryland/Pennsylvania state line

Pennsylvania

Beautiful scenery in southern Pennsylvania
Chimney Rocks (1,900 ft.) – First view in Pennsylvania
More rocky trail!
Arriving at Caledonia State Park

Soon, I plan to create a new movie for my YouTube channel showing the AT in Maryland.

Thankful for the opportunity to walk in the Lord’s Creation again.
Lord willing, I will return in the Fall (2022) to walk more on the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™‚

A new article on the southern Pennsylvania section will be posted once that hike is completed.

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through CHRIST which strengtheneth me.

God Bless!!!!!!

Memorial Day, 05-30-2022

Hoping you had a blessed Memorial Day Holiday.
In this posting, remembering military Veterans who have passed on to be with the Lord.

My Dad, Kenneth Brenner, Sr. US Army Air Corps, B-17 crew, WWII – Europe
My Father-in-Law, Leonard Ward, US Navy, Destroyer, WWII – Pacific
My Uncle Art Cottrell, US Army, 90th Infantry Division, WWII – Europe

Here is a link to a movie I made in honor of Uncle Art’s service in WWII:
https://youtu.be/IdMZO5mxywg

My church Dad, Hillman Ryan, US Navy, Assault Ship and Destroyer, WWII – Pacific

May we remember them all…

To end the day, we were blessed with the beauty of God’s Creation in the First Heaven (sky).

Looking east
Looking Southwest
Final view to the West

Praise God!!

Bethany Primitive Baptist Church – 2022 Spring Meeting

Hi! Hope this finds you and your family doing well, and enjoying the peaceful and comforting grace of our Lord.

On Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday 04-22/24-2022, Bethany Primitive Baptist Church – Elder Silas Ford Pastor, hosted its 2022 Spring meeting.
Elder Adam Green and Elder Jon Mizell were the invited ministers.

5101 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee, GA 30024

Each service was preceded by a song service, led by song leaders, and sung by the congregation โ€œa Capellaโ€ (without musical instruments).

Eld. Silas Ford leading singing
Looks like Bro. Silas has a little helper!
And look, another little helper! Praise God…
Eld. Silas Ford, Pastor of Bethany Primitive Baptist Church

Friday Evening,04-22-2022

Eld. Adam Green preached from Matthew 10 on “Hearing and Believing, For Eternal Life?”.

From this message:
– There are examples of the Spirit not allowing preaching in certain locations at certain times
– God’s people are warned of the devil taking away the Word from their hearts
– We are saved by a holy calling, not according to our works
– The purpose of the Gospel is to bring life and immortality to light
– The Word of God is NOT Bound!

References included:
Acts 16:6-7
Mark 4:14
Luke 8:11
2 Timothy 1:9-10
2 Timothy 2:10

Eld. Adam Green is pastor of Old Union Primitive Baptist Church near Hot Springs, Arkansas

Eld. Jon Mizell preached from Acts 2:37-38 on “Repent and be Baptized”

From this message:
– Save ourselves from this untoward generation
– Four modes of New Testament Worship
1. Fellowship
2. Prayers
3. Singing
4. Preaching the Word

References included:
Acts 2:40
Isaiah 56:7
Ephesians. 5:19
Matthew 26:30

Eld. Jon Mizell is the pastor of Tired Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Cairo, Georgia

Following evening services, an ice cream fellowship was held in the lunch room.

Saturday Morning, 04-23-2022

Following the song service, Eld. Jon Mizell preached from John 1 on “Worlds”

From this message:
– Worlds include:
1. Walking in God’s ways in this World
2. The World to come for God’s People in Heaven
3. The natural World of God’s Creation

Following morning services, a fellowship lunch was served in the dining room.

Saturday Afternoon

Following the fellowship lunch, the church met to observe the Communion service (Wine and Unleavened Bread) AND Footwashing.

The Communion table is set, towels dispersed and small pans of water placed under the pews for use in the Footwashing

References for Communion Service:
Matthew 26:26-30
Mark 14:22-26
Luke 22:14-20

References for Footwashing:
John 13:1-17

Eld. Jon Mizell spoke on the BREAD (Body of Jesus Christ), after which the bread was provided to each participant.
Eld. Adam Green spoke on the WINE (Blood of Jesus Christ), after which wine was provided to each participant.
Eld Silas Ford spoke on the FOOTWASHING, after which participants paired up to wash each other’s feet.
These were followed by a loving fellowship handshake/hug and the singing of a song.

Sunday Morning, 04-24-2022

Eld. Adam Green preached on “Psalms to God”.

From this message:
– Songs (Psalms) of
1. Deliverance
2. Creation
3. Joy
4. Redemption
– The beauty of the Creation shows the Goodness of God

References included:
Exodus 15:1
Psalm 19.1, 65.13
Isaiah 6
Revelation 5:12

L-R: Eld. Adam Green, Eld. Silas Ford, Eld. Jon Mizell

Personal Notes:
Sandra and I were members of Bethany Church from August, 1999 until we moved in May, 2021. We always enjoy returning to our church home of nearly 22 years and seeing the dear people with whom we have a loving relationship.

Here are some of those with whom we enjoyed a fellowship time:

With Shelby Lawrence, one of our dear and precious “Church Granddaughters”
With Ramsey Collier, another of our precious “Church Grandchildren”.
Sis. Ramsey is graduating from high school, and plans to attend Georgia Tech.
With Bryan Camp, a deacon at Bethany Church.
Bro. Bryan and I are long-time friends and brothers, and have enjoyed several hikes together in the Lord’s Creation.

With Sis. Charlyne Harrison. She and her husband Dr. John were our
“Georgia Parents”, and we had many good and loving times of fellowship
together.

Church Information
For more information on Bethany Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:
https://www.bethanypbc.com/

For more information on Old Union Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Religious-organization/Old-Union-Primitive-Baptist-Church-112687637132382/

For more information on Tired Creek Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:
https://www.facebook.com/tiredcreek/

The Glory of God can be seen in the beauty of His Creation surrounding the building.
The Love of God and Edification of His People through the Gospel preached, can be heard inside…

God Bless!!!

Vestavia Primitive Baptist Church – 2022 Anniversary Meeting

Hi! Hope this finds you and your family doing well, and enjoying the peaceful and comforting grace of our Lord.

On Friday evening, and Saturday 04-15/16-2022, Vestavia Primitive Baptist Church – Elder Josh Coker Pastor, hosted its 2022 Anniversary meeting.
Elder Ronald Lawrence was the invited minister.

2441 Columbiana Road, Vestavia Hills, Alabama 35216

Each service was preceded by a song service, led by song leaders, and sung by the congregation โ€œa Capellaโ€ (without musical instruments).

Thankful for the good attendance

Friday Evening,04-15-2022

Eld. Ronald Lawrence preached from Genesis 18.14 on “Is There Anything Too Hard for the Lord?”.

From this message:
– The Lord is able to give us what we need (and more)
– Don’t worry about tomorrow, seek the Kingdom of God first
– Do things God’s ways, NOT our ways

References included:
1 Kings 20
– 2 Chronicles 25:9
Matthew 6:25
Isaiah 55:8-9
Revelation 1:8

Eld. Ronald Lawrence is pastor of Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Goodlettsville, TN

Saturday Morning, 04-16-2022

Following the song service, Eld. Ronald Lawrence preached from Revelation 1:10 on “In the Spirit”

From this message:
– Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega (beginning and end)
– Blessed are those that read the bible
– Be in the Spirit, walk in the Spirit, do all things in the Spirit
– Keep Jesus in the center of your life
– Celebrate the resurrection each day! (AMEN Bro. Ronald!)

References included:
Revelation 1:8
Galations 5:25
Following morning services, a fellowship lunch was served in the dining room.

Saturday Afternoon

Following the fellowship lunch, Eld. Ronald Lawrence preached from Psalm 119:18 on “Open my Eyes”

From this message:
– We can call upon the Lord always
– The Lord will “stand still” for His People
– The Lord gives us “eyes” of understanding

References included:
Luke 24:13
Acts 9:18

L-R: Eld. Josh Coker, Eld. Ronald Lawrence

Personal Notes:
Sandra and I were members at Vestavia Church in the 1990s, during which time Eld. Ernie Stump was our pastor. In recent years, he has experienced some health issues, for which we request prayers.
However, on Saturday, he was able to attend this meeting, along with his dear wife Sis. Imogene and their daughter Sis. Karen.
Bro. Ernie was a loving and caring pastor, for which we will always be grateful.

Front: Eld. Ernie Stump, Sis. Imogene Stump
Back: Sis. Karen Stump

It was great to be in fellowship with many in the church who we knew while attending in the 90s. Some were young children while we were there, now grown.
As expected – after so much time, there are many new faces at Vestavia as well.
It is evident that Vestavia Church continues to thrive in their service to our Lord because of their loving dedication, and the gifted preaching, caring, and loving service of their pastor – Eld. Josh Coker.
It is our prayer that Bro. Josh and the church will continue to be blessed, and we will have the opportunity, Lord willing, to return for more meetings. ๐Ÿ™‚

And finally, it should be evident by past postings, of our love for the ministry of Eld. Ronald Lawrence. The Lord has blessed Bro. Ronald over the years with a fine gift to preach. Bro. Ronald has traveled extensively among God’s people and has exercised that gift, to provide them with wonderful messages and teachings from God’s Word.
We are also thankful for our personal and loving relationship with Bro. Ronald, his dear wife Sis. Karen, and their precious children and grandchildren. Yet another example of God’s love towards us, His mercy, and His grace. We are blessed … ๐Ÿ™

Church Information
For more information on Vestavia Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:
http://vestaviapbc.org

For more information on Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:
https://bethelpb.org/

God Bless!!!

Sunrise, Sunset…

Hi. Hoping you are doing well in the blessings of our Lord.

As you may have seen in past articles, we have a nice view from our back porch and patio of a lake behind our house. Our lot goes down to the lake and has a decent amount of lakeshore for us to enjoy.

The past views showed sunsets across the lake and to the west.
Recently, I was able to capture more sunset pictures PLUS a nice sunrise.

(I probably have you humming that song, so here’s the original from the 1971 movie “Fiddler on the Roof”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_Sw_5qIR5M&ab_channel=windbird).
You can play it while looking at the pictures below.
๐Ÿ™‚

Sunrise

Here’s the sunrise, viewed through an upstairs window on 02-20-2022:

A beautiful start to the day

Sunset…

And, a sunset sequence on the evening of 02-15-2022:

A full moon was rising in the northeastern sky
Meanwhile, the sun was setting in the southwest
(Note the low water level. The Lord has since replenished…)
Looking south along our patio
And, northward as well
Sunset + patio lights make for a nice scene…

Praise God for His glory as seen in the beauty of the First Heaven!

God Bless!!

Hiking in Mississippi – Longleaf Trace Bike/Walking Trail

Hi.
I’m always looking for trails and places to walk and hike in the Lord’s beautiful Creation. And, there are ample opportunities in south Mississippi to do so.

In the summer and fall of 2021, I hiked the 44-mile Longleaf Trace bike/walking trail, which follows an abandoned railroad bed, and goes from Hattiesburg west/northwest to Prentiss.

The area of the trail is outlined above.
This is from a brochure published by the organization “Friends of the Trace”

I hiked each section, up-and-back, in 7 hikes over 3 months. I started at the USM (University of South Mississippi) campus trailhead “Gateway”.
The trail actually goes 3 miles further “south”, through urban neighborhoods to downtown Hattiesburg – ending at the Amtrak station.

I filmed each section and plan to create a few movies for my YouTube channel.

Here are some views of what I saw on the Trace.

The Gateway building is a Welcome Center, staffed with someone to answer questions.
Bikes can be rented there also.
There are “stations” located along the route, usually in a community or town.
Here, the Jackson Road Station is on the outskirts of the Hattiesburg metro area.
A station normally has restrooms, a water fountain, places to sit, trash cans, and pumps to air up a bike tire.
Mile markers are placed at each mile point.
Here: 11 miles from downtown Hattiesburg, 8 miles from the USM Gateway
A typical view along the Trace, nice tree canopy with woods on each side.
It’s not always just trees. Here, the trail opens up to a beautiful farm.
Rest areas are placed along the trail between stations.
They typically have two benches, and a trash can.

From just north of Clyde Depot to Carson, a horse/equestrian trail parallels the bike/walking path. Sometimes, it is in the woods, out of sight of the bike path.
A primitive camp with horse stalls is at each end of the horse trail.
I plan to walk the entire horse trail in the coming year and make a movie of it as well.

Here, the horse trail is on the right, bike/walking trail on the left.

And finally – I generally don’t see many people on the trail, especially the further one gets from Hattiesburg.
But, occasionally, I come across some locals who welcome strangers to their area…

๐Ÿ™‚

For more information, go to:
https://www.longleaftrace.org/

God Bless!

Ideal Primitive Baptist Church – Annual Spring Meeting + Deacon Ordination

Hi! Hope this finds you and your family doing well, and enjoying the peaceful and comforting grace of our Lord.

On Friday evening, and Saturday 03-11/12-2022, Ideal Primitive Baptist Church – Elder Hugh Sanders Pastor, hosted its annual Spring Fellowship meeting.
Elder Josh Coker was the invited minister.

413 N Main St, Petal, MS 39465

Each service was preceded by a song service, led by song leaders, and sung by the congregation โ€œa Capellaโ€ (without musical instruments).

Friday Evening,03-11-2022

Eld. Josh Coker preached from Matthew 3 on “The Importance of Preaching”.

From this message:
– Preaching of the Gospel is essential for a Child of God

References included:
Acts 1 and 9
Mark 16:15
2 Timothy 4:1-2
Matthew 11
Romans 1:15-16

Eld. Josh Coker is Pastor of Vestavia Primitive Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama

Saturday Morning, 03-12-2022

Eld. Hugh Sanders intoducing Eld. Josh Coker

Following the song service, Eld. Josh Coker preached from 1 Corinthians 10:1-12 on “Avoid Idleness, live a Purposeful Life in the Lord”

From this message:
– Israel wandered in the wilderness with no purpose
– Avoid a life consumed in vanity and hopelessness
– Abound in the Work of the Lord!

References included:
Numbers 13 and 14
Psalm 78:33
Ezekiel 16:49
– 1 Corinthians 15:58

Personal Note: This was a VERY inspiring message to me. I’ll explain in a future posting.

L-R: Eld. Hugh Sanders, Eld. Josh Coker

Following morning services, a fellowship lunch was served in the dining room.

Saturday Afternoon

A Deacon ordination was held in the afternoon.
(The following offers a high-level summary description of a Deacon ordination.)
The office of Deacon in Jesus’ church was initiated in Acts 6:1:6.
Qualifications for Deacon are defined in 1 Timothy 3:8-16.
A presbytery of member and visiting Elders (ordained ministers) and Deacons was formed. Eld. Josh Coker was chosen to be the clerk (taking notes of the proceedings).
Eld. Hugh Sanders was chosen to be the moderator and give the charge (responsibilities) to the candidate – Bro. Jason Gerald.
A spokesperson for the church was asked about the candidate.
The candidate was questioned about his beliefs and understandings, and a “charge” was given regarding the duties.

Eld. Sammy Odom “questioned” the candidate Bro. Jason Gerald
Eld. Hugh Sanders delivered the “charge” to Bro. Jason
After the questioning and delivery of the charge, the Presbytery laid hands on Bro. Jason in prayer.
Bro. Jason and Sis. Tina Gerald, a precious couple dedicated to the service in the Lord’s church.

It was a precious time of worship, fellowship, and ordination. Thankful for the opportunity to attend!

Church Information
For more information on Ideal Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Church/Ideal-Primitive-Baptist-Church-111049633858293/

For more information on Vestavia Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:
http://vestaviapbc.org

God Bless!!!

Hiking in Mississippi – Longleaf Horse Trails

Hi.
As seen in earlier posts, we are finally moved into our new home just south of Laurel, Mississippi and north of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I continue to do my daily exercise walks and a few days in a nearby gym. The exercise is to keep me in shape to continue my passion for walking in the Lord’s beautiful Creation.

Speaking of hiking, there are ample opportunities in south Mississippi to do so.
The DeSoto National Forest has a northern section just east of where we live, and there’s a larger parcel south of Hattiesburg that goes to near the Gulf Coast (60+ miles).

In the northern section, the Longleaf Horse Trail system offers 3 loop trails all starting and ending at a central primitive campground.

The campground with a nice lake is located on the map designated as “Trailhead”

I have hiked all 3 trails and have volunteered to update/replace trail markers (in both directions) on each trail. Here’s an example of how they are marked:

This is going north from the trailhead campground.
For a short distance, all three trails follow the same route.

Here are a few pictures of the campground:

Typical of the campsites. Note the hitching post in the back.
There’s also a fire ring, picnic table, post to hang a lantern on, and soft, flat ground for tents.
The main part of the central campground.
There’s a restroom building (pit toilets), but no potable water (must bring your own).

There’s a nice lake located next to the campground. Good place to water horses and to fish.

A look along the dam (on the left) and the lake.

Typical views along the 3 trails:

In the lower areas, the trees change from Longleaf Pine to hardwoods
There are definitely some short water crossings, which horses navigate much better than hikers!
A trail will occasionally follow a Forest Service fire road
Another nice feature of this trail system are picnic tables. I’ve found 4 thus far.
Note the metal steps on the right side of the picture – used to help get back on the horse.
Fortunately, this hiker was already “on his horse”! (smile)
It is always nice to look up into the tree canopy and the Lord’s First Heaven (sky)

This posting offers a glimpse into the beauty of the Lord’s Creation as seen from the Longleaf Horse Trail system in the DeSoto National Forest. When I complete the updating of the trail markers, I plan to re-hike each trail, film and photograph, and create movies for my YouTube Channel (Ken Brenner).
If you haven’t already, consider subscribing to that channel so you can be notified when I produce a new movie.
The channel is located at: https://www.youtube.com/user/kenwbrenner/videos

Hope you’ve enjoyed this brief look at the beauty of our Lord’s Creation.
Thanks for visiting my web site!

God Bless!

The Glory of God in the First Heaven – Sunsets From Our Back Patio

Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night..
Jeremiah 31:35

We moved into our new house (south of Ellisville, Mississippi) on June 18, 2021.
Our back porch and patio face generally to the west.
At the bottom of our lot is a scenic lake.
We have been blessed to see many wonderful sunset scenes, and this posting provides a look into the beauty and glory of God in his First Heaven (sky) in the early evening.

June, 2021

06-27-2021
06-28-2021
06-29-2021
06-30-2021

July, 2021

07-06-2021
07-26-2021
07-29-2021

August, 2021

08-01-2021
08-01-2021
08-12-2021

September, 2021

A progression of the sunset on 09-07-2021.


November, 2021

11-30-2021: An incredible display of cloud shapes and formations!

December, 2021

And finally, from 12-03-2021…

How’s this for scattered clouds!
The END!!!

God Bless and keep you all!!!

New Years Eve (day) in Church!

Hi! Hope this finds you and your family doing well, and enjoying the peaceful and comforting grace of our Lord.

On Friday, 12-31-2021, Ideal Primitive Baptist Church – Elder Hugh Sanders Pastor, hosted the annual New Years Eve meeting.
Elder Lonnie Mozingo was the invited minister.

413 N Main St, Petal, MS 39465

Each service was preceded by a song service, led by song leaders, and sung by the congregation โ€œa Capellaโ€ (without musical instruments).

It’s a blessing to see young people in the church take part in the services!
Elder Hugh Sanders is the pastor of Ideal Church
Bro. Hugh has wonderful gifts of preaching and love of God’s People

Friday Morning,12-31-2021

Eld. Lonnie Mozingo preached from 1 Corinthians 2:2 on “Look Only unto Jesus, and Him Crucified”.
From this message:
– Look to Jesus, regardless of what is happening
– This is the standard of our belief
– We worship a RISEN Savior!
– Jesus is our mediator with God
– Jesus completed His Work!

Following morning services, a fellowship lunch was served in the dining room.

Friday Afternoon

Eld. Lonnie Mozingo preached from 2 Timothy 2:15 on “Study God’s Word”
From this message:
– Study to rightly divide the word of truth

Eld. Lonnie Mozingo is pastor of Salem Primitive Baptist Church in Natchez, Mississippi

Bro. Lonnie was our pastor for several years while we lived in the Atlanta area.
He is a VERY able preacher, and a loving, kind pastor.
It was great to be with him again and hear his fine preaching gift!

Eld. Lonnie Mozingo and Eld. Hugh Sanders

Church Information
For more information on Ideal Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Church/Ideal-Primitive-Baptist-Church-111049633858293/

For more information on Salem Primitive Baptist Church, see this page:
https://www.salempbcnatchez.org/

God Bless!!!