High Point #1: Pennsylvania

Everything starts somewhere. And for my journey to see all the high points in the US, it started at Mt. Davis in a very literal sense. But it’s not the only thing that starts there for me.

Some Background

For starters, my family has been going to Mt. Davis since 1961. Or more accurately, we have been going to a place at the foot of Mt. Davis, Deer Valley YMCA Family Camp. I won’t take this post to elaborate too much on Deer Valley, except to say it is a very special place for me and my family. It is a place that has been a thread of consistency for three generations. It is a place where you can get away from life and fake connectedness and focus on things that really matter. It is a place where people matter more than just about anything else, something you can’t say about a lot of our world today.

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Adventure Doesn’t Have to Be so Outlandish so I’m Doing Some Travelling

I think we are all guilty of wanting to go on a crazy adventure on occasion. Whether it’s driving across the country or hitchhiking through Asia, our minds find something exotic and alluring about dropping everything and going to some far-flung place.

But reality usually sets in. There are those crazy people who take the plunge, but I think most of us drop the dream in favor of what is practical and comfortable. And honestly, that’s probably not a bad thing. If everyone spent time trapsing off and leaving all their responsibilities behind the world would probably be a mess. We were created to work and there is joy and honor in being a responsible adult.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t have both.

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I think I now know how the people who first heard The War of the Worlds on the radio felt. When I woke up this morning the first thing I did was go back through my email and reread the one that said that school was closed for a month and I didn’t have to go in. I needed to convince myself that I didn’t just have a really crazy dream and that the world was actually coming to a halt over a virus.

The last week or so has been one of the most surreal experiences I have ever had in my life. Whole countries have been placed under quarantine, every story in my news feed is about this one topic, and store shelves are literally bare. It dominates every conversation I have had and every person and organization that I am connected to is continually evaluating and updating their response plan. What is going on can only be described as chaos.

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