Monday, September 29, 2008

What a weekend!

My weekend started out with a day on a local lake sailing with friend and church member, David. We had great 12 knot winds that kept us heeled over and moving along at about 4.5 knots in his 27' sloop. The 170 was flying and we were heeled over so far it was in the water (which just almost came up to the toe rail) part of the time. We sheeted out the main, which helped with the weathervaning and kept us a bit more upright. After 3 or 4 hours of this we called it a day. From the lake I swung by the house and picked up Ian for a Father/Son campout sponsored by the children's ministry at the church. We pitched tents at Henry Horton State Park and had some great conversation while the boys ran around like crazy. Smores and hot dogs and hot chocolate and such rounded the trip out. Just one night this time. I'm hoping to do some serious backpacking with Ian next year. We got back Saturday and rested a bit while I watched my Gunners go down to Hull City (only promoted to the Premier League this year!) at home. Sunday, I started a short series on covenantal infant baptism in SS that I think is going to be fun and should challenge some in our class that don't yet embrace the view. Then after worship and SS we went to watch Ian run in a cross-country meet (3/4 mile). This was his second meet and there was improvement already! From there I met up with friend and church member Mark for a scooter ride down the Natchez Trace Parkway. Perfect day for a ride. The Parkway is a narrow winding road through the hills of Tennessee (400 miles long going all the way to Natchez, MS). There's no commercial traffic and the speed limit is 40mph. Can't wait for the trees to get full blown reds and oranges and yellows going. Another 4 weeks and it should be a spectacular ride. We wrapped the weekend up with a small group meeting at the home of some friends. We stayed busy, but it was fun!

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