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Being a Part of Something Great (Involves Sacrifice)

August 25, 2015

We all lose something to be a part of something greater than ourselves…

Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Smoky Mountain Trees
(Great Smoky Mountain National Park, circa 2006)

There is no place in the world Melissa and I like to visit more than the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Her people come from that area (and I wish mine did) so we both have a real link to the land and the people. We have been there dozens of times and what we really love to do is day hike. We stay in really bad hotels (never stepping foot in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge), pack the SUV with iced Diet Pepsi, trail mix, Nature Valley Granola Bars and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (we call trail steaks). Our adventures begin early as we find our selected trail head and set out for a day or part of a day. Melissa and I usually part company within a mile or two. She loves to…

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