Lessons from the Fire

Lessons from the Fire

Lessons from the fire What can we learn about life from rebuilding a fire that has nearly gone out? Do the steps to rebuild a fire sound similar to the steps you can take to rekindle passion for your spouse, your church, your job or an abandoned hobby? I’ve spent many...

How I Became His On Unexpected, Redeemed Dates

How I Became His On Unexpected, Redeemed Dates

The special swing: the scene of my risk taking and a late evening proposal The Scene—A Sacred Place in a Special Town It was August 2, 2014, and I (Loral) was going to be maid of honor in one of my best friend’s wedding celebration in Grand Rapids, Ohio, a town that...

To Rebuild a Fire—When the Flame Has Gone Out

To Rebuild a Fire—When the Flame Has Gone Out

Bonfire burning bright! As fascinated as I was reading from Jack London as a child, I’m not going to retell To Build a Fire. I am, however, going to address the art of bringing back the flame when it has almost died out. Let’s pretend that you built a fire in a fire...

The Best Path Ever

The Best Path Ever

I (Loral) collect these little signs on our adventures sometimes. This one says “The best path I ever took was with you.” We found it in a little town near Rock Island State Park, a day that taught us about taking our time and building in margin in the Summer of 2015....

Fantastical Fireflies—His Perspective

Fantastical Fireflies—His Perspective

If you want to see a fantastical phenom, win a pass to go see the synchronous fireflies in the Great Smokey Mountain National Forest just behind Elkmont Campground. It is like walking into C.S.Lewis’s Narnia gone SciFi. It was whimsical, magical, spectacular, awe...

Thousands of Fireflies Make the Woods Magical

Thousands of Fireflies Make the Woods Magical

A Guestpost by Loral Pepoon (Honey) Something magical happens when you don’t know what to expect and an experience ends up being far better than you could have imagined. We happened to get lucky and snag the last campsite in the Smokey Mountains at Elkmont campground,...

Keeping the Edges Wild

Keeping the Edges Wild

A Happy Birthday day at No Where Farm Today is my Honey’s birthday—the Honey that I want on the trail with me that inspired this blog. To honor her I want to tell you about a special place that we visited for her birthday last year. Before Loral and I met, she had...

Christmas in July – Getting to Talk to Grandma on Time

Christmas in July – Getting to Talk to Grandma on Time

Our Christmas Cabin Last Christmas was our second one together—we've been married almost two years now. We got to Celebrate Christ's birth by combining lots of traditions and making some new ones. We celebrated with family before and after the big day. But on the 25th...

Component hiking-getting used to the backpack

Component hiking-getting used to the backpack

Hiking the Volunteer Trail in Mt. Juliet The spot we chose for this bit of fun practice was Long Hunter State Park. We made our plan, packed the backpack and drove to 2910 Hobson Pike, Hermitage, TN 37076-4027. It is an easy trail that is about 11 miles long if you go...