Backpacking

50 Miles on The Black Forest Trail.

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I am very fortunate to work with a few adventurous souls who love the wilderness as much as I do. Naturally, our conversations on the job often center around upcoming hikes, races or other outdoorsy topics. With a wistful look in her eye, a homeowner recently commented as we chatted at the end of the […]

Identity

When You Can’t Avoid It. . .

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I sit here on a Sunday evening with a huge bowl of salad and salmon beside me along with a delightful smoothie and the satisfaction of having worked hard all week to earn this day of rest. It was a busy week at work, with multiple residential renovation projects in the early stages of development. […]

Physical Journey

(12.25) Mile Run

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Today I got to run my first half marathon trail race since November 2017, and my first PA half since October 2017. Although I did run a 20 miler in eastern Pennsylvania 3 weeks ago, it felt really good to get back into the hills of central PA with a lot of the regulars in […]

Camp Life

A Tale of Seven Weeks

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Welcome back, mikwano gyange*! In contrast to my silence throughout the past seven weeks, I have been very active here at Musana Camps. In fact, the busyness has been a major factor in my silence. On many Saturdays my week had left me too exhausted physically, mentally or emotionally to write. On other Saturdays, my […]

Physical Journey

Running This Race With Endurance

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As this past week has been relatively uneventful aside from slowly recovering from a busy week of ROPES Camp, this is a good opportunity to reflect on another little excursion which fell by the wayside amidst the hullaballoo. I have hinted before that although I had left the PA trail race scene behind, my training […]

Camp Life

The Journey Continues

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In January of this year I had the opportunity to sit in on a ROPES Camp here at Musana Camp. Although I have been involved with many types of camps for teens over the past ten years, I had never experienced anything quite like this week-long camp designed to serve as a Rites Of Passage […]

Camp Life

My Week in Photos

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Today I want to share a few snapshots from the past week here at Musana Camps. I hope you will find these intriguing and I welcome your questions regarding them!   Next week will be busy with a co-ed group of 32 IY ROPES campers. But first, a 21 kilometer trail race in Mpanga National […]

Camp Life

Old Hat, New Tricks

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My first few weeks in Uganda have been characterized by learning new applications for skills that I have picked up throughout my life. I have certainly been challenged already, and I also know that I was being prepared for these challenges in ways that I could not have possibly orchestrated myself. As we do not […]

Camp Life

Of Loose Teeth and Toilet Bolts

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Saturday is a day off for the staff here at Musana Camps, a day for catching up on personal projects such as this blog post. Saturday morning is relatively quiet here compared to other days. Quiet for the weekend are the weedeaters, chainsaws, and the tippers (dump trucks). One might hear the chatter and laughter […]

Camp Forest Springs

My Journey to Uganda

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Next Tuesday starts the third chapter of a story that I fell into in 2014 when Kevin and Angela Blank visited Honey Brook Community Church to share about the work with which they are involved at Musana Camps in Uganda. Up until that presentation I was very deeply involved with the youngsters at Honey Brook […]