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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Climbing Mountains

Since jogging/running is my primary vehicle for weight-loss, this blog often highlights my running adventures.  However, I made a conscience decision this summer to experience some activities which provide great exercise benefit while giving the family some (free) variety. Hiking is something we have enjoyed this summer and something that will continue to provide benefit well into the Fall season and seasons to follow.  Georgia is replete of wonderful structured and semi-strictured hiking trails, and the same can be said of destinations that we travel.

While visiting Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia for my wife's graduate degree comprehensive exam, we took advantage of some of the hiking trails on Candlers Mountain.  Candlers Moutain (aka. Liberty Mountain) is owned by Liberty University and showcases the LU monogram that can be seen throughout the campus.  It's also the location of the world famous Snow Flex facility (a year around ski slope).

Do you ever venture out somewhere but not quite sure if you're going the right direction, and it takes a while before you realize that things just don't look right?  I had hiked to the monogram during my last visit, so I knew we were in the wrong part of town; besides the fact that we were headed downward on the other side of the mountain.  Consulting with navigation, I could see that we were above Snowflex instead of heading towards the monogram.  We corrected our direction and eventually found the goal we were after.

It's hard to tell from this photo but this is the monogram, and these rocks are a good 5 foot or bigger in circumference.

Evident by this photo, hiking is a tremendous fitness activity.  I am thrilled that our fitness is at such a level as to enjoy a hike of this nature.

LU Hiking site: https://www.liberty.edu/snowflex/trails-maps/
Trail Map: https://www.liberty.edu/media/7706/pdfs/TrailMap.pdf
Snowflex: http://www.liberty.edu/snowflex/
LU Main Page: https://www.liberty.edu

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