July 20th

Today I hiked from the Pig Farm Campsite to a campsite on the ridge close to the Monolith stone formation just south of Daleville, VA, a distance of 11 miles.

 

Today was fairly quiet and unassuming. I spent the first half of the day listening to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast, a series on World War I. I’m becoming more and more convinced that if you wish to approach an anti war standpoint, studying the first World War is a great place to start. It’s a depressing and dark study, but also endlessly fascinating.

 

I spent the afternoon listening to The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything by Father James Martin, S.J. I find this book relaxing and at times challenging. It has fantastic insights on prayer and the spiritual life. I’m hoping to attempt the Jesuit Spiritual Exercises next month and this book has had a good basic overview. I’ll be replacing my daily Bible reading with other preparation and the exercises themselves next week.

 

I climbed over the Tinker Cliffs today, and it was one of the most beautiful sights I’ve seen yet. For a quarter mile I walked along the Cliffs with breathtaking views of the valley below. It was a moving sight.

 

I’ll hike four miles into the town of Daleville tomorrow and do another resupply. I need to sit down and figure out what my next resupply schedule will be so that I know how much food to get.

 

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