well…not the devil…but 3 groups of messiah college students eager to experience the woods.
i am happy to report that after a 5 day hiatus in the backcountry (aka-the woods) all 40 messiah college students (both leaders and participants) are safely home. the spring break backpacking trip signaled the end of a semester and a half long logistical and programmatic nightmare! 3 trips went to georgia and 1 stayed in pa. all 4 came back safely.
the title “the devil went down to georgia” isn’t completely erroneous. while we were hiking we endured what i would consider to be some of the most intense weather conditions i have ever encountered in the backcountry. on the first day, for example, we experienced a tornado. that’s right. in what was surely god’s smiting hand, tornadoes touched down in the area we just happened to be near. then as if on cue to complete the “inclusio” and mildly ironic nature of our trip, on the last day georgia finally picked itself out of the drought it was in. in other words, it rained cats and dogs! i have never been as wet as i was at the end of that day. god, if you’re listening, that wasn’t funny!
despite the less than perfect weather and the rather lackluster map and compass skills displayed by the leaders (yours truly being the leader of that pack), i am thankful for the time i spent in georgia. whether the devil was in georgia or not i am unsure of. what i am sure of is that there was a group of 10 messiah college students that hiked along the chattooga river trail (aka-revive tribe) that i am grateful for.
so if you see an adventure ed major on campus this week, be sure to congratulate them on a job well done (and be kind to them if they seem tired…it’s been a long road)!