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Father & Son Campout

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 In the dense forest of South Texas, male voices announce the presence of a father-son campout. Besides having fun, they also send a strong message to neighboring campers. This is my campout experience, which was much more than smores and freebies.  My campsite is nestled among tall, skinny pine trees. A crackling campfire threw warm light on my truck and some unfolded chairs. Rusty, my Jack Russell companion, sits and stares into the darkness as we both bask in the finale of our weekend camping trip.    Campfire next to the truck The following morning, sunlight peeks through the dew-covered branches and leaves. It smells fresh and green with hints of breakfast preparations. As Rusty and I enjoy breakfast, a sudden humming noise from down the path breaks the morning serenity. Six off-road vehicles arrive and circle up at a nearby campsite as practiced during the Old West. Men and boys unmount their rides only to survey the now circled and protected wilderness. I whisper to Rusty, "

Peaky Pets

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Hello, friends, family, viewers, listeners, and readers!  Peaky Pets While Camping is the topic: taking your pet camping and what to do if they don't feel well  under the stars. Let's face it—our pets are family, and who wouldn't want them to experience the joy of camping? But before you pack their leash and kibble, consider what I've done before adventuring out. Full Podcast Here:  Peaky Pets Podcast

Renewed By The Desert

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The sun beat down on the dusty hood of my steal horse I ride, kicking up a shimmering haze on the endless ribbon of asphalt. Beside me, my dog, Rusty, a smooth Jack Russlle mutt with ears perked at every sun-shine shadow. Together, we watched the alien landscape unfold.  Our destination was off-road into the Chihuahuan Desert. Our arrival was final, but only after rugged terrain. I opened the door eagerly as if invited by the Creator himself, only to be met with silence as company. However, the silence outside was a symphony to the soul—the whisper of wind across rocky ground and mountains, the distant cry of a lone hawk. Beautiful, yes, but in a stark, unforgiving way. The land stretched out in a tapestry of ochre and terracotta, dotted with gnarled cacti like silent sentinels. Mountains, the color of sunbaked clay, rose on the horizon, their peaks lost in the hazy distance. It was a landscape stripped bare, its beauty raw and exposed. Yet, amidst the barrenness, a strange sense of ho

Live Podcast: "Believing In"

Welcome, join my conversation about ”Believing In” the Nicene Creed versus ”Believing That.” It’s a thought-provoking topic with various Christian perspectives and layers to consider.  Listen at  Podcast    Or read:   Article

Explore!

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They say home is where the heart is, but what happens when your heart expands to encompass distant horizons? After returning from a 5,000-mile expedition in Mid-America, I discovered a journey that blurs the lines between adventure and routine, wanderlust and comfort. View the story here See the highs and lows of long-term travel and uncover the true meaning of coming home. Buckle up; the adventure's just begun! Bonus Video

Caviezel states, "Boys and Men Follow Courage"

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Usually, I don't blog about anything that directly connects to Hollywood.  But recently found an interview between Jim Caviezel and a Christian network conducted in 2014. Jim was promoting " When the Game Stands Tall ."  I found a message relevant to a trend in today's social meaning of masculinity.  Caviezel touched on recently growing rhetoric that debunks topics about masculinity. " Boys do grow into MEN and their role in society." It is worth the effort for this Blogger to determine if this movie is on Netflix or any other streaming company. I am now intrigued. More importantly, I viewed this interview again with courage.  Consider clicking on this interview and let me know what you think:  Interview  

New Year 2024

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As we gather at the onset of a new year, I'm filled with deep love and appreciation for every one of you. Last year has had its share of adventures, ministry work, and recess. And through it all, I see the Lord's hand in what I do, especially when people close to me show unwavering support. Whether we prayed together, worked on endeavors for the Church, or enjoyed the great outdoors, each memory is a treasure I hold close. This year (2024), I promise to continue to be a man of faith, create opportunities for others to experience outdoor life, and engage in "God Talk" with anyone. A new endeavor for Catholic Camper is ready to be launched with much eagerness and prayer. You can hear more by clicking on:  Live Podcast Feeling Thankful Happy New Year, viewer, reader, listener, friends, and family. May the coming year be filled with joy, blessings, and memories we'll hold dear for years.