Adventure Trips

Many years ago now, Gayle and I started taking what we called "Spiritual Adventure Trips." Basically, they are day trips with a little twist. We believe God knows what we need on a day off more than we do and that He delights in surprising us. So, we hold hands in the driveway and pray giving the adventure fully over to Him and ask Him to use the day to refresh us and give us what we need the most that day. See, I believe we are hard-wired for adventure and when life is routine we lose the thrill of being alive and discovering new or old things. Over the eight years or so we’ve been doing this so many adventrues have turned out to be so special. Gayle has scrap books full of pictures from these trips. The memories are amazing but the adventures themselves are so special. We love going to new places we’ve never been. Little old downtowns, whatever because when it is the first time you are someplace every corner you turn holds discoveries. The little restaurants, window seats, ice cream cones, long walks, historic buildings, and many local special days are some of the things we’ve enjoyed. We have been shocked the number of times we have just taken off with no idea where we were going or what was happening that particular day in a town. We’d get tired of riding or need a bathroom break so we’d stop in some little out of the way place only to find out that day was some big annual celebration or an annual art show. Last weekend we took off kind of in this manner. We went to a little town in Florida named Inverness. There is a nice park with a railroad that was converted into a biking, running, walking or whatever trail. It covers 46 miles and is called Rails to Trails. See the pictures in my album. We went to a very small but neat place called Floral City. We knew there were some relatives we had not seen in 30 years who wintered in Brooksville. We called Gayle’s mom and got an address and put it in our GPS. We pulled up to the place and eventually found Aunt Wanda (formerly married to Gayle’s dad’s brother Harold) she is 87 years old and comes down from PA every year for the winter. She looked at us for some time before Gayle said who she was. Then it was a journey down memory lane. She took us to where Gayle’s dad’s sister was staying. Claire Louise looked at us both for some time and guessed it was Gayle. We went out to dinner and had a great connection with our past and because Claire Louise looks alot like Gayle’s dad who is no longer with us, it was almost like being with him again as well. We had a delightful time!! Like always our adventures have twists and turns we never expected as they unfold. I can’t tell you how much they infuse life into us. I would highly recommend this to anyone who needs some adventure in your life. One great thing is you can never be late because you aren’t on any schedule. When you get hungry you find some neat place to eat. "Spiritual Adventure Trips", one of the highlights of my life!!

About Scott Ranck

Enjoying life with my wife Gayle and our Yorkie, Zoe boy. I've come to believe life begins when through brokenness I can embrace it fully and openly. I've learned the human drama is an adventure and all of us are made of the same stuff. The Lord is the only being who knows me fully and he has an individual educational plan of life long learning for me and I'm enrolled. This blog is all about what I'm learning.
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