Monday, December 31, 2007

Car Show!!!

This past Saturday I went to the Indianapolis Car Show. I have been doing this every year for years. This year I was joined by Kristen, Jonathan and Anne, Micah, and Bill Baldwin. Always a good time just being able to check out the new cars coming out without the pressure of dealing with sales people!!!

Ford Mustang Cobra

Kristen liked the color scheme of this one!

A tad small for me!

In a BMW Z4.

Ahhhhh, the new Camaro coming out next year!!! Pretty sweet!!!

Micah and I!

Kristen and I!

Kristen and I in a Corvette!

The bros and I!
L to R: Me, Micah, Jonathan

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tecumseh Trail Marathon

Back on Saturday, December 1st I ran the Tecumseh Trail Marathon with Ben Hess. It was the toughest race I have ever done (and I have done several)!!! The marathon was located down in the hills of Brown County. We started at Morgan Monroe State Park and ended in Yellow Wood State Forest. I found that trail running is completely different with all the hills and everything else you have to watch out for on rugged trails! It was just awesome that both Ben and I completed this race!!!

Ben and I with our sock gloves before the race!

In the start area ready to go and trying to keep warm!

Coming up the hill at mile 9. Doesn't the "trail" look amazing! This is a decent section!!!

Ben Hess at mile 9!

Another of the MANY hills. This one at 18.5!

Ben at 18.5.

Going into the final sprint in a race against Greg, the guy in gray at the end!

Finally completing 26.2 miles!!!

Ben completing!!!

Kristen Schlegel and I right after I finished!

Mom and I at the end! It was great to have friends there that cheered us on at different points of the race! Always gave that extra boost!!! Plus great pictures thanks to them!

Ben and I after 26.2 miles. Not quite as energetic as the beginning!!!

Monday, November 19, 2007

OM USA and Atlanta, GA

The purpose of going down to Atlanta, GA was to touch base at OM USA (Operation Mobilization), an international mission organization. I have been with them on short term missions and have supported several different people and endeavors with them over the past several years. It is always great to see what God is doing around the world and even here in the US. A good time to take the perspective off of oneself and see God moving around the world in other people's lives.

OM USA home base in Tyrone, GA

While visiting down there I am always put to work around the house doing something. This time I cleaned all the windows, cleaned the gutters, and trimmed a tree! Fun times!!!

The hardest set of windows to clean. It was even a bit of a stretch for me!

View from the top of the ladder.

Micah and I with Nancy Izzard in her office at OM USA

Micah and I with grandma (95 years old)! She makes us look tall!!!

Lookout Mountain, Chattanooga, TN

Micah and I went down to Atlanta, GA this past week for a few days. On Thursday we went up to Chattanooga, TN to visit some friends for the evening. Before we met up with them we took a brief detour to nearby Lookout Mountain to stretch the legs and take in the view.

From the top of Lookout Mountain towards Chattanooga, TN

Apparently you can see eight states from the top of the mountain, found out after the fact!

Even though it was cloudy it was still some amazing Fall scenery!!!

Thursday, November 8, 2007


This past weekend I went with Brookville Road Community Church on their Fall Hike. It was a perfect weekend for the hike. Great weather, sunny, the leaves were still around and beautiful and we even explored a new area of the park that we had never been to!!!

Getting ready to hike

We explored a cave that was challanging and fun! This is Lilly Agler and Caleb Hunter.

Inside the cave
Back to Front: Ben Hess, Chris Wathen, and Gordon Craig

Front to Back: Chris Wathen, Gordon Craig, and I

Cool view looking up from the bottom of a rock face

Climbing up through the rock

View out towards Eagle's Nest

We went down this tree from a ledge pretty high up. It was a bit out of the comfort zone for some of the kids! (photo by Ben Hess)

A tree hugger at heart!!! (photo by Ben Hess)

Ben Hess and I at Eagle's Nest

Carina Stahl enjoying God's amazing creation!

Amazing view from the Skybridge!

Another awesome view from the Skybridge!!!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Last night there was this amazing sunset! There was even a rainbow in the southeast. The way the sun reflected on the clouds made it look like the sky was on fire! When I got home I ran out and got a few pictures before the sun dropped! Unfortunately the rainbow was gone by the time I got these pictures.