Saturday Hike & Storm

Just back a while ago from my morning hike. I only did a little over 8 miles due to the weather. Another huge wind fest but with lots of rain this time. Then as it so often does in the desert the rain stopped, the sun came out, the wind died away, and the humidity reigned!

Here’s a few clips I shot while having some fun!

Saturday Hike & Storm

First Impressions – Altair Timps

I’ve been hearing about Altair trail runners for a few years now. They tend to be either hated or loved by those who use them. I’ve been wanting to try a pair for a long time now, but didn’t want to take a shot of buying over the internet since I have a track record of getting the wrong sizes!

Monday I went to REI and checked things out. They  didn’t have any Lone Peaks in my size but I had been wanted to check out the Timp and they did have those, so I checked them out.

I learned that for me at least they fit to size. I’ve read a lot about having to buy a size larger in Altairs, but not so here at any rate.

The first thing I noticed when I put them on was how light they are. It’s amazing. They have to be the lightest trail shoes I’ve ever used. Here’s a shot of the pair I bought, for $110, which isn’t bad at all really.

Altra Timps

So this morning my old pay jet lag woke me up early, I decided to take advantage and make jet lag work for me! So I suited up, put on my Timps and headed out the door at around 4:15 or so. It was about 94 degrees and fairly humid. I ended up doing almost 5.5 miles and my feet felt great.

If you know about Altairs you know they have two outstanding features which I’ll comment about below.

Zero Drop

Most shoes are made with the heel being slightly higher than the toes. But Altair have a naturalistic philosophy so they decided to make their shoes like you feet, with no, or zero, drop from heel to toe.

When you put them on and stand up you feel this immediately. It stretches out your calf and Achilles tendon a lot more than traditional shoes. It doesn’t feel bad to me, just different. As I hiked I could feel the stretch for sure, especially at first going steeply downhill. But there was not pain at all.

I did notice that without that extra weight in the heel I walked a bit differently. I tend to plant my heel hard, which has caused me some injuries in the past. I stepped a bit lighter this morning which is probably a good thing.

Expanded Toe Box

If you look at the picture above you might notice the front of the shoe (the toe box) is wider than what’s normal on most shoes. That’s is another naturalistic feature of Altairs. They don’t squish your toes together but give them room to breath.

I have to say it felt good as soon as I put them on. The more I walked the better I felt. By the time I got home I was loving the feeling in my toes. I’ve had a lot of trouble in the Salomon’s I’ve been using, but not here.

Now granted I only did five and a half miles, but still my feet felt much better then usual at the end. I did notice some slight rubbing on one toe on my left foot. So time will tell on this and I’ll keep a close eye on it.

First Impression

My first impression of the Altair Timp is very positive. I’m looking forward to seeing how they do on longer hikes and am planning on taking them to Spain for the last 300 miles of the Camino. That will be the real test!

As things develop I hope to keep you updated with other posts.

Till then don’t stop walking!

First Impressions – Altair Timps

Disciple Up Is Born!


What you see to the left is the new logo of my brand new website and podcast – Disciple Up!

I’m launching it today and am excited about this new avenue of ministry. I’ve been thinking about doing a podcast for about a year and a half now. It’s taken far longer than I had wanted it too but it has arrived at last.

Disciple Up is a Christian podcast devoted to helping empower disciples, to help believers learn how to think biblically, live biblically and to follow Jesus in a way that both honors him and reaches the lost and hurting world around us.

These are not sermons. If you want sermons go to the CCR page and there’s a ton of them there for you to listen too. Rather this is teaching in what I hope is a discussion type tone. I’m having fun and hope you will as well.

There are several segments in the show including the Disciple Up Low Down which, unlike the rest of the show, is a fully scripted editorial on that show’s topic. Since it is fully scripted I’ll be posting the scripts here on the blog for you to read.

If you don’t know what a podcast is or how to use one here’s a few tips:

  1. Think downloadable or streaming internet radio (not the best example but close enough.).
  2. Just go to Disciple, scroll down a bit and click the play button on any of the five episodes available.
  3. See below for how to subscribe in iTunes or on Google play if you’d like too. I, like all podcasters, how you will.
  4. Check out the Disciple Up Facebook page, like it, share it, etc. 

Pray for the show and me as well, and let me know what you think either on the Facebook page or at


Disciple Up Is Born!

A Bit of Audio From Dad’s Book

I haven’t been putting up anything here about my gaming because I know most aren’t interested. However below you’ll find my latest video embedded because of a computer glitch and what followed.

My little laptop has been having trouble with my video recording of late. Not sure what’s going on and I hope it’s not reaching the point where I’ll need to get a new one! Yuck on that!

I’m playing a scenario the US Marine invasion and liberation of Guam. My father was a part of that battle and writes about it in his book, Once A Raider. So when the audio of the first eight or nine minutes of the video was completely unacceptable I decided to delete that part and do a voice over.

Instead of just rambling about the game I chose to read a couple of excerpts Dad wrote about his experience in the first day and evening of the battle. He played an important role in that battle for Hill 40.

If you’d like to hear a little bit about that you can listen below. If you’d like to check out the book on Amazon just click here.

A Bit of Audio From Dad’s Book

Camino Day 10

We had a pretty easy walk today but made some miles.  I’m in Atapuerca this afternoon and tomorrow shold be an ready walk into Burgos.

I had a short but great conversation wit some one today that made the day even better.  I also forgot to take pics with the phone so here’s a few from town.

My albergue 

Camino Day 10

Camino 2016, Day 9

This afternoon I’m in Tosantos after about 18 mIles or so.  Not quite as hot today but hot enough.  I had a horrible nights sleep last night, at the worst albergue yet.

This one looks better,we’ll see how tonight goes. For the first time I’m going to have to sleep on a top bunk.


My right side is still sore, that bed last night really messed it up. I’m sure it’ll be fine but keep it in prayer please. 

If all goes well I should be in Burgos in two days.  That is where my camino will end.  If I make it Monday then I’ll stay the night and try to get to Madrid the next day.  That would give me two nights and one full day there to rest and sight see before flying home. 

Here’s some pictures from today. 

The last one is a Spanish Pilgrim sha ring so things she’s carrying from her village during a break today. 

Camino 2016, Day 9