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I ran a 5k!!

February 27, 2020

Written by Maria Campanella

I have been working for Hydaway almost four years now.  During my time here, I have had many opportunities to work our trail race events. Every time I am able to do this, I always be sure to hang out at the Finish Line and watch all the runners at that pinnacle moment.  Since working my first race I have always wanted to experience that accomplishment. However, it just felt like a pipe dream and I never actually thought I would be here now, writing a blog about how I ran the Arctic 5K.  But here we are…

I always felt inspired the day of these races to start running, but when it came time to actually do something about it, I never did. Until last November when my friend and roommate, Naomi, came home one day and asked if I wanted to run the Arctic 5K with her.  I immediately said YES!  We started “training” pretty soon after deciding to run the race. We ran in our neighborhood or in local parks mostly, starting with small distances and built up to the 5K. Neither of us started the process really excited to run, but as we did it more and more, we both knew it was growing on us! I always wanted to love running and although I wouldn’t go as far to say that yet, this was a good first step.

After a few months, we finally made it to February 1st, RACE DAY!! The atmosphere of the races is upbeat and exciting, we were ready to go. It was nice to be with Naomi and my work friends to help me with my morning jitters.  They made me feel encouraged and excited for the run. The actual race was really hard, I won’t lie. Even though it felt like we ran and prepared well, there was rough terrain and the majority of the first half of the race is uphill. We definitely walked a bit and I fell on the way down about four times, lol embarrassing. BUT, we crossed the finish line and WE DID IT!

 

If you are thinking about running and don’t know where to start, here is what I have to say.  These are what helped to encourage me and hope they will help you get there as well:

Find a running partner! I mean it when I say I probably would not have been able to run this race if I didn’t have someone who was willing to make time and run with me. It is so much easier to be motivated when you have someone holding you accountable and doing it with you! This was the most important part for me personally!

Sign up for the race early.  Register as soon as you know you want to do it. This is another small way to hold yourself accountable. Not to mention you get a shirt out of it if you do this step ?

Be aware that it will be challenging, but the racing community is so encouraging. Multiple times on the course I had positive interactions with the other people running around me. One even helped me after falling; it was a small thing but really helped me feel reinvigorated! Everyone seems to look out for each other.  You start the race as strangers, though you feel closer to them after the race.  A difficult and exhausting experience like the Arctic 5k really brings people together.

You will feel really accomplished once it is over. I was as happy to cross the finish line as I had always hoped I would be after witnessing it so many times. It was worth the process!

If you’re interested in running one of our races, check out the Outdoor Recreation website to get started. You won’t regret it!

Spring 2020 Trip Preview

January 13, 2020

Written by Tim Lewis

 

It’s the New Year and the spring semester is upon us! What’s on your adventure bucket list this year? We hope that you will find your niche on one of our diverse outdoor experiences listed below. Here at Outdoor Rec, we are passionate about connecting people to outdoor spaces while being mindful of stewardship and safety. We also love to cater to all ability and experience levels from complete beginners to seasoned enthusiasts. Our commitment to experimental education allows us to truly develop future outdoor enthusiasts and professionals.

This year we are excited to open all registrations on the first day of school, January 13th. We hope this will promote early registrations and allow participants to plan ahead and prepare for their adventures with us. Remember this semester to stop by one of our promo tables or the outfitter at Hydaway and ask us how we can meet your needs. We have a plethora of local outdoor advice, gear rentals, and ways to connect with Outdoor Recreation.

We hope to see you out there!

1/23 + 1/30 + 2/8 | Ski and Snowboard

Be sure to take advantage of our 3 Wintergreen Resort dates this semester! We will spend 2 Thursday nights (1/23 + 1/30) and 1 full day (2/8) up at the resort enjoying the powder. Snowflex will offer optional rentals and lessons before the trip and Outdoor Rec will provide transportation and snacks. Thursday nights: $25 + $5 rentals. Full day Saturday: $35 + $5 rentals.

2/22 | Caving

For this trip we will be exploring Crossroads Cave in Bath County, VA! The James River Grotto will lead us into the underground labyrinth of the cave and show us a new way to adventure. We will provide headlights, food, and transportation. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure and a change of clothes. Transportation, lunch, and instruction for only $10!

2/22 | Mountain Biking

We will be heading to Falling Creek Park in Bedford, VA for a fun day of mountain biking on trails and testing your skills on their obstacle course! This beautiful park offers a plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities and is a great location for both beginner and experienced bikers. Transportation, lunch, and instruction for only $10!

3/15-21 | SPRING BREAK

This year we will be traveling to Florida for a multi-day river camping trip along the Suwannee River! We will begin at Suwannee River State Park and paddle over 5 days to Troy Springs State Park, a total of 45 miles! We will stop each night at a new river camp or park and enjoy campfires, good times, and delicious food. We will be tent camping most nights on platforms and group sites along the river. We plan to have one full rest day in Lafayette Blue Springs State Park to swim/snorkel in the springs, hike, bike, as well as relax in the park. Hot showers and bathrooms will be available most nights along the river. We hope you will join us for this awesome adventure! Transportation, meals, gear, and instruction for only $250!

3/28 | Horseback Riding
Every semester we enjoy a trip to Reba Farm Inn & Saddle Soar in Bedford, VA. This privately owned farm offers students a unique chance to ride rescued and rehabilitated horses in a beautiful mountain setting. This unique Western riding experience also allows for a chance to run your horse and learn confidence in leading your horse on the trail. Transportation, lunch, and instruction for only $25!

3/28 | Sunrise Hike

Be the first to see the sunrise from beautiful Cole Mountain! This trip features a short hike to an open mountain meadow where eastern and western views can be observed. Transportation, breakfast, and instruction for only $10!

4/3-4 | Whitewater Rafting
Spring is New River season in West Virginia! Alpine Ministries provides us with expert instruction and facilitation down the Class III-V rapids and provides us with a delicious lunch and devotional on the river bank. Spots fill up quickly, so be sure to secure your spot as soon as possible! Transportation, breakfast/lunch, and instruction provided for only $60!

4/4 | Fly Fishing

Come enjoy a full day of professionally guided fly fishing on the Piney River at Rivenridge LodgeAngler’s Lane hosts LU each semester at this pristine lodge and teaches us how to cast, select the right flies, and catch beautiful native trout. This trip got me started in the sport years ago and it can for you as well. Transportation, lunch, and instruction for only $25!

4/8 | Moonlight Horseback Riding

We love it when we get to visit Reba Farm Inn & Saddle Soar twice in one semester! This time we are going at night to enjoy the full moon. Come enjoy a cool spring night ride followed by a bonfire and refreshments at the foot of the Peaks of Otter. Transportation, refreshments, and instruction for only $25!

4/18 + 4/25 | Kayaking

We are a river loving crew at Outdoor Rec! This classic paddle will take us to the Upper James River where we will paddle 6 miles from Buchanan to Arcadia. This classic trip features several Class I-II rapids and mountain views. Transportation, lunch, and instruction for only $10!

4/18 | Rock Climbing

This is the first year we have done an all-day rock climbing trip! This trip will take us to Wintergreen Mountain where we will sport climb with Urban Mountain Adventures! Transportation, lunch, and instruction for only $25!

4/24-26 | Spring Camping

There are few spots as beautiful as Grayson Highlands State Park! We will spend the weekend hiking Mount Rogers (VA’s highest point) and biking along the Virginia Creeper Trail. This trip boasts impressive Virginia scenery and wildlife all within 4 hours of Lynchburg. Transportation, meals, gear, and instruction for only $60!

5/2 | Senior Tubing

Graduating this May? Come out and enjoy a relaxing float trip down the Upper James River to wash away the stress of exams. We will certainly welcome all classmen levels on the river, though favor the seniors first for this trip! Transportation, lunch, and instruction for only $10!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Break Recap

October 18, 2019

Written by Elijah Stanley

Liberty University Outdoor Recreation’s fall break whitewater kayaking trip was a perfect blend of tranquil, fireside mornings and intense whitewater action on the New River.

 

To kickoff this amazing weekend, we drove through the meandering mountaintops of the Appalachians leading us to the beautiful Babcock State Park.  Thursday night, we pitched up camp, started a fire and enjoyed the cooling mountain air as we roasted marshmellows.  On Friday, after our morning coffee and bacon, the group was in for a special afternoon in the heart of the park. Paddling lessons on Boley Lake led into a relaxing lunch and leisure time among the new fall colors. Friday evening was filled with more s’mores and excitement considering the extreme whitewater that was awaiting us the following morning.

Whitewater kayaking is no “walk in the park”. This electrifying sport can be one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a weekend in the great outdoors. A majority of the group had never experienced the rush of weaving through a class III rapid. With that said, LU Outdoor Recreation prides itself in giving new outdoor experiences to all participants, no matter their skill level. Wave after wave of class II and III rapids kept the group’s adrenaline levels high while the lunch break helped with our morale. Although kayaking is enjoyable, it is tiring as well. Saturday night was full of exceptional food and much needed rest.

Sunday’s sun rose per usual and our trip was unfortunately coming to an end. The famous New River Gorge Overlook was our final stop. While taking our last-minute pictures of the river cutting through the steep, tree-covered hills, it was clear that there is no better place than the New River Gorge for a camping and kayaking combo.

 

Outdoor Recreation offers an extensive list of trips and excursions similar to this one. Don’t miss out on the next!

Fall is for Fishing

October 10, 2019

Written by Luke Whitmire

Fall is here, and it’s our last chance to soak up the warm weather before the cold arrives! One great way to get out and enjoy the changing seasons is to go out and do some fishing!  Central Virginia has some great opportunities to go after many different species of fish! If you’re into bass fishing, grab a canoe and head to the James! The James River provides great opportunities for both smallmouth and largemouth bass. If you’re really hardcore, grab the biggest streamer you can find, throw some salt over your shoulder, and go hunting for some muskies! Always be sure to pick up your fishing license when heading to public waters, this is a great way to support conservation and save yourself from some trouble, if you happen to see a game warden.

 

Another great spot for canoe and kayak fishing is to located at Clemmons Lake in Ivy Creek Park. They stocked over four-hundred pounds of trout and catfish last November and you can catch and keep up to four catfish or trout a day, so whether you’re a spin fisherman or a fly fishermen, head on over and try to catch some dinner! If you’re a fly fisherman looking for trout streams, take a drive and head out to some public streams. Due to lower water levels in the late summer, try to adjust your tactics to the conditions. Consider using a lighter tippet and being even more careful on your approach to the stream to combat the easily spooked fish. If you’re looking for more tips, or needing to stock up on some lures, stop by our friends at Angler’s Lane or Taletellers Fly Shop and get their tips and favorite lures for fishing this time of year!

 

Another great way to go after some trout this fall is to come to the Fishing Derby at Hydaway on Saturday, November 2nd. The lake is stocked with rainbow trout just prior to the derby, and you can catch and keep up to five trout! Food will be provided, and awards and prizes will be given to the anglers with the most total inches, highest average overall, and the largest fish.

Angler’s Lane will be there to help us run the event and provide tips or answer any questions you may have! If you’re an experienced fisherman, come out and show us how it’s done! If you are new to fishing, this is a great way to meet some new prospective fishing buddies! Fishing is a great way of bringing people together, and there is no better way to learn than under the wing of an experienced fishermen. No matter how much knowledge I have learned from watching videos and reading articles, some of the best tips I’ve ever gotten was going out with some of my friends who knew what they were doing!

 

Click here to register and always feel free to call or email us with any questions. We’d love to see you there!

New Spring Trips!

April 11, 2019

 

What?!  You still haven’t been on a trip with us yet this semester? Well, we still have a couple options for you and we have saved the best for last.  Our last two trip are brand new for us and we are so excited for these opportunities and have been planning them all semester.  These unique trips are sure to fill fast, so be sure to register today! 

Sailing Trip – April 27

What better way to experience Smith Mountain Lake than by sailboat? This exciting trip will take us to the Virginia Inland Sailing Association’s property on the west side of SML. Learn from the expert guides how to properly rig, jibe, tack, and heel your sailboat and get a chance to operate the sails and lines as well as be the captain behind the rudder. Transportation, instruction, and lunch all provided for $25!

Senior Tubing Trip – May 4

In celebration of our graduating seniors, we are offering this classic summer trip to help you relax after 4-“ish” years of courses and exams! We will be tubing the Upper James River for several miles and enjoying the beautiful scenery and tranquility that only a river can provide. Bring a swimsuit and towel and we will provide the rest! Transportation, instruction, and lunch provided for $10!

Keep Adventuring!

 

Sailing to New Horizons

January 30, 2019

Written by: Joe Frey

 

Growing up on the Chesapeake Bay has its perks.  Typical weekends could include racing the sun in a motorboat to catch the first bushel of Maryland’s famous blue crabs or peacefully kayaking through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge taking pictures of bald eagles. It was awesome.  Basically, if it happened on the water it was a hobby of mine.

I realize that I have lived a blessed life, though the point of this post is not to make people jealous but to encourage everyone to try something new this semester.  For the longest time, my ego and pride refused to allow me to enjoy new experiences. I can be pretty stubborn. Specifically, there were several sports and activities throughout the bay that I refused to try; one of these was sailing.

Yes sailing.

I know what you’re probably thinking.  “Joe, there are worse things out there than sailing.”  You are probably right.  But, the idea of heading onto a body of water with no way to get back other than a fancy sheet of fabric strung up a pole, seemed crazy to me! What if there was no wind? What if a quick gale whipped through and blew us out to sea?  So, I spent my childhood never stepping foot on a sailboat.  Fast forward to just two summers back, where I was asked to join a sailing team on a J29 (If you don’t know sailboats a J29 is a 30’ performance sailing boat).  I said yes.  I grew out of my stubbornness and tried something new.  It was an unforgettable experience.

Gliding through the bay, water running across the deck, and no sound except the bow of the boat crashing through the waves.  I remember thinking. “What have I been missing out on?  This is amazing.”  If you played sports growing up, you know what it means to be on a team.  You win together, you lose together, and no matter what happens, you complete it together.  I learned that sailing has all the critical criteria of a “team sport.”  The camaraderie you experience sailing is second to none.  Every person on board has a job, and every single one of those jobs is important.  To win a race, every person must rely on each other, trust one another.  It’s one of the most rewarding feelings I’ve ever experienced.

On April 27, our department will be taking a group of students sailing on nearby Smith Mountain Lake.  I am passionate about this trip, and super excited to get back in a sailboat!  I have learned firsthand that the sport of sailing is one that everyone should be able to experience.

So, if you are the type of person who is stubborn or struggling with an anxiety, I encourage you to try something new.  Step away from the safety of the shore and onto that sailboat.  Because, the nature that God has created for us is a beautiful thing, especially experienced from the deck of a boat.

If you are already a risk-taker or avid sailor, I encourage you to bring some of your closest friends with you on this trip.  As I mentioned, this experience will bring you together and forge an even closer bond with those friends.  You will also create unforgettable stories that you will be able to share for years to come.

 

Hope to see you soon,

New Spring Trips!

January 15, 2019

Written by: Tim Lewis

We are excited to announce that Spring 2019 at Outdoor Recreation has many new trip and event offerings! Check out all our new stuff to find your next adventure!

What’s New This Year?

Spring Break Trip – South Carolina March 11-15, 2019

We will be headed to Santee State Park and camping next to beautiful Lake Marion; the largest lake in South Carolina! On this trip you will enjoy kayaking on the lake (right from our campsite!), exploring the trails and scenic sites via mountain bike, fishing for catfish and bass from the pier, taking a guided wildlife tour on a pontoon boat, as well as a day trip to Charleston and the beach (weather permitting)! Transportation, food, equipment, instruction, and good times all provided for only $80!

Mini Fishing Derby  March 28, 2019

We stock Lake Hydaway with hundreds of rainbow trout in the fall for our annual Fishing Derby. This year, for the first time, we will be offering a condensed version of this event as part of our Thursday night clinic series. Come out to Hydaway and try your hand at catching trout and you will even get to keep your catch too! This event is FREE!

Mountain Biking Trip  March 30, 2019

We will be heading to Falling Creek Park in Bedford, VA for a fun day of mountain biking on trails and testing your skills on their obstacle course! This beautiful park offers a plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities and is a great location for both beginner and experienced bikers. Transportation, lunch, and instruction all provided for $10!

Rock Climbing/Rappelling Trip  April 6, 2019

We are so excited to announce our Rocks and Rappelling Day with our expert guides, Urban Mountain Adventures! This unique trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway will allow you to both rock climb and rappel off the rock face! Our group will split into two smaller groups and switch after lunch so that everyone has the ability to try both activities. Transportation, instruction, lunch, and good times all provided for $25!

Sailing Trip  April 27, 2019

What better way to experience Smith Mountain Lake than by sailboat?! This exciting trip will take us to the Virginia Inland Sailing Association’s property on the west side of SML. Learn from the expert guides how to properly rig, jibe, tack, and heel your sailboat and get a chance to operate the sails and lines as well as be the captain behind the rudder. Transportation, instruction, and lunch all provided for $25!

Senior Tubing Trip  May 4, 2019

In celebration of our graduating seniors, we are offering this classic summer trip to help you relax after 4ish years of courses and exams! We will be tubing the Upper James River for several miles and enjoying the beautiful scenery and tranquility that only a river can provide. Bring a swimsuit and towel and we will provide the rest! Transportation, instruction, and lunch provided for $10!

As always, check out our trips page for registration information.  We hope to see you this spring!

Valley View Mike Donahue Memorial 5 miler

November 15, 2018

Written by: Mike Ellsworth

Valley View 2018 is over.  As Director of Outdoor Rec, I have been a part of a lot of events through the years.  I have helped out with the Liberty Mountain Trail Race Series since 2009 and have directed each of them since July 2016.  Each race feels very different and has unique moments of excitement.  Our largest and most popular race is the Deep Hollow half-marathon and 5k.  This race boasts the most runners, is scheduled on Homecoming weekend and has the most energy on race day.  Our newest race is the novelty “hill kill”, King of the Mountain.  This shorter race is quickly becoming popular and appeals to the non-runner just as much as the experienced racer.  But by far, my favorite race-day environment of them all is the Valley View Mike Donahue 5-miler.

First, I think this race is the perfect distance.  I love a 5-mile race.  It can be a challenge for a beginner runner, though it is a manageable distance that anyone can train towards.  A more advanced runner will get a good workout out of the mileage and the peaks of Liberty Mountain ensure that the race still pumps up your heart rate.  5 miles is also a great timing distance.  On average it takes around an hour to finish and with a 9 a.m. start time, that means you can be home and showered by lunch!

Second, the course is near perfect.  This race gives one of the fullest and enjoyable routes through the Liberty Mountain Trail System.  With over 60 miles worth of trails, 5 miles is just a snapshot, but it is a great snapshot.  The course starts towards Snowflex from Hydaway along Falwell road where you pass by the faux-snow ski resort.  Right around the 2-mile mark, the course moves onto the single-track stretch of Peak-to-Peak and climbs to the top of the LU Monogram.  If you wanted to take a breather to enjoy the view of Liberty campus you could, it will give you a chance to recuperate after your brutal quarter-mile climb.  Then the course follows Valley View road to Split Decision all the way back to Hydaway.  The stretch near Oaks Way is a beautifully serene section of the trail that follows a small stream as it meanders through the valley.  This course represents the best and worst (over 1300ft of elevation change) aspects of Liberty Mountain.

Third and most notable, it is held in remembrance of hero.  I was only able to meet Maj. Mike Donahue a few times.  He was much closer to my boss at that time and probably never knew my name.  But, every time I had an opportunity to engage with him, it was a joy.  He made me feel like I belonged, like I was a part of “the gang” and that he valued the opportunity to meet with me.  I think that is why so many people have such a noble opinion of him.  Mike was engaging, passionate and excited about everything.  His personality seemed to “jump start” everyone he interacted with.

As every year passes, I am saddened that another generation of students is not able to understand who Mike was and what he meant to LU Army ROTC, the Liberty trail system and the Lynchburg running community.  I become burdened that the runners of the race that bear his name will never understand why he was significant.  But, this year, Major Winkelmann helped ease this burden.  He is a current professor in the Army ROTC department and he was able to share a few words about Maj Donahue in a very noteworthy way.  He declined using the microphone and chose to bring all the runners closer together so that he could speak more expressively and with more familiarity.  He shared what he had learned about Donahue and told Mike’s story.  He did it exactly the way that Mike would have.  He brought every runner, spectator and staff together in that moment.  He unified us in one memory and in one person.  Winkelmann caused us to pause, take a breath, enjoy life together and attack the next moment.  He reminded us, much like Mike would have, that “Every Day is a Good Day.”

This year, the race was blessed with a wonderful Army ROTC color guard, the support of the Military Affairs department, Major Winkelmann and a solemn playing of taps.  The pre-race ceremony at this event is always special, though this year felt a little different.  For that I am thankful.

Fall Break Fly Fishing

September 25, 2018

Why you should come on our Fall Break Fly Fishing trip!

Written by: Danielle Ledgerwood

The only exposure I had to fly fishing growing up in California was the 1992 prime-Brad Pitt-era film A River Runs Through It. I had fished with a normal rod and reel occasionally during childhood, but fly fishing always seemed like a foreign language: mysterious and difficult to master.

Fast forward to two years ago. I got the opportunity to get paid to learn how to fly fish. I worked a 4-day trip with our department over fall break to the Piney River. I was intimidated, learning a whole new sport, but Angler’s Lane, a local fly fishing store/outdoor outfitter, provided professional guides to teach the beginners some casting techniques and principles.

Opportunities like this don’t come around very often, so why would you pass up such a great deal for a relaxing weekend away, in a private lodge, on the river, learning something new that you can take with you for the rest of your life?

Once you’ve got the basics down, the guides will take you to sections of the river and help you practically implement everything you’ve learned. We explore different sections, hike around with Doug’s dog Brookie, and eventually, you feel a bite on your line. There are very few life experiences that are quite as exhilarating as catching a trout on a fly rod for the first time. There’s the rush of adrenaline, the fight to bring it in, and the swift motion of the net catching the wriggling body of the fish.

Since then, I’ve worked two more fly fishing trips with our department, guided by the experts from Angler’s Lane. I love these trips. Whether or not I even get to catch a fish myself, I love the opportunity that the students are given to learn something new. (I also love cooking meals for the hungry fisherman: bacon and eggs, macaroni and cheese, maybe a big pot of chili.)

As part of the overnight fishing trips, we stay in the lodges privately owned by Doug Lane. In the past, we’ve stayed in Rivenridge on the Piney, and this upcoming fall break, we’re going to the Stonesthrow on the Jackson River. These cozy cabins sit on the banks of these respective rivers, and they serve as a home base for the weekend. When students aren’t out slaying the river, we’re inside, having a fire, playing card games, and sharing meals together. These times of fellowship are some of my favorite memories from past trips.

And of course, at some point during the weekend, as per tradition, we all gather around the TV and watch the classic movie, A River Runs Through It.

REGISTER TODAY!

Fall Trip Preview

September 6, 2018

Written by: Tim Lewis
It is always exciting to start a new school year! Meeting new friends, taking interesting classes, and enjoying community is all part of the Liberty University experience. This fall, how about exploring the adventurous side of LU with an experience in the outdoors?

We are already three trips into the semester, but here is a quick highlight of our remaining adventures.  What do you think of our Fall calendar?

9/15 Bouldering
Each year we head up to White Rocks, VA to climb and solve problems off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The outdoor bouldering problems range in grading from V0-V7.  We recommend that you climb at lease V2 to attend this trip. But don’t let the bouldering jargon scare you, we will have Rec Center Rock Wall staff there to instruct and facilitate the trip, so beginners are welcome!

9/29 Rappelling
Next, is our rappel trip with Urban Mountain Adventures this year! We always enjoy heading up to Raven’s Roost Overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway to rappel the cliffs. This trip offers an opportunity to see the outdoors from a new perspective while safely scaling a rock face. If adventure and new experiences are on your bucket list, come enjoy this trip with us!

9/29 Horseback Riding
Each semester we enjoy a trip to Reba Farm Inn & Saddle Soar in Bedford, VA. This privately owned farm offers students a unique chance to ride rescued and rehabilitated horses in a beautiful mountain setting. This unique Western riding experience also allows for a chance to run your horse and learn confidence in leading your horse on the trail.

10/4-7 Fall Break Whitewater Kayaking in WV
Looking for a multi-day adventure in the outdoors? This trip will take to West Virginia to paddle the New River where you will encounter rapids up to Class III! We will be paddling and training for the river by day and camping in nearby Babcock State Park and enjoying good food and campfires by night. If this sounds up your alley, sign up today!

10/5-7 Fall Break Fly Fishing on the Jackson
Always a favorite trip year after year, we will be heading up to the Jackson River in Covington, VA and staying in an authentic fly fishing lodge. Angler’s Lane is generous enough to let us stay and fish their private stretch of the Jackson for several days. Brown and rainbow trout are abundant in the Jackson, and this trip allows opportunities to catch big ones! You will not want to miss this fall break trip!

10/13-14 Whitewater Rafting
Each year we head to West Virginia to face the mighty Gauley River! This world-class whitewater mecca is only runnable for a few weeks out of the year and we take advantage of it. Alpine Ministries provides us with expert instruction and facilitation down the river and provides us with a delicious lunch and devotional on the river bank. Spots fill up quickly, so be sure to secure your spot as soon as possible!

10/13 Caving
This will be out second trip to Crossroads Cave in Millboro Springs, VA! The James River Grotto is kind of enough to lead us into the underground labyrinth of the cave and show us a new way to adventure. We will provide headlights, food, and transportation. All you need to bring is your sense of adventure and a change of clothes.

10/24 Moonlight Horseback Riding
We love it when we get to visit Reba Farm Inn & Saddle Soar twice in one semester! This time we are going at night to enjoy the full moon. Slip into the fall spirit and come enjoy a moonlight ride followed by a cozy bonfire at the foot of the Peaks of Otter.

All registration information can be found on our Trips Page.  What are you waiting for?!