family, Life experiences, outdoors, Telluride, Tetons, Travel

Truckee, Telluride and the Tetons

Over the past three wedding anniversary’s, Brenda and I by accident or design have been blessed by three amaZING vacation destinations.

TRUCKEE CALIFORNIA ( 30th wedding anniversary)

TELLURIDE COLORADO (31st wedding anniversary)

TETON NATIONAL PARK IN WYOMING (32nd wedding anniversary)

Each destination was special and will hold fantastic memories and that is in part why I have this blog… help me remember these amaZING places and experiences.

I just wanted to post some photos of the past three years of anniversary adventures.

Truckee River going into Boca Lake.

This year we pushed north to the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks – wow, no disappointment there. What a fantastic place.

I am guessing there were about 3000 waiting and watching Old Faithful with us. – My phone battery went dead into Ouray…The entire ride was more like 16 miles.

The Ghost town of tomboy – 3000 feet above telluride.

Thanks to the folks from Boulder who gave me a lift into Ouray from the summit. Without them it would have been a LONG ride down the hill.

Every morning we walked the pups.

My brother Gary and his wife Susie joined us for a couple of days.

Last Dollar Road moto ride

Lewis and Clark

Love the travels to some anaZING  places with my best friend and life partner.

Thanks to my parents for house/dog sitting. Pam and Roberto and Matt for the gifts of lodging.

Thanks brenda for 32 amaZING years of marriage.

One life one wife make it great.

“Don’t accumulation possessions, accumulate experiences.”  – Mark Batterson


Bikes, cycling, Travel

California Coastal Trail

Biking sections of the California Coastal Trail gets put on the list.

(half moon bay section the CCT)

Its time to start investigating what sections of the CCT to ride in the next couple of years.

This page of will be dedicated to mapping that route.

The California Coastal Trail (CCT) is a network of public trails for walkers, bikers, equestrians, wheelchair riders and others along the 1200-mile California coastline. It is currently more than half complete. Coastwalk California is a volunteer organization that advocates for completion of the Trail.

(Muir Woods to Stinson Beach)

Here is the county by county map for the CCT – (click on the county to view the trail)

For example, here is the Mendocino County map section 5

A section of the CCT in Marian County.

Now for the research and development of these trips.

Photo above taken from

Yes, this is what I am talkin bout.

The options are plenty – Bike Packing, Travel trailer or travel by SUV and hotel it. I prefer one and two.

Pics for follow from the CCT.


Life experiences, Marriage Adventures, outdoors, Travel


Over the past 30 years I have been privileged to lead and be on some amazing adventures with some amazing people.

From deep sea fishing with my wife in the Pacific Ocean / mountain biking in Mexico, the Iditirod trail in Alaska and Arizona / climbing Half Dome in Yosemite / fishing the amazing waters of Canada / getting to Espejo Peak in the Venezuelan Andes @15,633 ft / scuba diving and canoeing the Ozarks / hiking into the Grand Canyon or riding a bike across Iowa … all of these adventures had one thing in common.  Friends to enjoy it with.

It is amazing how you get to know someone when you get out of your routine. Being in the outdoors helps open doors to new and lasting relationships with family and friends.

When John Muir said; “most people live on the earth not in it”, I think he nailed it by describing how easy it is to miss an amazing place called planet earth. We live on the only living planet in the universe, (that we know of), with 7 billion other people. What a shame to miss out on the greatest gift in the universe, people and the planet we live on.

The adventure is great! But it is amazing when it is experienced with people of like hearts and passion.

If you are reading this blog, you are a member of an elite group. A group of adventure types that love being outside the walls of  a  mall or structure that has your view clouded by ceilings and walls.

We believe that God gave us the outdoors to help us see the bigger picture He has designed for us.
Church settings are nice but the roof is to low. God took Abraham  of the Old Testament outside his tent and told him to look up at the stars in the sky and God told him that his offspring would outnumber the stars. What God did is just as significant as what he said. He led Abraham outside for an object lesson that he would never forget. Why did God take him outside? Because inside the tent, Abraham’s vision of God and God’s amazing future for him was limited. He could not see the potential of God’s promises displayed against the backdrop of God’s creation.

God wanted him to get a glimpse of just how big a God he was. Taking Abraham outside was God’s way of telling him not to put limits and ceilings on what God wanted to do through him and for him.

Get yourself outside yourself and mix it up with some good friends or good strangers for a change…. Get outside and adventure yourself.

Here are a few opportunities we are putting together over the next year for you to connect through some amazing adventure trips.

Upcoming trips in 2012/13

Connection Expeditions –  Marriage Adventure May 2012 – Sedona, Arizona

Connection Expeditions – Grand Canyon Adventure September 2012 – Grand Canyon National Park

Connection Expeditions – Yosemite National Park/Halfdome- September 2013

For more outdoor adventures contact Pastor Steve Lummer @ 928-710-0750 or go to Connections web site at:

Ministry, Prayer, Travel


Have you ever felt uncomfortable or cramped while traveling with friends on a long trip?

Maybe you had to travel in a van or bus with a bunch of people and you just wanted to “get there” or at least get out and stretch your legs.

On this Thanksgiving morning I wanted to think back about 400 years in history to the Pilgrim’s journey on the Mayflower.

Here are a few “Mayflower Facts”

During the voyage, the 102 Mayflower passengers lived primarily on the gun deck.  The length of the deck from stem to stern was about 80 feet, of which about 12 feet at the back belonged to the gun room and was probably off-limits to the passengers.  The width at the widest part was about 24 feet.  Various hatches provided access to the cargo hold below.  The windlass and capstan, both used to haul heavy items by rope between the decks, also took up floor-space, as did the main mast in the middle, and the sprit sail mast in the front.  Many of the families built themselves small little “cabins,” simple wooden dividers nailed together, to provide a small amount of privacy.  102 passengers – 42 of the 102  were pilgrims.
20 crew members
The cargo ship Mayflower was constantly leaking
It took nine and half weeks to get to the new land.

Here is a cross section of what the Pilgrims living quarters looked like.

80 feet long                                                                                       24 feet wide


Maybe things are tight for you right now. Maybe you feel like life is closing in around you, or you feel stuck.

God can bring you through situations you think you won’t survive, or feel you’ll be stuck in forever. He can make you comfortable in the most uncomfortable places, and give you peace in the midst of trauma. Before your life is over you’ll live, love, and experience loss. Losing some things will actually help you to appreciate the things you still have. It’s the taste of failure that makes success sweet. You’ll live each day not knowing what tomorrow holds, but confident that God has your tomorrows all planned out. They’re not in the hands of your boss or your banker or your mate or anybody else. Nor are they in your own hands to manipulate and control. No, all your tomorrows are in God’s hands.
Just because you don’t recognize the path you’re on doesn’t mean that God’s not leading you. He promises, “I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them, and crooked places straight. These things I will do for them, and not forsake them” (Isa 42:16 NKJV). So get to know God – you’ll need Him. And He’ll be there for you. He’ll be there when everybody and everything else has failed you. He’ll be there for you in the tight, cramped and dark places.

Your new and fresh future will be worth your temporary troubles.

Keep moving forward toward your destination. Keep the forward progress in your spiritual journey.

I am a  pilgrim.

1 Peter 2:11

Happy Thanksgiving 2011


Life experiences, Ragbrai, Telluride, Travel, Yosemite

I’ve had my “ups and downs” this summer

The summer of 2011 was an amazing four months of being on the go.

From Missouri, Iowa, to Colorado and California and then back to our beautiful Arizona, it has been a great experience to say the least.

In June Brenda and I were given the opportunity to speak for our friends Pastor Jesse and Missy Quiroz and the thriving congregation called Journey Church in Troy Missouri. (Elevation: 650 ft)

Then in July we took our family vacation to Telluride Colorado. (Elevation8750 ft)

After Telluride, was a dream trip to my home state of Iowa for the RAGBRAI (Registers Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa).

Six days and 550 miles on the bike was and amazing experience for me and 10,000 other riders in the humidity of Iowa (Elevation is 580 ft).

(“Bike Tire Dip” in the Mississippi River – Davenport Iowa.)

After Ragbrai, I was able to attend Summit Leaders for four days in Yosemite National Park.  The leadership anti conference is lead by world traveler and adventure nut Joel Malm. This years speaker was author and pastor Mark Batterson of National Community Church in Washington D.C. .

What a great event. We climbed Half Dome (elevation 8842 feet ).

The Cables of Half Dome.


At the top of  Half Dome BY the “diving board” not on it.

To wrap up the summer of expeditions, my daughter and I along with 18 others from Journey Church hiked the 17 plus mile hike to the Colorado river through Havasupai Canyon. (elevation 3205 ft at Havasupai village).

It is safe to say that I have traveled some 8500 vertical feet this summer.

Yes it has been a summer of “UPS AND DOWNS” for sure.

What an amazing four months.

I want to adventure as much as possible before I cannot hike, bike or explore anymore.

“The world is a big place and I want to see all of it before it gets dark”. – John Muir

Steve Lummer –  a guy who had a great summer:)

canoing, cycling, family, Life experiences, Mountain biking, outdoors, rivers, Telluride, Travel


I just wanted to post a few pics of our 2011 family vacation in Telluride Colorado.

Special thanks to an amazing friend who offered our family his amazing cabin for the week.

What Makes Telluride Unique? Telluride is a small ski resort in the southwest corner of Colorado. Tucked away in a box canyon, surrounded by the mighty peaks of the San Juans, Telluride started off as a mining town in the 1800’s and later on, in 1973, became a ski resort and in the warmer months an epic mountain bike destination.

This year was special because we were able to take my daughter and her husband Adam with us for some much needed R & R.

Our bunch hiked, biked, rafted, canoed, fished, shopped, reflected, and rested.

This is a pic of us after we put our bikes on the gondola and made it up to the ski area that is converted into a mtn bike mecca during the summer months.

The Riverside trail is an amazing addition to the Telluride trail system.

These two pics pretty much sums up why I enjoyed this years vacation. 🙂

We ventured out on Trout Lake for some fishing/exploring….Adam and Tash pretty much wished they would have had a canoe instead of a ducky to float in.

Brenda my life long floating/fishing partner.

The San Miguel River rafting.

Just some views from around the area.

A couple of pics of the meadow below the cabin were we stayed.

Bridal Vail Falls – the tallest waterfall in Colorado.

The grass is greener in Telluride.

What an amazing place – what an amazing week.

I am rested and grateful.


Ministry, Travel


St. Louis – June 2011

– Cards win over the Cubs with a 12th inning home run by Albert Pujols – I watched the game while enjoying my favorite pizza from Stephanina’s in Wentzville

– Flew over the Missouri river is @ flood stage.

– Witness lambert International Airport after the tornado rips through St. Louis.

– The day after we leave a 4.5 earthquake shakes the community.

– We connected with some life long friends.

– We  also got to experience some pretty amazing humidity

Here are just a few pics some pics of our visit with Jesse and Missy Quiroz for their church second birthday celebration.

We spoke @ their two services and participated in a afternoon water baptismal service.

Pastor Jesse and Missy are doing an AMAZING work in Lincoln County Missouri.

What a honor to celebrate with these friends.

Every time I get to attend one of Jesse’s services it is an absolute blast.

The church is running around 400 in just two years.

One of the highlights of the weekend is seeing the people follow through  – This church gets it….

They believe

They belong

They get baptized.

It is hard to but into words what you experience @ Journey…. all I can say is there is something very good is going on there.

Thank you Pastor jesse and Missy and thank you Journey Church for allowing Brenda and I to be a part of your church family.


DVD's I'm watching, Life Goals, outdoors, Travel


In 1968 I was in the 5th grade and climbing the black soiled hills of Iowa …. but In the Summer of 1968 Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard and Doug Tompkins founder of  Northface  rounded up a some friends and a Volkswagon bus. The embarked on an epic 6 month road journey from San Francisco to the Chilean Patagonia, surfing, skiing and hiking along the way. Mountain of Storms is the testament.  Nice to know the company’s founders are the real deal.   Years later most  anyone who loves the outdoors is grateful for their gear.

Great film.

Mount Fitzroy – Patagonia

Anybody wanna go?

Bikes, Travel


July 24-30, 2011

The route: Glenwood to Atlantic (64.2 miles); to Carroll (65.4) to Boone (70.9) to Altoona (56.1) to Grinnell (57.5) to Corralville (75.3) to Davenport (64.8).

From river to river this would be the Ragbrai I would love to do because the route finishes in my hometown of Davenport.

Gonna work on the schedule to try and make it happen.


marriage, outdoors, Travel

30th Wedding Anniversary

I just wanted to post a” few” pics of our 30th wedding anniversary trip to Northern California.

We stayed in Truckee thanks to Roberto and Pam C.

Here is a brief look at our little get away trip.

Truckee is a little mountain town just north of Lake Tahoe.

We actually lived in that area back in the early 1980’s for a brief time.

We were youth pastor’s at Bethel Church in Grass Valley California for all of 16weeks. – (man that was a lesson).

The Yuba River is were we would go on our days off to swim and play. When Caleb was about 9 months old, Brenda would find gold dust in his diaper. Wow, that is when I started volunteering to change diapers.

My cousin Pam and her awesome husband Robert allowed us to stay in their cabin in Truckee. What a great place to relax and vegg.

Navada City is a classic Northern Cali Gold mining town.

Brenda and I loved riding the mountain bikes along the Truckee River….the beauty cannot be captured on a camera.

This is one of my favorite pics of my awesome wife.

If ever in Truckee you will not want to miss Jax Truckee Diner. – Great food all day long!

Emerald Bay on Lake Tahoe is breath taking to see. It is one of the main attractions when you go to Tahoe.

Yes, this is a nature not man made lake…..God does it better every time.

Now to the gift of the Truckee River .

This stream is THE tributary that flows out of Lake Tahoe.

63 tributary’s flow in and one flows out….The Truckee is amazing.

Rafting the Truckee is a “do over” for us next year…absolute blast.

Our 30 years of marriage has been an amazing journey. I am so fortunate to have a soul partner in Brenda…as you know, without Bren, I would be living in a van down by the river…..My parents modeled marriage for Brenda and I …They held the standard that we look up to..I think that is the way it should be.

My motto has become; “One life, one wife…make it great!”