Commence The Growing Of The Beards
For the past two years my brother and I have organized a group of men who travel into the [somewhat] wilderness to spend four days in communion with nature and each other. These trips originated out of a desire to organize a non-traditional bachelor party as well as an intention to foster some of the most important relationships in our lives (i.e., friends, family, nature) during the days we would otherwise be caught up in the parade of life. The trips usually coincide with the late summer, hurry-up-and-do-this-before-everyone-goes-back-to-school heat wave that hits the western-midwest. The reaches of the Rocky Mountains have been our destinations, and this year will be no different.
Last year we made a trek strait west from Colorado Springs near the Southpark region of Colorado. (See posts from last year’s trip here and here and here and some photos from the 2007 Mantrip here.) In fact upon summitting one foreboding peak range we could see the miles and miles across Southpark as well as back east towards Pike’s Peak. This year’s trip will venture further north into the Estes Park area and will include several confirmed veteran participants from the last few years as well as a number of friends who I’m excited will be joining us for the first time. This is an open invitation to anyone who may be in the area or may want to travel the weekend of Labor Day. (email me if interested) There are only a few stipulations, beginning with the following rules:
First, stop shaving your beard. Right now. Until you return home. The only shaving allowed from now until then is that which is done with a bowie knife.
Second, plan on leaving your cell phone and/or computer at home.
Third, bring your tobacco pipe or cigars.
Fourth, girls are welcome if they too can grow beards.
I sincerely hope you all can come along.