The folks on Team Blue, the Nature Lovers, want to do more than save the environment for theoretical reasons. They want to save it because of their passion for being in nature. Camping. Hiking. Bike rides. Backpacking. Mountain-climbing. Trail running. Stream or park clean-up. Birdwatching. Nature photography. Fishing and hunting. Some Blue Team goals include:
- Helping FBC members to experience God’s awesome and majestic creation through events and activities in nature. “O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1)
- Providing a variety of events and activities so that all FBC members, regardless of experience, fitness level, and gear ownership, can find an event/activity they can access and enjoy.
- Sharing our experiences in God’s creation with the whole congregation (through photo, videos, storytelling, etc.)
In 2020, Team Blue did a low-mileage, low-key nature hike at the KU field station near Lawrence, and a couple of preparatory hikes for a Colorado Pike’s Peak hike, then the Pike’s Peak hike itself. They also traveled to Wisconsin for an ultra trail run on the Ice Age Trail—2 in that group ran 50 miles, and others ran shorter distances along the way with them.
In 2021, Team Blue has hiked at the Baker Wetlands, gone canoeing, cycled on the Lawrence levy, and joined other Earthworks teams to tour Windstone farm. Most recently, in July 2021, the team returned to Colorado to hike Humboldt Peak and do a trail run in the Manitou Springs area, a trail run and cycling in Garden of the Gods, more hiking in the Indian Peaks area, and hiking and cycling in the Boulder area.
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