Sunday, August 17, 2014

Biking Des Moines' Gay Lea Wilson Trail

Gay Lea Wilson is a local trails advocate who spearheaded the planning and construction of local trails, and for whom this trail network was named.  For over two decades, her passions have been conservation, parks, and recreation - namely multi-use trails.  About 15 miles of a planned 35 mile long trail are completed, all concrete or asphalt, and eventual plans call for connections to the planned 110 mile bike loop through Iowa. (Central Iowa Trail Network.)  The trail now connects East Des Moines with Arkeny to the north and Pleasant Hill and Altoona to the northeast.

Pleasant Hill is the hub, and we began at Copper Creek Lake Park on University Avenue. This section, formerly the Four Mile Creek Greenway, took us to Altoona, and these photos are from that section.









For information on the entire trail, go to the excellent Rails-to-Trails website.


Trail parking:

In Pleasant Hill, parking can be found at the hub at Copper Creek Lake Park on E. University Avenue.

In Altoona, the main trailhead is located near the Greater Altoona Community Service Campus, with parking available at the dog park on 17th Avenue SW. Additional parking in Altoona can be found at Lions Park on 13th Avenue SW; at a large parking lot where the trail intersects 5th Avenue SW; and at Greenway Park off Adventureland Drive across from 9th Avenue NW.

In East Des Moines, park off E. Oakwood Drive just north of Scott Avenue or at the main Des Moines trailhead at the Robert L. Scott Four Mile Community Center on Easton Boulevard.

In Ankeny, parking is available for the Gay Lea Wilson Trail at the lot for Carney Marsh on SE 54th Street. Alternatively, consider parking in Glenbrooke Park at the southwestern corner of Ankeny. From there, take the Oralabor Gateway Trail east until it meets the Gay Lea Wilson Trail between Ankeny Boulevard/US 69 and Delaware Avenue.

Biking Omaha's Keystone Trail

We began at Karen Park and biked north. This 15 mile paved trail runs atop the flood control levees of Papillion and Little Papillion Creeks, crossing over them on bridges at various places.  The trail surface is in good shape, and the trail is flat except for the minor downs and ups for the underpasses (seen below) which make it safer and more convenient than having to cross busy streets.




The trail runs on the old railroad right-of-way for about 2.5 miles, and around mile 6, you'll see remnants of a wooden trestle. And in the two photos below, you'll see an active rail line passing over the trail on its high trestle.


Bikers are warned not to be under the trestle when a trail in above, though they have built an awning over the trail to protect riders and walkers from falling debris.




This trail was the "Trail of the Month" in June of 2007. You can see the article on the Rails-to-Trails website here.  It is a lovely ride, and the lack of road crossings adds to the enjoyment and safety of the trail.



To reach the trailhead at Democracy Park at the north end, take Interstate 80 to Interstate 680 North. Exit onto Fort Street and head east. Democracy Park is on the right at the corner of Templeton Drive and Fort Street.

 To reach the southern trailhead at Haworth Park, travel south on Highway 75, then turn east on Highway 370. Take a left onto Payne Drive to reach Haworth Park.

Karen Park trailhead has this address:  6288 H St, Omaha, NE 68117

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Biking Colorado's Blue River Bikeway (Breckenridge to Frisco Trail)

Nine miles of the Blue River Bikeway connect Breckenridge with Frisco with a (mostly) mild upward grade pitch as you head south toward" Breck" as the locals say.  Summit County has the trail signed as its Recreational Pathway, and as you hit the Breckenridge section, the signs change to Blue River RecPath. The trail is asphalt and in good condition.




The easiest way for me to find the trail was to start at the Summit Medical Center.  I saw on my iPad Maps app that the trail ran alongside the medical center, so we parked there (as did others) and used the paved connector path to get to the trail.  This first area we hit (heading south) was up above the road and lovely despite some clear cutting in progress.




Views of the mountains to the south were magnificent! The trail curved and did some roller-coaster hills and then a somewhat long and steep descent down to and around the high school.  Some northbound riders were walking their bikes up the hill and that's okay!  We call it cross-training! From there to Breckenridge was a gradual but constant uphill, barely noticeable but harkening that the trip back would be predominantly downhill (until the high school, of course.)




The Blue River Bikeway is a Colorado rail trail and part of the nationwide rail-trail system.  We noticed many families with children as we biked, proving the ease of the trail other than the steep section.  The section along Highway 9 is the least attractive segment, but most of the trail is lovely.




The final pedal into town was right alongside the river, and for the mountain bikers and hikers and fishermen, single track dirt paths were available alongside both sides of the Blue River.




The Breckenridge Visitor Center is the ending/starting point for the trail, and views like this await your arrival in picturesque Breckenridge. Washrooms, water, and food were available at both ends of the trail.



The Bikeway also leads to the Ten-Mile Canyon and Vail Pass National Recreation Trail, which parallels I-70. It is a fairly easy ride from Frisco to Copper Mountain, but then, from Copper Mountain up to the Vail Pass, the trail is quite a lot steeper, utilizing switchbacks and hairpin curves.



Biking Colorado's Poudre River Trail

The Cache la Poudre River runs from Greeley to Windsor for 21 miles.  It is paved, wide, has gentle grades, and is in good condition.  It passes through several parks and natural areas, has some forested sections, and often gives views of the namesake river. (Click to enlarge map.)






We started at Island Grove Park (elevation 4648 -- at the other end of the trail, the elevation is 4792.) After parking, bike back towards the road. Turn left onto the sidewalk/path and bike along the fence line.  The trail and its sign are at the end of the fence line and the trail turns left (I saw no other directional signs in Island Grove Park -- something I hope they address because it is very confusing as to where the trail is.)  Soon you'll come to a bridge. Turn right and take it over the river, turn left again, and you're on your way.  (By the way, a local Coloradoan said they pronounce the river "pooh-der.")





First you pass quarry operations and some lakes or ponds made from former quarries.  This area is called Poudre Ponds and is a 90 acre recreational fishing amenity.

Several sections of the trail have been built with the cooperation of local land owners, and signs acknowledging their donations are posted.  It is heart-warming to see such fine co-operative efforts in making this trail a reality.



One of my favorite sections was a bluff area with nice homes atop the bluffs.  The trail narrows as seen below and curves between the scenic river and hillside.




The Poudre River Learning Center is at 83rd Avenue and County Road 62.  Parking is also available here.

Poudre River website (has tons of info for you and interactive maps of the trail)


You can access the trail at several locations, including:
  • Island Grove Park: (1 mile Trail Section) 
  • 71st Avenue: (1 mile north of 4th Street) 
  • 83rd Avenue: (1.5 miles north of 10th Street/ hwy 34 business) 
  • Kodak: hwy 257 turn right at the farmhouse before the Kodak headquarters

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Biking Colorado's Uncompahgre RiverWay Trail (Ridgeway Segment)

In Ridgeway, you can park at the Ridgeway Town Park which is just a few short blocks west of Highway 550 on Sherman Street at Railroad Street.  The gravel lot is small, but you can park anywhere around the small park.  This is where the trail begins, but it is poorly signed, so take the sidewalk heading north and you'll be on the trail. 

The Uncompahgre River Trail is planned as a 37 mile trail from Ouray to Delta, but only the Ridgeway and Montrose segments are currently completed.  This short 4.5 mile segment is called the Ridgeway Greenway and parallels 550 north to the Ridgeway Reservoir which is in the Ridgeway State Park.

Here's a trail sign along the way (click to enlarge.) It is hard to read but gives an idea of the trail's route. Once you get on the trail, it is easy to follow.





You begin with a few blocks of the town and a few road crossings, and after going over this old railroad trestle (photo below) crossing the Uncompahgre River, you'll be in open country, mainly sagebrush and river with a tiny bit of the trail running right alongside Highway 550.




You are rewarded with some lovely scenery such as the photo below.  At the 1 mile mark is a small park on your left with a washroom and other amenities.




Though most of the trail is pretty level, about midway to the reservoir you do have a hill that will get your heart and lungs working a bit.  It's okay to walk the bike if need be -- we call it cross-training! As you descend the other side, you run alongside the highway and pass through a gate in the tall wildlife control fence.  The sign tells you during which months the gate is to be closed behind you (winter months.)

The trail segment ends at Ridgeway State Park which has about four different parking lots.  Of course, you can park here and bike south if you prefer not driving all the way into Ridgeway.  Washrooms are also available in these state park lots as well as beautiful views as seen below.



The trail segment will only provide a ride of about 8.5 miles, but you can always turn around and do it again, or drive the 26 miles to Montrose and bike their segment of this trail.






Biking Colorado's Uncompahgre RiverWay Trail (Montrose Segment)


The Uncompahgre RiverWay Trail is planned as a 37 mile path from Ouray north to Delta, passing through Ridgeway and Montrose.  Currently, only short segments in Ridgeway and Montrose are completed.

You can find the Montrose segment in Baldridge Park near the skatepark and Ute ballfield.  From Highway 550 south of Highway 50, watch for signs indicating a right turn (west) to the park.  You can park at the Aquatic Center (turn at Colorado Avenue) and take the access trail across Rio Grande Avenue, or go farther south on 550 and turn right and go to the Uncompahgre River where you'll find the park.   You'll see a red bridge over the river.  If you cross the river, you'll be in Cerise Park which has numerous connecting concrete sidewalks. There are no signs, but just bike them all.  One is a loop, two simply dead-end, and others are access trails.  One takes you up the high hill via switchback paved trail for some good views of the area. Over three extra miles can be achieved on these sidewalk trails.

Another lot is along the trail. Turn west on Oak Grove, go a block where it turns into at Rio Grande Avenue.  There is a gravel lot there and the trail abuts the lot. 




Bike away from the red bridge, past the skatepark and tennis courts, cross Rio Grande Avenue and then Oak Grove (there is a gravel lot at this intersection for parking) and now you are on the old Rio Grande right-of-way heading south.  You'll cross the Uncompahgre River and then parallel it for a bit, eventually hitting open country and passing some homes and fields and grazing land.  




The river corridor provides habitat and a travel corridor for wildlife,  including mule deer, fox, porcupine, beaver, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, quail, and even bear and mountain lions, and is preserved in its natural state.  The same is true for the above mentioned Cerise Park. The concrete path/sidewalk is in pretty good condition, and where the inevitable winter frost heaves raise one section above its neighbor section, they try to plane it down to eliminate the bump (and mostly succeed.)


                                      


Around 2.5 miles, you'll pass the Ute Indian Museum.  Washrooms are available there as well as at Baldridge Park.




The pavement ends around mile 3 but continues as gravel trail for another 3 miles.  If you do the entire trail and all the trails in Cerise Park, you can get about 9 miles of riding, and if that's not enough, do it again and enjoy the scenery and the wildlife sightings!  (Or drive do the 26 miles  to Ridgeway and do their segment of the trail as I did.)




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

For Sale -- 2 Kayaks


10.5 foot Dagger Blackwater
$350 cash

17' 7" Current Designs fiberglass Solstice GT
$1850 cash

Both for $2000 cash


Located in Wauconda, Illinois

contact Chuck:   wildernessinspector at gmail. dot com






Includes State of Illinois Watercraft Certificate of Title for each boat and each boat has Watercraft Registration card and green Illinois 2015 sticker affixed (expiration date of 6/30/15)



Friday, June 20, 2014

American Hiking Society Volunteer Spotlight -- June, 2014


Writer, Mark Ray, interviews long-time Volunteer Vacation Crew Member, Chuck Morlock, about the importance of giving back to our public lands and Chuck’s connection to Boy Scouts of America.
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MR: How many Volunteer Vacations have you done (or what number was your Northern Tier trip)?

CM: I’ve done 29 projects, 21 of which were with AHS. A few were Sierra Club, one AMC, and several for our local forest preserve district.  Though I’m feeling my age more every year, it is still important work, so I try to help whenever possible.

MR: Do you have a Scouting background?

CM: Yes, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts both. In fact, I was in one of the first Weblos groups way back in the late 50s/ early 60s. I was an Order of the Arrow member, reached Life award level, and then went to a newly formed troop to help out as Jr Asst. Scout Master. After graduating from college, I was scoutmaster for an official Chicago Council Boy Scout troop composed of about a dozen young men from Chicago State Mental Hospital where I volunteered each week (multiply-handicapped kids who were high enough functioning to leave the children’s ward.) The kids had hand-me-down uniforms donated by other troops and we went on many outings including 3 or 4 overnight campouts at the Chicago Council Boy Scout camp (Camp Fort Dearborn) in the local Cook County forest preserves. I still cherish all the memories (and photos) from those years. Great kids!

I’m grateful to Scouting for fostering what became my lifelong passion for activities in the outdoors as well as for developing within me the ethic to preserve our natural areas. I’m still out in the our 200,000 acres of Chicagoland forest preserves 2 or 3 times a week now, hiking, biking, or paddling.

MR: What drew you to the Northern Tier project in Boundary Waters, Minnesota?

CM: The project was at the right place at the right time. I was in going to be in northern WI and MN for 2 Road Scholar biking programs, and though I grew up and lived in Chicago my entire 68 years, I had never been to Boundary Waters, so I jumped at the opportunity!

MR: What did you enjoy most about the Northern Tier setting?

CM: The scenic beauty, the draw of the wilderness, the opportunity to canoe in Boundary Waters, and I love to give back through these volunteer projects. Northern Tier was a fabulous host for us — one of the best I’ve experienced over the years. 


MR: Some people (although not dedicated volunteers!) would say it’s silly to pay to do hard manual labor at a place you may not get to enjoy in the future. What would be your response?

CM: I’ve backpacked in over 50 different wilderness areas of the USA and paddled kayaks/rafts/ canoes in 2 dozen additional places — places that others built and maintained over the years which made the places available to me. I feel an obligation to give back to the hiking/paddling communities for future users. If we users don’t “pay forward” for the future generations through maintenance/construction projects, my (and others’) kids and grandkids might not have these opportunities. The US land management agencies are cash-strapped and maintenance is deferred and may never be done, and Mother Nature will “reclaim” the trails and waterways making travel difficult or impossible. 


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American Hiking Society is offering two Volunteer Vacations to Boy Scout high-adventure base camps this fall. Get Out and Give Back at Philmont Scout Ranch or Northern Tier.




Thursday, June 19, 2014

2014 Greece: Following the Footsteps of Paul - Part 4



PHILIPPI

Once a flourishing city on the important Roman highway, the Via Egnatia, which connected the Adriatic Sea with Byzantium, Philippi is only an archeological site today. Though settled as early as 5000 B.C., the colony of Krenides began here in 360 B.C.  Built on the plain of Drama, it was blessed with rich resources of timber, precious metals, and agricultural products. When threatened four years later by the Thracians, they sought the aid of the king of Macedonia, Philip the Second.  Oops!  Philip saw the town's potential, conquered it himself, and gave it his name.

Historically, the most important event took place here in 42 B.C. when the armies of Octavian and Mark Anthony defeated the armies of Brutus and Cassius (who together murdered Julius Caesar) on the plains outside the west wall of Philippi, bringing an end to the Roman Republic.

When Paul visited Philippi, he founded the first Christian church on European soil (49/50 A.D.)  The new religion prospered, and when the capital of the Roman Empire later moved to Constantinople, Philippi grew in importance and reputation.

The theatre was built by Philip II in the mid-4th century B.C., and 200 years later, renovations modified it for gladiatorial contests. Later still, an underground tunnel was added to bring in the wild animals.



The famous Octagon Church was built around 400 A.D. over the ruins of a chapel dedicated to the Apostle Paul in the mid-300s A.D.  The Octagon church survived for 200 years.  You can see the outline of the octagon shape with pillar bases on its foundation just beyond the decorative stone squares below (click to enlarge photos)...




Beneath the protective covered roof you see above is the interior of the church floor 
which includes the intricate mosaics seen below...




I don't recall what part of the ruins this is, but I liked the photo!



Built at the end of the 5th century A.D., "Basilica A" had a four-sided atrium with steps leading to the narthex of the church, which was paved with marble and had ornate frescoes and sculptural decorations.





Part of the agora commercial district with its individual shops...



In Acts 16, Paul visited Philippi with Silas and Timothy, in response to a vision Paul had at Troas around 49 A.D. in which a man from Macedonia said, "Come over to Macedonia to help us." (Acts 16:9-10.)  They then sailed from Troas to the island of Samothrace and thence to Neopolis (current city of Kavala), the port city for Philippi, which is in Macedonia (Acts 16:11-12.)

Paul and Silas healed a slave girl and they were arrested, flogged, and imprisoned.  In 1 Thessalonians 2:2, Paul writes that he had "suffered and been shamefully mistreated at Philippi."
When an earthquake miraculously opened the prison doors and released their fetters, Paul and Silas remained in the cell and comforted the jailer who feared he would be punished for their escape. The jailer and his family then converted to Christianity (Acts 16:25-34.)

The next morning, the town magistrates tried to free Paul and Silas, but Paul refused and complained about how he and Silas, Roman citizens, had been illegally punished by the magistrates.  Fearing Roman retribution for mistreating Roman citizens, the magistrates apologized and asked Paul and Silas to leave the city (Acts 16:35-39.)

Paul maintained contact with his friends in Philippi, with letters and messengers (Acts 19:22; Philippians 2:22-23) and with later visits (2 Corinthians 2:13; 7:5; Acts 20:1-6.)  Paul's work here bore fruit and the church grew in size and later supported Paul in his other ministries, and Paul's Letter to the Philippians (probably written from prison in Ephesus or Rome) testifies to his affection for his friends in Philippi.

Looking for a place of worship on the Sabbath, Paul had met Lydia, a Gentile from Thyatira in Asia, who listened to Paul's message and then accepted Christ and was baptized (Acts 16:13-15.)  Some scholars have suggested that the location of this baptism is the Krenides stream, a half-mile from the center of Philippi, and this lovely Baptistry of St. Lydia, seen below, also an octagonal building, is built there and is open to the public.



The interior is ornately decorated in brilliant colors and one's eyes feast at every turn of the head...





Our study group also took the opportunity to hold a teaching session at the river led by Pastor Dave, and then some of us commemorated our baptisms by wetting our foreheads with water from the stream.


Here's a brief video of my visit:






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THESSALONIKI

Thessalonica was founded in 315 B.C. by Cassander, king of Macedonia, who had served as a general in Alexander the Great's army.  He named it for his wife, Thessalonike, daughter of Philip II.  It grew to be the premier city of northern Greece while under Hellenistic, Roman, and Greek control.
Among the famous personages who played roles in its history were Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Cicero, and Pompey, but none had as great an influence as the obscure Christian missionary of the first century, Paul of Tarsas.  The first written of the New Testament writings is believed by many to be Paul's First Letter to the Thessalonians.

Upon leaving Philippi on his 2nd missionary journey, Paul and Silas traveled to Thessalonica (Modern Thessaloniki), a walk of over 95 miles.  Acts 17 relates his preaching in the Jewish synagogue on three sabbaths, and persuading Jews and Greeks alike as well as leading women of the community to believe in Christ.

In 1963, ground was broken for new law courts in an area destroyed by the great fire of 1917. Ruins from the 2nd and 3rd century A.D. were discovered and excavations began.  The Roman Forum (and likely the Hellenistic agora) were uncovered, as well as the odeon seen below, a theatre for music and performances, and later gladiatorial contests. (Click photo to enlarge.)



The modern city surrounds the ruins on all sides...



Remains from both the Roman Forum and the earlier Hellinistic agora were in this area, the commercial business district of the community...



Paul wrote that he worked "night and day" in Thessalonica to support himself and his companions (1 Thessalonians 2:9)

Philippians 4:16 says he needed additional income which was provided more than once by the church at Philippi, which indicates Paul probably remained in Thessalonica for weeks if not months. The Jewish community was angry at his success at converting their members.  They also feared the local officials would renounce the favored status they enjoyed.  Therefore, Paul's friends "that very night" whisked him out of the city to a safer place, Beroea (Berea), but they were soon followed and stirred up the populace there, too.  Paul therefore left Macedonia for Athens, probably by boat, and Silas and Timothy were instructed to join him as soon as possible (Acts 17:5-15.)



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CORINTH

The site was occupied as early as 6500 B.C. and grew to a population of 90,000 by 400 B.C.  By 44 B.C. it was the provincial capital of Greece with a population some estimate as high as 700,000.  Corinth was most likely named for Corinthus, a son of Zeus.  A famous resident was the philosopher, Diogenes.

Corinth's geographical location fortuitously fostered commerce, providing ports linking it to Europe and Italy via the Adriatic Sea on the west and Asia Minor on the east via the Aegean Sea. But their location also put it squarely in the sights of its hostile neighbors, Athens and Sparta, and any other power needing to cross their land heading to conquests elsewhere.

Paul made three visits to Corinth.  The first with Timothy and Silas established the church in Corinth (Acts 18:1-18; 1 Corinthians 15: 1-2.)  Paul lived here for 18 months, earning his living as a leatherworker beginning in early 50 A.D.  His second visit was "painful" (2 Corinthians 2:1) because conflict in the church was what necessitated that he come.  The third visit (probably 55/56 A.D.) was after reconciliation when he received an offering from the Corinth church and took it to Jerusalem.  He never again returned to Greece.

The photo below is an artist's rendering of ancient Corinth (being held and explained by our extraordinary Greek guide, James.)



The 6th century B.C. Temple of Apollo had 38 Doric columns surrounding the two rooms of the shrine.  Each column was about 24 feet tall and six feet in diameter.  Seven remain standing today. Two additional rows of columns inside supported the roof.  You can see the ocean in the distance.



Paul was brought before the proconsul Gallio for judgment on the accusation of conducting illegal teachings, but Gallio refused to judge what he deemed a mere religious dispute among the Jews (Acts 18:12-16.)  The photo below is of the site where his trial was held.  City life revolved around the  marketplace (Forum for the Romans, Agora for the Greeks.)  This is where public speeches were made, debates held, politics discussed, and justice meted out.  The "Bema" was the elevated rostrum that predominated the marketplace, the stone platform our group is facing.  Gallio would have been on the platform with Paul standing where we are standing.



Paul often used athletic metaphors in his writings, and his letters to the Corinthians contained the first of these. Paul likely attended the "Isthmian Games" celebrated in Corinth during his stay.  In 1 Corinthians 9:24-28 he refers to boxing, wrestling, and running. and refers to the "perishable crown" awarded to the winners (wreaths made of vegetation.) 




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THE CORINTH CANAL

Built from 1881 to 1893 by Bulgarians, the canal runs 3.5 miles in length, connecting the Adriatic and Aegean Seas.  It is 75 feet wide at the top, 65 feet wide at the bottom, and the walls are at an angle of 85 degrees.  It is only for recreational craft and is one-way traffic, but this 3.5 mile sail replaces a seven day sail around the Isthmus of Corinth!


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THE ACROPOLIS OF ATHENS

Initially chosen for defensive purposes, a settlement existed here as early as 1600 B.C.  More than 500 feet at its highest point with steep slopes on three sides, it was easily defended.

The most famous of the buildings here were erected during the second half of the 5th century B.C. by Pericles following Athens' victory over the Persians in 480 B.C..  They established the truest form of Democracy the world had ever seen to that point, which fostered cultural and artistic endeavors that still draw visitors world-wide.

The Propylaea (monumental entrance gate)  was begun in 437 B.C. and is the fourth of such structures on this site, with all prior versions destroyed in wars.



The Theatre of Dionysus (333 B.C.) replaced earlier theaters and was the home of Greek drama and the birthplace of the tragedy.  It premiered the works of the three great Greek masters of tragedies, Euripides, Sophocles, and Aeschylus. Only 25 tiers of seating remain of the original 64 rows.  An additional 14 rows added later brought its capacity to 17,000 spectators.



On the north side of the Acropolis stands the Erechthelon built from 421 to 406 B.C.   It was built on four different levels and had three different roofs.


The crown jewel is the Parthenon (House of Maiden/Virgin) and it was erected between 447 and 438 B.C. on three vast platforms with seventeen Doric columns on each side and eight at each end. These fluted columns are 34 feet tall and over six feet in diameter at the bottom.  It was engineered so each column had a bulge about two-fifths of the way up and all lean slightly inward.  If they continued upward, all would meet about one mile up in the sky to form a giant pyramid!  It was the largest temple of the classical world.  The roof was marble tiles and the entire structure was nearly all marble.



Here's the view of Athens from Mars Hill...


Paul likely came to Athens by sea (Acts 17:14) and accompanied by unknown Christians, having left Timothy and Silas back in Beroea.  He soon sent those companions back requesting Timothy and Silas to join him.  He spoke in the synagogue and agora (marketplace.)  Athenians loved philosophy and dialogue and loved hearing something new, which Paul certainly and willingly provided to them.  He began by preaching in the local synagogue as was his usual avenue, but soon Paul was invited to go up on Mars Hill to present his new views, and Acts 17:22-31 records his famous "Unknown God" sermon, the results of which were mixed with some willing to hear more from him and others scoffing at the notion of resurrection of the dead, a non-Greek concept since their philosophy regarded the human body as a hindrance to the spiritual nature of the soul. Some became believers (Acts 17:34) but no other information is given except that Paul left for Corinth (Acts 18:1.)


Here's a video of my visit:


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(Information taken from A Guide to the Biblical Sites of Greece and Turkey by Clyde Fant 
and Mitchell Reddish, a book I heartily recommend to anyone traveling to these sites.  
All photos are my own.)
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