Northeast Tennessee

Deck ‘O Cards, with blocks and a hill, why not?

Northeast Tennessee Johnson City Arrowhead (Indian Trail)

Eleven PAX climbed out of bed to meet at Arrowhead on a 60-degree morning for some star-gazing, some fun with a block and a hill to conquer.
Motivator from 8 for the warmup


WMH – 10 seconds each leg

LBAC IC X10, forward and reverse

Grab your block and mosey to the path behind the first base dugout
With this perfect morning, low humidity and a freshly-mowed hill (thanks to our orange-clad county “helpers”), it seemed too good to pass up utilizing this 30-yard incline as part of a deck-of-cards.  Each PAX brought a block to increase the joy.

  • Spades – Hello Dollies and a block press per the card value
  • Clubs – Block squat followed by a block curl per card value
  • Diamonds – Black-Jack Merkins per card value
  • Hearts – Run up the hill and back down (only once)

The PAX got through 39 out of the 52 cards in the deck.  It was pleasurable.  Simplistic difficulty.

Mosey back to the shovel flag.  Done


When I go camping deep in the Smoky Mountains it is so very dark at night that I literally cannot see my hand in front of my face.  The headlamp that I use gives off a good beam of light but it is only in front of my feet. I do not venture out of the tent at 0300 without my headlamp.  I trust the light.  If I were to go off walking in another direction and not follow the light, I would quickly stumble or be heading off in a dangerous direction. 

Psalm 119:105 – Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path.  Our lives are often just walking in the darkness.  Sometimes there is a little light to see by, sometimes there is none.  We need to trust God to put His light on our path and we need to follow it.  Otherwise, we will stumble and fall or be lead off into places where we don’t need to be. 

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