The CEF International Conference was located at the Ridgecrest Christian Conference Centre in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina. In between the many meetings, there was opportunity to get out and explore the Tranquillity Trial System - a wonderful network of steep trails rising from 800m - 1100m within and just outside the conference grounds. But it wasn't the terrain that kept the pulse high, it was the knowledge about the local wildlife, particularly bears, copperhead and rattle snakes that kept me fully alert and cautious while running. Another creature which needs to be shown respect here as in other parts of the world is the simple 'tick'! They came in all shapes and sizes and required a thorough check over after each run. Despite the dangers, the scenery was very rewarding.
|Looking down on the conference centre|