Prayer is a word that is used in a wide variety of ways. When I meet someone and I say that I am doing a pilgrimage for prayer, I am always curious to see how people I meet respond to my usage of the word “prayer.” Which usually gets-the-ball-rolling on a grand and deep discussion about life and Truth.
So, I wanted to open this post up for those who are reading and following the pilgrimage to share your thoughts and insights as to what “prayer” is.
Please share your response to the question “What does prayer mean to you?” in the comment section below.
I look forward to our discussion!
Early tomorrow morning I will begin making my way from Redding, California to Corvallis, and head over from there to Newport, Oregon where I will start walking the 400+ miles of the Oregon Coast for Prayer.
I have so many feelings of anticipation and a sense of wonder for what this summer walking the coast is going to hold; the people I will meet, the opportunities for sharing the message of relationship with God in prayer, and the countless unforeseen variables of what wondrous events may occur.
If you have any suggestions of where you feel I should go along the coast, people to meet, great towns to visit, churches or community groups to connect with, please leave a comment or send me a message on the contact page.
One of the reasons I have chosen to do the pilgrimage of the Oregon Coast is because the coastline has many sites with “Hiker-Biker” camping. These are campgrounds for walk-in hikers or cyclists to have a place to camp for only $5 or $6 a night.
Much of the Oregon Coast allows free camping beyond the site of any residence. Oregon as a state has been committed to keeping their beaches free to the public, passing laws to keep them accessible to all. It is for this reason that I feel the Oregon Coast is a unique place where freedom can be nurtured and grown.
I plan on stopping at these State Park campsites for the groups of people I’ll be able to meet and connect with at an “official” campsite. (And a shower every now and then would be great!)
Here is a full list of Hiker-Biker campgrounds which I will be visiting along this pilgrimage of the Oregon Coast:
Ainsworth State Park
Bates State Park
Beachside State Recreation Site
Beverly Beach State Park
Bullards Beach State Park
Cape Blanco State Park
Cape Lookout State Park
Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park
Cascadia State Park
Champoeg State Heritage Area
Clyde Holliday State Recreation Site
Cottonwood Canyon State Park
Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area
Farewell Bend State Recreation Area
Fort Stevens State Park
Goose Lake State Recreation Area
Harris Beach State Park
Humbug Mountain State Park
Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park
Milo McIver State Park
Nehalem Bay State Park
North Santiam State Recreation Area
Smith Rock State Park
South Beach State Park
Sunset Bay State Park
Tumalo State Park
Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
Unity Lake State Recreation Site
Wallowa Lake State Park
Willamette Mission State Park
William M. Tugman State Park