Packing the Bible

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Destination Outdoors

Hunting / Sailing / Fishing / Hiking / Birding

October 13, 2005|By CANDUS THOMSON

Jesus knew a thing or two about fishing and hiking.

Until now, though, the published telling of his life didn't adapt well to life outdoors. Copies of the New Testament tend to be heavy, their pages fragile and the type small.

Several outdoors enthusiasts have created The Outdoor Bible, a New American Standard translation of the New Testament that's waterproof and virtually indestructible. Or, as they call it, "waterproof and packable by design; inspirational in content."

The Bible's chapters are broken down into six volumes that each fold up like a map into a 5-inch by 6 1/2 -inch package. The weight for the entire set is 12.8 ounces, but readers can carry just as much as they want. Next year, a King James version will be released.

The creators of this New Testament, avid outdoorsmen and women, say that in addition to selling to like-minded people, they are filling orders from military personnel overseas.

Price: $34.95. Order online at outdoorbible.com or call 866-846-4338.

CALENDAR

Biking

Saturday -- Hands-on, advanced bike maintenance workshop, 10:30 a.m., REI Timonium, 63 West Aylesbury Rd. Fee (includes lunch and a maintenance manual), $85 for members, $100 for non-members. Space limited. Call: 410-252-5920.

Birding

Tonight -- Monthly meeting of the Howard County Bird Club, 7:30 p.m., Howard County Recreation and Parks Department, 7120 Oakland Mills Rd., Columbia. Beginners welcome. Details: 410-997-5366 or howardbirds.org.

Boating

Today-Monday -- U.S. Powerboat Show, Annapolis City Dock. Details: usboat.com.

Hiking

Oct. 29 -- Freestate Happy Wanderers Walking Club 10K "volks- march" at Ocean Pines. Start between 9 a.m. and noon and finish by 3 p.m. A shorter route will be offered. Details: 410-437-2164 before 8 p.m. or e-mail wahasse@ix.netcom.com.

Hunting

Sunday -- Hunter sight-in, Associated Gun Clubs of Baltimore range, Marriottsville and Wards Chapel roads, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All firearms. Cost: $5 per firearm plus $1 donation to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Details: 410-461-8532.

Seminars, shows

Sunday -- Guided tour of the wildflower fields at Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area, Deer Park Road. Meet at Visitors Center, 10 a.m. Cost: $2 per person. Call 410-922-3044 to register.

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