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Introducing Nature Programs at Refreshing Mountain

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Refreshing Mountain is blessed with a beautiful property complete with woods, a pond and open areas.  It was only a matter of time before Nature Studies would join the other activity options offered to retreats, school groups, and families. The focus of the new nature program is hands on learning and good stewardship of God’s creation. Both kids…

Getting to Know Caleb Nolt

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Caleb started at Refreshing Mountain last November after applying to the activities department. He had been looking for a job for a while without success until his aunt suggested he apply at Refreshing Mountain. Her first question was “are you afraid of heights?” When he said no, she handed him an application. A few days…

Getting to know Andrew Wagner

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Andrew Wagner started working at Refreshing Mountain in March of 2014 after looking for a job that would suit his passions. He really wanted a job that would allow him to work outside while being flexible with his schedule. Working at a God honoring establishment is very important to him, so after praying about it…

Getting to know Nick Weaver

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Nick Weaver is an amazing member of our activities team. He worked here in high school for two summers, but found other employment after graduation. For years he’d come to the pool with his family and thought the ziplines and high ropes course looked so cool, but it was in  January of 2013 that he…

Getting to know Darbi Knee

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Darbi Knee is one of Refreshing Mountain’s long-time employees. She was approached by Marlin Harnish, the owner of Refreshing Mountain, and asked if she would be interested in belaying for their ropes course. Her reply? “Yes sir!” She has been with us since 1998 as a well-loved and respected guide—so much so that one of…

Getting to Know David Wenger

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David Wenger began working at Refreshing Mountain in the Spring of his sophomore year of high school, April 2011.   At first he only came to the pool, but after awhile he got a job working for activities. Now that he’s worked here a few years, his favorite part of the job is being outdoors…

Getting to Know Rod Redcay

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Rod Redcay started working at Refreshing Mountain in the fall of 2011 at the urging of his wife, Sunny, who is our Sales Coordinator.  His favorite part of the job is working with people and helping them overcome their fears.  According to Rod, the interactions with the people and spending time in the great outdoors…

New Year’s Resolutions

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Do you make New Year’s Resolutions?  A resolution is a firm decision to do or not do something.  With that in mind, maybe the better question is how do you resolute to fulfill your resolution?  Many of us make resolutions like to eat better, exercise more, or watch less tv—things that are outwardly visible.  On…

Merry Christmas from Refreshing Mountain

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It is always a challenge this time of year to keep perspective on the real meaning of Christmas. Finding the perfect gift for a loved one and spending time with family and friends are wonderful things but even those aren’t the real meaning. Jesus’ coming to the earth in mortal form is too hard for…

Guide Bio – Mark Layton

Mark Layton, our resident reptile expert! He has a passion for reptiles, amphibians and all sorts of wildlife. Reptiles are his area of expertise and he’ll be sure to tell you all about the snakes and turtles as you go across our “Black Pearl” pond. Mark is one of those guys everybody wants to be…