Tuesday, August 13, 2013
It's really true that families that play together, stay together!
If you had told me 4 years ago that I would become a girl that camps I would've never believed you. I didn't grow up camping and it always sounded like lots of work and dirty to me; I had no intention of ever going. This all changed three years ago when I was literally dragged to my first camping trip, which was miserable! Do you remember that funny post I wrote years back about how much I detested camping?? It rained the entire time, I slept in a pool of water, and ate a gritty burger that had fallen into a mole hill. YUCK!
I've gotten better at camping since then. My husband rents a pop-up trailer for us now which has made all the difference in the world! I wake up dry and have my coffee maker in the kitchenette (I use that term loosely). I've learned to share a site with my friends who are seasoned campers and they have all the gear! Plus she's a great cook and I gained about 5 pounds on this latest trip; no more mole burgers for me. We eat like kings now! Pancakes, biscuits and gravy, kimchi fried rice, kalbi ribs, and anything else that you can put on a grill, we literally feast.
My favorite memory from this camping trip starts at 4am. We literally were driven out of bed in an extreme hurry as a huge storm blew in and we rushed out to gather all our belongings and cover everything up! After all the excitement no one could go back to sleep so we huddled under one of our friends shelters and put 2 pots of coffee on. We sat in the pouring rain drinking coffee and laughing our heads off. It always seems to go that the best memories are the unplanned ones.
The sun shined brightly the next day so we dried everything out in order to stay another night. I woke up around 12:30am and walked to the bathroom. Lightning was lighting the sky, such a sight to see! The air was so still and calm as I walked back to the trailer. The MINUTE I closed the trailer door behind me the biggest guest of wind you've ever heard shook our trailer from side to side. My husband said it sounded like a freight train was headed towards us! This was the biggest storm I've ever experienced and I was afraid at times. Our friends rushed out to check their tent stakes and we watched one tent come flying through the field towards my brother's tent, luckily it barely hit them! It felt like we were on a movie set! Tree branches were falling everywhere and we prayed for safety over our friends in their tents. As we prayed we were reminded separately of the storm when Jesus was sleeping in the boat while all of his disciples were afraid. Jesus was surprised at their fear because he was with them and had control over the winds and the waves. He reminded them that they were safe and under his protection. He spoke the same words to us that night and it calmed my fears and I knew that everyone was going to be alright. The next morning we found out that he had spoken the exact same thing to some of our other friends as they prayed in their tents; so comforting.
The next morning the storm had passed and once again it was bright and sunny. We packed up our belongings and prepared for the drive home. It turned out that the storm had caused several mud slides over the mountain pass which was our direct route home and they turned us back to where we started. In fact, the slides were so bad they said on the news this morning that the pass is closed indefinitely. All of our friends decided we should caravan together as we headed the much, much longer way home through another mountain pass. What was supposed to be a 3 1/2 hour drive turned into a 9 hour trip. We stopped for lunch together and kept each other entertained during the long line of terrible traffic texting "99 bottles of beer on the wall" to each other and other such car songs.
What I've learned through this experience is God is always in control. I'm more thankful for my friends than ever!! And you can ALWAYS make the best of a yucky situation.
Until next time...