I have returned from the mountain with tales of nature in all her rugged beauty! Yes, I've been away camping, and sadly, not in The Boss Lady. This time in a Tent...with 4 other wonderful ladies...and 25 young vibrant girls. It was a grand adventure, to say the least.
On Tuesday morning, we loaded a trailer to the brim with tents, suitcases, pillows, sleeping bags, coolers, dutch ovens and several hundred pounds of food. Four brave leaders (in custom made aprons)taking 25 girls between the ages of 12 and 18 on a four day campout in the Wasatch Mountains above Heber, Utah.
|(R-L) Tara Call, Amy Allen, Emily Freeman and me. You Go Girls!!|
Our goal? Lots of fun at the lake, making crafts, learning how to make fire and use a compass, eating great food and feeling the power and peace of God's magnificent creations. What did we get? Lots of rain, some scary lightning, and one unexpected breakfast guest.
|Our Breakfast Guest|
So with sadness in our hearts, we took down our little camp and headed for the safety of the cabin for the rest of our camp. We setup all the tents on the lawn facing a beautiful mountain stream and went on with all the fun activities we had planned. We even ventured back to camp for swimming in the lake, canoeing and jumping off the zip line. The rain came every afternoon, but our bear friend did not and that was OK.
In these four glorious days, I learned so much! I learned how to cook real live camping food and that sleeping in a tent is OK when you have four friends to share it with and that growing girls are always hungry - maybe more so than growing bears. And most importantly, that God did a beautiful job- he made lovely girls, beautiful mountains and wild brown bears - all a testimony that He is truly great.
I came home exhausted and slept for 15 hours. Now that the mess is cleaned up, we've all showered and are no longer tired, we all agreed that we got so much more than just rain, lightning and bears. We had a ton of fun and we are better for the experience- after all, even the boy scouts haven't had a bear in camp - we are awesome!!!