camping

So the Torchers - well, a few of us, anyway - went camping this weekend. Let me tell you, it was a unique experience! We went somewhere we'd never been, but billed as an RV/tent park, the online maps made it look fairly spacious. There were a swimming pond and a couple of fishing ponds, and a trail - so we were expecting...well, what you'd expect, I suppose.

It's a campground. You sort of imagine it to be in the woods....

Lol.

So we get there, and there are, you know, a few trees here and there, but we are definitely NOT in the woods. And our sites? oh, yes, smack in the middle of the RV park.


Comment from random RV camper guy: "You're tenting it? Here? Really?"

Yes, yes we are...


Some of our neighbors had decks and well-established flower gardens.


Not quite the secluded rustic experience we were anticipating. So we just went ahead and had worship around the campfire next to the road and did our best to keep it quiet enough to not bother anybody, and that was Friday night.

Saturday, after a short night, I was up around 6:00am, and as there was really nowhere else to go, had my quiet time at a picnic table in the middle of our camp. Around 8:00am, all of a sudden it started raining. And I don't mean a light shower. It pretty much just poured. A few people, including one unfortunate tent without a rain fly, got flooded. The rain stopped, we all came out and had breakfast in the pavilion (someone had had the foresight to bring an electric gridle so we were all good.... being in an RV park there was power, so that worked out well. Lol.) and then we had our first session - an excellent message on John 15 - which was interrupted once when it began raining again - and we're talking sheets of rain - and the din on the tin roof was so loud our pastor, who can shout when he wants to, could not make himself heard.

Then the sun came out. We closed in worship, and took off for various activities. A lot of people took a trip down the "lazy river." Fortunately they were in swimsuits and didn't mind being wet, because the blue skies vanished for awhile as it sheeted rain again and then became - again - a beautiful sunny day. I spent most of the afternoon either walking and talking with people one on one or holed up in the pavilion with two of my best friends, just reading, and talking (when we could over the rain) and simply being. After dinner we had another session (during which most of us were eaten alive by mosquitoes), and then a few of us took off early for warm showers and soft beds. All in all, a good weekend, if slightly... damp. :)

It was the conversations that mattered most. This was not a weekend of idle fun and socialization, though that did happen at points. This was true fellowship, chock full of the real stuff: confessions, struggles, heartaches, hopes, and prayer. I have to say, it was pretty sweet. Restful. Significant. Real.

I am so blessed to be a part of this community.

5 comments:

Cathy H said...

I love reading your stories.

Cheryl said...

Sounds like you all had fun. I wish I was there :)

Erin said...

You know, in spite of the rain it sounds like you had fun. I'm glad.

Happy said...

We really did... You know, the more I think about it, the more fun I remember it being... now that I'm less itchy from all the mosquitoes, and have had a decent night's sleep or two... lol. And the whole being in a tent in the middle of an established RV community really was just classically funny. I mean, seriously, what are the odds? :) Of course, I suppose this is what happens when you don't make your reservations to take a large group camping until just a few weeks before you go, with a summer this lovely. :)

Talking with others about the trip last night, I think we all came home with a sense of "hey, we went through something together and we (pun intended) weathered it well..." Hee hee hee...

(and no, i have not had my coffee yet this morning...)

Erin said...

You crack me up.