Saturday, October 12, 2013

Amy & Andrew have a VW vintage van for sale: this could be you!
We did not go camping this year.  Hank went to camp and slept in a cabin with other rowdies.  We did not go camping this year.  Derrick chose not to go.  We did not go camping this year.  My man and I flew to Virginia and spent a marvelous week for our 40th anniversary.  We did not go camping this year.  For the first time in forever, we had no church family camp.  The tent stayed in the garage except for one attempt to sleep out on the back deck by Hank which did not last longer than his bedtime before it became cold and dark and he was abandoned even by the dog.  We did not go camping this year.  Next year.  We will go camping.  The second job only gives one week off to my hard working man.  Not enough time off.  We need to sit around the fire, sleep under the stars, and drink coffee in the crisp air of a morning under tall pines.  Next year.

I grew up camping in Colorado above 10,000 feet elevation.  Sometimes we had to break the ice on the water bucket in the morning and sleep with rocks wrapped in towels which had been heated in the fire pit to keep our feet warm in in the summer.  We raised our older three attending Family Camp every year at Diamond Arrow in Nevada City as well as tenting on the Smith River amongst the redwoods. 


I'm reading a reprint of a book written in 1879 about four citified girls at a Camp Meeting back east who were full of fluff, but each got saved at Camp Meeting most unexpectedly.  It's quite amusing and from another world I want to go back to.

We're going camping, next year, one way or the other...
A camper seen in Old Truckee
The Feast of Booths

"On exactly the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the Lord for seven days, with a rest on the first day and a rest on the eighth day  Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook ; and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days...You shall live in booths for seven days...that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt.
Leviticus 23:39-43

God commanded His people to go camping!
  Maybe we should do a little harvest festival camping...
At least we were able to go to the Pumpkin Farm.
Perhaps we'll hide out in the Pumpkin Patch
with our sleeping bags, make corn stalk shelters
and they won't notice.
If they find us by our campfire making s'mores,
we'll just tell them
 we are  just having a religious holiday,
a Feast of Booths!

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