When you have this many people, I guess it takes ALOT of stuff. ;)
Notice their big smiles? They REALLY enjoyed their lunch! (smirk ;)
If ya’ll ever go camping, you HAVE to try this one! First, cut a big slit across the top of a banana, then fill it with butter, chocolate bar, nutella, peanut butter, and marshmellows, then roast it over the fire and consume.
Abbie and Hannah trying to come up with new roasted concoctions… :)
Gotta love singing your heart out around the campfire. =D
We enjoyed catching a lot of fish-perch, crappie, and bass.
Now that is what I call FRESH fish! This stuff was amazing!
Granny and Granddad (mom’s parents) joined us on Saturday, and greatly contributed to the loads of fun we had!
The hiking trail we went on was stunningly gorgeous! Near the end of the trail was this beautiful view of the lake.
…take notice of the storm clouds rollin’ in…
There was a really cool water dam near the camp ground we climbed, it was pretty epic!
We sang from the top… :)
On Saturday afternoon/evening/night :), the big adventure came – in the form of a STORM. Thank the Lord, those of us who were out hiking made it back in time before it hit. Knowing that a storm was coming, and that our big tent leaks (from past experience :) Mom, and others took out some stuff and piled it in the van, so it wouldn’t get all wet. As the storm quickly approached, we snarfed down our supper, finished filleting the fresh catch of fish, Granny and Granddad headed back, and we all piled in the vehicles to take refuge, all except for J-C and Caleb who stayed in their tent to hold it down.
This is a 15 second video, of a 30 minute time lapse to show you how quick this thing came!
As the rain poured, it lightening and thundered, we waited and waited, Dad checked the weather on his phone, we phoned called and walkie-talkied each other back and forth to give each other updates…and ate good comfort food like chips and cookies…:) As we watched the wind pick up, we started wondering if our big tent, which we’ve had since Charity was 6 weeks old,(17 1/2 years) was gonna survive, so we got out and put more stuff in the van, shortly after, the wind whisked it up, right in front of our eyes and blew it into a tree!!! …so glad we took that stuff out! We found out the wind probably got up to about 60 mph!
We were very thankful that the baseball size hail didn’t hit us! Meanwhile, Granny and Granddad were having a VERY difficult time getting home. With the Lord’s protection they finally made it.
Now that it was very dark (round 10:00) and 6 of our sleeping places were slightly unavailable GONE, Mom and Dad decided that the girls should all sleep in the van and Mom sleep in the car.
A spur-of-the-moment sister sleep-over in the…VAN…of all places!!! What a night!
The ol’ tent gone kasplat. Guess it was time for a new tent anyway. =)
Sunday we attended this local church, did some more hiking and fishing, and a lot of rearranging and packing-up. Our stuff needed a lot of organizing after last night.
On our way home, those in the car barely missed having a head-on collision driving on a two-lane road. They topped a hill and saw a car coming from the other direction erratically drive in their lane, to the shoulder and grass, and back to their lane. Not knowing where the car was going to end up, mom didn’t know what to do. She stayed in her lane, and the car stayed on the shoulder coming the wrong way, passing within 6 inches of the car. They think they heard the other car scraping the guard rail, and then it zipped right back in with the line of cars that it came from. We are praising the Lord for His hand of protection and guardian angels!
Needless to say, after such a dramatic weekend, it was a very good feeling to be home ALL TOGETHER, ALIVE, WELL, AND SAFE, and in our own beds again. :) I don’t think we’ll ever forget that memorable camping trip.
Until next time…
happy trails! =)