Monsoons have come to Teller County. Don’t get me wrong, we appreciate that there are no fire bans in effect. We’ve been here when you couldn’t even use a gas grill outside, let alone have a campfire. That’s no fun when you have to enforce the rules. All the same, cold, wet weather doesn’t make a tent camper very happy.
When we started volunteering here in 2014, there were probably more tents than RVs on the majority of weekends. Last year, at least partly due to Covid, more people were buying or renting RVs to get away and still be more or less isolated. This year, too, we’ve had lots of first time RVers. One of the byproducts of this change is that toilet paper and paper towel usage in the bathrooms is way down. We credit that at least in part to the fact that more units are self contained. For whatever reason, we appreciate that the bathrooms stay cleaner.
These past few weeks we’ve seen quite a few pop up trailers, too. It’s a cheaper way for a young family to get started camping. We love seeing the little ones enjoying nature, so excited about eating s’mores and sitting around a campfire. We took Heidi on her first camping trip at 5 weeks old and spent almost every weekend that summer at Lake Afton. Rob was not quite 3 and he practiced casting with his own little fishing pole. The families here are just making different memories, but they’ll never forget.
This past week was the last residential camp. That’s always a little sad, because it means the summer staff will be leaving. We got together with all of them this evening to recap the summer. In the past two weeks, I believe, 40 campers made decisions for Christ! That’s what it’s all about. While we don’t directly work with those campers, we do get to bolster the spirits of the counselors.
A week ago, Heidi came to spend a few days with us and we had a great time. We hiked and shopped and visited some of the places we used to come to when we vacationed here years ago. I know it was a long trip for her but we sure were glad to see her.
It has been so nice having cohosts these past few weeks. They will be here for two more weeks before they head to Indiana for repairs to their new trailer. We’re hoping that Mike and Gloria will come visit us once we get back to the Landing, since they are from the Wichita area and are selling their house.
For everyone in hot weather right now, I’m sorry! I would send you a few degrees in trade if I could. Stay cool and stay hydrated!