Once several years ago, a retired winter visitor in Arizona told us that what she missed most in retirement was hearing children’s voices. Here in the RV park, we hear the sound of children mostly on weekends. For the last several weeks, though, we’ve had long term visitors that are families who are living full time in their RVs. At any given time through the week or on the weekend, the street may be full of tiny children and their parents (one family has 3 kids, ages 1, 2 and 3) or pre-school and elementary aged kids on bikes and scooters. Just this morning, one of the more nearly middle school aged boys told us that he and his friends are battling the zombie apocalypse (with Nerf guns). You never know what a day might bring!
This morning we drove to Lake George to attend church. It is always interesting how different evangelical worship services can be. The Lake George Fellowship of Christians sings hymns and the accompanying musicians play clarinet, banjo, organ and piano. The Nazarene church in Woodland Park has contemporary worship songs, along with drums, several guitars and a keyboard. Desert Grace Nazarene in Yuma has a worship team to lead contemporary worship songs using background tracks. Isn’t it wonderful that God hears it all as music to his ears when his children sing from their hearts?
It is just over two weeks until we will be ready to leave Golden Bell. The “last hurrah” of summer here is Family Camp over Labor Day weekend and on Tuesday after, we will be on the road. Usually, the RV park is basically empty when we leave but this year there are monthly rental sites that will be occupied through the month of September and the park will be open until they blow out the water lines in October, hoping that job is done before they freeze! There have been a few hiccups in the monthly rental process, but in general it seems to work fairly well as long as someone stays on top of reservations.
When I worked in the senior industry, our motto was “If you feed them, they will come!” We fit that category, too, and if there are meals being served in the dining hall, you can count on us. At this point, we are the last remaining volunteers in the park. With the exception of feeding a few group rentals at the lodge and in the outlying cabins, regular meals are over as well. We had to go to Woodland Park on Saturday to buy groceries so we can learn to feed ourselves again! I doubt that we will starve. LeRoy knows the location of several restaurants, if all else fails. But first, we’ll be doing good-bye meals with old and new friends from the summer. Then back in Kansas, we’ll catch a few meals with friends and family who are glad to have us back. Some things never change!