Tomorrow will be August already. Sometimes it seems like the summer has passed pretty quickly and other times it seems to drag out slowly. Several things make a difference. One is how busy the RV park is and another is the weather. When we have a lot of sites full with groups coming and going, a week can go by pretty quickly. On the other hand, if there isn’t much traffic and the weather is rainy and around 70 degrees, which is pretty cool for me, time drags.
One bright spot a couple of weeks ago what that our granddaughter Jordan and her family came to see us. They were on their way to a conference in Denver and took some extra time to spend the night with us! Marc had been here before helping a Youth for Christ group, but Jordan and the girls had never seen where we spend our summers. They stayed in Valley View cabin just a short way up the road from the RV park. We had lots of fun showing them around the camp. Rae had been talking about going to the mountains for a while. Mini golf was never so much fun as when we were playing with her! We enjoyed lots of snuggle time with Sara, too. She’s growing so fast! We thought she’d changed quite a bit since Bailey’s wedding in early June.
We’ve had a couple from Idaho here volunteering for the last month, Loren and Vicki Duerre. We’ve enjoyed their company so much. Some people just seem like longtime friends in a very short time. Vicki flew home this morning and Loren will be spending a couple more weeks to finish up a trenching project over by the lodge. Another younger couple from Oklahoma and their teenage daughters have been here all summer, Joe and Amy Miller, Carly and Audry. The camp has been looking for a cook for several months and recently they hired Amy for that position. That’s exciting news, since the camp director, the head of maintenance and the program director have been sharing cooking duties in addition to their already more than full time positions. Unfortunately, Millers had to go back home to Oklahoma to pull strings together for a permanent move to Golden Bell, so we’re hoping they will be back before we leave in September.
Every summer, there is a staff photo which includes volunteers. This year, the newest activity on camp was a giant water slide, complete with a foam machine, so the top of the slide was the site of the photo. The wind didn’t want to cooperate and tried to blow the suds in directions they didn’t want it to go, but we got a few pictures of the college summer staffers in it, anyway. Later in the week, our co-host at the RV park, Mike Newsom, got to take part in the sudsy fun. Other than a few scrapes from going over the side into the rocks, he thought it was fun enough to do it three times.
This week there is a large group of volunteers from Sparta, MI working on refurbishing the putt-putt golf course, which has been in sad neglect for several years. They’ve also put up some wood fence and helped clean up storage inside the lodge. It’s nice to not be the only volunteers!
We’ve had wildlife in the park every year we’ve been here. After a few volunteers had to stop feeding the deer, we don’t see as many as past years. Fortunately, we have not seen any bears this year, but we have plenty of squirrels and chipmunks. Along the path from the RV park office to the bathhouse, there is a robin’s nest that makes for good viewing. Mama robin is staying pretty close to guard it.
This week was the last Nazarene camp for the season and the summer staff kids will be leaving over the next week or maybe two. We will really miss them. This year’s group was small, so we got personally acquainted with all of them. We hope to keep in touch when they leave. It will sure be quiet around here!
In just over a month, we will be doing our part to get the park ready to shut down for the season. There are still reservations through the end of September, but Mike and Gloria and LeRoy and I will be leaving Labor Day weekend. They will be headed west to visit national parks and we’ll be headed back to Wichita to work on our house and property there. We find ourselves coming up with random paint colors and projects in the middle of a quiet evening watching TV. It will be nice to get back for events of Jadelyn’s senior year of high school and to meet their German exchange student, Lily, who will arrive this week.
Stay safe and we’ll see you down the road!