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Camping Weekend
by Katryn Dougherty   
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Last edited: Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Posted: Thursday, July 17, 2003

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The first weekend in May a local camp here does a Creation Celebration event. This being our first year here, and having found out about it, we decided to check it out. At first we felt a little out of place, very young to be exact. While there was a group from a near by college, we were the only family there besides the camp host. The rest of the participants were 20 or so years older, and many had been going since the tradition began around 30 years ago.

We did not let this hinder us. We began Friday evening with some star gazing. A quite enjoyable event. And introducing ourselves to all in attendance. The next morning it was up bright and early for breakfast and birding. It seems that most of the weekend is spent bird watching, something my family knew little about. This made it an ideal time for my family to learn more about different species of birds, and how to recognize them by sight and sound. And, it gave me a chance to write some haikus, since that is my favorite pass time.

Listen to the birds,
Discover different species.
How many this year?

When we returned from that morning out, we went to Haldeman's Island to see where the bald eagle's nest. It is one of the country's nature preserves just for hatching bald eagles. We spent over 2 hours walking the island, seeing many more birds, and especially enjoying watching the eagles.

Haldeman's Island went
To see the Bald Eagles' Nest
Nature walk enjoyed.

Upon returning we had lunch, and some down time. My girls played a LOT, and we went to the lake to enjoy some boating as well.

Watching my children
Hearing the squeak of the swings
Brings back memories.

At Mountainview Lake Family loved the paddle boats And canoeing too. That evening was spent enjoying time with the owls. My daughters left there knowing quite a bit more about birds, and other things in nature. While at first we were feeling out of place, it was definitely a must thing to do. We have decided this will be our new family tradition, and hope to see young families there when we are still going 30 years from now.

For the Sunday morning worship service, and farewell my eldest daughter got up in front of the whole group to sing. And, I myself, unlike my daughter, not brave enough to speak in front of the entire group wrote up one more little poem.

Welcome one and all
Creation Celebration
Come and have a ball.

First weekend in May
Enjoy birds and nature walks,
Fellowship and play.

Sadly time to end
Worship God and give Him thanks
Sharing with new friends.

The memory I will take away, is that no mater how something starts out, has nothing to do with how it may turn out. Remember, events in life can mean as much or as little as you put into them. Live life to the fullest, this is not a dress rehearsal.  

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Reviewed by Fritz Barnes
Sounds like a nice time, thank you for sharing it!
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