In Part One - Cal and his friends get an adventure in God's love they never expected. In Part Two - Six years later the boys, then men and married, are called back to the mountain by God, and they bring their wives with them.
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In Part One -
Cal Long and his friends climbed Mount Manhadden for a week alone with God; a spiritual time for the four teens and their Sunday School teacher, Bill Grimes. They befriended a local four-legged native of the woods, a friendly raccoon they named "BANDIT", When Cal met up with another - he felt was not so friendly - large animal, while fishing for their breakfast, the raccoon took him on a journey around the mountain, and an adventure in God's love he never expected.
In Part two,
Our friend Cal , then married, while having devotions one evening felt a calling back to the mountain, but not just for him, but his friends as well. After coaxing his wife, who wasn't willing to go with them, all four couples climbed to Overlook Campground.
What had God in store for these four young couples? What could He show them then, that he didn't show them before. Why has God called them back to Mount Manhadden?
Follow these four couples up the side of Manhadden and see why they were called there.
Cal turned his head to get a better look, and in the shadows of the trees he could make out the form of a small creature of the woods, and asked, “Is that a raccoon coming our way?”
Instinctively the other four men looked in the same direction as Cal and Bill commented, “It sure is, Cal. He, or she, probably smelled the cooked fish and is here for a handout.”
“I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve had more than I need for one meal. Is everyone full?” Cal asked even though his eyes stayed trained on the raccoon.
“I’ve had plenty, Cal,” Mark replied to his friend.
“Me, too,” Brad added.
“I’m full until at least breakfast,” Greg countered and looked at Bill.
“I must have had the big one of yours, Cal. I don’t need any more for tonight,” Bill concluded.
“I wonder if he’ll take food from me,” Cal said and reached into one of the pans that still had fish inside. He turned back towards the raccoon that then stood on all four legs not more than twenty feet away from him. “Come on, fella, it’s safe over here,” Cal said. He broke off a piece of the fish and threw it towards the raccoon.
The piece of fish landed about five feet in front of the animal between him and Cal. With slow deliberate steps the raccoon approached the cooked delicacy.
Cal and the others just sat there and watched, and in a matter of seconds the raccoon devoured the piece of meat like it was starved.
“Do you want another one?” Cal asked and while he breaks off another piece the raccoon scratched the ground with its paw while chattering at Cal. “Well come on then and take it,” Cal said and held the piece of meat in his hand for the animal to come over and take.
“What’s with Cal and the animals and birds around here, Bill?” Brad asked and watched as the raccoon walked over to Cal slowly and took the fish from his hand.
“I guess this is what makes this mountain so special, Brad. Only God knows why He does what He does up here,” Bill Grimes replied while he watched the raccoon eat and chatter at cal like they were long lost friends.
“I don’t know if you’re a boy or a girl raccoon, but I think I’ll call you Bandit because of the mask you wear over your eyes,” Cal said to the animal and broke off yet another piece of fish and held it out for Bandit to take. “Help yourself, little buddy,” Cal then said and with his free hand he reached out and petted the animal across the head.