>super-secret "so-long summer" safari (S52)

>i got back last night from a whirlwind 3 days as a chaperone on a summer retreat with our church’s youth. Stops included:

  • Gaffney Wendy’s for a break from the long drive to our unknown destination, and a healthy start to a healthy weekend. =)
  • Stone Mountain, GA
  • East Cobb Pres. floor, Marietta, GA
  • Six Flags White Water, Marietta, GA
  • Stax’s Original Restaraunt, Greenville, SC
  • TR YMCA showers and weightroom gun-show waiting for the girls to finish beautifying.
  • Worship time, and prayer talk in shambles
  • Traveler’s Rest UMC floor
  • Table Rock State Park,SC (including swimming alonside ducks in suspiciously green lake water, and quite painfully failing at a flip off the board…=)
  • Estatoee Falls (watching Josh save Hannah’s life–literally), SC
  • Gas station: picked up first aid supplies to try to patch up Hannah
  • Sliding Rock in Brevard, NC–got rained out, but would have slid down a waterfall into a waiting pool of icy mountain water
  • INNUMERABLE stops at Wendy’s, McDonalds, Taco Bell, gas stations for bathroom/milkshake/dinner breaks, and seating-switches.

Highlights included a 30-ft elevated ropes course,
a laser-light show with confederate residuals which felt strange… the joy of an air mattress when everyone else was on the floor (thank you Jason!!), a six flags water park and standing in line for HOURS to experience the terror and thrill of vertical drops, blood curdling screams and that infamous adrenaline rush… more sleeping on the floor, tons of time in the car with lots of flirty high schoolers, driving up innumerable switchbacks and curvy curves to remote mountain waterfalls, almost watching a student slide to her death down one of the falls, and happily settling for a deep gash on her chin instead, poorly patching up said gash for the drive back to Charlotte…., hearing the same songs on the christian radio stations all through NC, SC and GA….. and sharing a part of my heart and the journey i’ve been on the past year and a half with the youth, seeing the Holy Spirit show up when I wasn’t expecting Him to, and praying that my words will be used in the kids’ lives even in a small way.

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