My family just returned from a wonderful weekend camping trip in Kings Canyon National Park in California.  It was a 6.5 hour drive from our home.  We hiked around the giant Sequoias, marveling at their size and beauty.  The kids got to run inside the Monarch tree which is a fallen tree that provides shade and shelter.  We walked around Hume Lake and had the most delicious ice cream shakes in the Christian conference center snack shop.  They just tasted better knowing they were made for the glory of God!

Growing up, I never went camping and must admit, the idea of staying in the wilderness is not my idea of a vacation.  But my kind husband got us in cabins instead of a tent.  I do have a problem though.  Even though I’m not pregnant, I usually have to go to the bathroom once or twice in the night (sound familiar?).  So putting on my coat and shoes and walking to the bathroom in bear country was a bit of a stretch for me.

So my camping trip taught me to try new things and expand my boundaries!  Doing things that don’t come naturally keeps us younger (as long as we don’t have to do too many new things at once!).  And I did see a bear, but thankfully it was from the car!

Arlene Pellicane

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