Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Getting to knoooow them!

Getting to know you, getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me.
Getting to know you, putting it my way,
But nicely,
You are precisely,
My cup of cof-fee. ;)

Sorry for the change in words there...but it is the way I would have put it.
And yes, I think my little edit to the old Hammerstein song would fit nicely! ;)

Why the song?
We had a little getting to know you time with our church this past weekend.
Each year our church (still sounds weird saying that) has a camp-out in Cataloochee National Park.......it is in a reserve only camp ground that will hold up to 90 people.
I was tempted to bring in a tent...but since we camp 24/7....we decided to pass this year. :)
We went out Saturday night and Sunday morning and I thought I would share some pictures with you.
It really is a beautiful place...but just a warning...if you are going to camp-- better plan on roughing it. That's right.....no running water, no electricity, and only portable potties.
Of course the church had all the necessary equipment for doing meals for the masses......they had three stoves.....thank heavens for generators.
But it did look pretty odd out in the middle of nowhere.

We had a great time hiking.
We had some silly time and saw some cool things.

I don't know why I thought the hole in this tree was so cool...but I just loved the textures.

MelanieJoy, remember those flowers that we liked so much? Now the petals are gone.
Still pretty cool I think.

And as I was trudging along....I found these cool plants.
Keith and Julia thought I was silly to be so intrigued.....but they have character.

When we made our way back to the river I had to take a picture of this log.....it looked like something that should be found under the sea.

On the right: Here are two new friends we are getting to know...well actually three....but one is hiding. He was a tad to small to be having fun getting his toes wet. You can just barely see his head under his mom's chin.
I am going tomorrow for a little visit in their cute mountain cabin. Keith and Julia are both away.....so it will be good to enjoy a visit with some new friends.

We had a great time checking out the Elk who were every where......one guy even got the pleasure of photographing a mother bear and her baby. Wish I had seen that!

We really had great food.
The church did a great job thanks to all the volunteers.
There were about a dozen picnic tables set up under this tarp which came in very handy because we having been getting a large amount of rain.
It was neat Sunday to have church under this tarp. We had a time of singing and then one of the older men....dressed like an old circuit rider....preached a lively sermon.
He reminded us that during those days..... when preachers only came through every once in a while....that you could never be sure what the denomination of the preacher would be.
You might have a pulpit pounding Baptist preacher one week and the next have a one who tried to have the congregation up and dancing in the aisles.

We enjoyed our circuit preacher.......everyone got involved with plenty of amens!
The response from the body was great as he asked questions and we all answered back.
It was a great experience.
And it was great to hear the rain in the trees and the creek in the background.....while we worshiped its creator.
I think it would be great to have church that way all the time......well, until the snow comes. :)

Hope you enjoyed our weekend in the woods.......we loved getting to know and mingle with people we don't normally get time to talk to at church.
They are a great bunch of people!


Denise said...

Very awesome.

Shirley said...

I think that would be just great! It really looks like a lot of fun..
good, clean Christian fun. I love the nature part. Good photos.

MelanieJoy said...

Love the photos! I think He keeps suprising us with that little flowering plant we like. I'm with you on that new one you found it's pretty cool too. Glad you had such a good weekend and you/your family are getting to know others in the church. I hope you have a good visit tomorrow with your new friend.

SunnySusan said...

the only thing I would not like is the potties.....but I would do it...it looks like so much fun...I just love love love the mountains and here we are stuck in the city for now....someday we will be in the mountains....yes....

luvmy4sons said...

Wow, what a great time! Loved the pics. I could almost FEEL the fellowship and joy as I read! What a blessing!

Mary said...


I love all the textures in the photos. My favorite is the log. It does look like it has barnacles on it.

Ah, a revival meeting. When I was a child, we used to have baptismal services by the river. It was an interesting time.

Enjoyed visiting with you, my friend. Glad to see you are enjoying some summer fun...and getting to know new friends is a great way to pass the time.


TammieFay said...

I want to come baaaaaack!!! We tried to see the elk at Cataloochie, but ended up at the ski lodge....we missed something somewhere! But we did end up seeing three of them at the Onacaluftee Visitors Center outside Cherokee. Would loved to have been in on that preaching!!