I'm lying in a tent in the middle of a forest above the bank of a rushing creek (writing this post only for commitment purposes). It has been raining for days and the ground is soaked. Miles away from civilization, we are Survivor Men. 15 other guys spread out over 5 tents, tomorrow we hike two miles south to the banks of the Little Missouri River.
I am sharing my tent with my son (9 years ole) and an 8th grader. "Hey Peter, it's Friday the 13th ya know!" "What do we do if we hear chainsaws?" "Run bro, go for the van," I tell him. Funny thing is now I'm reliving in my mind all of those horrible Friday the 13th flicks I saw when I was in fifth grade! The rushing river, rustling leaves, sounds from other tents, an occasional water drop from an above tree limb.
Well as the weekend progressed, the weather did as well. Our group was able to hike a little over five miles and forge a couple of raging creeks, we didn't however attempt to cross the Little Mo. Concerned for safety and wanting to stay dry we hiked (bushwhacked) to the back side of winding stairs.
Arriving back at camp the weather had worsened. After eating dinner and realizing that 4 out of the 5 tents was holding water, the call was made to pack up in the rain and roll out. We arrived back at Bryant close to 9:00PM, about 15 hrs ahead of schedule.
Not a single person complained that we decided to have a change of plans. I was happy and looking forward to Sunday AM services with our church family. Coming home early proved to be a good decision.
I was amazed by the ability and adaptability of several of our guys and especially of my 9 year old son. He loves the outdoors, but this trip pushed his physicality. There's not many places I would choose to spend my time above the wilderness, the peacefulness and sense of adventure that comes with being among untouched environments, envigorates me. Matched with being with a bunch of dudes I care deeply about...makes for a GREAT WEEKEND.
Christ Follower, Husband, Father, Student Pastor, and Lover of all things Garlic and Bacon.