This past week I had to go MIA in the online and blogging world. I mentioned a few months back, I started working with the youth in my community. Well this past week was their Young Women girls camp, (girls ages 12-18 can attend) and I went up with them.
If I am going to be totally honest, I wasn't exactly looking forward to it. But I committed to going, so I felt I should follow through. I tried to go with a good attitude and just go with the flow. I did however, when I told them I would attend, I let them know I needed my mornings off.
I wanted to get out and get my morning run in, and I am going to be honest that hour to hour and a half that I had to myself each morning was probably my lifesaver that helped me get through the rest of each very tiring and active day!
Their were 9 girls in the group I was a leader in. Truthfully, they were great girls and I actually really ended up enjoying getting to know them better.
There were about 150ish girls up there all together, and after witnessing some of the girls in the other groups, I have to say I think the group I was with were the best, very little drama, and great attitudes!
But since I got up at 6am to run, I fortunately got to wake up to temps in the cooler 70's:)
THE BEST PART
However, the best part of the entire week, was the fact that all the girls at camp guessed my age to be 12-15 years younger than I really am. Ya, they definitely won points for that:) When I told them my real age, they didn't believe me. Nothing makes your day/week/month better than when TEENAGERS (of all people) tell you that you look 15 years younger than you do. Not only that, but the age they guessed was so much closer to their own:) than my own LOL. Yup, that was a confidence booster for sure!!!
Not to go into much detail, I will share with you some of the weeks highlights. (NOTE: I am not sharing any pictures of the girls or their camping experience, because they are under 18 and I did not think it would be appropriate.)
I mentioned I went running each morning. Being my first time up in this area, I spent a little time running through the farm towns. Which was fun to watch the baby deer chasing each other in the farmers fields. I actually haven't been up in this area before, so it was fun to explore new places on my own.
I discovered as I ran up the road, that it eventually ended and turning into an ATV trail. I was the only one out on the trail most mornings. Although, one day I did see one of the male
I haven't done real trail running like this in years, I wasn't sure how my tendon would handle it. But I think all the hiking I have been doing has really done some good. I noticed my tendon didn't bother me a bit, and when I made the return trip back down the trail each day, down hill I really opened it up and had some fun criss crossing and leaping over the rocks and dips in the trail.
Truthfully, I had a hard time ending it and going back to camp I was having so much fun!
DAY AT THE LAKE
We spent a little time taking our group of girls down to one of the local lakes in the area. We didn't have water craft. But escaping the hot temps, and jumping in the water was fabulous! I thought the lake water would have been colder, but it felt great! We just floated around on noodles and inner tubes, chatting and having fun!
Okay, so I did one thing this week that I had a lot of fun with. Two parts of it, were definitely a first for me. I won't tell you too much about it right now, because I am going to throw it up on the blog tomorrow for Travel Tuesday. But it has a lot to do with a few things you can see in this picture below, if you look close enough:)
Eventually I did make it back from the camping trip on Friday, and I was exhausted. I pretty much slept the rest of the day away.
However, I did wake up and managed to take enough caffeine and went out to see a movie, Jurassic World, I really enjoyed it!
Saturday, I spent mostly sleeping if I am going to be honest. But that evening, my family and I got together for Red, White & Blue snacks, driveway campfires and of course fireworks.
I rarely or don't discuss religious or political topics on my blog, not because I am not into those things. I very much am, but rather than offend or bring up topics that could turn into a debate and loose the positivity I like to promote. I do my best not to bring them up for debate on this blog.
However, I do want it said; I am a VERY Patriotic individual! With so many recent things going on in our country, that really make me sad and disturbed about the way people take our American history, flag and our country and our amazing historical past for granted. Because they themselves don't understand it or never took the care to learn about it to develop a sense of pride in patriotism.
I myself will take this Independence Weekend to not shy away from saying, I love this country! I love the American Flag and what it stands for. I love what our founding fathers created for us, and I love the men and women both past and current who have sacrificed their time and their lives to help fight for and build this great nation. No matter what changes come about in our society and what things organizations are able to do away with or change. I will always and forever be proud to be an American and I will never change my thoughts on "In God We and One Nation Under God!" I will also always wave the American flag proudly, and always put my hand to my heart when it is time to sing the national anthem, because I have a deep belief in its meaning and values! I will also always firmly stand against anyone who tries to take away those freedom's from me!
If you're American, how did your Independence Day celebrations go? Did you take a minute away from the parties and fireworks of the day to reflect on what happened in 1776 when we established our independence and all the things that have happened in the past to form this great Nation?