Monday, June 23, 2008

People I've Met

Ok so I'm in DC now but I just wanted to take a moment to document the fact that I met some of the coolest people my last full day on the Outer Banks.

First of all, everyone who worked at the KOA kampground I stayed at in Rodanthe was so ridiculously nice. All the old people remembered who I was even when I couldn't even remember meeting them in the first place. And they have these people there called students my age who work there as part of this ministry thing but also get paid. They were really nice too.

Then that night I was at Jockey's Ridge State Park, the largest sand dune on the East Coast. I was just sittin up there chillin when this family of boys started playing fooball by me. I finally got up and eventually started talking to the mom....found out they were from Fredericksburg, VA and all of her boys went to a Christian school and she worked as a nurse at the Christian Elementary. They were so nice and so fun. It was great to meet them...God kind of gave me the gift of a bit of companionship for the evening.

So anyway, my feet and legs are killing me after a day of walking all over DC.

My bed in this lovely little Quaker youth hostel is calling. hahaha.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Best Kept Secret

Ok so I think the Outer Banks of North Carolina is one of the best kept secrets in the United States.

You would too if you ever saw it.

Whenever I have a family, we are so totally vacationing out here.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Majestic Tranquility

hey hey. I finally got more pictures up. Everything from UNC to Wilmington to New Bern and finally down to Morehead City.

The beaches here are wonderful. Definitely different than Florida. Less tropical, I'd say. The palm trees are few and far between. Instead there are larger hills of sand with like wild grasses growing out of them. But behind those hills sit beautiful old or at least old style houses. Not huge mansions, hotels and condominium buildings. Much less popular. But people don't know what they're missing out on....although I'm sure the NC natives don't mind it that way. I'm pretty sure they're totally okay with the fact that their beaches are kept relatively quiet.

There's just an almost majestic tranquility to the coastline here.
You could actually just about describe the whole state that way.

Anyway, here are the pics. Enjoy.

Be Still, and Know that I am God

Today I am hanging out in New Bern. Home of the man who really initiated this trip because he makes North Carolina sound like a gorgeous place (which it is), Nicholas Sparks. haha. That probably makes me sound like SUCH a dork. But I can accept that. ha.

I'm staying at this Kamping Kabin at the New Bern KOA that sits right on this body of water that's like a bay. I went kayaking out on it this was so nice to just paddle out there and sit in the stillness. So quiet and peaceful.

The night before I stayed with Laura's family in Wilmington. They have the coolest house ever that's tucked away down this road in the midst of a bunch of trees. And they don't live very far from the beach, so I went down there and hung out for a while....I love being out there too. The ocean always reminds me of how big and endless God's just comforting to be reminded of that.

Soon I am going to venture out to New Bern and go see this old palace place and then the birthplace of pepsi. haha. Get me some pepsi memorabilia.

Let's just say, I could live in this state. And maybe someday I will....?

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Home of the Tar Heels

Well hello there. So I'm in chapel hill now with hannah, it's incredibly exciting. This is a BEAUTIFUL place holy cow. I could definitely live here I think. It's probably pretty expensive though.....but definitely cool.

I've gotten really tired from driving I think. Slept well last night and then took a pretty long nap today. Oh, ha, I went to this southern Presbyterian church with Hannah and her roommate this morning....and I wore a dress. Ha! I should have taken a picture. Hannah was making fun of me because I didn't bring any nice clothes for church but I didn't even think about it....I can't even remember the last time I really dressed up for church. And there were little things that made me feel like I was in the epitome of a southern church. haha. Like a couple old ladies with hats on. And just how nicely dressed everyone was. I'm just not used to that I guess. ha. But that's what this trip is all experiences!!!!

I also went to this cool chimney rock park in NC, not chimney rock like the oregan trail that's in Nebraska (that one isn't near as cool as the one here)....cuz here you can hike around and stuff and go stand on the top of it. It's pretty sweet. I'm gonna load some pics up of it.

Gotta figure out my health form stuff for Saranac...I kinda dropped the ball. whoops.

Well, until next time......

Friday, June 13, 2008

After a Day of Hiking

Hiking in the Smokies today was AWESOME. The hike wasn't too bad and the waterfalls were cool....people were swimming and woulda been nice to get in the water but I definitely wasn't prepared for that. It was good though. Felt right to just be out there alone with me and God and just have that time.

I'm staying in this hostel house in Asheville tonight. I think I'm sorta antisocial when I'm in those types of situations surrounded by other people I don't's not like being at YL camp where you know you have some major stuff in common. But so anyway, I'm chillin here at Mickey D's, using their wi-fi.

So far the alone time has been good...and tomorrow is exciting becasue I'm meeting some future summer staffers and I get to stay with Hannah. I can't wait for that!

See you soon.

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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Great Smoky Mountains, Baby!

so we just went to nashville and i dropped adam and kate off at the airport.....i'm staying by the great smoky mountain national park and i probably need to get going soon. promise to write more later!


Ok so it's later. I found a KOA down here right next to the mountains. Holy cow the Great Smoky Mountains are GORGEOUS. I mean I sorta knew that from Windy Gap but it's been a couple years ya know. But they are so beautiful, it was way cool to drive through them. I can't wait to go hiking tomorrow and see some waterfalls and all that jazz.

Nashville was tons of fun. I'm glad Kate and Adam were along with me for the first part of the trip....ease into it a bit, ya know? And we had fun. Saw a concert...for free...can't beat that. And played around at Vanderbilt and this park. It was good to camp too...shoulda seen us trying to kill the mosquitos in our tent last night. It was pretty freakin hilarious. haha.

It's sorta weird to be alone now, but I think it will be good. After everything that happened on Monday (long stories) I knew it was definitely going to be a leap of faith and a whole lotta putting my trust in God to come out here. It will definitely be that. But I can't wait to see what he has to show me and just everything He has planned for our relationship and just teaching me even more what it means to depend on Him. Maybe it will all be fun...maybe the whole thing will be really hard. But no matter which, I know I am going to come away from these next 6 weeks stronger and just filled with huge faith and a huge heart for the Lord.

This campground just put on a clown gospel show at this pavilion by my tent. How awesome is that? haha. But I think it's time to maybe crawl into the tent soon....try to get away from some of these bugs. See you all soon.

With His Love,