Saturday, August 13, 2011

Camping Trip to Natural Bridge (Lots and Lots of Pictures)

Our family camping trip for the year was held

this year at Natural Bridge in Ky. We had most

of the grand kids, 2 were missing, Kenzie had broken

her arm just a few days before and had to have surgery

so she and Tara didn't get to come. Chrissy

and Elijah didn't get to make it either. Kristy

and Travis had to work and her camping these days

is at a Holiday Inn. HaHa

John William was of course working also.

So we had some friends that joined us. The first few

days there were only about 10 of us. Then

on Wed. The crowd started to arrive. I

think we were up to 17, then on Friday 18, Then

back down to 12 on Friday evening,

then up to 14 Sat. morning. So they came and went. But

it was good to have them for whatever time they could come.

This picture is of Grandpappy, Bethanie, James, Autumn,

Jake, and Bryson on one of our hikes.

James, Jake, and Bryson they loved posing for

pictures on this day.
Grandpappy and Jake

I think I heard a Bear. This is what we heard

alot of from James this week. James and Jake.
James, Autumn, Jake, Bryson under a bridge.
Greg Jackson (aka Uncle Greg) Bethannie, James,
Autumn, Jake, and Bryson stopping for a short break.
The kids loved playing in the creek behind the
campsite, this is where they spent alot of their
time. Jake, Bryson and Bethannie, with Grandpappy
watching them.
What could be better than freeze pops and noodles.
Yes that is what their eating. Lasagna was for
dinner and a few noodles were extra and going to be
thrown out, but no worries nothing went to waste.
Bryson and Jake they just loved them.
Look Bryson found a worm.
Cathy Jackson (aka Aunt Cathy) showing
Bryson how to cross stitch.
Here we are Grandpappy and Grandma
with the grandkids, plus 2, Bethannie, Ella, James,
Bryson, Jake, Kyle, Braeden, and Autumn.
This is a mushroom that we found on one of our
hikes, pink.
Jake, Bryson, Autumn, James, Braeden, and Bethannie
all the grandkids that were there.

Kyle and Ella
Ella, James, Jake, Bethannie, Braeden, Autumn,
Bryson, and Kyle
Fun at the water again. James jumping from the rock.
And again.

Bethannie jumping fromthe rock after a little


Kyles turn to jump.

and again.

The boys in the water having fun.

More water fun, their favorite place.

And let's not forget the food. Needless to say

there was more than enough for everyone. It

seemed to multiply.

Donna and Braeden

Grandma and Grandpa Compston

Bethannie and Braeden engrossed in some type of


Greg and Cathy Jackson

Grandpappy and Braeden

Dani and Ella roasting marshmallows.

Kyle up on a bridge.

Let go though the tunnel. I think we did this a

couple of times, the kids loved it.

Inside the tunnel.

Another swimming hole we found.

Autumn jumping off this huge rock, it scared her

a little, Uncle John on the rock.

Joe Jackson diving off the rock.

John III jumping off the rock.

Balance Rock on the way up to Natural Bridge.

I also got to spend about a week with Mom, Joe,

and Paul. Was good to spend that with them.

While I was in Richmond I got to visit with

my cousin Ann and I also went to visit with

Grandma Chasteen, got to see Wanda, Mary and Ronald

while we were there.

It was a great camping trip. We miss anyone that

couldn't make it. Hopefully next time we can get everyone

together, although that could almost be impossible anymore.

We love you all.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Girls Camp, Believe, Blossom, Become

So with only a day and a half between John and I's

camping trip to Table Rock, it was time for

Church Girl's Camp, and guess where we were

going! That's right we were going right back up

to the same area, Camp Wesleyan, just down

the road from Table Rock.

After getting there and getting the girls setup

in there tents, it was off to lunch.

There were all kinds of activities planned to

keep the girls busy. They did hikes, our level

did the 5 mile hike. We did alot of activities to

sign them off on their First Aid, Cooking, Fire

building, Plant identification, and cloud formations

Fun was had by all. we also had the serious times

of Scripture Study, Devotionals, and Skits.

This is Siter Poter the Camp Director and Sister

Kunzler having a water fight. yes, even the adults

got in on the fun.

More of the water fights/ First Aid Drill.

More of the activities.

This is Our Camp Director at the Nature Center

holding a snake, the girls really enjoyed this as

most of the held the snake and also one of their turtles.

This is one of the workers at the Nature Center

telling us how to tell the sex and age of the box turtle.

The girls had a dance Wednesday night. That

day we had a bad storm so this was a treat for

them as some of us were at the campsite fixing

tents during their fun.

Stevie and others getting the pizzas ready for

cooking in dutch ovens, just before the storm came.

Maria and Stevie making their fire and trying

to get their fire high enough to burn their string.

Quasha and her partner building their fire.

We had a good time there and learned lots of useful

things. The girls are great Young Women, and I was

proud to be their leader.