A Summer of Camping

It’s the beginning of the second week of September and we have enjoyed the last day of another week of camping. Tomorrow we go home.

For the past week we have been in Awenda Provincial park north of Midland. It’s a beautiful park filled with mature trees, quiet (at least in September) sandy beaches, invigorating hiking trails, and reasonably private campsites. It’s Sunday evening and only about half of the sites are occupied. Right now, with the exception of a calling bird, it is almost completely silent. There will be no problem sleeping tonight.

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Earlier his year we traded in our trailer for a slightly larger one mostly to be able to get to both sides of the bed. We have made good use of it. There were two nights at the Laurel Creek Conservation Area in Waterloo as a base for a family wedding. We spent three nights in Inverhuron Provincial Park with J’s brother and his family and then three more at Point Farms church camping. We still have an outing planned for Thanksgiving.

While we are not roughing it in this trailer, like we do when we bike camp or go canoeing in the interior of Algonquin, this sort of camping does allow us to get away and recharge in a way that rough camping does not allow. We have enough of the comforts of home with us to actually rest while the work at home is mostly left behind. (We usually have Internet access so all of the things at home are not actually removed).

Tomorrow it’s back toward home. Back to sermons and rations, to a church undergoing repair and a pergola that needs finishing, back to phone calls and emails, meetings and maybe even a choir practice. I’m feeling rested, ready, and blessed.

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