Dear Friends and Family,
My family recently took a camping trip to Beavers Bend, Oklahoma. Note: when I say “camping trip”, I mean inside a cabin with air conditioning and plumbing. This was the first time just the four of us have taken a “vacation” as a family – usually it’s with friends or other family members. Given our current situation with COVID-19, it was just what we needed in this season of life – to spend time together, make memories, and enjoy God’s creation.
Going on vacation during a pandemic is challenging, but my wife and I vowed to make this trip memorable for our kids. Roasting marshmallows and making smores, going on a boat ride, playing cornhole, swinging in the hammock, eating breakfast on the back patio, and skipping rocks in the river are some of the things I hope our kids will remember.
One of the highlights, at least for me, during the trip was our hike through the beautiful Beavers Bend State Park. Despite a few challenges, it certainly was a memorable morning. A couple of wrong turns, some scrapes, bumps and bruises, a few bug bites, and summer heat didn’t stop us from making it to our destination…the top of “Lookout Mountain Trail.” And the view was breathtaking.
It was a long hike, it was hot, and we learned a lot along the way. It is my hope that some of our lessons experienced in hiking will be beneficial to you…whether it’s on your own future hiking adventure…or maybe even better, while navigating through everyday life:
No matter where your adventure takes you, or is taking you, I hope our family’s “hiking lessons” help you along your journey.
And regardless of what you are experiencing today, always remember…you can do hard things.
Until next time,