Monday, August 26, 2013

8/26/13 Keep On Keepin' On

Keep On Keepin’ On
8/26/13 Day 17 –Shayla Hill
            It’s our first week on the river and so far all is well. We’re all getting the hang of things and learning a ton! We still have many days left and I’m sure we’ll still get those, “What the heck are you doing”, looks from Jeff. But that’s what it’s all about, learning from our experiences.
            I love how every campsite we stop at no matter how bad it may be, because the first one was pretty bad, we somehow make it our home for the time being. The food has been bad, but it’s also been good, again from our learning experience. We load up in the canoes early in the morning and even though I’m not much of a morning person, I love it. It’s so beautiful here and it’s definitely awesome to see all of the eagles around here. There’s just something calming and relaxing when paddling down the smooth river in the morning, that’s when someone isn’t signing or laughing. =) The camp we’re at now is Alligator Island and one of the first things noticed was the “slammer” as Jeff calls it. A lot of people were pretty excited about that including myself. I never thought in my life that I would be so happy to see an outhouse out in the woods with no walls by the way.
            As I sit here writing in my tent I can hear the laughter of the rest of the group up the hill enjoying our free time before bed. I love that sound and it makes me smile. It makes me happy to know that no matter how tough our days are in the end we all still have fun together. So until next time…
            “You can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still, it won’t mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person forever… Connections are made with the heart, not the tongue.” –C. Joy Bell C.   

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