Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Bethel Church Camp...

The annual Bethel Church Camp was held at Lincoln State Park, about an hour and a half south of Odon, on the weekend of 19th to 21st September, 2014. Lincoln State Park is located in the vicinity of the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial, where the young Abraham Lincoln and his family farmed the land.

Candace and I joined the church family in spending a relaxing weekend together. Most of the other campers were in large caravans or campers, but Candace and I roughed it in our new tent. :-) It didn't even leak when a thunderstorm rolled through during the second night!

We did many fun activities including hiking, volleyball, riding bikes, playing games, and sharing in devotions together. We also visited the Nature Centre and the nearby Lincoln Living Historical Farm. On the drive home we also stopped at St. Meinrad Archabbey. It's a beautiful monastery and seminary in southern Indiana. I enjoy history and being outside in creation, and I was so thankful for a lovely weekend away!

 Making French toast for breakfast.
 Candace cycling around the campsite.
 Volleyball fun on the shores of Lake Lincoln.
 Playing bocce ball (or boules) in the woods.
 Candace's sister and friends enjoy paddle-boating on the calm waters.
 Hiking around the lake.
 Beautiful forests.
 The really tall Fire Tower.
 Interesting little caterpillar.
 This is Chicken of the Woods, an edible mushroom.
Fire Tower visible above the trees.
 The Lincoln family farm.
 The site where the original log cabin was located. It is now a memorial.
The replica working farm nearby.
 The interior of the log cabin.
 Skins of various animals.
 Lincoln makes a new friend.
 The barn.
 Gourds against the fence.
 Pretty flowers.
 The Nature Centre.
 Deer and other animals common to the area.
 The exhibits inside.
 Cool little chair alongside a working bee hive.
 The adults who went on the camping trip.
 St. Meinrad Archabbey.
Candace and I in front of the large church.

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