We just got back from a restful weekend retreat in the San Bernardino National Forest.
I left Friday evening after work, and by the time I got on the freeway, it was already dark. Most of the group left in the afternoon and set up Lobo Group Camp off of Highway 38. I arrived just at the tail end of potluck, and right after that, we had singing and a devotional in the amphitheater around a cozy fire. We also made s’mores over the campfire.
Saturday morning was a very lazy one. We all got up at different times. I finished off the last little bit of fuel from the canister that I took on the South Lake to North Lake hike as well as Pine Springs Ranch. There was just enough for 750 cc of coffee. Caroline, Patrick, Danna, and my parents brought up a steaming hot pot of rice porridge with century eggs, and that was the perfect type of breakfast for a crisp autumn morning. Sabbath morning worship started off with singing and then skits from our favorite Bible stories. Then, Jonathon continued the devotional study on Ephesians. For lunch, we grilled vegetarian burgers, potatoes with rosemary, and seasoned onions. Then, I took a short nap. Also, because of so many requests to see it, I brought my homemade tent to set up as an exhibit. After lunch, our whole group hiked down to the Santa Ana River. It took longer than I expected, but we all had a good time sitting by the riverbank and enjoying the scenery and each other’s company. Dinner was haystacks—the gourmet version with a lot of different toppings and sauces. After the evening devotional thought, we hugged the fire and had hot drinks and told stories. Some people stayed up past midnight, but I was out by then. The next thing I knew was daybreak.
Breakfast was another smorgasbord of cereal, muffins, eggs, and so many other choices. Then, there was the cleanup before heading down the mountain and getting everything tucked away back home.
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