The Joy of Returning Home . . . to SquattersPosted by Andy
After 19 days of life on the road, today we received the joyful news that the mandatory evacuation order was lifted and that we were allowed to return to Sky Ranch. While the Pingree Park Rd is still closed to nonresidents, Brad and I were allowed to pass the road block and make our way into camp.
On the way up Highway 14 and the Pingree Park Rd, evidence of the High Park fire was all around. While it was obvious that some areas were only burned due to back burning (only going up a couple feet on the trees), in many areas the full burn areas came right down to the road, across the road and river, and up the opposite hill side. The intensity of the fire and the full effort of the fire fighters was quite evident.
It was with great joy that we rounded the corner into camp and saw the meadow and lodge. It was with less joy that we drove up to the lodge to discover that a bear tore a hole in the backside of the trash shed and scattered trash all around the parking lot. And finally, as we were standing around looking at the trash, it was with a scream of fright (Brad’s, not mine) that we watched as a bear climbed out of the lodge kitchen window and ran away into the woods. It was at that point that the joy of getting into camp was . . . a bit less joyful.
Long story short, it appears that two bears have been calling Christ Lodge home for at least the last couple days. The evidence is mostly on the main floor of the lodge, but includes a broken window, trash and bear poop (and trash and bear poop smell) everywhere, and a kitchen that looks like . . . bears have been living in it. Needless to say, we have quite a bit of work to get Sky Ranch ready for campers.
Even with all of that, we are very excited to be back to camp. We are putting plans in place to be ready to welcome campers for the beginning of week #5 programming. There is a good chance that we will have a work weekend July 6 – 8, but we will share more details early this next week.
For now, thank you for all of your prayers and your support. We give thanks for our safe return to Sky Ranch and the great moments of ministries that are just around the corner.