It was a short, but fun and relaxed trip to Tar Hollow State Park. A little unexpected snow made our "Winter" Camping trip more "wintery". A big thanks to lumber-jack Jerred and Rick as they hacked away at the wet wood and finally got us a fire! A big thanks to everyone who came out and for eagerly pitching in with all the camp chores. A huge thanks to Brian for cookin' us up an awesome breakfast.
For members who have joined us on at least 10 State Highpoints where the Summit for Soldiers "Silently Fallen Flag" has been raised, we award a copy of the "High-Pointers: Fifty-State Highpoint Guide" which is a very informative handbook to hiking/climbing all the state high-points. We were able to award 3 of these this trip, to Jerred, Rick and Allen!
These weekend outings are meant to be a place we can just escape and get away, to "reset" and forget about all the stuff that piles on back in our daily lives. They are also a place to come together and build our friendships and camaraderie where we can invest in one another, so long after the outing if someone is struggling they can have a network of trusted friends to reach out to.
Here are some comments from our most recent trip:
Steve: "The Tar Hollow camping trip was my first outing with SFS, and even though the weather was not as cooperative as could be desired, I had a fantastic time. I want to thank everyone for making me feel welcome!"
Rick: "As always, I had a great time. One thing I love about SfS is that we don't always have to do something super spectacular or crazy to still have a lot of fun. I had some good belly laughs while we were simply cooking breakfast! I'm glad we got that fire going so I was able to thaw out my feet before climbing into my sleeping bag. Mike, thanks for the gloves man! You're a lifesaver in more ways than one."
Brian: "Always a fun and enjoyable time with SfS. The laughs and friendships make even the winter weather a great time. If you're interested in what we are about, please come out and join us. It is a relaxing and fun way to unwind and recharge your energy. You are always among friends at Summit for Soldiers."