**Written on Sunday, July 10**
As with most of my travel experiences, lack of sleep is just par for the course. Today we got an unexpected pleasure in that we did not have to be anywhere until 10:30am. I was thinking – thank you God – I could really use the sleep.
Well…what do you think happened? If you were thinking that the sun start rising just after 5am, and I woke up to techno music around 6am, then you guessed correctly. About 6:30am, I rolled over, looked at the clock and said, I guess it is time to get up. I reached over and grabbed my laptop and began posting the numerous posts that you have already received.
Shortly after 11:15am, I found myself sitting in this wonderful park with a beautiful Catholic church with a huge clock on it. Jim was grabbing a few zzzz's before the bus was to arrive to take us all to family camp.
The bus was filled to capacity and some of us took up other positions in cars that were heading in that direction. I rode in Gennady's car, and he did not disappoint. We went through small villages, around detours, took a completely different way just to end up in roughly the same spot on the highway that we exited, and even got to see a ski jump facility…twice.
Somehow we managed to still beat the bus to the location.
The hotel is nestled in woods and bordered by a gorgeous lake. When the sun sets here, it is nothing short of miraclous. The water is peaceful and ducks dance on the water. Benches line the landscape to drink in the majesty of the environment. Out here, the sounds of people taking a nightly swim or voices that carry from one room to the next are the only sounds we hear at night.
As the first night kicked off with dinner and a camp meeting, we were treated to a wonderful night of worship, introductions, and a funny skit featuring the “Dud” family. Several of us made an appearance when called upon (myself included). As the night wound down, the group met with their interpreters and then it was off for some much needed rest as Day 2 was just around the corner – literally – at 7am.
Sometime around 2am, the heavens opened up with some serious rain, thunder, lightning, and wind. I couldn't help myself and I had to get up and take a look out the window, it was absolutely amazing. Then I realized I had to get up in four hours, so I went back to bed.
[This post is part of the Summer Missions Trip 2011 series.]
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