We had our meeting Saturday the 23rd with Colla; Gloria and her children, sons Daylon and Asher, and daughter Galilee; and Debby with her daughter Ivy and son Tennessee. Mike and his family were missed, as well as some others, but it was great to meet with Colla and to reunite and clasp hands once again with Debby (and by clasping hands I do mean, checking out her new tattoos) an old sister of mine and Durwyn’s from years back that we had lost touch with.
We once again met at Huntsville State Park, once again braving the warning signs at the entrance that real live alligators roam the premises. We believed we had managed to secure a shelter to keep our activities out of the downpour of rain, only to find our shelter contained only a screen from the rain, minimal seating, and that our cooking and restroom facilities were still located to the outside – and that great athletic feats were required to surpass giant beds of fire ants in order to get to these (very wet) facilities.
Despite the flooding rains and low-grade facilities, the children had an awesome time – worked on NNV coloring books, and decided to form their own troop to take care of environmental and animal preservation concerns. Suffice it to say, the enthusiasm was so high that this will now become a primary focus of our group.
After the rains cleared and the outdoors grill drained, we had an excellent dinner with Colla cooking for us all. After our meal, the kids went on a nature hike, led by Gloria and Debby, and learned which of the wild berries at the park were poisonous and which were edible.
We had been planning to do Discovery of the Runes blot at this meeting – but as about two hours after the rain clearing the humidity had become so oppressive as to feel we were standing in a sauna, we decided to call it a day and take all the children back to their respective air-conditioned environments. Made the decision it may be wise to have blot come first before other activities at future meetings.
Some bumps, bruises, minor injuries (including myself meeting the wrong end of a horn that was poking out of my bag), reminded us all of the importance of having a first-aid kit on hand for outdoors meetings.
All in all, wonderful meeting. Got the kids together, reunited with friends and made a new one. Excellent time held under the Acorn Hollow banner, and a dedication made to meet monthly if not more often from here on out!
Category: 2008 Diary
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