First, the living situation has changed for everyone! We have houses this year! No more tents or campground bathrooms for us. The boys will be bunking at Steve's house and us gals will be living in a house on the Anderson's property. I didn't mind sleeping in tents last summer (in fact I have a suspicion that despite the fact we have roofs to sleep under, several of us will choose a more star filled night of sleep), but I DID mind having to share a bathroom with every other person at the campground. People are just gross... And I'm looking forward to being able to keep my towel and soap in the bathroom. It's the little things in life. :)
Beyond that, now that Steve and the Anderson's have a house nearby we no longer have to watch movies and spend all of our free time in the boat house! Again, it's the little things, but I sure am excited for the idea of more space!
Another big difference is something we've all been praying for: more water! If you didn't know, the Arkansas River (and many other rivers) was extremely low last year. That made for a lot of rock dodging, getting stuck on rocks, and overall slow trips. It looked as though we were going to have a repeat year of low water until Colorado started having some late season snow fall. Now the snow pack is near average and it hasn't really started melting yet. Which means a LOT more water! Not only is this good news for rafting companies but this will also allow farmers to have better water supply and will hopefully reduce fires this summer.
As for our team this year... I'll be working with 6 other summer staff, 3 full time staff (possibly 5 if the Reiff's can finish raising support before the summer), and 1 lovely volunteer. Below is a collage of the lot of us.
|Top Left (clockwise): Steve, Mandy and their 3 kids; Ryan; Mark, Sarah and their 5 kids; Amy; Me, Jeanne Marie, Elise and Cori; Josh and Steve; and Ben|
In the days before I leave for Colorado I will be packing, cleaning and hanging out with friends and family as much as possible before I have to say goodbye. Not going to lie... I'm not looking forward to that, I'm already missing home... But I am excited for the summer and what God has in store for all of us! I'll keep y'all posted on things during the summer. So, follow my blog or keep it book-marked and check back once in awhile. :)
Thanks for all of your prayers and support! And you are always welcome to come out and visit me. I'll take you down the river, hike you up a mountain, or cook you some awesome food! Seriously... Check out the JQ website (http://journeyquest.org) for more info!