We went to Doe River on Friday. Apart from the fact that it was a Friday and the fact that I would also get two days the following week away from school, I was particularly excited to get to go for that camp and just relax, and not think about school or homework. (It’s the best feeling ever!!)
Doe River was the perfect place to get to hang out with my new friends and just be myself. The environment was kind of cold but most of the time we were just running around so it was fine. I slept in a cabin with about eight other of my friends. We were put into small groups of about 10 random people and had fun group games. We carved pumpkins and made pumpkin snowmen. We played a game where you were supposed to use the carved pumpkins to fill an empty container with water by passing the pumpkin in a line. We also played this particularly fun game where we put the carved pumpkins on our heads and sprinted up a small hill and back down. After that, you passed the pumpkin to the next of your group members and they had to do the same.
After that, we had time to play other games that interested us. We had a football game, the boys vs the girls. It was different because they were on their feet and the boys played while kneeling. You may be surprised to know that the boys actually did win. The girls had on their military shirts on and black paint on their faces and looked ‘ready for battle’ but we still one in our sandals and shorts J.
We then went for a ride on the unimog. We went up the mountains and drove through the nearby creek and did all sorts of crazy stunts while screaming our lungs out from fright and being thrilled.
My friend Preston and I had a chance to ride on the zip line at Doe River. IT WAS AWESOME!!! The line ended in a small pool that was terribly cold. That made it difficult for me to get out after the ride. That and the fact that I cannot still swim (I’ll be taking classes next month I think).
After two days, the fun was over and we had to go back home. However, I did not go back with the rest because I was to visit colleges with Leoma in North Carolina.
We drove on for about four hours and got to Raleigh at night, checked in at a hotel, and slept without a word!
The next day, we visited North Carolina State University and then visited Duke. Duke was more exciting. It is a pretty campus and the buildings are also amazing. The community was very welcoming as well. I got encouraged by the number of opportunities at the University and can’t stop praying that I get in.
Later that day we met up with my friend, Jaye, from Kenya and her dad for dinner. We had a wonderful time but what I enjoyed most about that meeting was finally a chance to get to be myself and talk to somebody who fully understood me and my experiences. We also took lots of pictures at the restaurant.
Leoma and I slept at the hotel and prepared ourselves to leave for Knoxville on that Tuesday. I was more than glad to hear that that day was voting day which meant no school which meant more sleep ( I always equate days away from school to how many hours of sleep they are J)
It was definitely the best weekend ever!