It seems appropriate that we are resuming our Blog posts with a blog on the day of rest on our trip. We have taken a rest from posts these last couple of weeks as we had our HtH Immeasurably More Fundraiser and then our 2013 Kick Off Workshop Weekend at Pioneer Ranch Camp near Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. It has been a very full couple of weeks! Our year is now off and running… and wouldn’t you know, our next book study is Rest of God by Mark Buchanan. How perfect to think back to a day of rest in Beautiful Bayfield, Ontario…
Bayfield, ON – Jon Fish
Wow, what a wild and wonderful week in Winnipeg! The Manitoba leg of the trip had been an incredible experience for the group (as I’m sure the previous posts have shown), but our Canada trip was far from over. On Thursday, after an evening fundraising concert in downtown Winnipeg followed by a time to debriefing, reflecting, and saying goodbye to the team members headed back to Calgary, we had roughly 3 hours to catch some sleep in the church basement before starting yet another early and long day of travel to the lovely land of Ontario. It’s safe to say that we were all exhausted.
Even though this section of the trip had only begun, those who had carried through from Manitoba were in desperate need of rest and relaxation; a time to unwind, process the events of the previous week, and just have fun. And the blessing of beautiful Bayfield, Ontario was the perfect sanctuary. I am so thankful for the generosity and kindness of the Maclean family for allowing us to stay in their two gorgeous family cottages overlooking Bayfield River.
On Saturday, words could not describe my joy at the ability to sleep in until nearly noon! And I know I’m not alone in that! The group shared in a wonderful breakfast, and the majority of the day was left up to us. We were able to hang out at the cottage, hike in the forest, canoe down the Bayfield River into Lake Huron, go shopping/grab coffee in the town, or go to the beach!
We all gathered for a BBQ in the evening to share our stories of fun and adventure, then packed up in the vans once more to catch the sunset. Sitting on the beach, overlooking the Great Lake, the setting was serene and absolutely beautiful. Once the sun had set, the group got delicious ice cream graciously given to us by the owner of a small stand who stayed open late for us. In HtH fashion, we sang a few songs to thank him and bless his night.
The team went back to the cottage to hang out, prepare for the next day, and play games full of the usual and beloved HtH silliness (creative minds thrive during “Things in a Box”). That day spent in Bayfield was just what we needed. It was a perfect way to bring our group even closer together. At the end of the day I felt rested, recharged, rejuvenated, and ready to tackle another crazy and life changing week!