It feels like it has been forever since my last blog post! We went out of town to visit my parents for a few days before heading out to California. My husband and I, along with a few members from our church, went to Ironwood Christian Camp in Newberry Springs, CA for a week long work mission trip. The big project this year for the camp is rebuilding part of their camp. With their western theme, one of the camps they run is called Rivertown.

Rivertown is a part of the camp that represents an old west town, complete with false fronts and all. Since the building the camp in the 1970s, Rivertown has never been updated. Our project for the week was to help in the reconstructing of Rivertown from the ground up.

Prior to our arrival the old Rivertown had been torn down. New trailers had been brought in, set, and footers and concrete poured. Our main job was to complete the 5,000 SF deck that was to run the length of these buildings. Before we could start on the deck we had to dig ditches to lay pipes, electric lines, and water lines. That was day one. The rest of the week we spent digging footers for the deck piers, and huge pillars that would hold the roof on. Beginning Wednesday through Friday, we started building the massive deck. To see pictures of our progress you can visit the Ironwood website.

Every year I return to the dessert in California, I’m reminded of the decisions I made while on staff in 2004. That summer changed my life in so many positive ways. I wish I could go back to that summer and simply relive all the fun, crazy, times I had meeting so many new people and making some amazing memories.

Don’t worry, I’ll hopefully be posting some more pictures of our time in Cali, but for now I’ll leave you with a picture of the desert that is so beautiful.

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