The 3 days I have dreaded for the past 7+ months, has come and gone. I fretted and worried and complained about having to do food for almost 500 people for quite a while. I even spent a moment or two or several while we were in Hawaii worrying about it. And guess what??? It actually wasn't that bad...I might even say that it was enjoyable:) In addition to being worried about feeding so many, I was concerned about the Texas heat. I don't do cold or heat very well. It stormed pretty good the first morning, leaving the roads muddy and a big mess! But that actually was a blessing. Grant was cold sleeping both nights. That is very rare. So, not being steaming hot every day, made the entire experience much better.
Camp is about a 2 mile trip from the main road on dirt roads that look similar to this. And in the mud...it was awesome:)
Here is our "kitchen". It worked pretty well. There were 10 of us and we were busy off and on from early in the morning until about 9:30-10pm....The Tryon's, who were in charge, worked hard, got little sleep and kept things running smoothly. They were even up throughout the nights keeping the generators filled with gas so our ice truck and refrigerated trailer would continue to run.
A glimpse at the food/supply truck. The contents would change depending on the meal and if someone had done a Sam's or Walmart run. It takes a lot of food and supplies to keep roughly 500 people moving for 3 days. Quite an undertaking.
Some of our cooking/kitchen staff...Dave, Marin and Caulin Tanner.
A couple of the cutest Trekkers! And the best "Pa" ever!
Grant, John Christensen and Kyle Steele
Chris Hay-Mr. Helper Man, Sarah Hay and Dylan McKamey
Alan Wright...this crazy guys loves Trek!
Caulin and Marin Tanner having some much-deserved fun!
A portion of the the cooking staff...NOT flattering of me, but the only evidence I have of me actually being there:)
We had 2 of our vehicles at Trek...mine and the truck. They both looked like this! Caked in mud!
All 4 of the kids have been on Trek. William and Christine went 8 years ago and it was NOT a pleasant experience for either one of them. Christine had heat exhaustion and spent some time in the medical unit. The food was horrible and the water limited. William was in a family that did none of what was asked, in fact that Ma and Pa have since divorced (maybe Trek sent them over the edge.) He has few positive memories from that experience, other than he survived. Garrett went 4 years ago, and although he was in a wonderful family, THEY. RAN. OUT. OF. WATER!!! How can that happen??? Garrett also had some serious heat related issues...crazy stuff. So when we knew Trek was coming up, we really were not convinced we were sending Grant. Lucky for him, we were asked to go, so he had to go as well. Bill ended up being needed in Orlando for work, so he wasn't there...but oh how glad I am that Grant was there. It was THE BEST place for him! And he has lots of positive experiences he's talked about. It was a great few days! Thank you Heavenly Father for sending the cooler weather to these wonderful youth in the great state of TEXAS!