2008 - Vol. 21
in the Boundary Waters
warned and girls watch out for Amazon Woman!
by Linda Luginbill
Work of Christ Community, Lansing, Michigan, USA
I imagined an unspoilt wilderness filled with crystal clear lakes, waterfalls,
and streams teaming with fish, wildlife, and fauna to dazzle the senses.
No McDonalds or Pizza Hut in sight, or Krispy Kreme donut shops, in fact
no stores, no roads, no cars, no bicycles, no shelters, no toilets, no
showers, no hot water.
But I am not an extreme sports enthusiast nor am I inclined to attempt
survival exercises in remote jungles, deserts, and wilderness parks. What
was I getting myself into? How did I talk myself into joining a canoe camping
trip in a remote nature preserve with 15 teenage girls and several adults?
I didn't exactly volunteer for this wilderness excursion. My husband
and I were invited to come along as helpers on a Sword of the Spirit junior
high school girls trip to the Boundary Waters Wilderness Canoe area in
Minnesota. The Boundary Waters, located on the USA boundary with Canada,
are a pristine, protected park with hundreds of lakes. Visitors must carry
in (and out) everything to camp with, ideally leaving no trace of their
Our friends and fellow community members Rick and Yvonne Comstock had
organized the first trip several years ago. Rick had been taking junior-high-aged
boys to the Rocky Mountains for a summer challenge excursion, and his wife
thought a similar trip for the same aged girls would be good. They had
done two Boundary Waters trips already when, in the planning stages of
the third trip, one of the leader couples had to cancel.
Since it was rather last minute, they asked Dave and me to accompany
them on the ten-day trip, since we could get the time off work fairly easily.
The park only allows nine people in any one campsite, and Rick and Yvonne
like to have four adults or experienced young adults per group, with each
group having at least one man. So we were part of the third group with
five teenage girls.
At first, Dave and I said “no”, but then, after hearing a word from
the Lord at a prayer meeting and both my husband and I getting the same
message from the Lord independently to say “yes”, we signed on.
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