Wahclella Falls

 

A few summers ago, I was working at Camp Arnold and my roommate was a feisty rule breaking girl named Sarah Jane. She was kind of a thorn in my flesh – always breaking the rules I followed without question, and laughing off my need for abiding by the rules. Her side of the room was all blue, and my side of the room was all pink.

But man, I loved her. I have a very vivid memory of playing songs on a guitar while she danced around our room in her underwear, singing. I think we were supposed to be helping for camp clean up, but she had rubbed off on me a little bit.

Life has looked different for us in the years since then, but I don’t know if you can separate a bond like summer camp roommates, regardless of how opposite you may appear to be.

Last week we went hiking at a place she’d never been, Wahclella Falls. When we went for our Girls Hike, we’d missed the exit and ended up turning around at Wahclella Falls and since then I’d been excited to make my way back. The day was absolutely beautiful – sunny but not scorching. Bright but not blinding. and Sarah Jane breathed so much life into me. She made me cry and rubbed my back while she did it.

and the best part.

She’s pregnant. and I’m so excited for her to raise a little fireball of a child, because she is going to be speaking so much confidence, truth and encouragement into their life, just like she did, does and always has done for me.

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  • camp friends… seriously the best!! i met my best friend at a camp we worked at in Alaska one summer in college! she lives in MS and i live in SC… but we get to see each other 1-2 times a year. (except last year & this year b/c she is in Russia & i can’t afford a plane ticket!!) but it is really a bond like no other!!

    • dude camp is like a game changer. i need to email you asap. about facetiming. because its so weird to me that our friendship primarily exists in blog commenting land. but camp. yes.

  • First of all, I always click on the comment button in the post below before I realize I’m writing on the wrong post. So if you see me do that, just know I’m having a blonde moment. Hahaha. Anyway, I really need to get on board with all of these amazing hiking places. What is your favorite one so far?? Maybe I can talk my hubby into doing one this weekend.

    • hahahaha whattt how does that happen!?
      my favorite hike is latourell falls, just because it’s pretty close and fairly easy.
      aaaaand fyi i’m ALWAYS down to hike ;D

  • Awww… She sounds like a great friend! <3

    • she’s so funny!!! and gonna have a BABY!!! <3

  • I’m a rule-follower too…always have been! But it’s nice to have friends who are opposite, and you sometimes push each other to do things differently. Congrats to her on her pregnancy!

    • yes! i think having friends that are the opposite of us really help us to see life differently, in a more full way. <3

  • Sarah Jane sounds like a great friend. God brings opposites into our lives sometimes to add color and variety and help us to see things through another point of view. He is amazing like that. 🙂

    • yes color and variety! like confetti! that was the first image to pop into my head. <3

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