As I type this post, I am siting on the porch of the cabin I am staying at with some of the other female TL’s (Tribal Leaders), rightly named ‘Creekside’ seeing as how the front faces the creek that runs through the property, listening to Tenth Avenue North. And I have been here about a day already and I do not want to go back to Corpus anytime soon.
Unfortunately, in two days times, I will be completing the 3 hour and 45 minute drive back home. I wish I was staying through the summer out here because they do need a videographer and I was asked (am still being begged to reconsider), but with the promotion at work, I can’t quit then asked to be rehired just because this one summer gig is what I want to do.
Huh.. When I type that, it seems like worth quitting…
NO! BAD MIKAYLA!
Guys, I love my job at Schlitterbahn, don’t worry. I have amazing co-workers and one stellar boss. Besides more opportunities will come up, better ones maybe that involve traveling. Ones that'll come at the opportune moment and that’s when I’ll grab it. Besides, I don’t think I am in that right place to pack up and come out here for the entire summer yet. Maybe next summer…
Anyway! Back to the purpose of this post!
I first got connected to Still Water back in December via Carla and Ron McKee, who later both became city directors or something like that for Corpus. Basically, I had been wanting to go on some sort of trip/retreat whatever, and they said ‘Hey! There is a college retreat coming up with this cool group called Still Water… And it’s FREE.’ So I said “sure! Sounds like fun!”
Later, after having lunch with Carla and two other girls that I go to church with, she explained what exactly Still Water is, and that she thought we should apply at TLs. Again, I was all for it! So I applied, got accepted, and went to the retreat the first weekend of the new year, which I believe you can read about here. And I loved it. I met some awesome people, and fell more in love with serving Christ. February rolled around and it was time for W.O.W. (Weekend of Warriors), which you can read about here. And I knew I had found some sort of calling.
I fell in love with worshiping God and worshiping him with close friends, some I had just met that day. But I also fell in love with working with kids, teens, who either a) didn’t know Christ or b) Knew him but sometimes needed that extra momentum.
So I had waited patiently for school to be over, and for the chance to come out to Franklin Family Ranch for training to experience my first summer as a TL, and it has finally come! This property is so beautiful and I definitely feel God’s handiwork when I look at the landscape and even at the people here. I am surrounded by fellow Christians, my brothers and sisters and I can feel the love pouring out of them.
Now comes the challenge of waiting until my term in July to serve fully as a TL, and I could not be happier.
This summer, after finalizing a lot of stuff with my jobs and parents, I realized I will be traveling via car quite a lot. Getting to camp is a 3 1/2 hour drive in itself, so a total of 7 hours (plus add in stops) twice will be spent on the road, plus there is no doubt that Felicia and I will probably plan a spontaneous trip to San Antonio or Austin as well in all this mess that we both have for summer. So I decided to share with y'all, my road-trip needs!
The first on top of my list is definitely either my iPod or my phone, loaded up with music. With the highways and back roads in Texas, especially in the Texas Hill Country, you lose service on everything, including the FM radio about an hour into the drive so it is key to have backup music ready. I have been blessed with people who burn CDs for me so I also have several of those I can pop in and jam to those if my phone or iPod dies.
My camera is next, and it's usually all three of them. My DSLR, my Polaroid and my vlogging camera. You never know when you'll be able to snap that in the moment photo that is a perfect reminder for the trip. I have learned to always have my camera with me so it has been a fun experience bringing it along everywhere.
So it doesn't matter if I am driving by myself or a passenger, I have to have my notebook and journal with me. I tend to get struck with ideas at random times or even sometimes just little quotes or sayings I could use in my manuscript or in a post. It is easy for me to write it down then and there instead of trying to remember what it was hours later.
My laptop and chargers comes next. I realize that this may seem weird to have on a roadtrip, especially when you can't get WiFi for the Internet but if by the odd chance I am not driving, I can work on editing videos or photos or working on my manuscript and some blog posts. I promise there is a method to my madness.
One of the last things I need to survive a long drive are my sunglasses. I spoke briefly about my pairs that I own here. My sunglasses are such a necessity because I have sensitive eyes so driving along Texas highways with the sun beating down definitely takes a toll on my eyes and if I don't have some form of barrier, I tend to get really bad headaches so a pair of sunglasses is always in my console.
My last item I tend to always bring with me is one of my (many) jackets. Anytime I go on a trip with someone, the air conditioner is always on and I get cold very easily so I have to have an easy accessible jacket to be able to throw on over my travel clothes.
Most people don't like road-trips, but I love them. There is just something just relaxing about driving through cities or little towns or even just the open road.
You tell me, if y'all go on road-trips, what is your go-to item?(:
"If it scares you, it might be a good thing..."