Monday, October 18, 2010

The better-than-perfect camping trip

What gets better than having this view within yards of our tent?!

And this handsome man with-whom-I'm-madly-in-love to camp with?!

Dan had a three day weekend (due to our nation celebrating Christopher Columbus' discovery of America!) and we wanted to make the most of it. We made plans to go camping on Assateague Island, bought a tent, and made the necessary preparations.

Except...we forgot to reserve a campsite until two days before we were hoping to be there!

Dan called and everything was packed. "Yes, there are always a few cancellations, but there is no way to be put on a waiting list." As we wondered what to do (and began mentioning different camping options), I prayed something would open up and that we'd be able to reserve it. As I made supper later that night, Dan checked the website. And sure enough -- a campsite was open!! And we jumped on it with excitement and thankfulness!

And we had such an incredible, incredible weekend.

We pulled in around 2 on Saturday -- and with the sun shining and perfect weather, we couldn't resist running to play in the ocean's waves.
Okay, so it started out as a walk on the beach, but soon someone threw the other person in. [grin]

Supper on Saturday evening.

Devotions on the beach.
Windblown smiles!

Drawing in the sand...

And yes, we saw the wild ponies!

Cruising in the convertible!

We visited Chincoteague Island one afternoon, which was made famous by Marguerite Henry's book "Misty of Chincoteague". It was delightful to see the small, cozy town where so many stories took place that I'd read about as a young girl.

We had lots of time to relax, talk, read, sit around the campfire...
Sunday night we took a moonlit walk on the beach (talk about romantic!) then went and laid on the sand and enjoyed looking up at all the stars and naming constellations.

"The heavens will praise YOUR wonders...
For who in the heavens can be compared to the LORD?

O LORD God of hosts, Who is might like YOU, O LORD?
YOUR faithfulness also surrounds YOU.

One afternoon as we sat on the beach, we were greatly amused by this little fellow. Someone had stepped on his home and he was busy clearing sand out. It was funny watching him bring up a claw-full of sand and pitch it away from the entrance to his home.

"You rule the raging of the sea;
When its waves rise, YOU still them.

The heavens are YOURS, the earth also is YOURS;

The world and all its fullness, YOU have founded them."

And our last evening there we had some surprise drop in company!
A mare and her foal stopped by as we were grilling supper, and they thoroughly sniffed everything. We were enjoying having them visit until they tried to eat our supper. Dan came to the rescue and guarded the food -- while I continued taking pictures.

Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound!
They walk, O LORD, in the light of YOUR countenance.

In YOUR name they rejoice all day long.

YOU are the glory of their strength.

Psalms 89

Thank you Lord, for such a precious weekend!


Ruth Ann said...

LOVE the pictures, Bethany! :) It does look like such a perfect weekend. It's so beautiful. This post makes me happy. =)

Love you!

Becca said...

This looks like so much fun!

Sisters of Grace said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time!!


Christie said...

Looks like an amazing weekend - thanks for sharing! LOVE to see you enjoying God and your husband! :)

Victoria Rose said...


I have to tell you how much I enjoy and look forward to reading your posts on your life with Dan. It's inspiring to see a young couple so in love with each other and with the Lord.

It encourages me to look forward to the time – God willing - when I will have my own hubby.

God bless,

Anonymous said...

What religion do you belong to or what denomination?

Lydia said...

Looks like a lot of fun! We went there while we were staying at Ocean City this spring before it got busy, I had a great time! Were the bugs very bad? When we visited they were awful!

Anonymous said...

Bethany you need to frame the last photo!! Beautiful!


JoyfulJewels4Jesus said...

I love camping with my family, too! Such fun times and memories. Wow~look at that beautiful view from your tent! Looks like you had a special, delightful time with Dan!

Joyfully in Jesus,

Anonymous said...

How beautiful!! What a lovely time you two had! :)

Annie said...

Hello Bethany!
Wow, those pictures are magnificent! So, so beautiful! Looks like you had a wonderful time. =) Thanks for sharing.

Clara said...

Wow, beautiful! It looks like SO much fun! :)

Naomi said...

Thank you for posting happiness. It brightened my day.

Caroline said...

That looks like so much fun! And wow...I have never seen a wild pony (or two or three!) before. :)

The ocean is so beautiful...there are no words.

Anonymous said...

Nice pictures!

God bless,


Lily said...

I LOVE all the pictures! You two are soooo cute together, what a blast it must have been! I'm so glad you shared with the rest of us, too. ;) (oooh, a moonlit walk on the beach--how VERY romantic it must have been!!) =D

Love in Christ,

Anonymous said...


Vicki said...

Wow, it looks like you two had a wonderful weekend! How fun to have three days together in such a beautiful place!

God bless you both!


Anonymous said...

I loove the Misty series. So cool that you could go visit the island!

Abigail said...

Those are beautiful pictures, Bethany. I'm so very happy for you! Your joy and enthusiasm for life is very obivious. May God continue to bless you and Dan!


Charity U said...

I love the cruising in the convertible and the windblown smiles pictures. Super cute! (-:

~ McKenzie Elizabeth~ said...

Oh how neat! That looks like so much fun. Having domestic horses, I have always thought it would be so neat to see them in the wild!

Anonymous said...

Love seeing all of the pictures, especially the bottom one. (LOVE that one!!) Looks like you two had a fabulous weekend!! How fun!


Sarah Logan said...

I have the video "Misty" - so beautiful. You two are the cutest couple I have seen - I love your blog very much. You are an inspiration to me.

be blessed Beth.....

Hosanna Shields said...

Bethany, my sister Heather and her boyfriend Daniel are always drawing in the sand and in the frost D&H.(BTW i am Hannah Shields sister Hosanna).