A week ago, we'd have been making the drive from Jacksonville, Florida to the high mountains of North Carolina. My spouse had a meeting at 2:00 at Lutherock, the Lutheran church camp near Newland, NC. For more on that drive, see today's post on my creativity blog.
I was excited to go along because I've never been to Lutherock. I've spent a lot of time at Lutheridge, the church camp near Asheville, NC. Lutherock is very different. The campers have a much more rustic experience.
For example, instead of eating in a dining hall, they eat in this structure:
We never made it to the tents, but I imagined they were like the Girl Scout camps I've seen: permanent platforms with huge, permanent canvas tents, structures that sleep 8-12 children and a counselor.
I might say "Summer Camp," and you might think of arts and crafts or music camp or canoes on a gentle lake. Campers at Lutherock do much more rugged activities:
We hiked up a steep hill to get to this structure. There's a different path that leads to a rock climbing experience, but it's been many years since I scrambled hand over ankle to get up a trail. We decided not to try that one. Heck, we didn't even do much more on this path than stare up at this Alpine Tower:
I must confess that I spent most of my time rocking on the porch at the retreat center:
The retreat center at Lutherock is much less rustic. Of course, it's also much newer:
The surrounding environment is much more rural and rustic at Lutherock. There's not a WalMart for miles. The Newland grocery store is not a national chain. The roads to get to Lutherock wind and twist. At Lutheridge, you drive up I26, take the exit, make 2 right turns and you're there. It's hard to find a view that doesn't include something humanmade. Not so, at Lutherock. Here's the view from the porch:
To be honest, I did spend a lot of time looking at the beautiful flower beds. But they're planted with native flowers:
And there's the occasional Christmas tree farm off in the distance. But I prefer to see Christmas trees in their youth to the neon signs of a crasser commercialism.
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