Saturday, April 22, 2017
Today has been cloudy all day and we have been under a flash flood watch all day but we had only a few drops of rain until a few minutes ago. It is now raining like crazy and the outside temperature has dropped 14 degrees in the past 55 minutes. This area still needs rain. Last fall when we were here they were experiencing even worse drought than we were in Alabama and while it is better, the lake is still obviously low. We are just thankful that all but one couple of our team have arrived safely and got set up before the rain arrived. We have one more couple who should arrive tomorrow afternoon.
We walked around the camp today to see the changes since we were last here. They are trying to make some improvements and spruce up the place a bit. Today was Volunteer Work Day and there were a lot of people out working on the grounds/landscaping, helping in the office etc. The flowerbeds are looking good and a lot of weed-eating was done. Dave came over for breakfast with us this morning since his sweet wife isn’t here yet. Cheryl arrived while Dave was still with us and we helped her get parked. No that she needed much help. We spent some time just getting organized and set up after a travel day. Next in was Sandra and Steve. It’s great to see them again. We have met them before but never worked a project with them. We look forward to getting to know them better. We parked them up by Young Commons Building, the building we painted inside and out last fall. We will have two RVs there and four in the lower parking lot. When we walked down to the lake we went by to take a look at the Lake House. The outside looks good but we were not sure if the people had left yet so we didn’t go inside. We will do that tomorrow. Even though the water is down the lakeside still looks good. They are building a pavilion down by the lake that is looking really nice. Another improvement at Hinton is a 9 hole disc golf course. It was here but really not very usable when we were here last fall. With the help of a local NOMAD they have really cleaned up the course, installed needed steps and placed signage at each tee. We will have to get out our discs and try it out on a cool, dry day. Should be fun although it looks like it could be a bit challenging for our skill level. We really aren’t very good.
Our last couple of the day arrived about 5:00 and easily parked next to us. They are relatively new NOMADS and we had not previously met Bryant and Jackie. They seem very nice and we will enjoy getting to know them. Tomorrow we will go to the small church that is just down the road from Hinton and have our opening meeting. Remember to be praying for tomorrow’s services.