Saturday, May 14, 2016

Spirit of Adventure E-term 2016: The Waters of Friendship

By Kaitlin Yachem 

May 12, 2016 - Today was the first official day on our E-Term adventure. We woke up to a great breakfast made by the cooking staff of the Lambuth Inn. With smiling faces and full bellies, we ventured on to the terrace and did morning yoga. It was an amazing sight to see twenty trees on one porch. Once everyone was centered and stretched, we headed to the World Methodist Museum. This is the home to many artifacts from beginning to modern day Methodism. The museum mainly focuses on John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, and how his beliefs and life intertwined into the history of the Methodist religion. After we finished the museum scavenger hunt we headed back to the hotel to get changed for paddle boarding.

Paddle boarding and kayaking was an experience we will never forget, between the pet lake snake and learning how not fall off of the foam board they said was “stable”. For most of the class this was their first experience paddle boarding and kayaking. So, it was a great chance to live out our title, Spirit of Adventure, and have a spirit for adventure. We were told to find inspirational or motivational quotes for this week’s trip, and the one I came across fit this adventure. Since, for many these were new experiences, I believe this quote would come in handy when talking oneself into something both terrifyingly wonderful, “I do not regret the things I’ve done. I regret the things I didn’t do when I had the chance,” Unknown. Our class fully embraced this quote because everyone tried both paddle boarding and kayaking, without blinking an eye. After everyone ate dinner and rested from a long day in the sun, we gathered as a group and began to grow closer as friends. God has a unique way to bring people together, and our story began in the water.

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