Monday, June 18, 2012

CIY Picture of the Day: Monday

Back in the day... like 5-8 years ago... I would try to post 8-10 pictures from our CIY trip to my blog.  I would give a brief description of what was happening in the photo and give parents, leaders at our church and anyone who was regular to my blog an idea of what was happening at CIY. 

Since Facebook has made sharing of pictures so much easier and digital cameras have made it so much easier to take pictures, posting a few pictures to my blog every day didn't seem realistic... especially when you're too tired to sit up straight. 

Since I've got about 900 pictures from this week (thanks to Donna, Sue, Jordyn and Terril), I thought I would go through and pick a picture or two from each day to share with a little description of why I like this picture so much. 

Up first: Monday. 
With the conference being in Knoxville, the drive time from Zanesville to Knoxville would have been a little tough for one day.  So Sunday night we traveled to Johnson City, TN and stayed at a friend's church.  With some extra time on Monday, we visited the Appalachian trail and Laurel Falls.  There are a couple of great things about this part of the trip. 

First, most of these kids have never been out in the woods like this.  There are some incredible views (my wife Jackie and one of our juniors Reagan are enjoying one here).  So it gets them out of their element a bit. 

Second, it's an opportunity to begin to build some relationships and step outside of their comfortable cliques of friends.  I don't know what it is... but when we unload the vans and start to head out, kids begin to talk to one another and walk with different folks and hang with different people.  It's quite unexplainable.  But it happens.

And it's crucial to the week!

Plus it just makes for some great pictures!


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