My family loves to camp. There is just something about the combination of nature, tent and campfire that we just love. We don’t camp very often because between church, sports, house/yard maintenance and extended family obligations we usually have pretty full weekends. However, there is one weekend you will always find us camping.
For the past 35+ years, Pullenites have been trekking to the mountains of North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend to camp together. You will hear many long-time Pullen people call the trip Canoe the New, because a canoe trip is always one of the optional activities. Now, we call it Pullen Outdoor Weekend (POW). It is Pullen’s longest-running, annual intergenerational event.
My husband Nathan and I have been for the last 12 years, and our son, Henry has been on nine trips (ten, if you count the year I was 7 ½ months pregnant with him). It is one of the highlights of our year, and we love reminiscing throughout the year about the time spent with friends and the adventures we have enjoyed (or not) and making plans for our next trip. We have come up a list of the top 10 reasons we love Pullen Outdoor Weekend (in no particular order because but we couldn’t decide which was most important).
- beautiful weather (rain or shine)
- wonderful scenery
- great food
- the campfire
- buying candy at the Mast General store
- roasting marshmallows
- riding scooter/bikes
- enjoying nature
- time with friends
- time to relax
Over the years, many people have enjoyed the Pullen camping trip. I am not sure if anyone still comes that was on the first trip, but there are folks who have been coming for a lot longer than my family. It is always an interesting combination of young and old, singles and families, veteran campers and novices. In case you are wondering, Pullenites have as many camping philosophies as theological perspectives. Folks bring tents, pop-ups, RVs or even sleep in their cars. Some folks eat at local restaurants; others cook over camp stoves or use the fire pits. It is fascinating to observe all the various ways there are to camp.
This year, Pullen Outdoor Weekend is May 23-25. If you are interested in coming, you can pick up a registration form in the church office starting on May 4. You can also call or email me if you want more information. I will be happy to share more reasons you should come camping your Pullen family.