Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day;
Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away
Change and decay in all around I see;
O Thou who changest not, abide with me
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Tags: Arcadia Bluffs, betsie river, Beulah, camp arcadia, family, golf, golfing, Jamesport Brewing Company, Juniper Challenge, lake michigan, Lincoln Hills, Ludington, Lutheran, michigan, minnehaha, RKD, salmon, shipwreck
every fall, I join my father, brothers, and brothers-in-law (or those who can make it that year) for a men’s retreat at Camp Arcadia (I think this is my 18th year in a row!). it is a Lutheran camp, and each year a new lecturer does a series of presentations, similar to an extended Bible study series. mixed in amongst those lectures is a bit of golfing, a bit of silliness, sometimes some swimming and other water-sports on Lake Michigan, and always a lot of great fellowship with the guys of my family. [for the record, the women in the family do a similar women's retreat, but it isn't always at Camp Arcadia, and usually is centered more around shopping.]
as per our usual, we start the weekend out on Thursday, and we pick a golf course to play en route to the camp. this year, we ate lunch first at Jamesport Brewing Company in Ludington, and then traveled a short way up the road to play 18 holes at Lincoln Hills Golf Course. most of us are not really serious golfers – this was the 1st round of golf this year for most of the guys (including me!).
after golfing, we got back on the road and headed up the coast towards Camp Arcadia, but made our traditional stop at Arcadia Bluffs (we played golf here once, but it is a bit $$ for our, um, caliber of play). but it is usually a great place to watch the sunset and get a nice dinner (although this time it wasn’t great….)
Friday morning is traditionally a golf outing organized by the camp planning committee, but for various reasons, we decided to start our own golf outing this year: the 1st Annual Juniper Challenge. there were several benefits to starting our own outing: we could sleep in later, the golf course was a closer drive, we had the course almost to ourselves, and we could create our own rules. plus, we got lucky, and the course had delicious pulled pork sandwiches at the turn!
the 1st Annual Juniper Challenge couldn’t have ended any better: the 1st foursome was my brother and a few of his friends for the Chicago area (Team St Peter) and the 2nd foursome was me, my brother-in-law Dave, my Dad, and another friend from my Dad’s church (Team St Matthew). with Team St Peter watching, our group got a bogie on #17 meaning both groups were tied going into the final hole. both teams shot decent drives to start #18, but Team St Matthew’s 2nd shot was on the green, and closer than Team St Peter’s 2nd shot out onto the fringe. but St Peter put on the pressure by sinking an amazing putt from the fringe. my Dad lived up to the challenge – sinking our 12-ft putt to again send us into a tie. for a tie-breaker, we just walked back 80-ft or so, took a drop and chipped towards the #18 green again. Dave started off Team St Matthew with an amazing iron shot – stopping 3-ft from the cup. again, though, Team St Peter was our equal, with a decent chip shot, but then able to sink a long putt. at that point we called it a tie – a fitting conclusion to the 1st Annual Juniper Challenge.
after golfing, the 1st lecture is Friday afternoon, followed by some free time – and we played some of our invented game: Tennyball. Tennyball is a simple (and yet complicated?) game combining tennis and volleyball, with a mixture of insanity. with only 2 vs 2 in this video, it’s hard to tell it is much different than doubles tennis… but trust me, it is most certainly is.
during Tennyball, it was pretty sweet to see one of the other campers out on Lake Michigan trying to kite surf.
Friday evening is the 2nd Bible study and vespers (or a short sunset prayer service) at the recently completed Chapel on the Beach at Camp Arcadia. my brother-in-law Dave got yet another great photo – it might help to click on this one to enlarge the picture for full effect.
Saturday morning is the final Bible study, and the afternoon usually has some free time. this year we decided to drive up to the Betsie River near Beulah and watch the salmon swimming upstream, and trying to jump the dam across the river. it was amazing!
in addition to all of that mentioned above is great food served by the Camp, plus the incredible atmosphere with the setting right on the shores of Lake Michigan. the shipwreck Minnehaha was incredible as well:
once again, an incredible weekend of fun and fellowship.
Tags: arcadia, camp arcadia, great lakes, lake michigan, RKD, sunfish, sunfish sailing
Tags: camp arcadia, great lakes, lake michigan, michigan, minnehaha, RKD, shipwreck
I’ve posted several pictures of the Minnehaha shipwreck along the shores of Lake Michigan, but this one is amazing! I’ve never seen this much of the shipwreck exposed. Camp Arcadia posted the picture on their Facebook page. water levels in the Great Lakes are down quite a bit this year – we could really use some snowfall this year, as last year was very light.
Tags: camp arcadia, et ego in Arcadia, great lakes, lake michigan, michigan
I’ve been a bit of a slacker in posting about the remaining days from our vacation trip to Camp Arcadia. but here is a picture slideshow video that was created by the Camp. it will give a bit of a glimpse around camp of things I don’t think to photograph.
Tags: arcadia, camp arcadia, drowning, et ego in Arcadia, gopro, lake michigan, pier jumping, power of waves, shorty wetsuit, water, waves
during our family vacation to Camp Arcadia this summer, my brother-in-law and I took our boys down to the south pier for the traditional jumping off the pier into the waters of Lake Michigan. a few of the boys had jumped before, but this was the first time for some of the younger ones.
it was later in the evening, and the water temperature this year in Lake Michigan was just a tad on the cold side. I wore my shorty wetsuit, and was the 1st to jump in. I had them throw me a life jacket, and then I just floated the rest of the time down there with my GoPro Hero video camera to capture the action as each boy took turns jumping off the pier.
I thought it’d be a quick process, but it turned out that I had to help each boy get up and onto the ladder, as the water level in the lake is low enough that the 1st ladder run is probably 12 to 18 inches above the water level, and none of the boys had the upper body strength to pull themselves out of the water and start climbing the ladder. I would swim away from the pier, one of the boys would jump into the water, and then I’d swim back in with them and help them climb out of the water, and then repeat as required! I’m glad I put the wetsuit on, though, as I ended up floating down there in the cold water for maybe 15 minutes.
if you recall, this is the same pier that Dave and I jumped off a few weeks later, but with disastrous results – as the waves were way too big for us to have jumped, and the current was way too strong to swim against. Dave wrote his thoughts about that near-death experience he and I both faced in this blog post: underestimating the power of the waves.