my mom and pop had an old airstream
Our friend Kay came to see our new to us camper, a 1973 Safari. In some people's eyes it was a mess, but when Kay saw it her eyes lit up and she said," I remember my mom and pop had an old Airstream". She smiled and told me how her dad loved it so. She only had a couple of questions. How can I help, and will it be ready for Albert Pike? She made all of our curtains so we could make the our annual trip.
I started camping in Albert Pike Arkansas a little over twenty years ago. I was invited by one of Kay's daughter's and son-in-laws. Over the years as I married and became a father we continued to camp every year with sometimes as many as 50 friends at a time. Some lived in Texas,some in Arkansas, and some in Louisiana. We camped primitive for up to two weeks. Old and young worked together in a type of compound. We ate together, played together, laughed and enjoyed life You see, Albert Pike had become a part of us all. I don't know if it's the comraderie and friendship we all hold so dear or the escape of our normal lives that kept us going back year after year but we did. Kay hadn't missed in over fifty years!! This years trip had been moved up on the calender a couple of weeks because of time conflicts so my family wasn't able to make it. More than twenty of our friends did make it.
Sadly and tragically Kay, her son Bruce, and his wife Debbie lost there lives in the recent floods at Albert. They were not alone for many more perished, including children. My heart and prayers go out to them all.
Hold the people you love close for you never know when God will call.