Thursday, July 12, 2018

Twelve Hour Drive

Leaving home at 3 AM for a trip, Claire and Kaylee caught a few extra hours of sleep in the backseat of our car as we drove.

As we passed by Bratislava at 6 AM, I had such a warm feeling about it! Claire and I spent time here back in June (specifically, at the castle where we manned a station!) for JV Amazing Race with this year's summer intern.

"Hello Bratislava and friends we know here!"

Opting to "obey" Google maps, we took a different route soon afterward, heading down south through Hungary (instead of going through Austria) in order to save what maps told us would be a half hour's time.

I kid you not, we ended up on tiny roads like this, laughing hilariously along the way at our "shortcut" to save time! There is NO way this saved time.

But we did see some pretty beautiful scenery along the way!

And before we knew it, we'd crossed over into Croatia.

Crodux is a national gas station in Croatia!

We'd left early from home in order to make it all the way down to Šibenik to meet up with someone.

While that might look like Dave, it's actually one of his brothers!

Twelve hours and 25 minutes since leaving home this morning, we "found" Dave's brother Josh in a gas station parking lot!

He led us to this boat where we quickly boarded just in time to leave port.

We headed out to a little island that I've never been to before.

This particular boat heads to two islands off the coast of Croatia mainland where people live, but where no cars are allowed!

There are probably a number of these islands in Croatia, and I've actually been to one of them before, but it's fun to get to come again with Dave, Josh and Claire!

After dropping off people at the first island, we came to this one to get off.

We landed here in town of Prvić Luka, which is one of the towns on this island of Prvić.

Having had to drive hard in order to make it here in time, we weren't exactly dressed for the hot weather that greeted us. But it still was fun to breathe in the salty Croatian air and enjoy the sunshine.

Why did we come? To visit a camp for teenagers!

Josh has built a relationship with a Croatian pastor who has a heart for young people and does this camp every year.

In fact, he does THREE camps every year for the children and youth in his church. He's got such a shepherd's heart to see young people come to know the Lord and be discipled to follow him.

It was so sweet to hear his heart and to see the teenagers there!

We could only stay for a couple of hours as there was only one more boat leaving the island that day and we needed to be on it! After a little walk to the other side just to see what it looked like, we headed back to the boat.

By late afternoon it was SO hot, especially since we still hadn't changed into our summer clothes. When we left home it was 55 degrees Fahrenheit, and down here it was almost 90!

I didn't need long sleeves, that's for sure.

Thankfully there was a breeze on the evening boat ride back to mainland.

And the four of us soaked in the rays of wonderful Croatian sunshine as the sun set.

What fun to get to spend time with these three in a place we all love and enjoy!

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