All-Church Retreat: Tahquitz Pines

Over Memorial Day weekend, we went to Idyllwild to attend our church’s retreat.  This was the first all church retreat we have had in eleven years!  The retreat started after lunch on Saturday.  We ate a picnic lunch at the nearby Idyllwild Nature Center.  They were having a family event which included some crafts, booths, and hikes. 



We decided to do the guided nature walk, which was supposed to be “only 20 minutes”.  Well, it ended up being more like 45 minutes, but I must say it was quite informative.


Our tour guide was quite knowledgeable about a wide variety of topics.


The “Jay Leno” rock.


Afterward we drove to Tahquitz Pines Conference Center.  This place has been around for a while, but the grounds are well-kept.


We checked into our room, and the kids were thrilled to find a bunk bed.  We let the kids play on the upper bunk, but n slept on the bottom bunk and k slept on the cot.



The private bathroom was very spacious.  (Toilet and shower were across from these sinks).  We had a room adjoining to family friends, so the kids had lots of fun going back and forth.


This is the auditorium where we listened to our gifted speaker, Pastor Wayne Ogimachi. 


Meanwhile, the kids were kept busy in a separate building.  There was also an upstairs. 


There were some high swings!


There was also a pool, but the water was really cold even though it was warm outside.  Overall, we had a really good time with our family, as well as our church family.  Tomorrow I will document the food.  Winking smile

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