Saturday, September 19, 2009

Quick Camping Story

First of all, camping was amazing, and I survived. Great news there alone.

HOWEVER, I do have one quick, really creepy story from last night:

We went to bed around midnight last night, and I slept peacefully until 3am. I woke up with a start, and immediately looked out the window and saw a girl standing at our tent staring in at me. She looked at me for about 15 seconds and then walked away. I nearly died out of fright. I told myself it was just my imagination over and over and over again, but was so freaked out that I actually pulled my sleeping bag over my head and almost started crying. I was praying that the Lord take that fear away and give me peace, because I really wanted to believe that it was just my imagination. However, I kept hearing footsteps crunching outside the tent and couldn't calm myself down, so I reached for my ipod in order to drown out the noise of the footsteps. when i did, i knocked my book off my backpack and it hit Dietra in the head. Fortunately, turned out that she was awake too. She woke up with a start just a few mins after me with the thought "snakes! there could be snakes!" running through her head. I told her about what I was freaked out about, so we just laughed at each other's fears and she went back to sleep. I couldn't though...I was afraid there was a slight chance that chick I saw was real and that she might be there to rob us or something. I ended up eventually falling back asleep, only able to do that that through listening to the ipod and laying with the sleeping bag over my head. I really don't know if I have ever been that scared in my life. I was almost in tears. When I woke up, I was laughing about the night until Kevin and Keturah (the missionaries here) told me that it really could have happened, and I maybe really did see someone.
Still shuddering.


  1. Hi Ashley...the new super Senior Botswana Correspondent...this is my first time visiting your blog, and I love it! I really enjoyed reading all of the entries. Sorry to be so selfish, but please write as often as possible :)

    What an experience you're having! From your stories and pics, it sounds like you're having a great time learning, sharing, and helping others. It's gotta be a real transformational experience. Man, between you and Roggie, I feel like I'm reading a travel magazine. You guys are on some real adventures.

    Okay I'll admit that I'm a little jealous, but I don't know if I could do it. You two are extremely brave and patient for putting your own lives on hold in order to help and enable others. Good for you guys, it's very inspirational.

    I look forward to reading more stories. Stay safe and explore often!

  2. Josh! So great to hear from you, and what an encouraging note! I sure hope you're doing well, and I hope to stay in touch this entire time I'm gone. You'll have to shoot me an email from time to time to let me know how you're doing.