Gateway Getaway 1999

Every spring, in early February, our church - the Laurel Church of Christ - participates in a Christian retreat called Gateway Getaway. It is hosted by the Gateway Church of Christ in Pensacola Florida. The retreat is mainly intended for college-age kids, although anyone is welcome to go. (Hence me.)

It's held at Pensacola Florida, at a hotel resort right on a beautiful beach overlooking the Gulf coast. Last year it was 45 degrees, so I was constantly explaining why my pictures contained people dressed in winter clothes lounging in the sand - the two just don't seem to go together. But this year it was a sunny, 70 degrees! The weather was beautiful, the people were beautiful, and I had a great time.

Most of these shots were taken off-the-hip. As such, I was impressed to find that most of them actually came out pretty well. Anyway, since these pictures are just for fun, I did take the liberty of cropping them whenever I felt that it would improve their overall appearance.

  
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Meet Mr. Buckley

Mike Buckley is our campus minister, and the guy responsible for keeping this motley group of rag-tag college kids walking in the Light. Here he relaxes in the conference room as he waits for the service to begin.

  
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Little Girl On The Beach

A little girl is silhouetted against the sunlight as she plays in the surf. Here she is watching her toes as the waves wash over them, burying them in sand, and then retreating back into the sea, sucking the sand off of her toes again.

  
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Beach'n!

Eat your heart out. This is the only photograph that I have found a need to actually touch up. There was a slight lens flare that was large enough and distracting enough that I had to take it out. There are, of course, other flaws with the picture, but I left those alone. I love those colors though!

  
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Yes! The Beach Rules!

Chad shows off for the camera. I thought the lens flare was a nice touch.

  
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The Gathering

This is the conference room that we met in. Last year there were 546 people that registered for the retreat. This year there were just over 700! We were sitting shoulder-to-shoulder and when the place was full movement was a little tricky. If the retreat grows again like this next year, we may have to find a larger place to meet!

  
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Pyramid Of Girl Power

As I approached this group, they decided to take advantage of my presence and have me operate all their cameras while they posed for me. (Gosh, don't you just hate it when pretty girls want to pose for you?) They are, from top to bottom: Kristen; Corynn, Ashley; Brittany, Tafanie, and Becca.

  
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Awesome Foursome

Mommas lock up your sons, 'cause these girls play for keeps! This group seems to have a sixth sense for knowing when someone has a camera pointed toward them, and they have a bottomless bag of smiles just waiting. From the top picture, left to right: Sol, Valerie, Wendy, and Kate.

  
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Pyramid Of Goofballs

A wet-and-slimy group of kids try to build a human pyramid despite how slippery they are. They fall a couple of times, but they eventually succeed. In the bottom picture, they almost have it when it starts to give way...

  
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Water Wrestling

Bobby takes a fall after his opponent bests him. He doesn't look like he's too sore about it though.

  
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Red Rover, Red Rover

The guys and girls battle it out in a game of Red Rover. In the last picture, the chain is broken as one of the guys blasts his way through with enough force to keep going, spraying water and foam everywhere he runs.

  
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Picking On Josh

The entire time that everyone was horsing around in the water, Josh and Kate were fraternizing with the (*gasp*) married group down the beach from us. I guess they decided that these two were behaving too seriously. Eight guys chased Josh down and drug him, kicking all the way, down to the shoreline and threw him in. Miraculously Josh almost held his own! He put up a valiant effort. But in the end, he was forced to succumb to their superior numbers. In the second picture, the guys jeer and laugh as Josh makes his way back onto land.

  
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Little Boy

Children are always a good picture subject, and this little tike looks a bit upset when he realizes that I'm taking his picture. After I snapped the shot, he ran away in terror to hide behind his mom. (Guess I just have that effect on kids... :)

  
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The Guys

From left to right: Todd, Ed, Matt, Bobby, and Josh.

  
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Women Conquer All

Corrin, Taffany, Kristen, and Rebecca pose for a picture after burying their victim in the sand.

  
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Friends

Gateway is a good time to forge new friendships, and to deepen old ones. Top: Charity and Abby, bottom: Rebecca and Tiffany. burying their victim in the sand.

  
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Hey! Stop That!

It's time to party, not study! Cut that out!

  
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Aw...

Dave hugs his wife, Ellen.

  
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Chow Time!

Every time we go to Gateway, there's always a group of us that go to Flounders. It's a local restaurant that serves good seafood. In the top picture: myself - looking as red as my shirt, Tiffany, Rebecca, Beth Ann, and Joel. In the bottom picture: James, Charity, Marion, Ellen, Dave, Tim, Mike.

  
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