By Kiefer Dooley – Casper, Wyoming … Laughter and fellowship filled Mills Spring Ranch at the annual Casper church hayride held in early October.

Some thirty-five individuals gathered for this much-anticipated, multi-generational evening. Piling onto the hay trailer for a slow ride through the mountains spotted with the colors of the fall, participants were welcomed by an unusually warm Wyoming October evening.

“We love the hayride, rain or shine,” Liz Cornett, Casper church member commented.

“Back when Joanne Robinette was attending, it didn’t matter the weather–everyone showed up! It could be full-on snow and the hayride would go on,” she continued.

The trek through the wilderness made its conclusion back where they began at MSR where the camp director had everything ready for a campfire and cookout. Families quickly gathered for roasted hotdogs. Conversations continued into the night as church family relationships were built and strengthened.

The Casper church is grateful to MSR for opening the camp for an evening they will cherish throughout the long winter coming across Wyoming.

–Kiefer Dooley is RMC Youth director; photos by Kiefer Dooley and Tom McDonald