"Where The Lord Whispers" by Susie Gran
Step off the front porch of the newest Thousand Pines log cabin onto the path to Inspiration
Point for a breathtaking view of Lake Gregory.
Named for the man who built the lake, the cabin was reconstructed of logs harvested recently from the 255-acre Thousand Pines Christian Camp and Conference Center in Crestline, California.
The Gregory Family Cabin, which houses up to 25 campers, was the first renovation completed with pine trees from this mountain retreat where a logging camp thrived a century ago. And, it is a testament to Arthur Gregory Sr. who was inspired by his faith to donate 10 acres to start a Baptist camp here in 1939, the same year the lake was finished.
The loggers of old were taking down trees to build orange crates needed in the Gregory fruit-packing houses in Redlands. Today's loggers -- camp employees -- are turning 6,000 pines killed by drought and bark beetles into lumber to replace dilapidated cabins that were assembled decades before these woods became a church camp.