KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | June 2017

When Ellen White Went Camping

In 1872 James, Ellen, and Willie White, together with four friends, mounted their horses and ponies for a camping trip in the Rocky Mountains. Tents, blankets, and food were piled up in a wagon drawn by two horses. 

Rover, a dog, was happy to be on the camping trip too. 

Soon everyone was passing through fields of wildflowers guarded by tall mountains. 

Everything seemed perfect, but as they started up a steep slope the strap holding Ellen White’s bedding roll, which was strapped behind her on her pony, broke, and the bedding slipped behind the pony. The frightened pony reared up and threw Ellen off. The others rushed over to help her. At first she could hardly move, and everyone was worried about how badly she was hurt. Slowly she was able to sit up. Thankfully she didn’t seem to have broken any bones, but her ankle was badly twisted. 

Now everyone wondered what they should do. Would they be able to continue their journey to Hot Sulphur Springs, or should they turn back? Ellen and James White did what they always did when they had tough decisions to make—they prayed. Soon they felt impressed to continue. So Ellen was carefully helped back onto her pony, and the journey continued. 

Although Ellen’s ankle took a long time to heal, the camping trip turned out to be a wonderful adventure. They all enjoyed a week at Hot Sulphur Springs, close to Grand River. The sulphur springs bubbled through the rocks and formed a stream that supplied hot water to a basin in the rock that they could sit or lie in.  

They cooked on a campfire, cut spruce branches for their beds, and picked wild fruit. 

There was plenty to do, and everyone enjoyed watching sage hens, deer, and antelope. Sometimes early in the morning they even saw elk from their tents. Willie White saw a puma. Although it was bear country, no grizzlies decided to visit their camp. 

After a wonderful week it was time to go home. Everyone left with new energy and wonderful memories of the early-morning steam rising from the hot Springs. 


—A much longer and detailed version of this story can be found in Ellen G. White: The Progressive Years:1862-1876 (volume 2), pages 348-355. Why not read it for worship this evening?