Our road trips to promote camp are coming to an end over the next couple of weeks.  I’ve seen a lot of new faces and many old campers from those trips throughout the southeast.  Andy has also been on the road and just returned from Tennessee and Kentucky.  We greeted many prospective camper families, dispensed lots of Gwynn Valley Camp brochures, answered many questions and given out a whole bunch of Gwynn Valley raised on the farm honest to goodness popcorn.  I was down in Bluffton, SC at the home of Abby Freed,  who hosted a show at their home.  As I was setting up and getting ready for the home show, she took some of that Gwynn Valley popcorn and popped it in the microwave.  It was a great idea and a wonderful way to bring our farm program into the discussion.

After one of the road trips I was cleaning out my car and noticed a couple of ears that had tumbled out of the basket and ended up in the back of my car.  I took them inside and decided that I would have some.  Rather than using the micro wave, I thought I’d pop the corn the old fashioned way, in a pan over the stove.  I had a blue ear and yellow ear.  With a little salt and butter it tasted delicious.  As I ate it, I noticed that the blue corn was really a whiter color than the yellow corn.  I’ve taken a picture to prove it.  The yellow popcorn has a yellow tint to it and the blue is as white as snow.  You’d think that it would be kind of a bluish color but it’s white.  Just goes to show that you can’t judge a book by its cover.  I’ve heard that somewhere before.  We’ll have plenty left over for the summer so check it out or try it at home if you haven’t popped your corn from one of our home shows.   Stay tuned!

Paving the Way!

There is that great adage that says, “those who precede us”.  Well in this case it’s a big brother.  One of the true joys of camp is sharing it with a sibling.  Many stories are told at the dinner table about life as a camper and younger siblings usually have to wait to experience it for themselves.  Just imagine if you were 4, 5, or 6 and had listened to all the great stories that come home each year.  We have a good many siblings who attend camp each year and in many cases it’s an older brother or sister who has paved the way here at Gwynn Valley Camp. I’ve seen younger siblings on opening day cry when their big bro or sis and says goodbye at the cabin.  It’s not so much because they’ll miss them, but because they had those oral traditions passed down and want that experience for themselves.  And yes, they do miss them when their gone.

It’s fun to go to camp with your sibling.  You can have your own experience or you can make it a point to see one another a little each day.  Maybe you might want to eat at the same table together.  I can be a lot of fun.  You might even be able to take a few activities together because there’s a lot to choose from each and every day.  Last night I was in Alexandria, Va with the Robinson Family who hosted our show.  Sammy and William are both going to camp this summer and Sam has paved the way for William.  William is psyched to sink his first year teeth into camp and experience some of what big brother has. The next best thing is bring one of your friends.  So….bring a brother, sister or friend and experience the simple joys of summer camp in the beautiful North Carolina Mountains.