Brilliant Days, Camping Out and Mountain Dancing !

It was a brilliant morning and the sun was slow warming us up this morning.  Children at my table were talking about how cool it was in the cabins and it seemed some pulled their sleeping bags over them to burrow in.  Our mornings sometime have everyone in sweaters but usually by 10 or 11 we’re down to T-shirts.  Many activities are in the shade and Gwynn Valley has no lack of trees here on the property.  I would say about 90% of our trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding are shaded.  It’s a great piece of property with lots of water to help cool things down.  Activities for B day came off without a hitch and campers had a chance to take their other 2 morning Discovery activities.

Mountainside continued their day participating in two more of their mini adventures and will soon decide on the adventure of their choice. Today concludes their four minis and they have all tried mountain biking, pioneering, climbing, and canoeing. They looked great out on the lake learning their pry and draw strokes, learning to paddle tandem and practicing their teamwork. I went up to their campfire a couple of nights ago which is right next to Carson Creek.  Mountainside parents will get to be a part of this site on closing day of their session if the weather is nice.  The Mountainside Cove is a great spot to live and play in as you will see. Riverside is having good weather at Foster Falls on their second day of rock climbing.

Half of Main Camp camped out tonight and fixed dinner over an open fire.  It was the perfect night for sleeping under the stars with no rain and lots of dry wood to collect in the forest.  Actually the campers and staff sleep in shelters that are three sided platforms up off the ground. It can be difficult to get a fire going when it’s been raining but I’m sure they all had a roaring fire in no time.  Good food served outdoors and topped off with smores ends the perfect evening for some who are maybe going on their first campout.  It’s always fun to smell the campers when they come back from camping out.  They smell like smoke and woods and showers are a welcome way to enter the land of camp civilization again.

For the past couple of days our WaterMat on the lake has been a popular activity.  We’ve had 2 of these previously and this is our third and most durable.  They are so much fun and you can get as many as 15 or 20 small folks on it at once.  Everyone wears a PFD (personal floatation device) and it’s quite fun to run the length and perform your best jump into the lake.  It builds confidence for those who have never been in deep water on a lake.  When one can’t see the bottom it can be a little intimidating.  The WaterMat is like a floating island sanctuary for those needing that safe place above the fishes and turtles.

Our wonderful days give way again to the cool of evening and we topped off the evening with Mountain Dancing in the Lodge.  Debbie played the piano and I called the dances as she played.  We danced the Hokey Pokey, Sasha (a Russian Folkdance) and Going to Kentucky.  There was a lot of laughter and fun had by everyone.  We concluded the evening with a couple of Tajar tales.  The Tajar is soon to be revealed later for those of you new to GV.

It’s that time of day when all of camp has wound down.  As one young man at my table said this morning, “I don’t think it took me more than a minute to fall asleep and I didn’t wake until I heard the wakeup bell.  I compare this to a pack of 215 young puppies, playing all day long and just collapsing into deep sleep and dreams of more to come tomorrow.  We hope you have pleasant dreams as well.  Stay tuned!