Sunny Days and Cool Nights!

Dear Parents and Friends,

A day without rain is a day full of sunshine.  It was chilly here this morning with the temperature hovering around 56 degrees.  That’s chilly but nice.  By 10:30 the temps began to rise and so did the activity level.  We had a wonderful breakfast with French toast, ham, pears, OJ and cereal.  Food this evening was a cabbage dish (adults mostly ate it) alfredo and chicken pasta, bread sticks, salad and  fresh peaches.  The food at GV is just too good.  I have a hard time when camp is over and Anne and I have to go back to cooking and cleaning.  It’s so nice to have good food waiting for you every meal.  Mealtimes are great at camp because we really do sit at the table and converse.  Everyone at our table chips in and campers at the table do their share as well.  There’s lot of please and thank you and in a room with 350 people one needs to keep things orderly and tidy as best we can.  There’s hardly a meal goes by that someone doesn’t turn over a drink or drop their silverware.  And that’s an all for one moment when everyone tosses their napkin into the spilled liquid and the spiller retrieves a towel or more napkins.  No one fusses or cries over spilt milk we just clean it up, continue our conversation and keep eating.

Hope you all enjoyed the video I put up this morning.  It was short but gives you a small bit of our day here at camp.  As I travel the activities I usually have my video camera.  We’ve also got someone who is here filming for next year’s video  but we’re keeping it under wraps until the Fall when we start our promo tour.  I just shoot and quickly edit on i-Movie and send it along to Vimeo.  I use Vimeo because it’s more of a family friendly site than You Tube.  One never knows what will come up next after your video plays on You Tube.  I would rather have Gwynn Valley remain on an appropriate site than trade that for the exposure You Tube provides.

Natalie our photographer was off tonight so we didn’t get any photos.  Debbie and I were involved with Dancing in Lodge.  We called several dances and then Michael, the head counselor, read a story from the Tajar Tales.  If you don’t know about the Tajar I’m sure your children can share with you what they’ve learned.  You might even see him on closing day in the Lodge rafters during closing campfire.  He’s quick and quiet and does death defying life leaps to get to a high spot where he loves to see camp and all it’s fun.  He’s full of folly at the end of each session so I’m sure we’ll have some folly tonight on the Green while children are asleep.  Mr. & Mrs. Camp Director will have to have a talk with him if he make too much mischief.  At the dance we started things off with Alabama Gal, Patty Cake Polka, and then finished with Going to Kentucky.  It takes a while to teach the dances to 75 youngsters and staff and they did a great job.  Patty Cake Polka is a hard dance to learn but they got it pretty quickly.  Half the camp was camping out tonight as the other half did on Sun. night.  It’s a good night for it.

Mountainside chose their activities tonight and Thurs. they leave on those adventures.  I was just talking with Maggie their Head Counselor about the rivers they will run.  We’ll have a practice lake section again tomorrow with them to solidify their flatwater skills and then off to the river on Thurs.  Riverside returns tomorrow and will have tales from their climbing trip to Linville.  Mountainside climbers will climb one day at Looking Glass, one day at Cedar Rock and maybe one day at Cove Creek.  Bikers will spend their adventure on the more than 100 miles of trails at Dupont State Park and Pioneers will travel for an overnight up into the Shining Rock Wilderness Area near the Blue Ridge Parkway, where elevations reach over 6000’.

This week has flown by and I can’t believe it’s almost Wed.  I feel like the children just got here.  I’m pleased to say that what little homesickness we had is now gone.  I’m sure there will be children that can’t wait to see you all but others that have already told me they wish they could stay longer.  We wish they could as well.  Stay tuned!

Grant