Tired Puppies and the Last Full Day!

Dear Parents & Friends,

As we passed by the Asheville airport this afternoon around 5:15, the temperature registered 99 degrees.  Thank goodness we were on a paddling trip today and kept the temps at bay.  I had a great day with the Main Camp Kayakers.  They did a great job and were certainly tested on the Green River today.  We left about 10:00 this morning and got to the river around 11:00.  By the time I ran shuttle and set the van at the takeout, got lunch, and got everyone on the water it was 12 noon.  We put in at Fishtop which is the farthest upstream you can put in for the Lower Green.  (there must be an oxymoron somewhere there) Usually we put in at the second bridge and wait for the water there (it’s a dam release river).  With our early start, I said let’s go for it and run the whole section.  So we ran Fishtop, Island Split, Teaching Rapid, Bridge Rapid, Big Corky, Little Nantahala, Jacobs Ladder, Sunday Ledge, and Little Corky.  It was fairly non stop the whole way with lots of eddy hopping, peel outs, S turns, ferrying and generally reading the river.  We ate lunch before we left and by the time we got to end of the day everyone was ready for dinner and camp was an hour away.  We dug into our food, rehydrated and headed for home.  Josh and I took bets on how many would fall asleep on the way home.  Out of 6 campers I guessed two wouldn’t be awake when we rolled into camp.  Josh guessed 3 and the winning number was 4.  Just all of a sudden everything in the van got very quiet and they were out like lights.  Those of us that have raised a litter of puppies know how hard they play and then just crash.  You guessed it, just like puppies.  The two that stayed awake were on the verge and 10 more minutes and they would have been out as well.  It’s a good feeling and along with it a great deal of satisfaction.  I love taking campers out and teaching and having them stretch themselves.  We do it everyday in some part of camp and these trips are special.   A couple of these folks on the trip today were 10 years old.  That’s young to be paddling at that level all day.  Other trips were out today also.  Climbers and bikers from Main Camp were also out and had a great time exploring rocks and trails.

This morning in Main Camp at home we held signups and this afternoon everyone participated in pillowcase day.  It happens at the pool and is the perfect venue on a steamy day.  I wish I could have been there and performed my customary swim and going down the slide.  It’s fun to be there on the last day and play at the pool with all the children.

Tomorrow when you arrive your children from C, C-2 will be waiting for you in the cabins.  At 10:30 there will be a cabin friendship circle where all can join in.  We do these each night and check in with campers to find out how their day has been.  It allows staff to see how the children are doing since they only see them at morning wake-up, bedtime and just before and after meals.  A lot happens in our day here at camp and it’s a good way to learn about the children’s experiences.  After the friendship circle there is our program in the Lodge for parents, friends and campers.  You can stay and enjoy a wonderful GV lunch at noon if you like.  Thank you for sharing your children and hope to see you tomorrow.  Stay tuned!

Grant

PS – This tired puppy is feeling the day too!