Thursday, July 23, 2015

Georgia's Camp!

Hi, everybody!  This is Georgia.  I'm going to tell you about my first over-night camp experience.  The first night was really hard.  We were in tents, sleeping on the hard ground and none of us could fall asleep.  Even worse, they had made tent groups and had purposely split up my friend and me.  

We woke up pretty early in the morning.  We thought it was at least 6am because it was really sunny and the birds were chirping.  Turns out it was before six and the counselors had to tell us to go back to sleep.  After that, it was great.  We'd be so tired from hiking / biking / swimming that we'd go to sleep almost instantly.

There were twelve kids in our group.  Most of the boys were a year younger than me but the girls were around my age.  We had three counselors:  a boy and two girls and they were nice.

We went on three hikes, we swam in a resevoir twice, we biked on a trail in New Hampshire and we white water rafted in Florida, Massachusetts.

My favorite part was the rafting because I had never done that before.

My least favorite part was not knowing what time it was.  No one had a watch and we couldn't have phones, so we had no idea what time it was.  If we asked a counselor, they'd just say "It's wake-up time!" or "It's hiking time."  And that annoyed me.

Like everyone else in my family, I REALLY like to know the time so that I can be ON TIME!

I made some good friends who I'm still in touch with now.  

I don't think I'd do THIS camp again because I realized that I'd like to do a more traditional camp with cabins and activities in one place.  

I missed Pippa Middleton a lot, but other than that, I wasn't homesick or anything.

I took these pictures and obviously the scenery was very pretty.

Overall the camp was really fun and I had a great time.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Our Block Island Reunion

For the first five years of our summer vacations on Block Island we shared our rental house (and vacation fun) with two families:  The K Family and/or The M Family.  

This year, we wanted to recreate those wonderful times, so we invited both families to spend a weekend with us on the island.  

The kids are a whole lot older (and there's even one new addition!) and yet we parents haven't aged a day (ha!).

We all took the same ferry over on Friday afternoon and we spent that day relaxing at the house.  The next morning, we packed up and went to Mansion Beach.  Sadly it was overcast, cold and a little gloomy, but we all had fun anyway.

Oh!  And here's a photo from the first night's dinner at Aldo's:

You might be wondering where Georgia was when all these photos were taken.  

She was still at camp on Friday and Gordy picked her up Saturday morning.  Then they rushed (and probably went way over the speed limit) down to the ferry and to the island:

Welcome back!

That night, we had cocktail / mocktail hour.  The kids enjoyed Shirley Temples at the house and the adults had drinks on the beach.

I didn't get any photos of the adults.  Above is E & M

and below are R & E (with assorted Elliots)

And of course, we did a bonfire and made s'mores:

We had a fabulous weekend.  I see the two mothers frequently, but I rarely see the fathers or the kids.  

Everyone has grown up so much since our last trip together and it was wonderful to have the chance to speak to the children and hear what they've been up to.  

Hopefully, we'll make this a yearly tradition again.

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