Friday, July 15, 2011

UP IN THE WOODS

A visit to the woods in the summer…

…is an opportunity to see the forest at its best.  
Even though the swarms of mosquitoes 
seemed to have been cross-breeding with piranhas.

It’s also a chance to photograph usual things…

 …like pussytoes.

Other unusual things such as…

…remarkable garb worn…

 …while learning the finer points of retrieving and folding the flag and…

 …an innovative use for…

 …tire inner tubes can be found at a place like a girls’ summer camp.

 Another less bizarre but very noteworthy activity 
was the tying of small quilts to be given to children 
in the pediatric ward at the hospital.

 Most of these young ladies were veteran campers 
so when we were invited to share their evening meal 
of foil dinners cooked over the coals…

 …we were glad to accept.  The main course of hamburger patty, 
sliced Idaho potatoes, carrots and onions was delicious.

 So was the fresh fruit.  Dessert was a cup of dirt.  
A Cup of Dirt is made by filling a paper cup with instant chocolate pudding 
and topping it with crumbs from crushed Oreos.  
A gummy worm is added as a garnish.

How many gummy worms can you eat at once?

 After-dinner entertainment was an array of fun skits.

 I’m sure you recognize the folk tale about 
the mouse pulling the thorn from the lion’s paw.

 There were stories…

 …and dancing…

…and more dancing.

Mosquitoes find moving targets more difficult to hit.

9 comments:

Sarah said...

That foil meal looks very tempting. The one time I have cooked on a camp fire was in my forest school training and the food was delicious! It looks lke a fun camp in the woods I have to say!

The Weaver of Grass said...

What a happy post today - how lovely that everyone is enjoying themselves so much - and the food looked delicious.

Debbie said...

those girls all looked so joyful..

so much happiness today!!!

Linda Sue said...

I am pretty sure the girls mistook you for one of their own, just another girl...the tin foil meal looks yummy!
I have never seen kitten toes- sweet little flower.
Somebody told me to send lemons to the blender and put the juice and pulp on with a bit of eucalyptus or tea tree oil to stave off blood suckers. Not as toxic as DEET.
No mosquitos here yet- no summer either- a guy in the coop today was whistling christmas carols. I came close to stabbing him...

Pam said...

Happy times! Bought a smile to my face - even the delightful pussy toe flowers. I've never seen them before and they're delightful! The girls are wonderful with their zest and enthusiasm.
Eons ago I worked in a summer camp in your country (in the Berkshires) - keeping up with the energy levels was a challenge in itself!

frayedattheedge said...

They all look like they are having a wonderful time!

susan m hinckley said...

Ah . . . Girls' Camp -- what would that be without bugs? Not in MN, that's for sure! Not sure how you ended up there, but as long as you weren't in charge of it, it looks like it was a great time! And while I hope that's as close as I get to camp this year, thanks for taking us along!

susan m hinckley said...

And the pussy toes look like match heads to me - I don't think I've ever seen them, but I love them!

Terry and Linda said...

GIRL'S CAMP!!!

YAY!
Linda
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