Saturday, October 8, 2016

WHAT WE DID LAST SUMMER

After 1030 posts over eight fun years; I promised myself I’d quit blogging after the April 30 Day Challenge.  First; because we’d be without internet and even decent phone service for our second season in the woods working as volunteers at a summer camp. And second; because publishing stuff on my blog just takes a lot of time. 

Then I discovered a comment from my neighbor, Feral Woman, a few days ago on my last blog post--
“Leenie of the Great Mountains, I challenge you to post up some photos of the last few months, and tell us what you have done!!!”

Okay, FINE. Here is our summer in 27 photos.

We moved our borrowed 26 foot travel trailer to camp in May.  We were soon joined by the other volunteer couples who would spend the whole summer there with us.

 We hoped we had moved in after winter was over.  We were wrong.

 Weather or not, we went to work preparing the camp.  Contractors and volunteers came and went as remodeling and repairs happened everywhere.

 The scenery, such as the Grand Teton Mountains to the east, was amazing.   But we had little time to stop and gaze as we prepared for our first campers.

One project was to drop a dead tree without damaging a nearby cabin or anything else.

 When the dust cleared the tree was down exactly where the guys wanted it; between two fence posts where they had removed the fence.

 The weather was still pretty cold when our first big bunch arrived.  That didn’t dampen their spirit and energy.  They put on their sweatshirts and danced.

 Mosquitos hatched by the billions.  Finally we were provided with a fogger to knock them down.
  
Every week another party of around 250 girls and their leaders arrived to enjoy life in the woods without benefit of electronic gadgets.

 There were much better things to do.

 Cooking and dining al fresco---

 Making quilts and other items to be sent to refugees and disaster victims---

 Doing service projects to help at camp, such as a bucket brigade to stock the woodshed--

 Spending spiritual time around the campfire---

And being very, very silly---

DH and I worked with the other couples there to help make the camping experience memorable.

 We taught beginning archery.

 We took them through some challenging obstacles.

 And we shared the wonders of life in the forest with the heat and the dirt and the critters.

Several times we turned out all the yard lights for a few hours of star gazing. We had a nice dark sky to view the Persied Meteor Shower in August.


 We DID NOT join the hardy groups who arose at dawn to jump in our unheated pool for bragging rights.

We warned them over and over about the very real danger of bears in the woods. There were several bear scares but we never saw any in camp.

 But we knew they were there.  This is one of the tracks I discovered in the mud just up the creek from camp. (that's my walking stick with a bear bell)

 The fun continued.  Here is a group of leaders reminding the girls that running a bra up the flagpole was not okay.

 Our resident frogs and snakes were part of a catch and release program.

 At the end of the week all the campers pitched in to clean the cabins and the restrooms.

 Then they packed up their gear and some of our dirt and bugs and left.

 When the last group disappeared down the road we set to work to winterize the camp.

We put away the benches and tables and emptied the pool.

Then when the temperatures dipped to freezing and aspen leaves turned to gold we hauled out our houses and went home.

You can till check out what I'm up to with my watercolor paintings here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WatercolorsbyLeenie

9 comments:

fishducky said...

Glad you're back online & had an (obviously) great summer--I missed you!!

jeanie said...

Oh wow - I want to go to camp with you!!! (and bring my girls)

Alica said...

Sounds like a great way to spend the summer! I must say, I'm envious...and I'm also glad you're back. I've been checking to see that I haven't just been missing your posts!

Val said...

Love that meteor picture!

Kayla Carroll said...

Love it! Sorry we missed you when we came to visit the kids. We were about a week early.

Kerin said...

Looks like a great summer... filled with service and lots of smiles and laughter.
You have my dream job!!
Currently, we are serving in the Manti temple, but one of these days, I would LOVE to serve a mission at Cove Fort, or on Vashon Island, WA :)

Have a sweet Sunday, and enjoy this gorgeous time of year.

~~K.

Terry and Linda said...

I'm so glad you posted! I've missed you!

Linda

Jenny Woolf said...

Looks like a splendid summer, and I hope autumn is just as good in its own way.

Janice Grinyer said...

OMG WHERE WAS I - I MISSED THIS!!!!!!!

Let me tell you, today is the perfect day though to get "lost" in your summer - The energy that oozes from your summer photos is catchy!!! So many smiles! So much Happiness! So much NATURE!!! (looove the bear paw!)

you actually gave me hope for the future :)

xoxoxo

ps how long did you have to hibernate after getting back home? That was a lot of work!