Updates from Camp

Seniors Return, and What We Bring Home From Camp

Greetings from Hilltop, where I’m basking in the glow of an extraordinary Sunday Assembly. We all gathered on Madrona Point, one of the most beautiful spots in Camp. Since we’re going into the last week of Camp, Genoa decided to lead us in a discussion of what we’ll bring home from this experience. Each boy from Genoa shared what he thought he would bring home, then cabin and tent groups had some time to discuss, and then campers shared what they thought they would bring home. When campers started sharing, it was truly amazing. First of all, a huge number of campers felt compelled to share. When they did, they shared wonderful things. Campers spoke about scraping a knee during an evening activity and realizing that they could keep playing. They spoke about realizing that sitting around a campfire and talking with good friends is more satisfying than sitting in a room by yourself and playing video games. They spoke about being afraid to try something new, but being thrilled when they did. They spoke about learning to get along, certainly with your best friends but also with those that you’re not naturally drawn to. Believe it or not, one camper spoke about how it was satisfying to clean the tent every day, and he thought he’d try to do a better job cleaning his room at home. Most of all, they spoke of the friendships they’ve made here – deep, genuine, sustaining friendships that they look forward to renewing year after year.

The depth, breadth, and volume of examples that campers wanted to share at Sunday Assembly reminded me of something that I wrestle with when trying to explain Camp. Camp is massively fun, but fun seems like an insufficient word to describe it. After all, I’m told that Xbox is super fun, and we certainly don’t do Xbox at Camp, so clearly the word fun doesn’t capture all of what happens here. I often find myself focusing on the growth that Camp helps children discover in themselves. After all, that’s why I’m drawn to this work. Being a part of children’s positive development is deeply satisfying. But then I feel like sending a child to Camp is like nagging them to eat their vegetables – do it because it’s good for you, not because you want to. And clearly the campers love Camp, so growth isn’t quite it either.

A good friend of mine who also works with children once told me that growth equals fun. Just as the Ancient Greeks had four different words that translate to love, perhaps we need several words for fun. The type of fun these campers are having is deeply fulfilling. They crave it, they’re proud of it, they want to share it with each other and with their counselors. It’s about as good as it gets.

Whew. As you’ve probably learned by now, I can get on my soapbox when it comes to Camp. If you’ve read this far, thanks for indulging me. I’ll get on to the news.

The biggest event of today is certainly that the Seniors are returning from their trips. I love the energy the Senior campers bring back from the trips. While they didn’t participate in Sunday Assembly today (only about half of them were back on the property at the time, and those that were were unpacking and cleaning), the topic certainly would have been relevant to them. Senior Trips are about the thrill of adventure, bonding with each other, pushing outside your comfort zone, and discovering the power, independence, and resilience within yourself. It’s all the things the Juniors and Intermediates spoke about at Sunday Assembly in concentrate. Early reports are that the trips were fantastic, and we’re certainly glad to see them again. As has become a bit of a tradition, I’ll welcome them back this evening by having them over to a dinner of barbecued beef brisket in the backyard of Hilltop.

It’s always nice to switch up the energy in Camp by sending the Seniors off on their adventures and leaving Camp to the Juniors and Intermediates. The younger campers had run of the place this week, and we had great a great time. For Evening Activities, we played Capture the Chicken again on Monday. On Tuesday, we had Moonraker/Sleepout (which we do every year for just the Juniors and Intermediates during Senior Trips), which is the normal Moonraker silly songs and skits, but followed by a pillow fight (redubbed “pillow play” in the interest of our good intentions towards each other) and everyone sleeping out on the Sports Field. We played Lord of the Rings on Wednesday, a Tolkein-themed four-way, multiple flag version of Capture the Flag. On Thursday, we had the second traditional Juniors-and-Intermediates-only Evening Activity, Burger Bar. For Burger Bar, the Heads team gives the kitchen staff the night off and cooks burgers, fries, and milkshakes for the whole camp. They also dress both themselves and the Lodge up in a theme. This year it was Ruth A Brown Elementary School (PS 140). Each cabin and tent dresses up in their own theme and presents it to the whole camp in entertaining fashion at flags. We eat dinner, and then head up to the Boat Barn to watch a movie projected onto an old tent (we had trouble finding a big enough sail this year, for those of you familiar with the tradition). This year we picked Matilda, which was very well received. On Friday we had Sports Night, and last night the CTs put together an elaborate game of tag with a zombie theme which they titled, appropriately enough, Zombie Apocalypse.

We’re heading into the last week of Camp. The Seniors are back, and in a few days, we’ll start our traditional series of last Evening Activities: Talent/No Talent (our talent show), Pins & Slides (where we award activity area pins and watch a slideshow of the sesion), CT Dance (where the CTs put on a dance for Camp), and our final Evening Fire. That series of events will start to trigger feelings in both campers and staff that we’re really coming to an end here, and we need to appreciate every moment. As more and more people start to feel that way, an energy will take over that will truly feel magical. I can’t wait to be a part of it.

My last blog post of the session, when I’ll tell you all about that great last week, will be on Sunday. Until then, be sure to follow the updates on Twitter. Thank you, once again, for sharing your children with us.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on July 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm.

Living in the moment

Greetings from Hilltop. It’s been another wonderful week at Camp. This session has been just fantastic. The weather has been perfect (and shows no signs of changing). The children are laughing, playing, growing, and making and growing genuine friendships. The staff are discovering and rediscovering that the best feelings in life come from putting others first, and the campers are benefitting. It’s exactly what we hope for each summer.

We’re at just about the midway point of the session. Last night at our weekly staff meeting, and today at Sunday Assembly led by Crow’s Nest and Flying Cloud, a theme has emerged: We’re encouraging each other to live in the moment. I love that idea. Flying Cloud and Crow’s Nest spoke today about overcoming fears, getting past discomfort and negative feelings and just allowing ourselves to focus on the here and now. That is when the most magical moments in Camp happen. Camp warps our sense of time. On the one hand, it feels like we’ve always been here, but on the other, I know from experience that it will be over before we know it. The more of those magical moments we can capture in the brief time that we’re here, the better.

Following my usual pattern of getting philosophical at the beginning of the post and then getting more newsy, here I go with the news: It’s been an eventful week at Camp. On Monday, we played Capture the Chicken (just like Capture the Flag, but with rubber chickens, and therefore infinitely better), we had Craftapalooza (a celebration of all things crafty) on Tuesday, and Age Group Night on Wednesday.

Camp was punctuated by two big events on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday, we had our annual Fourth of July celebration. During Fourth Period, we all descended on the Craft Courts to decorate ourselves in patriotic attire (both American and international, as we are a global community here at Four Winds), we had dinner, including an American flag cake for dessert, and then we paraded to Deer Harbor. A good number of parents, as well as Deer Harbor locals, enjoyed the spectacle as we paraded to Deer Harbor and back. We took a left on Christmas Tree Lane as we re-entered camp and enjoyed a concert in the Garden to end the evening.

On Friday, it was Gypsy Day. Gypsy Day is an all-day adventure. The tradition started ages ago when the water system failed at Camp, and Ruth Brown sent all the campers and staff off-the property on an all-day adventure while it was fixed. Today, we surprise the campers by waking them up a little early in a special way. The Head of Girls starts with Flying Cloud, wakes them up, and they in turn wake up all the other campers by singing camp songs. They form a chain and wander through all the cabins and tents, waking up the younger girls and then the boys. We play games in the sports field in our pajamas, and then have a special breakfast. We have sugar cereal (the only time during the session) and muffins made by the CTs with fortunes baked in (in the last few years, we’ve served eggs as well, in a nod to the protein needed for a long adventurous day). Each camper receives a clue at breakfast which leads them to their Gypsy Day Band, a group of campers and staff that spends all day on a giant themed scavenger hunt, meeting wacky characters along the way, and eventually finding buried treasure (rice krispie squares). Once the treasure has been found, we reconnect with our cabin groups and meet up in a special place in Camp (this time it was the Garden) and celebrate our Gypsy Court, 8 campers that the staff honors for showing Gypsy Spirit – helping other campers, being adventurous, and making the most of Camp. We have dinner, and for evening activity, a Folk Dance.

After all that adventure, we gave the campers a well deserved sleep in yesterday. That, followed by the normal Sunday sleep in, recharged our batteries for the rest of the week. On Tuesday this week, the seniors will be leaving on their six-day trips by sailboat, canoe, kayak, and on foot. While the seniors have those wonderful adventures, the juniors and intermediates will be left to have camp to themselves, and we have some great traditions just for them.

Thank you once again for sharing your children with us. It’s been a great week, and I know the rest of the session will be as well. Until next week, be sure to follow our updates on Twitter.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on July 7, 2013 at 1:47 pm.

Camp is in full swing

Greetings from Hilltop. It’s been a fantastic first week at Camp. Not to brag, but unbearably hot weather in the rest of the country usually means gorgeous weather in the San Juans, and that’s exactly what our campers are enjoying right now. We had a little rain and a little gray in the first couple of days, but for the last few, and for the foreseeable future, it’s nothing but sun.

Weather aside, Camp has been amazing this week. One of the things I love about four week camp is that there’s enough time to settle into a rhythm. There’s enough time to feel like this is a real community we’re building, not just an activity the campers have been signed up for. In the first couple of days, I’m always a bit anxious for that rhythm to settle in. There’s so much business to take care of in the first few days. We need to sign all the campers up for classes, take the swim test, get them to see the nurse, and so forth. Then there’s the frenetic energy of all the returning campers seeing their friends for the first time this summer, and the new campers checking the place out. And then, on about day 3 or 4, it hits me. Camp has really begun. The community is starting to form. We’re past all the necessities of the beginning of camp, and this beautiful thing is really happening. Campers start to open up to each other and their counselors. The songs sound a little more confident. Campers realize that if they can be themselves, even if that means dropping facades they have to hold up in the real world (as we often call it) in order to be considered cool. It’s a great thing, and it’s happening now on this little corner of Orcas Island.

You’ll have to forgive me. I tend to wax a bit poetic about what happens here in the summer. It’s inspiring, seeing children have this experience. I know you’ll want to here more about what we actually did this week, so here we go. Rotation Day was the first full day of camp, which I already told you about last week. One of the many tasks we accomplished on Rotation Day was filling out all the campers’ class schedules. Class schedules were passed out on Wednesday morning at breakfast, and we jumped right into classes that day. After going to all their classes once, on Wednesday and Thursday, campers had an opportunity to Gypsy Switch (more camp lingo) their classes on Friday if their were any they didn’t like. We encourage kids to challenge themselves at Four Winds, but we want them to have a voice in which challenges they take on, hence the several opportunities the arrange the class schedules just so. Of course, there’s always Fourth Period every day, when the campers can take an unscheduled stab at a well loved activity or something new.

Trips are off to a great start. We’ve already had several intermediate cabins and tents, and one junior cabin take their cabin trips. The Carlyn and her crew of 9 campers and 4 staff left on Thursday morning for their annual 3-week trip to Princess Louisa Inlet in BC and beyond. You can follow their progress here – I’ll update the map every 3 days or so. They’ve checked in from Nanaimo and are having a wonderful time. Trips are a wonderful distillation of what we do here at Four Winds. We challenge kids in a naturally beautiful and emotionally supportive setting, all while helping them to experience the deep satisfaction that comes from genuine relationships. That happens on trips in a wonderful way, and it’s great to see them return to Camp with smiles on their somewhat dirty faces and inside jokes all around.

For Evening Activities, we had Biffer Medic (a giant game of tag where the campers attempt to match clues to counselors while avoiding Biffers, counselors armed with a sock with some flour in it) on Tuesday, Cabin Adventure (where each counselor comes up with a special activity for each cabin) on Wednesday, Sports Night (self-explanatory) on Thursday, Moonraker (where we all go to Moonraker Point and watch silly songs and skits) on Friday, and Folk Dance (where we dress up in crazy costume and do a well-loved series of line dances) last night.

Today is Sunday, a special day in camp. We sleep in for an hour, have breakfast, and then have Sunday Assembly, a time when one or two cabins or tents leads us in a refection on an important aspect of Camp. Today Royal led us in a discussion of Understanding, a very important thing for getting along with each other for four weeks in close quarters. After that, we do our Sunday work projects, because it’s important for kids to give back to the community. We have lunch, an extra long Rest Hour, and a fun Sunday afternoon activity. Today, it’s the Amazing Race, a camp version of the television show, where the campers are going all over Boys’ Side completing challenges. Tonight, we’ll have Evening Fire, just as generations of Four Winds campers have. It’s a lovely time to celebrate our community and feel part of something bigger. I can’t wait.

All in all, it’s been a wonderful first week. Until next time, be sure to follow our daily updates on Twitter – you don’t have to join Twitter to get the updates, just click on the link. Thank you for sharing your children with us.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on June 30, 2013 at 5:58 pm.

Summer has begun!

Greetings from Hilltop.

Summer 2013 is off to a fantastic start. This morning it poured like we rarely see on Orcas, and we were making back up plans to accomodate everyone’s arrival without people getting soaked to the bone. But, the sky cleared a few hours before arrival time, and everything went off without a hitch. We met the campers who were dropped off at Camp at the Gatehouse Circle, got everyone organized, and headed down to Greenie Hill to greet the campers arriving by boat. There was so much excitement in the air as the campers arrived. Old friends threw their arms around each other, and first-timers were welcomed in true Four Winds style.

Later tonight, everyone will introduce themselves at flags, we’ll celebrate our community, have a great meal, and get everyone settled. We’ll collect medications, cell phones, and other valuables, and make sure that everyone has everything need to be comfortable in their cabins and tents. Counselors will play lots of games with the campers, make sure everyone knows each other’s names, and help the campers write their cabin or tent constitution. We’ll unpack and make sure everyone is settled. After that, we’ll get everyone down to a good night’s sleep. Many of these kids have had long travel days. Tomorrow, we’ll have Rotation Day. The kids will learn about the classes we offer and sign up for the second half of their schedules (the first half was created using the form you filled out in the spring), we’ll take the swim test, visit the nurse, have our cabin photos taken, and get to know each other better. Our Evening Activity will be Biffer Medic, a crazy game of tag involving socks filled with flour and matching clues to counselors.

Having trained the trained the staff for the last few weeks, it’s great to see them welcome the campers and get off to a great start. We always hit a point in staff week where it feels a little strange to be doing all this camp stuff without any campers. We hit that point a day or two a go, and it was wonderful to see the counselors do what they came here to do – give these campers the summer of their lives.

Of course, camp is not without its challenges. Parents often comment on the extraordinary growth that they see in their children in the four weeks that they’re here, and growth doesn’t come from doing easy things. Many campers will overcome a bit of homesickness while they’re here. Our staff are well trained to help the campers through it, and the pride and accomplishment that kids feel when they do overcome homesickness is a wonderful thing. Of course, knowing that won’t help the sting you feel if you do get a homesick letter from your child. I won’t lie – they can be heartbreaking. If you do get such a letter, please give us a call. Chances are, the situation has changed a bit in the days that it took for the letter to get to you, and we can provide an update. Every once in a while, a child will not express their homesickness to friends or counselors, and a call from a parent following a homesick letter gives us the chance to give the camper what they need. If you are concerned about homesickness, I highly recommend the book Homesick and Happy, by Dr. Michael Thompson.

I’m sure you’re interested in how get a glimpse of how your child is doing at Camp. First of all, we’ll encourage your camper to write home at least once a week. If you haven’t gotten a letter in a while, please call us, we can give your camper a nudge. Second, I will post on this blog once a week, on Sundays. Lastly, you can get daily updates by following us on twitter @fourwindscamp. You don’t actually need to join twitter to get the updates – just go to twitter.com/fourwindscamp.

Thank you for sending your child to Four Winds. I know that it’s a big deal, on every level, to send your child away to camp for four weeks. The reward is an experience that results in growth, independence, self-confidence, resiliency, the best kind of friendship, and being a part of a community 86 years strong. I know you’ll see all of that in your child’s eyes four weeks from today.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on June 24, 2013 at 5:52 pm.

Four Winds Summer 2012 Slideshow

Summer 2013 is approaching fast. To whet your appetite, check out the Summer 2012 Slideshow that Paul and Emily toured around the country in January and February 2013.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on April 2, 2013 at 11:25 am.

A wonderful week to cap off a wonderful summer

Greetings from Hilltop. The Junior Session campers are all either with their parents or on their way. It’s been a fantastic week. The campers had so much fun, and were so ready for this experience. It was an absolutely pleasure to spend the week with them. I usually say a few words at the end of Evening Fire, and last night I told the campers how proud I was of them for everything they did this week. I told them that being away from their parents for the first or second time for this long is a very big deal, and encouraged them to keep trying new things, even when they are scary.

Of course, it’s not just the end of Junior Session, it’s the end of the summer for us here at Camp. It’s been a truly magical summer. A few staff will be staying for our Family and Alumni weekend in a couple of days, but this is the end for most of them. Though most of them won’t read this blog, I want to thank the summer staff publicly for all the work they did this summer. They did everything I asked of them, and put the campers first for the last nine weeks. Add to that a group of campers that completely bought into the spirit of Camp, and this was absolutely a summer worthy of Camp’s 85th anniversary.

I should also mention that registration is already open for 2013. For returning families, the easiest way to register is to go to fourwindscamp.org/login, and log in to the same account you used to fill out forms this spring. Click on “Registration Form,” select the 2013 season, and you’re on your way. Your information will be automatically entered into the new Registration Form. Please verify the information to make sure it still correct. We certainly appreciate your spreading the word to new families, who can register at fourwindscamp.org by clicking on “Register Now.” We hold spots for returning families until November 30, so we will hold the registrations of any new families until then, and enroll the children on December 1.

Thank you all for sending your children to Four Winds. We loved spending time with them, and hope to see them all next year.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on August 29, 2012 at 10:29 am.

Happy Pirate Day!

Greetings from Hilltop. I normally write these blog posts from Hilltop, but today there’s an extra special reason to. It’s Pirate Day, the Junior Session sized version of Gypsy Day, and I was kidnapped by Gerry the bad pirate. The campers are all over camp receiving pirate training (making eye patches, learning sea shanties, dodging cannon balls, getting moustaches and tattoos, and completing an obstacle course). When they’ve been fully trained, they’ll use their training to defeat Gerry and set me, our Assistant Director Emily, and our Head Counselor Hattie free. Clearly, it wouldn’t be any good for the campers to see me early, so best to hide out in Hilltop. Getting this blog post done is just a bonus.

Pirate Day is a great example of what I love about Junior Session. These kids are so primed to play and use their imaginations. We play and use our imaginations quite a bit during the big session, but my guess is if there were a staged kidnapping in the middle of announcements during the four week session, we wouldn’t have 100% of the campers yelling warnings to the victims and admonishments to the kidnapper. During Junior Session, that’s exactly what happens.

It’s been a wonderful week so far. The weather has been fantastic, the campers having been trying new things, making new friends, and getting into the spirit of camp. The staff have been wonderful, as they have been all summer, doing everything they can to make sure the campers’ experience is as great as it can be. On Thursday, the campers arrived and settled into their cabins and tents. On Friday, we had a mini-Rotation Day in the morning, seeing the nurse, taking the swim test, having cabin photos made, and so on. Yesterday, we had a full day of classes. Today, we had morning classes, and afternoon classes were interrupted, of course, by grand theft camp director. For evening activities, we’ve had Capture the Chicken (Capture the Flag, but with a rubber chicken) and Sports Night. Tonight, we’ll have Moonraker (silly songs and skits on Moonraker Point, one of the most beautiful spots in Camp), Cabin Adventure tomorrow, and Evening Fire on Tuesday. As usual, Junior Session is flying by.

Of course, amidst all this fun, there is a great deal of growth happening. Campers are taking those first, ever so cautious steps away from parental support. They’re learning to live with one another when things are good, but also when there’s disagreement. They’re learning how to make a peanut butter sandwich if they don’t like what’s available for lunch. They’re learning if they buy a sweatshirt at the camp store that they won’t have quite enough money for the water bottle too. They’re learning the sense of pride that comes from doing something they weren’t sure they could. It’s all very age appropriate, but I firmly believe that kids who figure out how to do these things on their own at 7, 8, 9, and 10 have an easier time living with a roommate, organizing their finances, and generally staying safe when they’re 18, 19, or 20.

That’s enough soapboxing for one blog post. For the rest of this week, we’re going to enjoy these kids and do everything we can to give them a great experience. Thank you for sharing them with us.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on August 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm.

Junior Session has begun!

Greetings from Hilltop. All the Junior Session campers have arrived safely. As I write this, campers are moving in to their cabins and tents, getting to know their counselors and cabinmates, and changing in to uniforms. Later this evening, we’ll all meet up for flags and dinner, have an all-camp meeting to welcome the campers here, and then settle in to cabins and tents some more.

Camp is a wonderful thing, and Junior Session is a great way to start a camp career. If you have children in Junior Session, you probably remember a time when camp age kids were told to go play outside and be home by dinner. That world is gone for today’s kids, but they still need a way to test themselves and become independent in those years in between the total dependence of early childhood and getting a driver’s license and going off to college. Camp provides that for kids, a way to take those first steps away from home, solve problems without normal parental support, try new things, be a part of something bigger than themselves, and have a ball.

This week, campers will create art, play at land sports, ride horses, make food in the garden, and sail in our small boats as well as on Carlyn, our 61′ yawl. They’ll make friends, share a space, and get help along the way from our wonderful counselors. I wish every child could have such an experience.

I’m sure you’re wondering how to keep in touch while your child is here. There are several ways. First, we will post updates every day on Twitter. You don’t have to sign up for Twitter to get the updates, just go to twitter.com/fourwindscamp. We’ll have longer pieces on this blog today, on Sunday, and on Wednesday when the campers depart. Of course, you can always call us in the office, at (360) 376-2277 – Abby is always happy to provide parents with updates.

We certainly encourage you to write letters, and will encourage your camper to write home as well. Of course, with Junior Session being so short, if we wait too much longer, those letters will be received after camp is over. If you haven’t written a letter already, I encourage you to write one to put in tomorrow’s mail. If you have concerns about your child being homesick, don’t dwell too much on how much you miss them. Instead, ask lots of questions – “What’s your favorite activity?” “Have you been in the cold water yet?” And so on.

Thank you for sharing your children with us this week. They’re off to a great start, and it’s going to be a great week.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on August 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm.

Exhausted, happy, and sad all at once

Greetings from Hilltop. As I write this, a good number of campers are already with their parents, and the rest are on their way. The counselors are working on cleaning camp up in preparation for Junior Session. Both campers and staff are exhausted, happy, and sad all at once. All is as it should be.

It’s been a wonderful session. Parenthood is a process of constantly letting go, and childhood is a process of constantly increasing independence. What always astounds me about Camp is the way campers here can take those first few steps away from home in this utopic environment. It’s a beautiful thing to see. Campers did that brilliantly this session, and staff helped them, and it was great.

I’m fond of saying to both campers and staff, “There is no magic in the dirt here. If Camp feels magical, it’s because people choose to make it magical through all the little things they do every day.” (I’m so fond of saying it, in fact, that people have started to quote me. There was even a morning skit where someone dropped a Magic Card in the dirt, and Emily, playing me, scolded them because, “There’s no magic in the dirt at Camp.” Perhaps I should come up with a new catch phrase.) In any case, the campers and staff of this session made the choices every day that made this place magical, and it was a privlege to be a part of it.

Since you’re either with your camper or about to see them later today, I should make a point here about homesickness’ lesser known corollary, campsickness. Camp is a completely enveloping world, and one where emotions run high. Jumping back into the real world often requires a little decompression period. Some campers are full of stories right away, some will wait a few days. Some will want to spend an inordinate amount of time communicating with Camp friends. Our advice is to take your cues from your camper. Usually, after a couple of days, campers are back in the swing of the real world.

I should also mention that registration is already open for 2013. For returning families, the easiest way to register is to go to fourwindscamp.org/login, and log in to the same account you used to fill out forms this spring. Click on “Registration Form,” select the 2013 season, and you’re on your way. Your information will be automatically entered into the new Registration Form. Please verify the information to make sure it still correct. We certainly appreciate your spreading the word to new families, who can register at fourwindscamp.org by clicking on “Register Now.” We hold spots for returning families until November 30, so we will hold the registrations of any new families until then, and enroll the children on December 1.

For the final time this session, thank you for sharing your children with us. I can’t say enough about the community they created here over the last four weeks. I hope to see them all back next summer.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on August 20, 2012 at 11:38 am.

Packing Day

Greetings from Hilltop. Today is Packing Day, so here on Orcas we’re taking care of business so we can enjoy each other at Evening Fire tonight and have a smooth travel day tomorrow. There will be a full length blog post here tomorrow, after the campers are on their way home.

Posted by Paul Sheridan on August 19, 2012 at 10:06 am.