When The Campers Are Away . . .

While all of our campers are away, the wildlife comes out to play!

In early January, a Barred Owl perched on our front lawn for over four hours, hoping for a quick meal!

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He even sat right on top the bird feeder at one point!  The smaller song birds didn’t pay him any mind, but I swear the squirrels didn’t come back for days.

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He was not successful that day, but I can’t walk by a window, or go to the car without looking up to see if he’s returned.

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In mid-January, during an ice storm, the foxes burst into our backyard . . .

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At first we thought they were fighting, a territory thing.

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But it quickly became obvious, it was more of a mating thing.

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Love was in the air!

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And just last weekend, while I was hiking (wish it was snowshoeing) the camp trail, I came across an otter catching Sunday dinner down by the beaver hut!

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He lay next to holes in the ice, watching, waiting, then slipping soundlessly into the water.

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Most times he came out with nothing. But one time, he emerged with a fish!

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Holding it in his front paws, he ate it right there on the ice.

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I was quite a ways away and needed an extension on my 500mm lens in order to capture these photos.

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Even after 26 years, I’m still finding new creatures to photograph!

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We’ve seen the eagles, but there’s no signs of mating or nesting quite yet. It’s still early, though. Normally, they begin to nest at the end of March, with the chicks being born around May 1st.

Come back often for updates on them!

Who’s Ready For Some Camping?

Okay, okay. Maybe not right this minute!  But are you dreaming of it yet?

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I am!

Spring time kayaking?  The call of the loon? The eagles flight over the lake? Arts and Crafts? Super Hero Tryouts!

S’mores!

Aaaaaaah!  I can’t wait anymore!

If you’re like me, and you’re going crazy waiting for camping season to start, then go here, to our Calendar of Events and start planning your summer!

Calendar Of Events 2017

Click on any tag at the right, to learn more about our theme weekends. Here are some scenes from last year.  We hope to see you soon!

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Halloween One and Too!

 

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Woodcarving Presentation

 

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Maxwell’s Birthday Party

 

Red, White and Blue: Labor Day Weekend

I just love my campers!

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They really, really get into Labor Day Weekend!

They wear lots of red, white and blue and create Labor Day noisemakers at arts and crafts too . . .

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I was quite jealous of their Uncle Sam hats!

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When we gathered outside the store, Tami said, “Go wake everyone up!” And we did!!

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We had so much fun walking the campground and making noise . . .

The weather was gorgeous all three days and we had so much to do ~ swim in the pool, kayak in the lake, loon and eagle watch, water balloon slingshot, arts and crafts twice, movie night, field games . . .

but my absolute favorites this weekend?  There were lots of them!

Bocci!

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Have you ever played?  It’s a lot like horseshoes, but instead you roll balls and try to hit everyone out of the way to be closest to the little one . . .

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Aw, Maggie explains it way better than me!

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Story time was on the schedule too . . .

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And we can’t have a story time . . .

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without books and . . .

Moose Mix!!

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My favorite!

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Especially when RJ gives me his M&M’s.

We had our weekly hayride . . .

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And our weekly campground group photo!

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And our very last recreation activity of the year?

Candy Bar Bingo!!

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The rec hall was full, full, FULL of little campers and young-at-heart campers!

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And I hear tons of candy bars were won . . .

Hershey Bars, Reeses, Kit Kats . . .

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Heeeeey!  What was that I just said?  The last recreation activity?

For like . . . the whole season?

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Awwww!!!

Shucks!

But we had a great Recreation Season, didn’t we? We dressed up as knights and princesses

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and pirates, too!

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We met Santa

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A chainsaw artist . . .

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The Grinch . . .

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And Skywalker, a golden eagle.

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We made Frankensteins –

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Fairy Houses

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And rockets at the lake!

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I’m sure gonna miss my little campers. But you know what? We’ve got some cool things planned for 2017!

And we can’t wait!

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Only 240 days until recreation starts again!!  (Give or take a few!)

SciFi Weekend 2016!

 

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Sci Fi Weekend – the weekend in which I stole rode a bike!

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but that Tami, she caught me and made me park it.

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So I went to Arts and Crafts instead, because I heard my little campers were making aliens!  And after the whole Frankenstein making thing at Halloween Too . . . well, I just had to supervise myself to make sure everything was okay.

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We wouldn’t want to be over run by aliens or anything. Tami says that can’t happen. Aliens aren’t really real.

Or are they . . .

There was a alien slime eating contest . . .

Yeah. I felt like I couldn’t look either!

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Such brave, brave campers I have!

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Sci Fi Weekend was really busy! Busier than the weekend before the first day of School, usually is. We hope all our little campers have a great beginning to their school year.  I, for one, am glad to have Tami off to school every day!

 

Halloween Too ~ 2016

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You know, Tami really needs to re-name the second Halloween weekend.   I mean, doesn’t Halloween Too, make it sound like we do all the exact, same, stuff as Halloween One?

But we don’t!

For example, sure -we still have story time and bocci and bubble play on Friday.  But we also had a walk through the Freaky Forest in search of a Sneaky Snake.

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And we made Springy Snakes and played Ghost-Goblin games in the picnic area, too!

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On Saturday we made Ghostly Site markers instead of the pumpkin ones we made last week.

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We made a gazillion of them – in hopes there’d be a gazillion sites giving out candy.  And that’s all my little campers talked about

all . . . day . . . Saturday!

Candy!

But before that, we played relay games –

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And we shot off ghostly water balloons.

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Buuuuut, these waterballoons didn’t go through you like a ghost does!

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It sure is fun to watch my little campers try to catch them though!

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In the afternoon, some of the campers asked Tami if it was time to Trick or Treat yet. “No,” she said. “Not till 6:30pm.”

“6:30?!!” I said. “Next year, *I* want to make the schedule!”

Tami laughed. “If *YOU* made the schedule, we’d have trick or treating a dozen times on Saturday alone, and nothing else!”

Hmmmmm. That sounded pretty good actually, until I remembered that we were supposed to have a Mummy Wrap contest . . .

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And jewelry making for teens . . .

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And a fang spitting contest!!

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Boy, can our campers spit!!

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Seeds!  They’re spitting seeds!

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Even the adults!!

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And if we only had trick or treating and nothing else, we wouldn’t have the Haunted Hayride!!

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Our campers were soooooo ready for the trick or treating and costume party, they showed up in their costumes!

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At 6:15, our little campers began to arrive at the Office.

“What time is it?  What time is it?”  They all asked, over and over again!

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And they tried to wait patiently . . .

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Now, the one thing that DOES stay the same. The thing that never, ever changes, is Tami giving the *yawn* rules to the restless crowd.

Don’t knock on blah-blah-blah . . . be sure to come back for blah-blah-blah . . . leave your bikes blah-de-blah-blah .  . .

(That’s what WE hear, because all we can think of is 132 sites of  CANDY!)

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Finally!  Tami asked for her picture . . .

 

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Then she said . . .

“Go!!  Have fun!!”

And we did!

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Tami, Nate and Brooke set up for the costume party . . .

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And then it was THEIR turn to wait and wait and wait.

Tami started to get a little worried no one was coming .  . .

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But she shouldn’t have!

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Tons of campers came to play games for prizes and try our fruit kabob treats.

Tami, David, Alex and I, want to thank everyone who came to have fun this past weekend; whether you were a Trick or Treaters or a Candy-hander-outer!  Hope to see you next year!

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Halloween One!

What a lucky Moose I am!!

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I get to have two Halloween Parties every year!

Two!!

Once in October on the “real” Halloween, and again in August!

I think I like the August one better though – ’cause we have cool activities like Story Time and Bocci and Bubble Play and  . . .

making Lake Monsters!

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We don’t make Lake Monsters in October!

We do the usual weekend stuff too, like Arts and Crafts and water balloon slingshot and jewelry making and Horseshoes and a scavenger hunt.

Whew! That’s a lot of stuff!

But we have different things too, like blowing our whistles and marching in a Pumpkin Parade!

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and having a Witch’s Stew Eating Contest!

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(I always want to eat the stew too, but Tami won’t let me. She says it’ll get in my fur!)

We had only one glitch in the whole weekend – there was a shower at Hayride time. *heavy sigh*  But Debbie and Brooke had this really cool idea and they told all the kids to meet them at the Rec Hall.

“What are they doing?” I asked Tami.

“Creating Frankenstein Monsters,” she said. The phone rang and she picked it up.

“Frankenstein Monsters?” I cried. “Isn’t that dangerous!? I mean you know what happened to the villagers in the book, right?”  Tami shot me her pipe-down-so-I-can-hear-the-customer-on-the-phone-look.  You know the one.

So I ran to the Rec Hall, before they all did something crazy . . .

And I found this  . . .

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Boy, was I embarrassed!  They weren’t making reeeeeeal, Frankenstein Monsters.

Or were they?

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At 6:30, Tami gathered all our little campers at the office for a special announcement and some Trick or Treating rules. As usual, all we kids  heard was blah-blah-blah-blaaaaah.  All we could think about was the candy.

Just when I thought she was going to tell us all to begin- she made us pose for a photo!

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And she wasn’t done there!  She kept stopping everyone, making them pose and telling them how adorable they were . . . and clever . . . and scary . . .

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I kept whispering, “Tami! We want to go get the candy!”

But she kept saying, “Just one more!”

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Yeah. Her one more is really like a gazillion more.

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She followed us down the street, taking picture after picture after picture!

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“You’d better get back and set up the party!” I tried distracting her.

“What time is it?” she asked, snapping another photo.

“Seven o’clock,” I said.

She was off like a shot to the rec hall!  Luckily, Debbie and Brooke had everything taken care of. Whew!

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There were lots of fun games . . .

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And I got to hang out with all my little campers for a bit.

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I even got to try a game or two!

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Now, I wasn’t cheating here . . . it only loooooks like I was stepping over the line.

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There were cool prizes like spiders to scare Tami with . . .

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And vampire teeth, too!

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And we had Witch’s fingers and Goblin punch for a snack!

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Yes! I’m the luckiest moose in the world, ’cause I get two Hallowee-

What?

I get three?

Oh! Right!  We’re going to do it all again THIS weekend too!

Woo-Hoo!!

I can’t wait!

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Medieval Fairy Tale Weekend

But . . . wait . ..

“Which is it?”, I asked Tami.

Medieval?

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or

Fairy Tale?

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“Both?” she said.

BOTH!

Sometimes that Tami has great ideas.

Knights in shining armor started arriving to help protect Poland Spring Campground right after Tami hung the banners.

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Tami said she felt safer with them camping with us.

Debbie and Brooke took all their favorite activities from last year’s Medieval and Fairy Tales weekends and put them together in one awesome package! Hammer Throw Games (Bocci), Bubble Play and a Fairy and Gnome hunt. We made Viking Ships at arts and crafts and sailed them in the lake.

And that was only Friday.

Early on Saturday, all our little campers went to Arts and Crafts to make shields, scepters and medieval crowns.

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Oh, they were amazing!

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And then it was time to practice how to be a knight . . .

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We played leap frog . . .

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And three legged races . . .

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And we jousted too!

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We shot off water balloons, had a scavenger hunt and ate porridge!

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At the hayride, everyone came in their finest court dress!

Princesses and knights alike!

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And Saturday night, we were very honored to have Hope and Carol from Wind Over Wings!!

A crowd gathered on our playing field.

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They brought us Tansy the Screech Owl . . . who was hit by a car and lost an eye.

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Kai the American Kestrel who was also rescued after being hit by a car. She can no longer fly.

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And Cessna.  Red Shouldered Hawks aren’t usually calm in captivity, but after being injured, her caregivers noticed that Cessna was. She recuperated from her injuries nicely, but her wing feathers didn’t grow back.  Like the other raptors, she now helps Hope and Carol and the rest of the Wind Over Wings staff, in their quest to form a connection between us and wildlife.

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And last but not least – Skywalker graced us with his presence.

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Such a gorgeous raptor. A stunning Golden Eagle.

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His story is inspiring . . . uplifting . . . and emotional.  Tami sheds a few tears every time she hears it.

You can read all about it here, on the Wind Over Wings website.

Now excuse me . . . I have to go figure out what my costume is going to be for Halloween One!

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I’m going to try hard to be scarier than this guy, this year.

 

 

Fiesta, Fiesta!!!

From the very first time we ever had a Fiesta Weekend, it’s been a hit!  Campers love, love, love it!!

In fact, it makes them feel like dancing . . .

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There’s so much fun packed into just a couple days.

And if you’re silly enough to take a Siesta

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you’ll miss it!

It was a mix of our usual recreation, like bubble play, bocci, kickball, story time, jewelry making . .  .

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arts and crafts, water balloon slingshot and a penny hunt in the pool.

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But mixed in with those were different activities too –

I bet you can’t guess what this one is!

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You do??

Awww – I  bet the sacks gave it away!

We had a seed spitting contest! That’s always fun!  And at Saturday Arts and Crafts, we made sombreros, Poland Spring style!

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On Saturday afternoon, everyone wore their sombreros and brought their maracas on the hayride.

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Pssst – somebody needs to show this little camper how to wear his hat . . .

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And on Saturday night . .. we had a Fiesta PARTY!!!

Debbie, Maggie, Tami and Dave planned an awesome carnival style party with tons of games like ring toss, bouncing ball, and the very difficult, very challenging stack-the-empty-cans-on-a-floating plate  . . .

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You could get a tattoo (not the real kind, I checked)  . . .

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Or throw darts to POP a balloon . . .

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All for prizes!!

You could get a Sopapilla from Debbie and Ron . . .

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*heavy sigh* I wish *I* could have got a sopapilla.  But Tami wouldn’t let me. She says I’m a messy eater, and the honey gets caught in my fur.

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And if that wasn’t enough . . . we had the bouncy house too!

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Aaaaaand, for those of you who are still saying, “is that all you got?”

We had pinatas. Four of them.

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Made right here in the campground!

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But don’t think they were easy to crack!

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They were not! But when they did . . .

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tons and tons of candy flowed out!

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We sure did have an awesome time, and I wanted it to last forever and ever and ever . . .

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But now we have to hang up our sombreros to get ready for Medieval Fairy Tale Weekend and Hope from Wind Over Wings . . .

She’s bringing her amazing raptors . . . including Skywalker. I can’t wait!

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Super Hero Camping Weekend with Riverside Carving

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Saturday morning dawned bright and clear. And hot. Tami kept checking the weather.

“Whatcha worried about?” I asked her. “You can put the recreation inside if it rains. Debbie and Brooke always have a backup plan.”

“I’m worried for the carver.” Tami refreshed her Weatherunderground page for the thousandth time. “If there’s thunder and lightening, he can’t work.”

“A carver!” I cried. “You mean THE carver? Artist Greg Waters? THAT’S this weekend! What’s he making?”

“It’s a secret.” Tami smiled. I begged and begged, but her smile only got bigger as she shook her head at me. “You’ll have to watch.”

Greg and his wife Danielle arrived, with tons of art in the back of their pick up. Seeing all the cool stuff he does, I really couldn’t even begin to guess what he was gonna make.

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Once he was all set up in our office circle, he got right to work. Greg only made two little lines before he dug in.  The whir of the chainsaw brought kids and adults from all over the campground to see what was going on.

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“Psst,” I whispered to some of my super hero friends. “What’s he making?”

 

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They shrugged their shoulders. “Dunno yet.”

Super Heroes stopped by on their way to Super Hero Tryouts, after making capes and masks and wrist bands at arts and crafts.

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They watched went to play in the playing field, then came back again.

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But they still couldn’t quite guess what Greg was making. And Danielle wasn’t telling either.

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After shooting water balloons at villains, some of my Super Hero friends sat down to watch.

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“Hmmm,” maybe it’s a bat,” I guessed.

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“Look again, Maxx,” some of my friends told me.

And then I saw it!!

An eagle was taking shape!!

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And I was feeling all proud of myself and all, when Greg turned the piece to do the back side! Trees!

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Heroes flocked to the Riverside Carving poster to see what other cool projects Greg has done.

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But Greg, he just kept working . ..

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On one of my checks, I saw flames!! I ran to the store, “Tami, Tami! Your eagle’s on fire!!”

She ran out with me, “There!” I told her. “Make him stop!”

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“Oh, my silly moose,” Tami rolled her eyes toward Danielle in a so-sorry-he’s-just-excitable kind of way

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“He’s just burning off the little rough parts and giving it some burnt tones. Look how it shows off the deeper cuts,” Tami explained.

“Awwww, I knew that all along.” I told her. “I was just messing with you.”

I don’t think Tami believed me.

All through our afternoon activities of watermelon eating contest, Scavenger Hunt and jewelry making, campers stopped to check on Greg and his art.

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They brought their super hero furry friends too!

Danielle answered a ton of questions and everyone found it quite fascinating!

The very last step, was to add some paint, which would help protect it, and it made the piece pop!

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Just as Greg put on the finishing touches . . . we heard thunder! We rushed to get Greg’s eagle on the campground porch.  And then the sky opened up! It poured! Whew!!

Tami and David put Greg’s eagle on display in the campground office,  along with a few more of his pieces which are on consignment. Stop by and check them out!

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Thank you Danielle and Greg for a fabulous afternoon!  Everyone is still talking about your presentation!

 

 

Santa Was Here! Santa Was Here!

Gotta love having Santa visit in July!!

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Unleeeeeess, you’ve been a naughty moose.

But I convinced Santa I changed my ways!  No more butt in the ice chest.  No more trying to steal the golf cart. No more trying to get on the hayride.

We had a great time last weekend!
It all started with our usual list of activities – Debbie and Brooke have fun stuff to do every day  – all day!  THIS weekend though, they loaded up with Christmasy stuff . . .

Like making Santa hats at arts and crafts!

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And playing field games, and having a snowball-waterballoon toss,jewelry making, parent/child horseshoe tournament and lots more!

By the time it was Sleigh Ride time . . .

okay, HAYride time . . .

my little campers were asking Tami and Debbie and Brooke over and over and over again when Santa was coming.

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Tami said, “Soon! I just talked to Santa and he’s on his way down from the North Pole!”

Debbie and Brooke handed out kazoos to distract us.

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We played them on the Sleigh Ride to help get everyone in the whooooole campground in the Christmas Spirit.  Although the Moms and Dads kept putting their hands over their ears.

I wonder what that means?

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Finally, after supper, it was time!  We all gathered at the campground entrance to wait for the Big Guy himself.

I asked Tami, “When will we know when he gets here?”

“Oh, you’ll know,” she assured me.

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Because Santa arrives in style!

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While Santa sat and talked to every little camper here . . .

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We played lots and lots of carnival style games, run by our teen volunteers!

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For prizes!!

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And I can’t forget the lazy man s’mores!

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We were all having so much fun with Frosty,

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the Grinch

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and Santa

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that we almost forgot about the handing-out-the-presents thing!

We all lined up and listened carefully for our names . . .

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Imagine! Christmas Presents . . .

In July!

From *gasp* Santa, himself!!

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Hanging out with Santa never, ever, ever gets old.

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