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(sheeeesh!  This is so embarrassing!)

Memorial Day 2015 (16)

JUNE WAS A BLAST!!

June can be a quieter month, especially in the middle of the week . . . but the weekends!!  We had tons of fun!

David and Frank have been working hard to get the snack bar up and running.  Starting today, it’ll be open six days a week!  I’m so excited, ’cause they’ll be scooping ice cream!

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Black Raspberry is my favorite!! Yum!

Chinese New Year Weekend always kicks off our Summer Recreation Program.  One of my favorite activities is noodle eating . . .

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It makes for some messy, messy faces! Tami never lets me do it – cause she says it’s too hard to get out of my fur.  Thank goodness she doesn’t say that about the ice cream!!

We had arts and crafts in June too.  Look at these cool hats and fans we made last Saturday!  We all wore them to the hayride . . . .

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And we got some prizes.

These Chinese Finger Traps are tricky though!

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I got to hang out with so many of my little camper friends!

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One of my favorite activities is our story times  in the office circle.  Brooke read some pretty great books last week!

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And then she made Moose Mix!!  Mmmmmmmm!

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We all helped her mix in all the ingredients.

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And then shared the mix around the circle!

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We had some face painting in June too!  Turns out Brooke is pretty good at it!  Soccer balls, cheering logos,

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And . . . oh!  How cute!! Even my name!!

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This weekend we’ve got a campground full of campers and a recreation schedule full of fun!!    C’mon – make your reservations!

 

Maxwell’s 10th Birthday!

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After Arts and Crafts, lots of fun and games and then face painting . . . my little campers surprised me at the Rec Hall with a birthday party!!!

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There was cake and ice cream . . . .

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and all my little friends helped me blow the candles out.

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They had so very  many cards for me!!  I love each and every one!!

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I tried to steal this pretty girl’s ice cream and cake, but she told me to go get my own!

 

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Thank you everyone, for another awesome birthday!!  I love my camping families!

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Memorial Day Weekend 2016

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Memorial Day Weekend was soooooooo . . .

much . . .

FUN!!

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We had arts and crafts, the waterballoon slingshot, jewelry making, relay races, a scavenger hunt, and . . .

A Pots and Pans Parade!!  We made really loud noisemakers and Debbie and Brooke gave us whistles too. They told us to go wake everyone up.

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So we did.

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We had a hayride too!  That was tons of fun!

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I even got over the the pool, to say hello to all my little campers.

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AND we played candy bar bingo!!!

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And that was all just Saturday fun!  You should’ve seen Sunday . . .

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We have lots and lots of cool stuff planned this Spring and Summer!  If you haven’t made your reservations, now’s the time!!

Great Horned Owls

Opening weekend at our campground came and went, with plenty of campers checking in to help us rake and clean up the campground. Campfires blazed at night, kids road bikes and played on the campground together after the long winter.

Tami just blah-blah-blahed the whole time with the campers about how many eaglets we had this year and whether or not the loons were nesting yet.

Everyone went home on Sunday, and when Friday rolled around, they all returned. Tami went out to check on the eagles while I played with the kids and helped Debbie and Brooke plan our summer recreation.  Suddenly Tami went running by with her camera.

“Hey-” I called. But she was gone!

I followed her, thinking she’d seen a snapping turtle laying eggs. Or a chickadee nest. Or an oriole’s hanging nest.

But it was none of those things. It was a pair of Great Horned Eaglets!

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Twenty six years Tami and Dave have owned this piece of property. Tami used to tell me how she walked around the campground always looking up – and tripping over tree roots – trying to catch a glimpse of an owl nest. But she could count on only one hand the number of times she’d spied an owl.

Our campers only saw this pair because a piece of the nest fell, and someone  looked up to find these adorable owlets looking back at them. They never heard a peep or a hoot the weekend before. Owls can be silent. Very silent.

The day was gray, but Tami took picture after picture after picture. David thought she’d never come home!  They she researched Great Horned Owls into the early morning hours. She talked for days and days and days about them!

It turns out, their nest disintegrating is normal. And they rarely return to the same place to nest again.

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The next morning, one of my little campers came to the office with her phone. She’d woken up and looked out her camper window to find one of the owlets on the ground looking up at her!  Again, Tami did research and found that owlets on the ground is not necessarily a bad thing either.  This helps them strengthen their leg muscles, and their beaks and talons will help them climb to a new perch.  The best thing we can do, Tami told her, was to keep our distance.

(That owlet hasn’t been seen since, but I believe I’ve heard it)

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The owlet left in the tree started branching, venturing further and further from the trunk of the tree.

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Tami went down Monday after school.

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The little owl cleaned between his toes and slept an awful lot.

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She went down Tuesday.

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On Wednesday, Tami came home from school and grabbed her camera. Diane told her, she hadn’t seen the owlet that morning.  But when Tami went down, it was there! Only on  a different branch.

Had it fledged and come back?

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Tami took mega photos, and thank goodness she did. ‘Cause on Thursday, the owlet wasn’t there. Not on any of the branches.

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Again today, it wasn’t there either.

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We never did see an adult all week, but we aren’t worried. Tami’s research says the adult is perched in a nearby tree, all part of the plan for this little one to take flight and hunt for itself.

(side note: owlets can eat 13-16 mice per night at just 3-4 weeks old!)

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We’re so happy to have had a chance to see these great raptors live and up close. I’m sure Tami is going to be walking and looking up for quite a while to come!

Bouncy House Weekend

Our first weekend of recreation . . .

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And we had the bouncy house!!!

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Tami and I were glad we had a sunny day for it.

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And guess what?  We all got to meet Brooke!  She’ll be our new recreation director. Debbie’s showing her all the tips and tricks to campground recreation.

I sure hope she doesn’t tell her all the silly rules Tami has . . .

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especially my rules!  Like no swimming in the pool .  . .

No eating at the snack shack . . .

and no butts in the ice chest . .

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and

*gasp*

No antlers in the bouncy house!!

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Oh that Tami!!  She’s no fun.

Thank you, Campers!

This weekend was an amazing one!  Mother’s Day and Clean Up all rolled into one . . .

Tami, David  and I think we have amazing campers. Every Spring, they sign up to camp and help us rake sites, culverts, roads, playgrounds and more.

And in return we give them donuts.

 

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I looooooove donuts.  But it’s not nearly enough!  Our campers work hard!

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Okay. Most of them do. I’m going to have to talk to that Ben. I want to know how he does that.

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After the Clean Up, kids gathered to make a special treat for their moms.

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Tami got all teary and stuff, when she read their notes to their moms.

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We’re looking forward to this 2016 camping season!  We have lots of fun planned!

Come and join us!

Eaglet Twins 2016

Every Spring the campers and I stand lakeside with our binoculars and cameras pointed at the eagle nest. The big question is  . . .

Is there one eaglet in there?

Or two?

I’ve been taking pictures for a little over a week now, and I kept seeing this

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and this . . .

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and this . . .

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and even this!

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And while that was all beautiful and interesting and full of inspiration . . . it wasn’t what I was looking for.

Finally, today, I saw it!

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One!

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And then . . .

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Two!!!

I’m so excited to find we have two eaglets this year!! It’s going to be fun to watch them grow.

Our Eagles Are Nesting – 2016

On Saturday, I trudged through the campground, over ice and snow to go lakeside, where I found one of the eagles  perched on the back side of the nest.

 

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As I watched, she turned to face away from me.   Then after a few moments, she cried out once, twice.

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Then she turned to poke around in the nest with her beak before slowly walking down into the nest to sit low inside it.

 

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It’s very possible I witness our eagle laying one of her eggs!

35 days from now, if all goes well, our eagle chicks will be hatching! Send good thoughts everyone!