Ice Cream Social and Maxx’s Birthday!

We always have two big ice cream events in the Spring!

Tami just <3 <3 <3’s  ice cream!!

But not as much as me!

All through Saturday May 20th,  my little campers played wiffle ball, shot off water balloons with the slingshot, played bocce . .. and at every event, they all asked each other what they were bringing for a topping to share . . .

It turned out to be the best topping smorgasbord ever!  Sooooo many campers came . . . I think they love ice cream as much as Tami does!

More than me!!

Okay, I think this young man loves it more than all of us combined!!

I always love to see what kinds of sundaes my little campers create . . .

Will they load up with lots of red toppings?

Or do they like blue??

This young lady sure is enjoying her sundae!

On June 3rd, we celebrated a very, very special birthday . . .

Mine!!!

What a fun day that was!

We played birthday games,

shot off water balloons, and my little campers made cards and party hats at Arts and Crafts.

I had no idea they were planning a party though!  I was totally in the dark!

Tami told me Brooke needed to see me in the Rec Hall,

so I wandered on down . . .

What I didn’t know, is that there was  lookout behind the tree . . .

And a camper at the lights .  . .

when they saw me coming, they hushed up, shut off the lights, and waited . . .

and when I walked through the door, they yelled ~

“Surprise!”

I couldn’t believe it!

We blew out the candles on my cake together,

ate some cake and ice cream . . .

and my little campers gave me their cards.

They were all so thoughtful and full of heart!

I’ll treasure them forever and ever and ever!!

Thank you, Poland Spring Campers, for a fabulous birthday!  You’re the best!

 

 

Red, White and Blue!

Memorial Day Weekend is one of my favorites!  You know why?

Because I get to come out and play for the first time of the new season!

Boy oh boy, did I miss my little campers!

Debbie and Brooke planned tons of fun stuff to do, from Arts and Crafts where we made red, white and blue decorations

for the Pots and Pans parade!

 

to the water balloon slingshot,

jewelry making, relay races,

a scavenger hunt, wiffle ball and candy bar bingo!

Whew!  And that was only Saturday!!!

That’s the other thing I like about Memorial Day Weekend,

it’s a three day weekend!!!

On Sunday, we started the day with Story Time in the office circle.

Tami picked out some of my favorite stories.  Moose stories!!

And Brooke made some moose mix to nibble on while we heard them. Yum!!  I love that Moose Mix!

After Capture the Flag and some water balloon target practice, we had more arts and crafts time,

We made eagles in honor of our veterans, of course.

and bubble play!

My little campers make the biggest, bestest bubbles!

And then it was time for my favorite weekend activity of all . . .

Nooooooo . . . not swimming. I’m not allowed to go swimming in the pool like this little camper . . .  something about my fur clogging the filter or something-

And it wasn’t fishing, because this guy beat me to it!!  A 15 inch crappie! Wow!!

It was our weekly Saturday hayride!!  The time of the weekend when we get all my little campers together for a group photo . . . it’s . . . it’s . . . .

what does Tami call it?

A tradition!

Come make some family traditions with us this summer!  We’d love to have you . . .

 

 

 

Mother’s Day 2017

Oh my goodness!  Mother’s Day Weekend was so much fun!  Now, wouldn’t you think “Mother’s Day Weekend” means it’s supposed to be all about the Moms?

But, we played kickball in the playing field, and none of the Moms showed.

And we had arts and crafts at the rec hall, and none of the Moms showed there either.

I was so confused!!!

 

“Where are they all?” I asked.  “I’ve searched high and low and I just can’t find them!”

Tami patted me on the back and gave me that AWWW-you’re-so-cute  smile. “They’re back at their campsites, Maxx.”

“But, but, they’re all alone out there!  My little campers and I are about to do a scavenger hunt, and then it’s time for water balloon target practice!  I’m going out to find them.”

“No,” she said. “Leave them be. They’re enjoying their day.”

Sheesh! How can they enjoy their day without a turn in the bouncy house?

When all the fun was winding down, some of the little campers stopped by the store to pick out some flowers for their moms . . . .

Which was really nice and all.  “Well, my little friends had a ton of fun,” I told Tami.  “I sure hope the Moms weren’t too bored, though.”

“Maxx, you worry too much. Trust me. They had a great time.”

I guess she knows what she’s talking about. She’s a Mom too, but  I don’t know how you can have fun, when you don’t get your turn in the bouncy house.

 

Clean Up Weekend

Hey there campers!!!

What a grrrrreat opening weekend!  Clean Up Weekend is always one of our favorites, because we get to see everyone and catch up after a long, snowy winter.

I don’t want to rat her out or anything, but when Tami saw the weather forecast, she was wicked worried it would pour every minute and no one would want to come.

“Pshaw!” I told her. “They’ll come!”

And come they did. We have the best campers in the whole wide world!

“We couldn’t leave you to do it yourself,” some said.

“A little rain doesn’t scare us,” others declared.

And Tami’s personal favorite, “It’s our tradition, this weekend with you. Our kids have been counting down the days!”

Many hands make light work, Tami always tells me. But there was time to play too.

And eat donuts!

It’ll take five times as long for the pick up crew to collect all the piles of leaves.

But Tami and David agree, the campers did all the hard work, raking those wet leaves into piles.  Our campground is ready for the 2017 camping season!

Tami and David are so very thankful. And Tami’s especially thankful to the young camper who went out to get photos for her. Aren’t they amazing??  She’s got a good eye.

Thanks again, Poland Spring campers!  And we hope you come back and visit soon . . .

We’ve got tons of fun planned!

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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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.