Fiesta Weekend ~ 2017

Fiesta weekend is no time to take a siesta!!  You might miss something!

Sheesh!

It all started with story time on Friday. Then Bocci, Bubble Play and Arts and Crafts.  A penny hunt at the lake and Family Bingo rounded out the day.

Saturday dawned, a beautiful day! Debbie decided we needed to make Mexican hats and maracas.  Don’t they look great!?

Meanwhile, up in the office circle, Greg and Danielle were setting up their woodcarving demonstration.  They hadn’t even parked the truck, and Tami was over there checking out their wares!

See that cute little bear at the bottom of the picture?  She bought that for herself.

“Won’t he look cute on my book signing table?” she asked. “He holds business cards!”

Humph. I think she should have taken the grumpy bear.  Kind of a self portrait, no?

Danielle and Greg made short work of setting up.

Campers of all ages wandered in and out to watch . . .

When Greg started up the chainsaw,

everyone started guessing what he was making.

Except for this little guy . . .

He found it kinda loud!

There were guesses like, “It’s a bear!” and “It’s an eagle!” and “It’s a mouse!”

Okay, I can kinda see that last guess!   But it was none of those. It was a . . .

MOOSE!

But Greg wasn’t done . . . no way!  He had more carving to do!

And when he was done carving . . . burning.

Wait, BURNING????

Don’t worry!  It scared me too, at first. But it gives the sculpture some color and depth.

Then Greg sanded, which really adds some depth and highlights all his cuts and details.

Painting came next.

Ta-Da!!!

Hmmmm . . . that  moose reminds me of someone . . .

Thank you Greg and Danielle for another amazing demonstration!  It was so much fun to watch you create.

We do still have a bunch of their pieces in the office on sale, if you’d like to come by and look.

But not the little Maxwell. He stays with us.

While Greg and Danielle kept campers entertained in the office circle, recreation kept on happenin’!   There was the waterballoon slingshot, fiesta games, jewelry making

Seed spitting . . .

and the hayride too, of course.  My favorite time of the week . . . meeting and greeting my little campers . . .

 

And their pups!

There was so much meeting and greeting, I had to sit and rest with the retirees on the porch!

Rest, you ask?  Why do *I* need to rest??

Because we had a Fiesta Party in the playing field after supper!  I didn’t want to be too tired for that!

There were pinatas for every age group . . .

Which meant . . . C-A-N-D-Y!!!

We had lots of games to play . . .

Like, stacking the cans . . . which is not easy to do on water!

Tattoos . . .

Ring the Bottles . . .

A Shake-It Dance Off . . .

Throwing Darts at Balloons . . .

Rebound!!

Everybody walked away a winner ~ prizes for every try!

Debbie and Ron made Sopapillas for everyone . . .

I must have licked my lips a little too much when I saw this guy putting honey on his . . . I got the don’t-even-think-about-taking-mine stare.

The longest line though . . . was the Bouncy House line!!

David is a very good bouncy house bouncer.  He lets all the little kids in . . .

But no matter how many times I tell him how handsome he his, or what a great campground owner he is . . .

he won’t let me inside!!

Sigh.

But I had a great time anyway!!  I hope my little campers did, too!

A huge thank you to all our camper volunteers at the Fiesta Party. We couldn’t have these events without your help and dedication!

Super Hero Weekend ~ 2017

One of the things I like best about Super Hero Weekend – is that I get to meet so very many heroes all over the campground!!

At arts and crafts they made headbands, masks and arm cuffs to hide their  true identities!

There were some super villains among us too!

After doing all the usual mild-mannered, regular camper stuff Friday and Saturday morning, like super seed spitting, scavenger hunt, and bubble play,  we gathered on the playground to show off our super hero skills!

We zig-zagged our way across the playing field!

We were stylish!

We demonstrated great team work . . .

showed off our agility by crawling through small spaces . . .

And we soared through the air . . .

Okay, okay. Maybe we didn’t soar!  But we ran like the wind!

And we were very good at making distractions so the bad guys would be, you know, distracted and stuff from their evil-doings.

And Tami said we were super good at staring off into nothing-ness – like a true super hero.

Oh no!  Villainous villains!

We took out our super secret weapon . . .

the water balloon launcher!

Do they look a little scared?  Hmmmm . . .

Our Super Heroes are the best!

They play kazoos!

And they can count to three!

And they love hayrides, too.

On Saturday night, Almodarr and Angelique amazed us with their magic!

They did this thing, where they twisted that round circle with the spiral design and we had to stare at it and stare at it and stare at it . . . then Angelique said, “Now look at my nose-”

And I swear she shimmered – like she almost went invisible!  Other kids said her head got bigger.

And then there was the time Angelique started pulling ribbons from what I thought was an empty canister . . . .

and she kept pulling . . . and pulling . . . and pulling!

Finally, they came to the end! Whew!  I was beginning to wonder where we’d put all of that ribbon!  Hmmmm – maybe Debbie and Brooke coulda used it for next year’s super hero costumes.

The Steelgraves put on a great show!  Thank you Almodarr and Angelique!  We can’t wait to see what you come up with next year!

Santa in July!

This morning, Tami found me swimming in the lake.

“Maxwell, you have one job and one job only, to report on the recreation. You’re two blog posts behind and Super Hero Weekend starts tomorrow. When are you going to write them?”

“I can’t hear you,” I told her, while doing the back stroke. “I have water in my ears.”

“If you don’t get them done today, you’ll be grounded for the weekend. No Super Hero Weekend for you.”

No Super Hero weekend? I jumped out of the lake. “I’ll have them done today,” I told her. “No need for grounding.”

“Pictures and all?” she asked.

“Pictures and all . . . ”

So I did the post for Pirate Weekend.  And that took a lot longer than I remembered!  Since Tami doesn’t read the blog, I’m just gonna dump all my Christmas photos right here for you all to look at so I can go to Moosey Yoga, okay?  This deadline has me stressed!

Edited to add:  Apparently Tami DOES read the blog.  So I had to go back and tell you all what we did all weekend . . . . sheesh! She’s such a mean boss!

All week long my little campers and I waited for Christmas. Not the usual Christmas, but Christmas in July!

We had story time and arts and crafts every day. We made ice cream, told scary stories by the campfire, played kickball and held bubbles.

We even made Santa water sleighs and had a sink the ship contest at the lake!

When the big day finally came, there was so much to do! Arts and Crafts, Reindeer Races, snow balloon games and even a Santa Dress Up game!

These guys fooled me for a bit . . . I thought Santa had come early! But then I realized they may have had the Santa suits, but they were a little short to be the Big Guy.

This guy fooled me too!  He’s tall enough to be Santa, and was on a roof, but he didn’t have the Santa suit.

Everybody decorated! It was so Christmasy!

By 6:30 Saturday night, everyone was so excited!! Especially me! When Santa arrived, I was jumping up and down!

This kid, played it cool though.

Santa handed out treats,

while everyone played Christmas games at the party.

And just to be clear, they all won prizes. This little camper was the only lucky duck to get a cool rock like this one.

There was cookie decorating too . . .

And I think those cookies were a big hit!!

There were sooooo many people!

Santa told Tami there were 90 little campers in all .  . . 90!  Whoa!

I’m not sure how many adults there were, but they liked meeting Santa too.

And did you know, Santa brought a couple of friends with him?  The Grinch . . .

And Frosty!   It was so good to see them.

But I had to keep both eyes on that Grinch . . . he almost stole Christmas again!!!

Tami said she loved our Christmas party, because it was all about putting smiles on the kids faces, like this little guy who’s wearing the Santa hat he made at Arts and Crafts.

At the very end, Santa handed out gifts to all the good little campers. I don’t mind telling you,  I was a little worried.

Okay, A LOT worried!

But I did get a present!  So I must have been good, right??  Just like my friends, here.

And the best part about Christmas in July???

 

We only have to wait six months to have it all again!!!

Merry Christmas everyone!!!

Ahoy Maties!!

Arrrrr!   We be over-run with pirates back on the 8th !!!

  

And they be led by our own, Captn’ Brooke!

The whole crew invaded Story Time, Bocci, bingo, a treasure hunt and bubble play too!

I went over to watch the bubble making and I wasn’t gonna try it, but my little campers made it look like so much fun!

The big campers too . . . .

I just couldn’t resist!

I like it! I like bubble play!  I think I’ll go every week from now on!

Some of my little  pirates made Fairy Houses, too!

And Captain Brooke . .. she made us all walk the plank!

in style!

And THAT was only Friday.

Saturday was full of different fun and games.  After making eye patches and parrots at Arts and Crafts,

   

and playing landlubber games in the field, we had a Cannon Shooting Contest!

Nooooooo, not a real cannon silly!  Safety-First Tami would never let us do that!

First, we take a water balloon,

and then we put it in the slingshot . . .

and we pull back . . . far, far, back . . .

and we launch!   The first three to catch a balloon unbroken . . .

Gets a free ice cream certificate!

Some of my little campers made some awesome jewelry.

They worked really, really hard on it.

I wish I could make jewelry, but, you know . . . I don’t have thumbs. Or fingers.

The pirate games were a blast!

We played Pin the Pirate on the treasure map . . .

And a game where we had to wear a hook on our hands . . .

The big event of the weekend was Mad Science ~ what an awesome show!

It was all about energy . . .

He was very funny!

He shot off an Angry Bird!!  With a slingshot!

I love Pirate Weekend!  Everyone goes around saying “Ahoy Maties!” and “Arrrrr!”

And they tell a lot of pirate jokes too . . . . like, “What’s a pirate’s favorite letter?”

Did you guess R?  You’re wrong!

It’s C!  Get it?  C? The sea?

Never mind.

 

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

 

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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Helloooooo Campers!

 

I can’t stand it anymore!!!  It’s so booooooring around this place without all of you, my little campers!

The store’s closed, game room’s closed, pool’s closed, and worst of all . . .

The Snack Bar is closed!

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I’ve had nothing to write about . . . nobody to talk to . . .

well, except this guy.

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But he doesn’t say much.

And then just now,  I went into the house for a snack and saw THIS on Tami’s camp desk!  CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2016

Finally!  Sheesh!  It took her long enough.

Now I can start counting down to Camping Season!

Only 113 days until Clean Up Weekend!

Yes!