Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Day in the Life...

LIfe at camp has been incredibly busy...and the campers haven't even arrived yet! As of yesterday, all the counselors and other staff are here, and the energy level has risen expotientally. I can already tell that no two days will be alike, and that I'll be doing lots of fun things. Let me tell you a little about my yesterday. Up at 5:30am and walked two miles with the Camp Director...a perfect opportunity to discuss issues and plans. Breakfast in the Lodge. Dining is a totally different experience for me. The girls sing both before and after most meals. Food and dishes are passed a certain way and everyone's manners are impecable. I spent most of the morning checking in staff, ordering emergency supplies, and organizing medications while my nursing assistant worked on organizing the files. Afternoon found me planting impatiens in the ten flower boxes around the Health Center and playing 'newbie' rider for the stable girls. They are learning how to teach the campers the essentials of English riding and needed a 'practice dummy.' That would be me! Here I am sitting on my barrel horse, Charlie. I was a perfect subject for the girls to learn on. I have never sat an English saddle and don't know the first thing about how to hold the reins, position my hands and legs, direct and indirect rein English style, or even dismount. I was a real challenge for them! But I can say, they were able to teach me...at least on Charlie! More fun and adventures to come...

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