Talley and Jessi took a bunch of Junior campers on a really cool day hike this week. They packed a lunch and drove up to the Blue Ridge Parkway to hike along a section of the Art Loeb trail. They made it all the way to the top of Black Balsam Knob (6214 ft) and Tennent Mountain (6040 ft)! This is a true “above the clouds” experience, as these are some of the highest peaks east of the Mississippi river. Fortunately, the weather was awesome so the girls could see for miles.
Archives for July 2009
The 4th of July began with everyone waking up to the sound of horses running down the cabin lines, and the equestrian staff yelling “The British are coming; wake up; wake up!!” Dressed in festive red, white and blue, the riders and their horses made quite a scene. The entire camp stumbled out of their cabins and made their way to hill for a quick flag raising ceremony, ending with everyone reciting the pledge of allegiance.
The rest of the day we enjoyed our regular camp activities… crafts, outdoor adventure, sports, horseback riding. Then for dinner, Rick prepared an excellent cookout of burgers, corn, chips and watermelon. We all sat and ate on the hill, and since we had some music playing, sang and danced too. It was a nice way to spend the evening.
Capping off the day, everyone gathered again on the hill for a great fireworks display. For about 20 minutes bangs and colorful flashes in the sky entertained us before turning in for the night. Overall, it was a great day of all-camp activities and holiday celebration fun.
Yesterday we took the entire Middler Line to Sliding Rock, the wonderful natural water slide nearby in the Pisgah National Forest. We loaded up all 75 (5-6 grade) campers and counselors and had an exciting afternoon and evening with lots of trips down the rock to plunge into the chilly water. And since it was surprisingly uncrowded, the girls got to slide a lot. It’s such a classic summer activity here in the mountains, everyone loves it! On the way down the mountain, we just had to stop at Dolly’s for a cone of “Rockbrook Chocolate Illusion” ice cream. Yum!