Tuesday began with a surprise announcement that it was “Talk with an Accent” day at Rockbrook. Of course Mandy and a couple of counselors had fun making the announcement in the thickest, sweetest, overly southern accent they could muster… “Naow, Y’aaaaall….” All day long this was really funny. Campers would arrive at their activity and be welcomed by an English lady, or a New York City cab driver! It was so easy to switch accents, you would never know what you might hear.
Today was also a huge whitewater rafting day for us over at the Nantahala river. These rafting trips are very popular with the Middler and Senior girls (almost everyone chooses to go), so we’ve scheduled several trips throughout the session. The first group left camp Monday afternoon and drove straight to our Nantahala outpost in Macon County to spend the night. With pasta, bread and salad for dinner, we enjoyed a campfire (and s’mores!) afterwords. The outpost is really remote and tends to be an excellent place to see and hear wildlife. For example, we easily heard an owl when sitting around the campfire.
The next morning the overnight group met another busload of campers arriving for a day rafting trip. Together, they suited up with helmets and life jackets, ready to brave the chilly water. Much of the Nantahala river is controlled by Duke Energy and is released to generate hydroelectric power from the bottom of the Nantahala lake. Cold, cold water comes out of the bottom of that lake! Fortunately, the weather was nice and hot, so the water felt great. Some of the girls even jumped in the river to cool off during some of the calmer sections of the river.
When this first group finished rafting, a second group arrived from camp. They brought us an awesome lunch of sandwiches, wraps, fruit and chips, and we all enjoyed a picnic by the river together. Soon it was time for the second group to raft, so as the first group headed back to camp, everyone else drove back to the put in to start the afternoon trip. Here too, the weather was excellent and the girls had a great time splashing each other in between the main rapids on the river. This second group, too, decided to spend the night at the outpost. More s’mores, stories round the campfire, and talking into the night.
Altogether, 56 people (not counting our guides) were able to raft today. Rockbrook girls love some rafting!