I walked into my house yesterday.
And it felt glorious.
No matter how much you love where you go and where you are, it's always good to come home.
It's good to be alone, sometimes, too.
I watched an old movie in my bed.
And when I got up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, I didn't have to go outside in the cold (I realize it wasn't very cold last night in town, but it's always chilly at night up at camp).
I had breakfast and coffee on the patio at Bully's, as I usually do on weekends in the summer, reading a book. It was so nice and relaxing.
But one thing I love about being at camp is waking up in the morning and stepping outside into the woods. Before brushing teeth or listening to the news or taking a shower, there's the woods with the morning sun slanting golden through the trees, and the pine laden breeze, and the birds calling merrily to and fro.
(And sometimes there are scouts the next hill over, playing Revelry and hoo-hawing their youthful exuberance to the morning.
|Some of the junior staff while on an Outpost hike: Squid, Platypus and Ducky.|
|My buds. They can always make me laugh.|
So sometimes when I'm walking down the road for the umpteenth time that morning between the Trading Post and the Office, I'll take inventory of my sensory input, to remind myself to be aware and thankful.
There are flocks of butterflies everywhere! All kinds. Sometimes you'll be walking along and suddenly a cloud of pale blue butterflies bursts from the ground to say hello.
I love the smell of campfires in the evening.
|Always a pal to be found.|
Of the Finer Things Club:
|We made homemade hot chocolate with milk we pilfered from the kitchen on a cold and rainy campfire evening.|
I have an electric teapot I brought to camp, as well as my french press.
When the curtains to my room are open, that means people are welcome to stop by for coffee, or tea, and a chat.
|The screen is such that I can easily pull open just a corner and pour coffee into an outstretched mug.|
What the Finer Things Club eats:
This past weekend, plans got a little wonky but ended up working out for the best.
The boys went climbing.
The girls went to Galena.
It was good to have girl time.
We show up on Ryan's Mom's doorstep and are greeted warmly.
We spent the afternoon lying in the shade on a blanket near the road as the Tatanka 100 bike race happened to be that day and passed through Galena. We offered beer and cheered them on as they went by, calling encouragement and telling each that they were the first we'd seen and were in first place.
|Sassy's dog Wrigley, whom I call Rugby.|
It's the thought that counts.
Eventually we moved to the front porch for some front porch sittin' and books.
I adore these pictures:
If no other good came from my time at camp save my having met Sassy and our becoming friends, it would be time well spent.
We hit it off from the start, a rare occurrence.
She's good people, this girl.
A keeper, for sure.
|"Join me, let's read."|
What we saw directly in front of us:
And the view beyond the chickens:
And that's an update.
A disjointed collection of pictures and happenings.
Happy trails out there.
And don't forget to make the most of where you are.