The temperature was a lot cooler today, and we were back to the lower humidity that mountain weather usually brings. There was a collective sigh of relief from the (gasp!) two days of heat and high humidity that we’ve had. Sorry, flatlanders…I know it’s still hot there. We are settling into camp again with our Mini 2 girls finding their way to all their activities, learning the ropes and becoming indoctrinated as “Illahee girls.” A word of caution reserved just for you new parents and I can almost see the 4 week moms nodding out there. You may receive a “911” letter today or tomorrow that was written in the first few hours after arrival Sunday. Don’t despair! It has almost certainly resolved itself or we would have been in touch by now. As always, we are here for you, so don’t hesitate to drop Laurie an email @campillahee.com (first name).
Our camp fleet has been moving down the roads of western North Carolina the last couple of days. A group went back over to the nearby Davidson river today to the Pisgah Wildlife Center to do some stream exploration and fishing. All of our Trips Training kayakers got out on a river with Jim to the French Broad to practice the skills they have been learning on the lake. Our climbers took resident photographer Mary Lou with them on their trip today. They were planning on going to Cedar Rock and were turned back by a fallen branch across the road, and went to the South Side of Looking Glass instead. Soup took some special hikes out both this morning and afternoon.
Trips Kayaking had a grand day on the Nantahala River today. The “Nanty” is one of the best teaching rivers in the Southeast, and I spearheaded an effort this past winter to secure permits for twelve member camps of the North Carolina Youth Camp Association. Camps were the first users of the river starting in the 1950′s, but were left out in favor of larger raft outfitters in recent decades. Water is always constant if a bit cold, and it offers the perfect mix of class 3 rapids and easy access.
We got a ten minute cool-off without much thunder drama at the end of rest hour…enough to wet the ground, but not enough to interrupt the flow of activities. Lunch was a favorite…chicken tenders, (think Chick-Fil-A, not McDonalds), corn, salad, with honey mustard and ranch dipping sauces. Dinner on Wednesdays is an opportunity for the kitchen staff to take a break with a picnic “bag supper.” Not sure why it is called Bag Supper, since there are no bags involved, just turkey, ham, PB&J, chips, homemade cookies, pasta salad…all enjoyed with cabinmates by the lake. James Taylor’s crooning tunes are also part of this tradition.
It was a great day in our Heavenly World.