Monday, July 5, 2010

Stick a fork in week one . . .

 . . . 'cause it's done!

That's right, we've been here more than a week already. Time flies when you're having fun, and if we are good at two things here one is academics, but the other is having fun. In fact, we have so much fun that I don't always have a chance to post up here on the blog or get new pics up, but I will do my best to do it often. On that note, there are some new photos up, so hit up the link at the bottom of the page.

Our weekdays were filled with adventure. Kayakers got rowdy on the river while the climbers were rude on the rocks. Those exploring the equine sports had an interesting week learning that horses don't always cooperate. Wild Colorado (my group) rocked out learning serious survival skills that culminated in sleeping in our shelters in the forest (until it started to storm that is). Our day-campers group Wild Colorado 2 had a great time trying new things and our bold bikers broke in some of the single track trails in the area.

Academics are going well. I even had one camper confide in me that he likes his academics classes more than his outdoor pursuit (this was a new one for me).

This last weekend being the Fourth of July was a special one. In all honesty, after experiencing a Fourth of July at DMC any other celebration just seems to lack something.

We started off with a restful Saturday. In the morning campers had some choices of activities: a nice bike ride, a hike to the 1,500 foot cliff that is Castle Rock, or running Cascade Creek which involves jumping off several waterfalls into the pools below. After that we cleaned our cabins and enjoyed some cabin privileges (town runs, goto the movies, ect).

Sunday we started with a convoy (CW McCall style) up to Silverton where we stopped to enjoy a picnic lunch in a mountain meadow. From there we trucked on to Ouray for some relaxing hours in the hot springs there. It's an amazing thing to lounge in water naturally heated to 104 degrees surrounded on all sides by towering mountains. After that we turned the kids loose on the town to explore the shops and grab a bit to eat. Then we headed back to Sliverton to be wowed by their fireworks show, which never disappoints. It truly was a great weekend.

This week we start our first week of our second outdoor pursuits. The same options are available as last week, with the addition of our SCUBA class. In the water, on it, over it, or by it, a good time will be had by all.

With that, the dinner bell will be ringing shortly, so I'll leave the rest to be told to you by your fantastic kids on their calling night (they are calling, right?).


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