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California : 3A • July 19-August 1, 2016

Lake Tahoe Fun!

August 1, 2016

Lake Tahoe… We will miss you! On our drive in.. We were overlooking the beautiful Emerald Bay (where we kayaked), and our excitement grew even more for the future activity. We pulled into our campsite, purchased shower tokens, and set up the eno hammocks! According to our fellow neighbors, we had an “eno city”! For the kids who didn’t have an eno…people doubled up in 2 person enos and LK lent hers out. Jack M. and Jack D. shared a hammock and by the next day, Jack D. said Mears was “the warmest person to sleep with.” After we set camp up, we drove about 10 min away to Eagle Lake Trail where we did a 2 mile loop to a breathtaking lake. Liam led the pack to the lake and set a very swift pace! Everyone went swimming once we made it to the lake and Cameron, Eleanor, Maggie, Jack M., Jack D, Liam, and Jake swam out to a rock in the middle of the lake. It was quite the workout.. Not to mention how cold it was.. or should I say, refreshing! Cameron led the girls into the water and kept everyone motivated to keep swimming. Charlie informed us that he didn’t like swimming far distances, and he had us all laughing at the way he was saying it. After the swim, everyone was hugging rocks for warmth! We headed back to camp for some showers. This was the first shower since they arrived and everyone said “they had never felt so clean.” While everyone continued to shower, Addie and Jack M. (Being our LOD’s) helped cook alfredo pasta with veggies and chicken. They did an amazing job, and the rest of the group agreed! We gathered around in a circle for moon-up with the eno city surrounding us and howled at the moon to bring the night to a closing. That night, we had a little visitor from something known as …a bear! Parents, no worries everyone was safe and sound and the bear was in safe distance from the group! Considering our campsite was close to the campground dumpster, our campsite attracted a little more scent than others. We woke up to Maggie yelling “bear!!!!” and Spencer quickly responding to the situation by starting to take his shirt off and “fight the bear.” Luckily, there was no fighting! The bear was just checking out the dumpster for extra food. To say the least, it was a thrilling night!

 

Everyone woke up on Monday talking about what happened and discussing how cool it was to have a (safe) encounter with a bear. We later asked Spencer his rationale behind taking his shirt off and he responded “if the bear is naked, I need to be naked!” The group started laughing hysterically. Camille and Liam helped serve the group oatmeal for breakfast, and we loaded up the van to meet our kayaking guides. We learned all about how Lake Tahoe was formed, how it’s preserved, and about the history of the castle at emerald bay. The boys started a very serious splashing war and the guide told Kearny, Cameron, Liam, and Jake that they should look into kayaking in college. We docked our kayaks on Emerald Bay and hiked up to the castle where we took some incredible photos and watched all the boats and kayaks around us. After, we kayaked to the beach where we had lunch. The group debated which Doritos were better.. Cool ranch or nacho cheese? Such a hard choice! We jumped off the dock into the crystal clear water… Eleanor jumped off and went back to watch her go pro video where she realized she was wearing her sunglasses when she jumped…and now she didn’t have them. The search for the sunglasses began! Reece and Jake borrowed a snorkeling mask and ended up finding the glasses.. Saving the day! We finished kayaking around 2 and surprised the group with an ice cream stop at a local place near camp. I think Jack D. ate half, and the rest of it was smudged all over his face! We all sat outside and wrote post cards home. Most of them involved something with the bear…Parents, keep an eye out for them! With tired arms and a stomach full of sugar, we drove back to camp where we all laughed and told funny stories in the enos. Addie had her eno in a prime swinging spot, and had everyone wanting to have a turn in her hammock! Camille and Liam cooked dinner for everyone and we learned they have some serious skills when it comes to chopping up vegetables. For dessert, we made jiffy pop (popcorn) and drizzled melted chocolate over it.. Yum! We gathered around for moon-up and discussed some our biggest fears and pilled in our “eno city” for some shut eye.

 

This morning, Tuesday, we woke up to Eleanor and Charlie toasting bagels for the group. Meanwhile, the rest of the group packed up camp and got dressed for some paddle boarding! Charlie did a final trash sweep of the campsite and we drove to the beach to start paddling. We played an intense game of paddle-board tag and also practiced some paddle-board hopping! For those who didn’t want to get wet, that wasn’t an option with this group. We had a blast creating our own fun on the board..not to mention the view (and weather) we had while paddling. Wow. After, we indulged on some sandwiches and started our trip to the American River! We are currently on the way to Camp Lotus.. Can’t wait for our next adventure! This group is certainly Moondancin’ it’s way through Cali! We posted some shout outs below, and we can’t wait to fill you all in after rafting. Until next time!

 

Addy

 

 

Kearny- I am having the best time ever! Today we went paddle boarding and it was super fun! I wrote y’all a letter/postcard yesterday and I hope y’all get it soon! I miss y’all so much and can’t wait to see you!!

 

Liam- Hey mom and dad! I’ve finished all my summer reading books except for one, which is the optional book. Could you purchase the sequels to Enders game for me to read when I get horn? Camp is really fun and tomorrow I’m going white water rafting! P.s- mom have you gotten the stars done yet?

 

Camille- Hi family! We are about to go paddle-boarding. I can’t wait to see y’all! Tell William I miss him. Lake Tahoe is really pretty.

 

Addie- hello family.. We are about to go paddle boarding. Tell jack that I slept in my eno 2 nights ago. I miss you!

 

Jake- Hi mom and dad! I’m so close to finishing Enders Game! We slept in our enos the last two nights! Right now we are about to go paddle boarding. Tomorrow we are going white water rafting! I can’t wait.

 

Charlie- Hey! I had a blast kayaking.. We go white water rafting soon.. Im excited. Hope all is good at home. Tell milo I said hi. Love you

 

Jack M- Hey mom and dad.. I had a lot of fun paddling and going around the beaches at the lake. We go rafting soon which I’m excited about!

 

Maggie- I am having such a fun time! Yesterday we went kayaking on Lake Tahoe and we just finished paddle boarding today. We are on our way to rafting. There were a few bears on our campsite in Tahoe but I wrote you a letter telling you guys about that. I am having an amazing time and I can’t believe a week has already passed by! Love you and miss you guys!

 

Cameron- I am having the best time! I can’t believe we are already more than half way through! We have been doing so many fun activities! We even got to go get ice-cream! I miss y’all so much and the dogs! Love you!

 

Eleanor-I am having a blast! Today we went paddle boarding! I am making so many new friends. I wrote you guys a letter yesterday. Missing you guys and tell June I said hi! Xoxo

 

Jack D.- I miss you all very much. I am having a blast. Give the dog lots of love for me. Love, Jack

 

Spencer- I’ve had so much fun. We stayed at Lake Tahoe for 2 nights and saw bears both nights. The councilors are really fun and cool. At Yosemite there was a b-ball court so I did need my Anthony Davis jersey. California is so cool. I met 2 kids from Newman on my trip that know Miles. I miss you guys and can’t wait to see you! Xoxo


Running the River!

July 29, 2016

We arrived on Tuesday, and the group quickly found its way to the river nearby. We all got a quick taste of what we had in store for us the next couple of days! Jack D. helped everyone unload their duffels from the van. Next, the group decided to all sleep outside and began setting up their sleeping bags on one big tarp. Talk about a Moondance family! Eleanor offered to take one for the team and be on the end of where the girls were. With excitement, we fell asleep beneath the stars!

We woke up on Wednesday to Maggie and Jack M. cooking the group chocolate chip and banana pancakes! Considering we we’re supposed to meet the rafting guides at 11, we had a little time to kill in the morning! To say the least, it was killed with some delicious food and a fun breakfast. After lathering on layers and layers of sunscreen, we drove to get our raftin’ on! Boat 1 was Eleanor, Camille, Maggie, Charlie, Jake, Jack D, and Addie. We named ourselves “The Serena’s” (for reasons I’m still not so sure about) but every time we would paddle we would yell “paddle how Serena Williams would!!” Surprisingly, it actually helped…Thanks Serena! Charlie and Jack D. took charge in the front of the boat and set a great “Serena” pace. After lunch, Maggie and Eleanor took the reins on being in the front. They both got soaked but laughed the entire time! Jake was the first person to stand on the end of the raft while everyone else paddled in a certain direction until he fell off. The boy has some balance! Camille was the first one to swim the rapid and everyone followed her lead! It ended up being a favorite memory of the trip. Boat 2 was Cameron, Kearny, Spencer, Addie, Jack M, Liam, Reece, and LK. They named themselves “The Beasts.” Liam was on a mission to get everyone (including the people in our boat) in the water… at any chance he could. This meant war! He had a some hilarious sudden attacks on people that had everyone cracking up. Jack M and Spencer posted up in the front of the raft before lunch and helped everyone get their paddle strokes down before the big class 3 rapids in the afternoon. Addie was queen of the smiles and the guide said she was “wide-eyed and glowing” the entire day…Kearny and Cameron jumped up to the front after lunch to take on “the rapids of life!” I can assure you, they did!

We stopped for lunch on the river and the kids devoured the incredible sandwich spread… Most of them claiming “it was the best sandwich they’ve had in 9 days.” Although we agreed, we thought out pb & j tortillas were pretty dang good! After lunch, the guides organized a cookie challenge! They gave everyone a vanilla cookie and told them to close their eyes…then they put jelly on the cookie and told them to stick it to their forehead and try to get it from their forehead to their mouth without dropping it. Jake and Charlie were the only ones successful with this challenge… but hey, the rest ended up with a whole lot of jelly on their forehead and lots of laughs! The incredible day of rafting ended with a class 3 rapid known as ” the hospital bar.” LK almost ended up swimming it and Maggie, Jake, and myself actually did end up swimming it. After trying to bounce off a rock the raft was stuck on, all 3 of us bounced right off the raft.. It ended up being one of the most fun parts of the day and “the beasts” raft helped us all get back into rafts. We ended rafting around 5 and the rafting company, All Outdoors, had cold soft drinks waiting for us. What a treat! An intense card game started when we arrived back to camp to pass some time before the 5 star dinner the raft guides (Willie and Daisy) cooked for us. We all started wondering, what do they NOT do?.. They were superstars! We had pesto pasta, marinara pasta, chicken, steak, salad, garlic bread and… brownies!! Wow. They cooked the brownies using a Dutch oven and truly, they were some of the best brownies we’ve ever had. The night came to an end with the Willie and Daisy (raft guides) joining us for moon-up… The question proposed was “If you could re-live one moment in your life…What would it be?” After a great conversation, everyone snuggled up for another night of sleep under the stars.
Thursday we woke up to another delicious meal by the raft guides. Questions from kids began pouring in questioning our cooking skills and why our meals didn’t match up to theirs …we responded with the explanation of our lack of things such as let’s just say…a fridge or an oven! It had everyone laughing. After a filling breakfast and the kids getting themselves into some coffee we got on the river! Today, the class 3 rapids were back to back and had everyone on a “rapid high!” After lunch, we changed up the rafts to all girls and all boys.. Now we’re talkin’! The afternoon was filled with races, splashing wars, pterodactyl (pushing someone else in), and lots of chants! What a way to bring in the day. The rafting guides announced that they weren’t even having to paddle because of how hard the groups were paddling…nothing like a little competition to get the energy going! We finished up rafting with one last lunch catered by All Outdoors and some sad goodbyes. We wanted them to join our Moondance family!
Now, San Fran time! To the city this group goes for our last portion of the trip… where has the time gone? This group continues to live in the moment and take everyday as it comes. We can’t wait to take on the city with them! Tomorrow we head to Muir Woods and walk the Golden Gate Bridge and will finish up the city activities at Pier 39 and Angel island on Saturday! We will keep you all posted.. Until next time!


Fun on Lake Tahoe!

July 27, 2016

Lake Tahoe… We will miss you! On our drive in.. We were overlooking the beautiful Emerald Bay (where we kayaked), and our excitement grew even more for the future activity. We pulled into our campsite, purchased shower tokens, and set up the eno hammocks! According to our fellow neighbors, we had an “eno city”! For the kids who didn’t have an eno…people doubled up in 2 person enos and LK lent hers out. Jack M. and Jack D. shared a hammock and by the next day, Jack D. said Mears was “the warmest person to sleep with.” After we set camp up, we drove about 10 min away to Eagle Lake Trail where we did a 2 mile loop to a breathtaking lake. Liam led the pack to the lake and set a very swift pace! Everyone went swimming once we made it to the lake and Cameron, Eleanor, Maggie, Jack M., Jack D, Liam, and Jake swam out to a rock in the middle of the lake. It was quite the workout.. Not to mention how cold it was.. or should I say, refreshing! Cameron led the girls into the water and kept everyone motivated to keep swimming. Charlie informed us that he didn’t like swimming far distances, and he had us all laughing at the way he was saying it. After the swim, everyone was hugging rocks for warmth! We headed back to camp for some showers. This was the first shower since they arrived and everyone said “they had never felt so clean.” While everyone continued to shower, Addie and Jack M. (Being our LOD’s) helped cook alfredo pasta with veggies and chicken. They did an amazing job, and the rest of the group agreed! We gathered around in a circle for moon-up with the eno city surrounding us and howled at the moon to bring the night to a closing. That night, we had a little visitor from something known as …a bear! Parents, no worries everyone was safe and sound and the bear was in safe distance from the group! Considering our campsite was close to the campground dumpster, our campsite attracted a little more scent than others. We woke up to Maggie yelling “bear!!!!” and Spencer quickly responding to the situation by starting to take his shirt off and “fight the bear.” Luckily, there was no fighting! The bear was just checking out the dumpster for extra food. To say the least, it was a thrilling night!

Everyone woke up on Monday talking about what happened and discussing how cool it was to have a (safe) encounter with a bear. We later asked Spencer his rationale behind taking his shirt off and he responded “if the bear is naked, I need to be naked!” The group started laughing hysterically. Camille and Liam helped serve the group oatmeal for breakfast, and we loaded up the van to meet our kayaking guides. We learned all about how Lake Tahoe was formed, how it’s preserved, and about the history of the castle at emerald bay. The boys started a very serious splashing war and the guide told Kearny, Cameron, Liam, and Jake that they should look into kayaking in college. We docked our kayaks on Emerald Bay and hiked up to the castle where we took some incredible photos and watched all the boats and kayaks around us. After, we kayaked to the beach where we had lunch. The group debated which Doritos were better.. Cool ranch or nacho cheese? Such a hard choice! We jumped off the dock into the crystal clear water… Eleanor jumped off and went back to watch her go pro video where she realized she was wearing her sunglasses when she jumped…and now she didn’t have them. The search for the sunglasses began! Reece and Jake borrowed a snorkeling mask and ended up finding the glasses.. Saving the day! We finished kayaking around 2 and surprised the group with an ice cream stop at a local place near camp. I think Jack D. ate half, and the rest of it was smudged all over his face! We all sat outside and wrote post cards home..most of them involved something with the bear…Parents, keep an eye out for them! With tired arms and a stomach full of sugar, we drove back to camp where we all laughed and told funny stories in the enos. Addie had her eno in a prime swinging spot, and had everyone wanting to have a turn in her hammock! Camille and Liam cooked dinner for everyone and we learned they have some serious skills when it comes to chopping up vegetables. For dessert, we made jiffy pop (popcorn) and drizzled melted chocolate over it.. Yum! We gathered around for moon-up and discussed some our biggest fears and pilled in our “eno city” for some shut eye.

This morning, Tuesday, we woke up to Eleanor and Charlie toasting bagels for the group. Meanwhile, the rest of the group packed up camp and got dressed for some paddle boarding! Charlie did a final trash sweep of the campsite and we drove to the beach to start paddling. We played an intense game of paddle-board tag and also practiced some paddle-board hopping! For those who didn’t want to get wet, that wasn’t an option with this group. We had a blast creating our own fun on the board..not to mention the view (and weather) we had while paddling. Wow. After, we indulged on some sandwiches and started our trip to the American River! We are currently on the way to Camp Lotus.. Can’t wait for our next adventure! This group is certainly Moondancin’ it’s way through Cali! We posted some shout outs below, and we can’t wait to fill you all in after rafting. Until next time!

Addy

 

 

Kearny- I am having the best time ever! Today we went paddle boarding and it was super fun! I wrote y’all a letter/postcard yesterday and I hope y’all get it soon! I miss y’all so much and can’t wait to see you!!

 

Liam- Hey mom and dad! I’ve finished all my summer reading books except for one, which is the optional book. Could you purchase the sequels to Enders game for me to read when I get horn? Camp is really fun and tomorrow I’m going white water rafting! P.s- mom have you gotten the stars done yet?

 

Camille- Hi family! We are about to go paddle-boarding. I can’t wait to see y’all! Tell William I miss him. Lake Tahoe is really pretty.

 

Addie- hello family.. We are about to go paddle boarding. Tell jack that I slept in my eno 2 nights ago. I miss you!

 

Jake- Hi mom and dad! I’m so close to finishing Enders Game! We slept in our enos the pat two nights! Right now we are about to go paddle boarding. Tomorrow we are going white water rafting! I can’t wait.

 

Charlie- Hey! I had a blast kayaking.. We go white water rafting soon.. Im excited. Hope all is good at home. Tell milo I said hi. Love you

 

Jack M- Hey mom and dad.. I had a lot of fun paddling and going around the beaches at the lake. We go rafting soon which I’m excited about!

 

Maggie- I am having such a fun time! Yesterday we went kayaking on Lake Tahoe and we just finished paddle boarding today. We are on our way to rafting. There were a few bears on our campsite in Tahoe but I wrote you a letter telling you guys about that. I am having an amazing time and I can’t believe a week has already passed by! Love you and miss you guys!

 

Cameron- I am having the best time time! I can’t believe we are already more than half way through! We have been doing so many fun activities! We even got to go get ice-cream! I miss y’all so much and the dogs! Love you!

 

Eleanor-I am having a blast! Today we went paddle boarding! I am making so many new friends. I wrote you guys a letter yesterday. Missing you guys and tell June I said hi! Xoxo

 

Jack D.- I miss you all very much. I am having a blast. Give the dog lots of love for me. Love, Jack

 

Spencer- I’ve had so much fun. We stayed at Lake Tahoe for 2 nights and saw bears both nights. The councilors are really fun and cool. At Yosemite there was a b-ball court so I did need my Anthony Davis jersey. California is so cool. I met 2 kids from Newman on my trip that know Miles. I miss you guys and can’t wait to see you! Xoxo


Explorin' in Yosemite!

July 24, 2016

To describe the last few days this group has had in Yosemite is almost impossible. Our only words are…. Wow.

On Tuesday, we woke up ready to take on saddleback hike. Cameron and Jack D. (Being our LODs for the day) cooked up some delicious, hot pancakes to start the day off right! With full stomachs and eager souls, we loaded up the van and headed towards the trailhead. Jack D. lead the front of the pack and Cameron held down the back. The 5 mile hike was filled with lots of riddles, memory games, and of course, some great trail talks. We discovered the group’s passion for hearing riddles and how they wanted to figure them out completely on their own… No hints needed! Jake filled us in on his inspiring life dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon and how he plans to donate his money to charity… One inspiring life plan he has! Addie intrigued us with her news about her German relatives and how excited she was to finally meet them in the near future.  Maggie, Cameron, Kearny, and Camille had an intense alphabet memory game going and all of them were determined to win! Halfway through the hike, we stopped for lunch. We were overlooking a crystal blue lake with gorgeous snow covered mountains in the background…Breathtaking is an understatement! We indulged on some well deserved sandwiches, goldfish, and tangerines and discussed our “go to snack at home.” Jack M. discussed his love for chick-fil-a’s cookie and cream milkshakes.. It had us all drooling!  After lunch, we did a little explorin’! Cameron, Liam, Maggie, Eleanor, Camille, Jake, Addie, Reece, and I walked towards the side of the lake with the snow. We had a mini snowball fight and all played in the refreshing snow. Eleanor proposed a “odds are” bet with me that I would swim out to the middle of the lake to a rock. The odds were 0-20… We both guessed 14. Lucky for me, Reece and Jake joined me on my venture out to the middle of the lake. It was quite the memory and sight for everyone! Meanwhile… Charlie, Jack M, Spencer, Jack D. decided that they all desperately needed to use the restroom. Let’s just say, a restroom that ideally was equipped with toilet paper. Lk taught them some quality “leave no trace” principles. This lead to the mad dash for rocks! The boys were all laughing hysterically. By the end of the day they said it was truly a bonding experience! The hike back was filled with mind throbbing riddles and some hilarious guesses to the riddles. Reece has been established as the riddle master with all the riddles he has stored in his brain! We drove back to our campsite and the boys, along with Camille, Addie, and myself went for a dip in the lake! Camille was the first girl to run straight into the freezing lake and everyone followed! We attempted to circle up and play a game once everyone was in the water but the shivers quickly took over everyone’s ability to focus. Instead, we started swimming some laps! Cameron and Spencer helped cook some delicious pesto pasta and later we all circled up around the fire. When the sun went down and the full moon rose, the group gazed at the occasional shooting stars and gorgeous shinning stars in the sky…Mesmerizing. We also played the song “Moondance” by Van Morrison and the group loved it!

On Friday, we woke up ready to climb some rocks! Jack D., Jake, and Maggie were especially excited about the exciting Yooooosemite rocks we had in store for us. Spencer and Maggie, being our LODs for the day, gave a morning toast (with water) to encourage everyone to stay hydrated. In the car someone asked “what time is it?” and Eleanor politely responded “we’re livin’ in the moment!”… She’s truly embracing the good ole Moondance qualities! Eleanor and Cameron also introduced us to a hilarious game called the “yes no game”… It’s much harder than it seems! We played while the guides, Aaron and Miranda, set up the ropes for us. The group quickly caught on to climbing. You would have thought they had been climbing for years! Everyone was eager to climb, belay, and back-up belay. Kearny was the first girl to take off up the rock. She flew up the rock! Spencer decided that rock climbing was better without a shirt and pulled a Tarzan! Charlie practiced the idea of laying down on the rock once he got to the top. We not only got some great photos… but lots of laughs! Jake climbed every route the guides offered…Wow! We established Liam as the master belayer. Everyone was fighting over who had Liam as their belayer because he kept the rope super secure and made his climber feel safe..what a quality! Camille and Addie questioned if they could make it to the top but after some positive encouragement from the group, they both did it! We were very proud. Not to mention Camille pushed through her fear of heights!! After lunch, Jack M. took on the hardest climb of them all and successfully made it to the top. This group rock climbed the entire day, and managed to have zero complaints! We arrived back to camp and all headed towards the beach, once again, to wash off. We consider this our shower! Later that night, Maggie and Spencer grilled hot dogs and cooked baked beans for everyone… Yum! We finished the night off with some Oreos and another fire under the stars. Not a bad way to close out the night, right?

Today (Saturday) we woke up to (once again) California blue skies! Eleanor and Charlie lead us through the day and helped wake everyone up and get them prepared for rock climbing round 2! Today, we crack climbed…meaning the guides took us to another part of the park and we climbed up little cracks in the rock. It was a blast! Once again, everyone jumped right into things. Considering this was day 2 of rock climbing, this group still didn’t lose any enthusiasm! We climbed hard until about 2 and spent the rest of the afternoon going to a gorgeous viewpoint of the incredible half dome and playing on the beach. We took some stellar group pictures and Cameron and Maggie showed us some catchy new dance moves. Eleanor and Charlie are currently cooking the group pad-thai while the rest of the group is gathered around the fire making jokes! We can’t believe it’s already our last night in Yosemite… I think we’re all wondering the same thing.. Where has the time gone?

Lake Tahoe awaits our arrival tomorrow and we couldn’t be more excited!! Tomorrow is also shower day.. along with eno-hammock day! It’s the perfect campsite to set up everyone’s enos and put those hammocks to use! Kayaking and paddle-boarding here we come…We will be in touch!!

Addy


Exploring the Pacific coast!

July 20, 2016

Greetings!

Yesterday (arrival day), this group certainly jumped right into things! We loaded up the 15-passenger van and headed towards half moon bay! Jack D. (being one of our veteran Moondancers) helped us explain how to set up a tent. Excitedly, everyone set up their new homes! Some announced that 3 people wouldn’t fit in a single tent, and we responded that we (as leaders) share a 3 person tent… This changed their perspective! After going over some basics the group hit the beach! All the girls went for a stroll along the gorgeous Pacific Ocean, while the boys polar-plunged into the water! Charlie was the first to lead the pack in! Brrrr, talk about chilly. With smiles on their face, they ran out of the water with an instant desire for their towels. After some group bonding on the beach, we battled things out with some Uno! We discovered Maggie’s talent with being sneaky and successfully calling out “Uno” before anyone else. Considering the long airport day the group had, we brought the night to an end with some good ole comfort food we like to call pizzzzzàà! Satisfaction, I’d say. We gathered in a circle for our first Moonup and discussed the importance of coming together every night, no matter the condition. After a great Moonup, we decided we couldn’t be any more excited about not only the 14 days ahead of us, but this group of people as well. It’s going to be a good one, we can feel it!
With smiling faces and stellar attitudes, the group woke up ready to take on the day. Kearny and Jake are the first LOD’s (leaders of the day), and they did an incredible job motivating the group to stay on task and listen this morning. We taught them how to break down camp, properly pack the u-haul, cook, and clean. What a morning! Kearny and Jake cooked the group breakfast sandwiches (eggs, Canadian bacon, and cheese)… Yum! Jack D. helped everyone put their bags in the u-haul. We call this great expedition behavior! Spencer motivated everyone to get in the van and spearheaded the idea that we get some group tunes rolling! We drove about 20 minutes to meet the surfing guides known as Alan, Joey, and Warren. They were amazing! During our introduction, Liam spread the positive vibes with his genuine excitement about getting out into the water and surfing. Instructor Alan said “his positivity is what I live for with my job!” When we got in the water, it was obvious Jack M., Cameron, and Maggie had surfed before. They were amazing and immediately caught on! We also had perfect conditions for surfing. It wasn’t too rough and not many people were in the water. Talk about a private lesson! Eleanor, Spencer, and Camille were laughing every time I looked at them. When they fell of the board, they would simply come up from the water, throw their hands up, and start laughing. It was amazing to see – attitude is everything. Although I mention the falling, this is not to imply they didn’t make it up on the board. They were superstars! Addie conquered her fear of going into the ocean and jumped right into things ready to learn and to surf some waves!     We ended the lesson with washing off the wetsuits, thanking the helpful guides, and indulging on some well-deserved sandwiches. With full stomachs and exhausted arms (from paddling) we started the venture to Yosemite!

We are currently in route to the beautiful national park and to be honest, I get shivers at the thought of driving through the place. It’s a truly magical place. Today’s a good day! The next few days will be filled with hiking and rock climbing… and I’m sure many more memories this group will create! We can’t wait to report back with all the exciting activities we have in store. We have posted some shout outs from the group below. Until next time!!
-Addy

Liam- Hey mom and dad. Surfing today was so much fun! I’m so excited for the rest of camp. Love you!

Charlie- Hey mom and dad.. I went surfing and it was radical. I’m about to go on Yosemite.. It’s going to be sick! Love chuck hale

Jack M.- Hey mom and dad..today we went surfing and it was very cold. We are now going to Yosemite. Love jack

Spencer- Dear family, Moondance is really fun. So far we’ve gone swimming and surfed. The water was freezing but it was still really fun. For dinner we had pizza. We had a good breakfast too. The group is really nice and I like the councilors. They’re really nice and fun. Tell Parker I said happy birthday. I really hope he has the best birthday. I hope Caroline’s sky diving experience was amazing. Tel her that GTA was really fun. Love you guys xoxo

Eleanor- I’m having so much fun! The first day I learned how to set up a tent and we went on the beach. The second day we went surfing and drove to Yosemite. It was so beautiful! I wiped out a lot but I got up a couple times. We are staying in Yosemite for 4 days. I’m learning so much and I love the people in my group. Miss you guys so much! Love you all

Cameron- I am having a lot of fun! Right now we are driving to Yosemite, but the first day we learned how to set up tents and we went on the beach. Earlier today we went surfing and it is a lot different than surfing in the Atlantic Ocean. I love my leaders and the people in my group! Miss you guys so much! Xoxo

Kearny- I miss y’all so much and I’m having so much fun! Right now we are driving to Yosemite and the van rides are actually fun, but I haven’t showered yet! I love y’all so much and can’t wait to see you!

Maggie- Dear mom, dad, and Charlie, I am having so much fun!! I miss you guys! This morning we went surfing and now we are in a car ride to Yosemite. It’s been pretty cold in the mornings and nights, but the days are great.. I’m having the time of my life! Miss you guys!

Jake- Hey mom and dad, missing you guys.. But having so much fun already. loved surfing!

Jack D.- Mom and Dad…Having fun on Moondance! Love you

Camille- Hey! It’s freezing here. We are driving to Yosemite right now. Surfing was fun! See you in 2 weeks.

Addie- Hi! We are going to Yosemite right now. Say hi to Mazie and Jack. Miss you!!