July 3, 2022
Each day brings new adventures and with this group the laughs are never ending!
Day 5 consisted of a long day of traveling to our new campsite in Tofino. We started off with an early 5am wake up call and drove to the ferry terminal to get back to Vancouver. Since it was an early morning, Henry surprised everyone on the ferry with doughnuts from a local shop. The powdered doughnuts were a fan favorite and Luke and India had two each!
After the ferry ride we drove across the border and finally entered Canada! Everyone was super excited and Katie even sang the Canadian national anthem for us. For most of the car ride we blasted sing-along-songs, and whenever Taylor Swift came on everyone would sing at the top of their lungs, especially Allis and Grace. We had some time before our second ferry, so we stopped at a Canadian fast-food staple spot: A&W. After lunch we headed on the second ferry and it felt like we were on a cruise ship! Everyone explored the boat and bought snacks and trinkets from the gift shop. It was super relaxing and the views were incredible.
We had our final road trip of the day and were entertained by Turner, Mia, and Katie making go-pro vlog videos the entire trip. Vee took a long nap in the van and India said taking a bunch of funny pictures of people sleeping was one of the highlights of the road trip. For the people who weren’t sleeping, everyone was looking out the window at the breath-taking views of the mountains and lake. Even though the roads had a ton of twists and turns, we had a beautiful scenic outlook for the entire trip and we’re jamming out to music that made the time fly by.
Once at the campsite, everyone started setting up their tents while Henry made quesadillas. Luke and Hill were big fans and kept grabbing them fresh off the pan! Meanwhile, Turner was excited we had chips and queso and devoured the queso before it was even heated up. Turner and Valentina agreed our food wasn’t as good as Willy’s (taco shop in Atlanta) but it still hit the spot.
After dinner we walked down to the beach to do moonup and told the group what to expect for tomorrow’s surfing and paddle boarding lessons. Everyone was super tired from the long travel day, so we got back to our tents and hit the hay.
Day 6 was Canada day and we started off with chocolate chip pancakes! This was the first day of surfing and stand up paddle boarding and everyone was stoked to get out on the water. We walked down the beach to the surf shop and got ready for our lesson. While we were paddle boarding around a big rock, we saw a bunch of starfish. After awhile we did a speedy paddle board race and India took the lead, winning it all for the blue team!
Once paddle boarding finished, we went back to the campsite for lunch consisting of guac, hummus, snacks and turkey sandwiches. Quickly after, we drove to a nearby bay for our surfing lesson! It took everyone a few tries to stand up and catch the waves, but after a big wave or two everyone got it! Dash, Hill, Grace, and India we’re naturals out there, and Katie especially kept making us laugh as she continued to preserve, even when stuck paddling in multiple waves.
After surfing we had some free time on the beach so we decided to hangout and play games. Luke and Allis were super good at playing 4 square, Hill got to pet someone’s dog, and India made friends with a Canadian kid flying a kite. We went back to our campsite where some people showered and others helped make dinner. For dinner that night we had ramen with peppers, onions, and tofu! We learned that some people have never had tofu before and others loved tofu! Either way, it was a hit amongst the group.
After dinner we had tea time and then played a bunch of group games on the beach with moondance group, BCO C. Some of the games included ships and sailors, birdy on a perch, and capture the Birkenstock. Grace and Katie were birdy on a perch champions while Allis and Luke won ships and sailors. Unfortunately BCO C won capture the Birkenstock, but our group will be ready next time!
Day 7 was our second day of surfing and paddle boarding and it was SO much fun! Everyone got to sleep in and we had yummy eggs, sausage, fruit, and cereal for breakfast. Then, we put our wetsuits on, loaded up in the van, and drove to Cox Bay to go surfing! We met our surfing guides, did some beach yoga, and reviewed the safety procedures before going out on the water. The waves were gnarly this day and Hill was one of our best surfers – standing up every time and coasting right into the beach. Katie, Stock, Dash, and India were also consistently catching the waves and taking super fun go-pro videos throwing up their Shakas!
After surfing the group had sandwiches and snacks for lunch, and then we got ready to go paddle boarding. Everyone was exhausted from surfing, so our paddle board guides let us have a chill day out on the water. Mia, Vee, Valentina, and Katie took naps on their boards. Meanwhile, Luke and Hill went to go find starfish, and Turner and India were catching crabs and putting them on their boards. Grace and Allis successfully did headstands on their boards while Stock and Dash were slowly drifting away with the current. The water was a bit choppy, but the group still had fun and a lot of laughs doing their various activities.
Later that night we had some time to shower and we surprised the group with a yummy local food stop for dinner! We had burgers, sandwiches, salads, and gelato. Unlike most of the group who got burgers and fries, Turner got a Cod sandwich and gumbo! He said was super fresh and delicious.
After dinner we came back to our campsite and saw Moondance group BCO 2B! We chatted with them played games (4 square, ships and Sailors, birdie on a perch) on the beach before Moonup. We all sat in a circle and had Moonup with honey lavender tea. It was going great until Katie and turner kept farting from all of their ice cream intake. The whole group was laughing even though our circle was a bit stinky.
It’s crazy to think a week has already gone by and that it’s almost the 4th of July! Our group has already made memories, friendships, and inside jokes that will last a life time.
We hope you all have a great 4th of July! We’re off to rock climbing now but will touch base again soon. 🙂
Peace & Love,
Kristin, Henry & our crazy BCO 2A family!
Vee: Moondance is so much fun, but Canada is so cold. My fingers and toes turned purple and blue while surfing! Please get me some good food when I come home. Love y’all and miss y’all so much!! Also happy Fourth of July!
Mia: I’m having so much fun! Canada’s sick. Tell charlotte I hope she has the best birthday ever and I love her so much. I hope y’all have a good Fourth of July and love u all lots.
Val: Miss you guys so much! Can’t wait to see you in a week! Moondance has been so much fun and surfing was a blast today (even though it was freezing). Love you !!P.S Happy early 4th of July! Wish I could spend it with you guys.
Turner: Miss y’all so much! You forgot to pack me Canada money and put a travel notice on my card. I want Willy’s when I get home. And it’s sooo cold. See y’all in a week.
India- I love it here. I miss my dog, and food #islay
Katie- hey guys Miss y’all so much! I can’t wait to get canes when I get home! I miss my free showers soooo much. The US is overall better than Canada! I can’t wait to come home!!! PS… happy 4th of july i forgot my pineapple with a mustache at home
Grace- heyy I’m not used to the cold weather. The travel days are so much fun and I’ve loved the activities and ferry rides. Miss and Love yaaa
Allis- I miss you guys and it’s so cold. I’m having a lot of fun surfing and being with my friends. I can’t wait to see you and I love you guys so much.
Dash- it’s really cold but I’m having a muy bueno time.
Luke- I’m having so much fun surfing and paddle boarding. We still haven’t rock climbed or white water rafted but I’m excited for it. I miss all y’all but I’m having so much fun here. P.S I have not Canada money please add money to my card.
Hill- I’m having so much fun! we have surfed and sea kayaked and still have to roc climb and white water raft. A lot of my group says it’s cold but I don’t really think so. I’m having so much fun miss yall and duke.
Stock- I miss you guys, I love it here and the cold is not too bad. I am a pro surfer and paddle boarder, when we go to the beach I will have to show you guys my skill. Love y’all so much
Kristin: Love you mom and dad! Jessa, call and chat on my off day. I want to hear all about the wedding and your travels! Jeff and Emily – have the best 4th of July! (group face time soon!) Also, thanks for being some of my first camping friends and life long pals :’) ily
Henry: howdy and love y’all to all my friends, family, and fans. @mallie text me when u see this lol
June 30, 2022
Howdy to all the folks back home,
Wow – We cannot believe 4 days has already gone by! It seems like yesterday we were meeting for the first time in the airport.
On airport day, everyone arrived safely, and we played a quick “name game” so the group could get to know each other. Shortly after, we loaded up our U-Haul with everyone’s duffels and hit the road to our first campsite. During our 2-hour car ride, the group jammed out to some t-swift and talked about where they’re from and what they are excited for.
Once we got to the campsite, Henry and Kristin demonstrated how to properly set up and take down a tent and discussed the “Leave No Trace” principles. After, we played a quick game of “you’ve got mail” and talked all things Moondance. The weather was beautiful this day, so we decided to have our first moonup on the beach and saw the most amazing sunset. It was the perfect closure to the first day.
After moonup, everyone went back to sit in a tent and talk. I’ve never seen 12 kids in a four-person tent, but the group made it work and seemed to have a fun first night of getting to know each other and bonding.
Day two started off with an early morning (5:30 am wake up!) and then we headed off to ride our first ferry to Friday Harbor! After the ferry, we went to eat lunch on one of the docks and the group explored some of sea creatures below in the harbor. Katie accidentally dropped her hydro flask in the water, but luckily Stock got it reached out to grab it before it floated too far away. We loaded up on our outfitters boat and started on our on our whale watching tour.
After whale watching we came back and our cook crew, the Gordon Ramsey’s secret agents who included Katie, Turner, Dash, and Mia, made a scrumptious pasta dinner with red sauce, chicken, sausage, and parmesan cheese. Later that night, our Leaders of the day (Turner and Allis) led a wonderful first moonup, and we went to bed to get ready for our adventure tomorrow.
On the 3rd day we were supposed to go sea kayaking, but our guides called us and said the winds were insane and the water would be unsafe. Luckily, they had a backup plan we explored San Juan Island! Our home for the next couple of day. We went to a sculpture park, lavender farm, where we got homemade lavender ice cream. Katie and Turner got the lavender lemon sorbet. It was all so delicious and unique to the island. A perfect treat for the day!
After the lavender farm we went on a hike up to a huge cliff and scenic look out. We saw the ocean, The Olympics Mountains, and fields full of wildflowers. The scenery is incredible.
After our hike, we came back to our campsite and a brave few went swimming in Lake dale’s resort’s “hot tub” aka the chilly lake! Dash and Stock were two of the first people to jump in the lake and swam to a floating dock, where others joined them to lay on the sun.
After the lake a few people showered, and we got ready for dinner We played please don’t touch my pinecone, India, Vee, and Valentina continued to churn out friendship bracelets. India has even started making Fourth of July themed bracelets as well! Our Sea Kayaking guides made a taco bar for dinner! It was so yummy and felt very gourmet.
Day 4 woke up and had an oatmeal bar for breakfast with over 10 different toppings! Turner made the ultimate oatmeal with nearly every topping. After our hearty breakfast we got ready for kayaking! We geared up, went over safety procedures, and loaded up in the boats! We paddled around the San Juan islands and stopped for lunch on Henry Island (the island is shaped like an “H”!) to eat chicken Caesar wraps. They were delicious! After lunch we kayaked back and while the current was a bit strong, Hill and Vee were the first to make it across with Katie and Grace coming in at a close second. The fun competing in the group will never end, it’s made everything fun!
After kayaking, we headed back to our campsite and got organized, made dinner, and Moonupped! Hill and Luke lead a Moonup discussion about the hard things we have been though. This Moonup was definitely on for the books as it bonded the group!
As we wake up the next month, we have a long travel day ahead as we now begin our journey to Canada- stayed tuned!
Henry, Kristin, and the whole gang 🙂
June 26, 2022
Hello British Columbia Families!
We just heard from our leaders that the group has landed safely in Seattle. The trip is off to a great start and headed to their first campsite, and we cannot wait to hear more stories from their adventures.
Please remember our leaders and students will be unplugged during their trips but we will be posting up to three trip updates throughout the next couple of weeks! This will allow you to follow along with the trip and the students will also give a special shout out mid-way through! You can also follow us on Instagram, @moondanceadventures, to see more of what we are up to this summer!