June 29, 2022
Hello from Canada, Moondance family!
We started our trip off running from the airport to our first campsite that had a beautiful beach view. Upon arrival, us leaders taught the group how to set up a tent. After learning, every group set up their own. We then continued the fun and made our way down to the beach! Frances, Harry, and Ella were the first people in the water before everyone followed suite and joined them! Afterwards, we all sat in our crazy creeks and got to know each other better. After leaving the beach, our girls got together to make bracelets and Frances brought the group together with some slim shady karaoke! After sharing laughs, we sat around our picnic table and ate delicious pizza. Then, we headed back down to the beach to share our very first sunset moonup. We were excited to pass the torch to our first fearless LOD’s: Elizabeth and Ryan! Once we closed moonup, we got back to the campsite to practice our newly learned camp hygiene to get ready for bed. The sunset was stunning, so Lizzy, Elizabeth, Alison, Corinne, Charlotte, and Maggie watched intently as the sun went down behind the mountains. Frances came shortly after. Charlotte said it was her favorite sunset she has ever seen! After the sunset we said goodnight and got ready for our fun day of white-water rafting across the Squamish River!
We had a couple early risers to start our second day! To fuel up for our drive to cross the border, we ate scrumptious yogurt parfaits. Then we were off! We all sang along to car songs while Frances and Alison took pictures with the point and shoot (#photographersoftheday). Friendship bracelets were made and naps were taken.
Once we arrived at the rafting base camp, we ate sandwiches, played jenga, and got to see some furry friends! We learned the safety of life jackets and helmets and got to know our outfitters who were taking us on the water for the day/night. They gave us wetsuits and we pulled those things on and hit the road!
We got to our starting location and had our LOD’s draft their raft. The kids set off on their rafting trip. They described the rapids as exhilarating, exciting, and just like a roller coaster! The fun did not stop at the rapids, we got to stop at a clear water waterfall to drink the best water ever, straight from the mountain tops! After shredding the rapids, the kiddos had their jaws on the floor when they saw where they were staying for the night. It was their own private island! Our wonderful outfitters set up appetizers (including a charcuterie board) while we hung out and started learning a game called signs. They were quick learners and got good at the game quickly! Soon we had everyone playing. We took a break for our luxury dinner: steak, salmon, fries, salad, and garlic bread! Watching the kids at dinner all talking and laughing was incredible to see for us leaders on the second day. After munching down dinner, Ford, Harry, Bishop, Ryan, Charlotte, and Elizabeth played spike ball. Charlotte and Elizabeth won, then we got back into a big game of signs! Since we were already in our circle, we got straight into moon up. We shared nugs, our favorite foods, and got to appreciate our memorable experiences of the eventful past 30 hours! Elizabeth and Ryan selected our new LOD’s for their expedition behavior and overcoming fears: Corinne and Tyson. We said goodnight and fell asleep in our tents to the sound of the Squamish River.
Our outfitters said good morning to us with eggs, bacon, fruit, yogurt, and granola! We ate and packed up camp to get ready for our lazy river journey home. The views were breathtaking and the raft conversations were incredible. We even saw a waterfall! After docking, our awesome group of helpers packed up the rafts and dry bags into the bus. We said goodbye and gave thanks to our outfitters then set on our way to our next campsite in the green Canadian forest! We ate pita hummus wraps for lunch and got out spike ball for our next competition! The kids got into teams and we set up a tournament. We had to stretch first to prepare for our professional game, of course, so we circled up and started counting off. The dynamic duo, Charlotte and Harry, took the trophy after an intense final game against Elizabeth and Maggie. We played signs till it was time to make dinner. Then, we circled up, ate pasta in our crazy creeks, talked and chilled for a bit, then got into moon up led by Tyson and Corinne. After saying goodnight, we went to bed to get ready for the fun to come!
It’s been a blast already and its only day 3!
All the best,
Lizzy, Davis and Sierra
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!