July 27, 2022
It really is so hard to believe our Canadian adventure has come to a close. As leaders, we can not thank everyone at home enough for granting us the opportunity to become a part of your children’s lives this summer. In the last few days with our team of 12, we took a ferry from Anacortes, Washington over to the San Juan Islands for an overnight sea kayaking trip.
Lu Hu woke everyone up the morning of day 12 of our adventure with her usual wake-up call, “it is a great day to have a great day,” and got everyone excited seeing that sea kayaking is her favorite activity of the trip. Sarg then set out bagels for everyone, and once the group was fueled up, we loaded up in the van and headed out to meet our guides at Roche Harbor.
Once we arrived, Sarg paired everyone up with a kayaking partner, and we set out on the great blue water to Jones Island. We paddled until around 1 pm, where we then stopped and took a break for lunch. We ate some sandwiches and shared many laughs before setting back out on the water to finish our epic voyage to our island campsite for the night.
Once we arrived on the north end of the island, we had a gear explosion and set up camp. Sadly, Mother Nature let Kate, Lu Hu, and Charlie know the exact spots they missed with sunscreen, as the three of them had a slight tomato tint on our hands, faces, and arms. Regardless of our stinging appendages, the spirits of the group were high, and everyone was proud of a sea kayaking job well done. We were especially proud of Thomas, who for the first time did not have an accidental swim during the day’s activity!
Once we set up camp, our guides, Lee and Bryson, made a delicious Mexican fiesta-style feast for all of us, and to say it “hit the spot” is an understatement. After dinner, Harris, Mason, Hudson, and John discovered a log that was laying crossed upon another log underneath. So without a second thought, the boys decided to turn the pieces of wood into a seesaw. After playing on our nature-made playground, Lu Hu and Sarg announced to the group we were finally going to have S’Mores. The news that we were going to have the long-awaited desert lit up the faces of Soleil and Gemma brighter than the campfire that Sawyer (our expert outdoorsman) took leadership in creating.
The next morning we packed up camp, fueled up with some yogurt parfaits and oatmeal, and hit the water for our paddle back to Roche Harbor. Once we arrived back at the dock, we circled up for a quick lunch and headed back to our site to set up camp before our final activity of the trip: whale watching. The group might have not seen any Orca whales, but if they have not been able to tell, BCO 3C still manages to make every moment fun, no matter the circumstances. We enjoyed boat sandwiches with our friends on BCO 3B and even got to see a plethora of sea lions on our ride tour around Friday Harbor.
On the final day of our 14-day Canadian adventure, the group packed up for an early ferry ride back to Anacortes, and we cleaned the van and U-haul for the third and final time this summer. Every member on our team of 12 now has 2 cheerleaders for life on their squad in Sarg and me, and once again we cannot thank you enough for allowing us to get to know your incredible kids throughout the past 14 days. We truly mean when we say each and every member of the BCO 3C all-star cast is special to us both.
As leaders, to say we are grateful for you all trusting us with your little humans this summer is such an understatement. Every member of our group never failed to teach us as much, if not more, about ourselves and each other, than we could have ever taught them. As much as we will miss the van giggles of Lulu and Suzanne, the consistent thoughtfulness of Soleil, and the smiling faces of our 12 kiddos, we cannot wait to hear about all the experiences life has in store for the adventurers of BCO 3C.
With Sincere gratitude,
Lucy Hughes Parrish and Will Sargeant
July 22, 2022
Hi all, it is your favorite group of Canadian adventurers!
The adventure never ceases to await for BCO 3C! After 2 great days of surfing and paddle boarding in Tofino, this team of 12 is now headed to white water raft through the serene terrain that surrounds the Squamish River. We arrived in Tofino on day 4 of our 14 day adventure, and the moment we smelt the saltwater air, excitement in the van was instantaneous. We parked the van, set up camp, and began making a Greek-inspired dinner, another one of Sarg’s (self-proclaimed) “famous” meals. We then journeyed to the beach for moon-up with bellies full and spirits high, and then got comfy in our tents after tent time with Lu Hu.
We woke up the next morning bright and early, and to say this crew was ready to surf is an understatement. After breakfast we loaded up in the van, cranked up some starships (per Harris and Charlie’s request), and set off to meet pacific surf school at cox bay. Our first-time surfers, Gemma, mason, Charlie and Hudson, were all shredding swells within mere minutes of hitting the water. Later that afternoon, we met up with swell Tofino at Mackenzie Beach. Thomas fell off the paddle board 27 times, setting a new record for the summer among the BCO C sessions.
Day 2 of surfing and paddle boarding was even better than the first, with just one day of experience making all 12 members of this group look like pros. Not only does BCO 3C continue to impress us as leaders with their constant courage, but it is their kindness towards one another that makes this group so special. Between Lulu and Suzanne’s sincere giggles and smiles that never seem to escape them, and sawyer and John consistently asking in which ways they can help, and Kate’s awesome sense of humor, Soleil’s go-getter attitude, as leaders, we continue to feel nothing but gratitude to hang out with such an incredible group of kids to close out a pretty incredible summer.
The BCO 3C team wanted to say hello, so here is a shoutout from each member of this team of 12:
Suzanne: Hey mom and Dad! Miss yall! We are having a ton of fun in British Columbia! We just got off of the boat, and we think we are about to go white water rafting! Love you! Bye!
Lulu: Hey mom and dad! I am having the best time on my trip! Tell webb I said happy birthday! Miss you guys and can’t wait to see y’all soon!
Harris: Hola Mom, Dad, and Davenport. Miss Y’all! I’m having a blast in BCO. Love Y’all!
Soleil: hey guys! I’m having a lot of fun and I miss yall so much. The people in my group are really nice (especially Kate -Kate) and I’m gonna miss them so much when I come home. See y’all soon bye!
Kate: hey mom and dad! I love y’all so much! Camp Is so much fun and I love everyone here (especially Soleil- Soleil) I hope y’all had so much fun in Charlevoix and I miss y’all! Ytbm&ditweutil!
Gemma: Hey mom and dad! I am having so much fun in BC. Everyone in my group is really nice and we’ve been doing a lot of fun activities! I love y’all so much!
Hudson: Hey Fab Fam! I am having so much fun. Thank you guys so much. I miss y’all and love y’all.
Charlie: hey mom and dad. I am having so much fun. See y’all soon and love y’all. Miss y’all.
Mason: Hi mom and dad I hope you guys aren’t missing me to much. I am having a great time and have made many friends. I love you so much!
John: Hey mom and dad. I am having such a great time here and I am getting to do so many new things. I love y’all so much and I miss you guys. Can’t wait to see you soon. Love you.
Thomas: Hey mom and dad I am having so much fun in British Colombia. We have rock climbed, surfed, and paddle boarded and are now going to either whitewater rafting or sea kayaking. Love you and miss you.
Sawyer: Hey mom and dad I’m having a super great time. Canada is super pretty and my group is awesome can’t wait to see you guys. Tell Zyah I said hi.
I know we sound like a broken record, but Will and I cannot thank each and every person that took part in allowing us to spend time with your kids this summer. We are now ready to tackle some white water, stay tuned for updates!
With sincere gratitude,
Lucy Hughes Parrish and Will Sargeant
July 18, 2022
I come to you with the exciting news that the adventure has officially begun for BCO 3C!
They say all good things come in threes, and I can assure you that our third session has proved that expression to be nothing short of true. Here is what we have been up to the past few days:
After Soleil arrived fashionably late in Seattle (because who doesn’t love to make an entrance) Sarg, and the other 11 Bco C team members, picked her and lu hu up from the airport (with pizza at the ready), and we immediately set off to the first campsite. Sawyer, our expert outdoorsman, was beyond helpful in showing our first-time campers how to set up the campsite. As leaders, we instantly felt instant gratitude to get to know such an incredible group of 12 individuals.
The next morning we had an early start, and crossed the border into Canada (or as Lu likes to say, CanaYUH) and got on a ferry to Nanaimo. In the car ride from Nanaimo to Cumberland, we continued to get to know each other more as a group, with Suzanne never failing to drum up some convo with the entire van. Gemma and Kate have claimed real estate in the front row of the van, and their kind smiles are contagious to us as leaders every time we stop to turn around and chat with the group.
On day 1 of climbing, we started the day at 9 am, after Sarg whipped up some of his (self-proclaimed) “famous” toasted egg and cheese English muffins. After the group was fueled up, we set out for our first bit of climbing for the day, where everyone immediately transformed into a mountaineer, man or woman. Lulu and Hudson crushed repelling (their preferred method of mountaineering), whereas Mason, John, and Harris turned into real-life spidermen while climbing, channeling their inner Peter Parker. Charlie was feeling a little under the weather, so Lu hu considered herself lucky to spend some one-on-one time with such an incredible kid. He was a trooper, and after a day of rest, he was born ready to become a Canadian adventurer.
The second we thought rocking climbing and repelling could not get any more exciting than our first day of the activity, day 2 happened. Our guides met us again in our campsite parking lot, and we set out for the day. The morning was just a warm-up for what was bound to be an exciting afternoon. We walked from our first climbing “wall” (created by Mother Nature herself) to our second area of climbing. After a lunch break, our guides surprised us with a new climb they had not run yet this summer. They challenged us to repel down to a platform that hovered a few feet above the water, and then to scale the mountainside back up to where cheerleaders were waiting to congratulate the climbers on their massive feat. The highlight of the day was Thomas, who somehow missed the platform, and subsequently took a dip in the water below. Even Yan, the head guide of island alpine climbers, said from the top of the mountainside “wow, I’ve never seen that happen before.” Thomas emerged after his quick swim with chattering teeth, only to be seen through his massive smile as the group cheered and clapped about his hilarious misstep. Needless to say, the spirits of BCO 3C are currently as high as the rocks we repelled down in Cumberland. We are now traveling through the beautiful winding roads of British Columbia to Tofino, where the incredible views serve as a constant reminder of how much bigger this world is than ourselves.
We cannot thank our cheerleaders at home enough for giving us the opportunity to get outside and out of our comfort zones, we are already soaking in all the growing experiences the world has to offer. As leaders, we are so excited to watch yet another group grow as individuals and set a foundation for friendships that will last a lifetime. Stay tuned for more updates as we transform from mountaineer men and women to surfer dudes and dudettes!
With sincere gratitude,
Lucy Hughes Parrish and Will Sargeant
July 13, 2022
Hello British Columbia Families!
We just heard from our leaders that the group has landed safely in Seattle minus one student who is arriving later tonight due to flight delays. The trip is off to a great start, 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!