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Surfing Galore!

July 3, 2022

Hello everyone!!


Olivia and Mary Gray here with our amazing new kiddos! They all successfully made it to Seattle, and we can tell this is going to be a special group! Elizabeth and Amanda really set the stage being the first people in the airport (and kept the BEST attitude as we chilled in baggage claim) as they rallied the group together on the shuttle once everyone arrived and kept all the girls giggling. The back row of the shuttle was a 5-seater, so we knew it was meant to be!  After leaving the airport, the girls got some much-needed rest time in the van as we headed to our first campsite.


At camp, we were impressed by all the girls early wake up calls to get on their flights (shoutout Annabel for that 3am wakeup call)! On our drive, Lizzie kept us all entertained through some 4th of July traffic by introducing new van games. The fan favorites were definitely “OMG me too!” and the Umbrella riddle. The kids still haven’t caught on to the Umbrella riddle, but we will make sure to let you know the first one to crack the code!! Once we got to our campsite, we had a much-deserved pizza dinner! Izzy’s leftover cheese from the top of her pizza made for the best post-dinner snack. Our first night concluded with Moonup and the girls explaining why they chose to come on Moondance. All their reasons were so different, yet we couldn’t be more thankful for all of them are here. This is going to be an incredible 2 weeks and we cannot wait to see the things these girls accomplish! 


Our second day began with a car ride sing along to the 10-minute version of All Too Well by Taylor Swift of course, then some crazy waves at Westhaven beach. The Pacific impressed us all, but the girls impressed us more with their quickness to get up on the surfboard. With wetsuits on and boards in hand, the girls headed for the water and crushed it. Annabel had surfed only once before this trip and was getting up on nearly every wave!! Big ole nugs, to our awesome guides who taught us every safety fact and surfing fact we needed to know to be successful! After surfing, we headed for camp where we got some well-deserved rest time! Dinner was a fan favorite for sure, Greek bowls! We had a surprise up our sleeve and concluded our night with a Moonup around the fire while making s’mores. Izzy may or may not have been the victim of melted, falling chocolate but she took it like a champion. Our LODs of the day, Elizabeth, and Amanda, led the charge in Moonup and crushed it. We appreciate so much how positive the girls are and how they love to get to know everything about each other. Lizzie especially loves asking people questions about themselves, and it just makes us feel so welcomed and loved!! Today, we surfed and once again everyone got up! It was a little chillier than our first day, but everyone stayed in the water and I think their laughs could be heard from Olympia. After a parking lot pita lunch, our full bellies were headed to our next campsite to prepare for backpacking. We could not be more excited to see these girls thrive in the backcountry.


Thank all of you, again, for sending your girls to spend 2 weeks with us. It has already gone by so quickly and we cannot believe we got so lucky. They are becoming accustomed to the Moondance life more and more every day and we know they will continue to thrive. Until next time! 


Olivia and Mary Gray

Safely in Seattle!

July 2, 2022

Hello Olympics Families!

We heard from our leaders that the group has landed safely in Seattle yesterday. The trip is off to a great start as they prep for their backpacking section today. 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!

-Moondance HQ


  • Amanda
  • Annabel
  • Elizabeth
  • Izzy
  • Lizzie