June 17, 2016 by Don Gentle
I am so impressed by the quiet of the morning. A few staff are out exercising, taking in some quiet time, but for the most part, it is still. It is always a great start to my day. I like to take a few minutes on the porch to view the lake, read a passage or two, then head up to the dining hall. My work days start early… I usually stroll up to the dining hall for our daily (mostly) executive team meeting around 7:15, greet the fine kitchen folk and maybe sneak an early treat with my morning coffee. On my way up this morning, I was greeted by a few of the last cabin overnights slowly rolling back into camp. I always enjoy the look on their faces as they stroll back to their cabins half awake, usually covered in some sort of pita pizza-marshmallow-fire pit ash remnants. The Connestee group was quite cheerful and even up for a picture!
The day continued early with a climbing group waiting to meet their staff for early breakfast so they could get out on the rock. The day continued with trips out to DuPont for a waterfall hike, and paddling trips to the French Broad. In camp, the boys enjoyed a wonderful breeze and sunny skies as they worked and played hard in their activities.
All of us were pretty excited about lunch today. Our kitchen staff worked hard and tenderly to smoke up some pork butts for about 17 hours. Complete with hush puppies, slaw, beans, and of course, vinegar sauce. What a great treat to have in the dining hall! I couldn’t stop myself!
I can’t believe it has almost been a week of camp already! The community is coming together nicely as the boys learn to live and play together in a tightly coupled system. What a great experience. I look forward to more details as we fade out of the honeymoon period and get into the grit of camp over the next two weeks.
Have a great weekend,