Camp, Day 3

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The first morning, Beth and I are, as always, first ones down to the lake.  So, as is the tradition, I take her photo, sitting on the bench looking out on the sail boats.

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The breakfast bell is rung at 8:00 – the first morning, with 120 campers, the line was out the door and across the patio!  I stayed in the Round House for a while longer, sipping my coffee.  As the week went on, that morning breakfast line got shorter and shorter . . . ha!

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The camp office building is beyond repair – I think the original buildings are approaching a 100 years old.  So, as with all institutions, over time, it’s time for a fundraiser to replace the existing facility.

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So let the camp games begin!!

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Paddle boarding his become a big sport . . .

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So, guys, invite your lady friend for a ride – it appears Katie (about to enter 6th grade) has latched on to one of the three Normile brothers here.

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It looks like . . .

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It is . . . Katie and Will.  🙂

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It was International Night at camp this year . . .

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Somehow the supervisor remembered, and knew where to find them (?), this attire I had purchased in Okinawa some 40 years ago and had kept in a storage bin ever since.

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We represented Japan, of course; Rita, Mexico; Katie, Spain; and Jami and Danny, “Tye-Land.”

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General milling about among the people of the world . . .

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Since nobody brought passports, there was some concern about the legality of all this!

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But then the “administration” stepped in to try to document events in case a future defense was necessary . . .

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Either that or Laura was just simply bemused . . .

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Some times it’s best to just close your eyes to everything . . .

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Or break out the professional camera for your own protection.

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The supervisor and I found our “homeland.”

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Tom and Raven were in charge of cotton candy.  OK, I’ve never understood cotton candy?

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The kids found another “Tye-lander!”:

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The supervisor as photographer.

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The Biddies . . .

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Serialized . . .

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In fine form.

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Katie entered . . .

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The jump rope contest . . .

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Where she jumped . . .

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Her little heart out . . .

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She said she loves sports and plays everything!  🙂

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The rest of Rita’s Mexican “family.”

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Tom came out for a breath of fresh air . . .

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And decided to boogie . . .

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Not bad for someone who’s at least a quarter Norwegian!  😉

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Then it was time for the re-scheduled camp fire.  It got rained out the first night.

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People congregate to . . .

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To watch Tom (on the left with the torch) come in as one of the braves of Elkhart Lake lore.

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The history of Elkhart Lake is read . . .

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Beth and Rita wait patiently . . .

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Come on, baby, light my fire . . .

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And we’re ablaze!

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Clap and sing . . .

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The supervisor begins to ponder the arrival of mosquitos?

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The darkness settles in . . .

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The supervisor’s comfy in her Bug-A-Boo Bay sweatshirt . . .

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Tom gives a thumbs-up from the totem pole!

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And now it’s time for bed!

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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