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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