[January, 1990] Roughing it Gets a Ten-Plus
We are on our way to Camp Ticonic.
We arrived here and it is wonderful.
We didn’t do much, but I’m sure this will be a good experience.
Gotta go unpack!
Just ate dinner. Getting ready for the night hike.
We just got back from playing this cool game outside. My impressions of today are: wonderful, fun, exciting. If I gave it a rating on a scale of one to ten, then I would definitely give it a ten-plus. I hope the rest of the trip turns out just as terrific as today was.
Our elementary school arranged for a weekend camping trip upstate every year for fifth and sixth graders to provide a greater appreciation for nature and wildlife. It was allegedly supposed to enhance our survival skills and ability to work as a team, if that’s what you call square dancing and chomping on Wint-O-Green Lifesavers until they made sparks in your mouth.
This particular brand of camping appealed to me for a number of reasons:
1. No sleeping in tents. We slept in cabins with electricity.
2. No pooping in the woods. There were full bathroom facilities in a nearby cabin.
3. While the kids took turns setting the table and serving each other, hot meals were cooked by a professional staff and often involved delicious french fries.
4. Exposure to insects or other unpleasant wildlife was minimal.
5. The camp grounds had fun obstacle courses like spiderwebs made of rope we had to climb, and rubber tires to run through (has there ever been an emergency that involved running through neat rows of tires turned on their sides? Didn’t think so. And yet they always make an appearance in obstacle courses).
6. The night hike provided a beautiful view of the night sky, and also a better chance of spotting a UFO.
What’s not to love?