So, remember when I mentioned I wished I had a picture of the cell phone charging tree constructed at the rest stops along the route... Thanks to Cassie
What an amazing day we had today! Eager to get started, we woke for a 7 am bus departure (Bean and I left at 6:40 for a little Dunkin' on the way) Though the day started cold, we were happy to deal with the chilly morning in exchange for the clear skies, no wind, and very warm afternoon. As Mr. Dexters pics can prove, we couldn't have asked for better.
The morning practice was a great one for my group. I had a freshmen four again (with some different girls) and we spent the morning touring the lake as we again focused on some body and bladework sequencing. One of the favorite games to play over the week is to select the houses on the shore to claim as our own. Gillian I think might have selected the most houses... She has one for every occasion (elegant party, social gathering, spa day, vacation house, summer house, house for my parents... yeah, don't worry, you got one too... and it is a pretty nice one, at least the 5th nicest on her list)
But, these guys are still young. I have been here several years, and had time to do my research... I also have a sense of how much work a big house can be... So I waited patiently and then called dibs on my favorite
Meanwhile, we did do a little rowing - it wasn't all house shopping. We even got up to rowing by all four today. I typically like to do drills by 1/2 boat for most of Feb break, but these guys were rearing to go already.
After practice, we had a few runners, a bunch of walkers, and some bus riders. It is always a tough choice because we know that there is a lot of food waiting for us back at camp. Balancing the desire to train, the desire for an adventure, the desire to get to the food as quickly as possible, and the desire to nap after the 6:30 wake-up and the 2 hours of rowing...
After Lunch, to be honest, I have no idea what adventures were going on at camp. Coach Lou and Tyler and I put some lounge chairs out in the sun and promptly fell asleep. I am pretty sure all the kids headed down to the pond and were either laying in the sun or playing frisbee. At least that is where I saw them when I woke up.
Second practice came a bit earlier than originally planned (so the bus could go get cleaned) and I am pretty sure some of the boats made it all the way out to Shaq's house. Hopefully we will get some of those pics later. (Shaq has a life size superman standing on his dock).
For the afternoon, coach Courtney and I had a few pairs. The pair is a tricky boat. It challenges everyone who rows it to be well balanced and well matched to their partner. With each rower having one oar, the pair means that you are 100% accountable for what happens on your side of the boat, and, you partner is counting on you as much as themselves. For those who have never tried rowing a pair, imagine if you and a friend were told to do squats while standing on opposite sides of a see-saw. It is just a little trickier than that (because you are also holding the end of a 12 foot long oar).
As you can see, we were treated with some biblical encouragement - which must have worked because all the pairs stayed upright (I am pretty sure Erin Kate started praying right when she found out she was in the pair, and my goodness, God speaks very clearly to Erin :-). We did have a few singles flip in the am session, it was chilly, but they learned how to get back in the single.
Practice ended at 4:00 when the OARs crew arrived. Dinner doesnt start until 5:30, so a few of us coaches went and grabbed smoothies. I got Berries and Basil, and Isa got avacado, banana, and Mango and spinach. This place has some serious smoothies... you think they sound like odd mixes, but they are AMAZING. Meanwhile, the guys found their calling. Turns out Camp Ithiel has fishing rods and a perfect dock for fishing. I heard they caught 6 fish. After Dinner, Coach Tyler went down to help out as well.
As we finished dinner, I asked a few of the kids what I should put in the blog tonight... the best answer...
Wait until we get back from Walmart, I am sure something crazy will happen there. They are probably right (but I will save that for tomorrow)
P.S. Sorry for the picture rotation. Website doesn't like how the ipad/iphone can take pictures in any orientation. Will try to figure it out tomorrow