I took Friday off from work and got us all packed up in the morning. After packing, I also got in a great brick, riding 10 miles around Jordan Lake in 34 minutes and then ran 2.7 miles on the Tobacco Trail in 21:56. It felt incredibly good to actually ride Roberta on the road again after being on the stationary bike all winter long. I think that was my first road ride since Ironman.
Bigun had an early release day at school, so she got out at 12:30 and we got picked up about 1:15 to ride down to the camp. Good thing I was already packed. We rode down towards New Bern, stopped at this store for a pee break and to get the cabin assignments, then on to Andy's burgers for dinner. This was the beginning of my allowable camp horrible eating binge. We took a ferry across the Neuse river, which the kids absolutely loved. It was a huge boat, taking 34 cars to the other side. The kids loved it. We rolled into camp about 7:15, and at 8:30 they had an ice cream social and "welcome to camp" presentation. The introduction of the pirate theme really kicked things into high gear.
The first unbelievably cute thing Bigun did was during the ice cream social. She's a really sloppy eater anyway, and when the pirate ran past our table she thought it was a real pirate and was genuinely scared. The costume was really scary, and the guy ran right past our table. I'll give her that. But she's shaking a bit with a face covered in sprinkles asking me if it was really just a guy in a costume or were we all really in trouble.... I mean come on. That's just cute. I told her it was just a costume and she came out from under the table and enjoyed the rest of the presentation.
Finally we made it back to the cabin and I was able to unpack everything and start taking pictures.
|Playing with Anna on the top bunks|
|She's crazy like that hair.|
Saturday was the big day for activities. They blew the horn at 6:30 am and most of the kids were already up. Luckily, Bigun slept right through the horn. I was able to get up, shower, grab a cup of coffee, and organize my head before she awoke. Sunday morning I wasn't quite so lucky. but Saturday was really cool. We got in a boat ride, archery, shooting BB guns, some water works, a canoe ride, all kinds of fun stuff.
|On a boat ride|
|Hanging with the Bakers and Harris' on the boat ride. The boat held 100 people and went out through the river on a 30 minute tour. Bigun loves Gilligan's Island right now, so she was loving the "3 hour tour".|
|Both of us shooting bows & arrows. She loved it!|
|Everyone needs a little help from Dad every now and then.|
|She had a tough time getting the hang of shooting guns. Kelley is a sharpshooter, so Bigun must not have gotten that gene.|
The strangest story has to be on the water slide. The highlight of the camp is a zipline. You start on this platform that is 45 feet above the water, and zipline down so you land in water.
Notice the blue structure behind the wood? It's a waterslide, and she really did want to do that one. I didn't plan that one very well. At the end of the waterslide the water was about 5 feet deep, so you had to then swim back to the ladder to get out. Bigun can swim pretty well, and I didn't think the slide would be a problem. She went down the slide first, and somehow she stopped at the bottom of the slide without actually going off into the water! She said she was scared because it looked too deep. My friend Luke was at the bottom with his daughter trying to decide what she wanted to do, so he jumped into the water and got Bigun from the end of the slide back onto the deck. When Luke jumped in, his glasses fell off and sank to the bottom. So when I came down the slide I shot out of that thing like a rocket! I don't see how in the world Bigun stopped without flying out of there. I helped Luke feel around on the bottom until he found his glasses, then we got out.
|Luke and Bigun coming out of the slide.|
|Bigun and the Little Baker trying to dry off and warm up|
|Luke and I looking for glasses. It was that deep.|
I wanted to wait until the afternoon to hit the water stuff in the hopes that it would warm up. It was in the high 70's or low 80's all week in Raleigh. So of course saturday only got up to about 65 out at the camp. it was very cold all day, and the water activities were just as cold as you'd expect. Bigun loves canoes, so we got in a few rides in the afternoon, as well as some tennis and more archery.
|This may be my favorite pic from the whole weekend.|
|Going out to catch some turtles with the rest of the tribe|
|All of the girls with a turtle they caught|
|She finally mastered the hula hoop!|
|I think the look on Carl's face says it all.|
Sunday morning they blew the horn at 7:30 instead of 6:30. While I was very glad to get more sleep, they also had scheduled activities starting at 7:30 that I wanted to attend and subsequently missed. They even had a 5k race starting at 8. Bigun wasn't up for the challenge of a 5k so we chose to pass, but plenty of the other dad/daughter pairs in our tribe did complete the race. My left foot was killing me after all the walking on Saturday, so I wasn't pushing the 5k too hard. Apparently the way to play it is that the kids ride their bikes while dad runs and they can pace about the same. We got breakfast and coffee, then watched some friends go down the zipline.
|She is just too cute! The Indian Princess program is called Arapahoe Nation - hence the indian theme and the whole program includes boys.|
|Carl and his daughter hit the water at the end of the zipline|
|Proud doesn't quite cover it.|
Then we ate at the sunday brunch and got back to the cabin for some group photos.
|The whole tribe of first graders|
|Proof that they are actually first graders. Older kids would never be that silly right?|