Saturday, June 06, 2009

Camp Sealth on Vashon

On Wednesday, June 3rd, we boarded the ferry with 80 2nd and 3rd graders and 22 adult chaperones to head to Vashon Island for 3 days and 2 nights at Camp Sealth. I had never before had the pleasure of staying at camp overnight as a kid. Z. went to the same camp last year, and had a blast, so I came along this time to see what all of the fuss was about. A. went to this same camp a few weeks before, and she was raving as well. I had high hopes for fun, and I wasn't disappointed.

I learned a few valuable facts and lessons along the way.

1. You can lick a banana slug to make your tongue tingle. (No, I didn't, but Z. did.)

2. Cedars swoop and hemlocks droop.

3. Salmon berries are delicious.

4. Stinging nettle doesn't really sting. It numbs.

5. Harbor seals like to spy on campers (especially at meal times.)

6. Being a mom of a boy I had to stay in the cabin with nine 7, 8, & 9 year old boys.

7. Boys are stinky.

8. I am not good at rowing a boat. I make fine circles in rowboats though.

9. Z. is a GREAT kiddo.

The view from our cabin!

Our friends and bunkmates M & his mom M

Z and me

Z with his best friend M

Z claimed the top bunk upon arrival at the Agate South cabin.

Z (with his friend B) found this dead sea star at low tide.

A sunflower sea star exposed during low tide on the beach.

A divine moment of learning in the outdoor classroom!

Z and his friend S playing on the beach before dinner.

Z admiring a sunflower sea star at the touch tank during our marine life class with our instructor "Granola!"

Our study group found an octopus during our marine life class.

A funky tree located in the wetlands part of the forest.

Z and friends killing time before our ferry ride home in the back of our truck.

Z waiting for the ferry to take us home to Seattle.

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At 8:03 AM, Blogger The Young Ones said...

Great pics honey! Z looks right at home, you look tired! LOL I bet it was a blast! Tell the kiddos I say HI!

At 9:04 PM, Blogger Cheesy said...

How FUN!

The funky tree is a nursery tree.... lives off a dieing or rotting tree....

Salmon berries are THE BOMB! We used to pick them in Brookings and make pies while camping...ah the memories!

We did not lick slugs tho lol/// great pics gurlie!

At 6:20 PM, Blogger Nancy Dancehall said...

That looks like so much fun!!

At 4:30 PM, Blogger meno said...

I can't get past the slug licking. Ugh!

You are a brave woman. Beautiful pictures.

At 12:32 PM, Blogger Schmoopie said...

T- That pic of me was taken right after waking from the second night of 4 hours of sleep! I was exhausted. It was a blast though.

Cheesy- Living in the PNW is the best! Nursery trees and all :) We will be in Brookings again in about 2 weeks. Maybe we could see you again as we drive through. I will email details!

Pants- It was beautiful and so close to where we live. Come see! ;)

Meno- Thanks! It was an eye-opening experience to spend all those hours with crazy boys. They love to cuss, they smell really bad when they are hiking in the heat and they have no concept of the word "clean." Whew!

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