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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