Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sr. Hi Camp, July 19-24l

We started off the week of High School camp with a raspberry picking excursion. The berry canes were as thick and prickly as Texas blackberries, but the raspberries, although smaller, were thick so despite the drizzle we picked in earnest .
Later we cleaned the berries, added vinegar and set them aside to make vinaigarette.

High School youth were more casual in their activities. They enjoyed the water fights and water slide, hunting and hiding in the woods and all the other activities that were shown in previous blogs.
These girls are making journals with mosaic covers.

Here the boys experiment with sticks for drawing some of God's creations that they brought indoors out of the rain.

On of the girls was quite successful painting the Alaskan mountain range.

Others just enjoyed the opportunity to bask in the rare sunshine.
The temp early in the morning has been in the low 50s. staying there with rain. When the rare sun has shone, the temp quickly rises to 70.

Lynne caught me cleaning out the basement storage area of my RV in preparation for traveling to Wasilla.

Some of the high school youth ended the week with a prayer circle.

Saturday, after camp cleanup we drove to Fairbanks for groceries for the following week, pastors' families' camp.
Fairbanks was celebrating Golden Days. This marks the 100th anniversary of the death of
Felix Pedro, the gold miner who
discovered the first gold in Fairbanks.
The float holds a mama moose and a calf made out of spruce burls. they are wearing life vests as a reminded of safty afloat.

Many floats represented fronteer days, as did this one with the Sweet Adelines who entertained as they paraded.

What a mode of transportation. We've seen several bicycle riders along the highway. As I entered the library, I saw a young man park his loaded bike outside. He is now on a mini computer next to me.

Cheri, this one is for you. Even the hobby cars in Alaska are bigger!
That is a girl sitting on top of 07.

Here is a more typical mode of early transportation.

Fort Wainright was reprsented with a squadron and modern transportation.

Look closely. the liscense plates are TEXAS.

We were courious to see some of the World Eskimo Indian Olympics.
Unfortunatly my camera was too slow to catch atheletes in action.
How do like the coaching job this daddy is doing?
I journaled extensively about the events including the ear pull, seal hop, ice jumping, and high kick.
I'll elaborate later.

Natives from across the state and Canada exhibited hand crafted articles for sale. The paintings in the background represent some of the games and events.

Miss Artic wears a kuspuk, beaded earrings, a Native style crown and had on fur mukluks

The athleletes were compeating in scissor ice hopping beyound these boys who were waiting. Ice hopping is a complicated series of jumps, combining a standing long jump, landing one one foot, a scissor-like foot excange, another long jump landing on the opposite foot, and a final jump to land on both feet without falling. The winning male jumper exceeded 37 feet. The goal is to develop the balance and cordination to jump cracking ice floes without falling in.

Sunday morning was clear and cooler. This magnificant view is of the north side of the Alaska range with the first snows of autumn.
The broad braided Delta River is in the forground.
The picture was taken from the parking lot of First Baptist Delta.

Yes, summer is over although the fireweed are not in cotton.
Our camp moose is back with larger antlers than last year.
As the camping season winds down, I'm preparing for other volunteer opportunities and for book signings.
Stay tuned!

1 comment:

  1. It's good to see the young enjoying themselves and I suspect the adults too.
    Grand job you're doing.