Happy July 4th!

By Sandy Schenck

After a most delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fresh blueberries, cereal, bananas, and yogurt, the campers were more than ready for their first morning of mentor hikes.

The hikes start a little after 9am and last until lunchtime. As you can figure out from the name, our GRP mentors lead  hikes to various places on the preserve. It’s not really about getting from point A to point B, but more about the journey itself. For instance along the way, mentors point out various signs of nature such as scat, scratchings on trees, interesting plants and much more. The campers are welcome to ask questions along the way.

Some of the destinations include caves, spectacular mountain overlooks, the Green River itself and other spots scattered throughout the preserve’s 3400 acres. The campers today became polar bears at Uncle’s Falls, Cherokee head-dunkers at Hemlock Fields, salmon on a walkout hike and more.

After lunch the staff and campers enjoyed a well-deserved rest in their cabins. Afternoon activities included Tae Kwon Do, sign language, guitar, theater, archery, bb skeet, nature art, creative writing, fencing and several others.

During free time campers swam, played boardgames, read, etc. Tonight’s dinner was spaghetti, Greek salad, garlic bread, and a special holiday treat for dessert.

To end the evening, the campers enjoyed a beautiful fireworks display set against the backdrop of the mountains and lake. Breathtaking!