Jun 25, 2012
and he's off!
We took Loch to camp yesterday! He's finally old enough for a weeklong sleep away camp, and he was so excited! Finn is still only old enough for the 3 day sleep away camp so he is a little disappointed to not be with his brother, although he would never admit it.
This camp is up in the Yorktown area, a very beautiful drive on the way.
This camp is on a Naval base, and get this... $200 includes the whole week stay, all food and all trips/activities. They are going tubing down the James River this week, night fishing offshore on a charter boat, ropes course, campfires every night and some tent camping away from the cabins. Camps like this normally cost above the $1000 range so we are so fortunate to have this as one of the benefits to being a military family. The pay isn't great in the military, so I take advantage of every other thing that comes our way :)
Below is Loch's cabin. These are called "Sea Huts" and are what many of our military members live in overseas in the Middle East. The other "living quarters" that are popular are shipping containers - I'll take this over that any day :)
(Fun fact: I was stationed at this base after active duty when I served in the Reserves - a beautiful place about an hour from our house)
Below is one of Loch's counselors, "Jarvis". In typical college age fashion he was eagerly clapping his hands and rounding up all his new campers and just about bursting with energy, I think it's awesome that the kids get to have a week of being with these guys every year, they have SO much more energy than I do and don't care about messes!
Loch claiming his bunk, with Finn checking it out...
Loch all but pushed us out of there, looks like they have some big campfires planned this week!
I let Loch have my camera for the week instead of wasting money on a disposable that I will never get around to taking in to be developed :) - hopefully he remembers to take some photos this week and not to bring it tubing!
Other events this weekend included my birthday gift... so cliche' for a Navy wife but I've wanted one forever. It looks gold in the photo but it's silver. As a rule I don't like wearing jewelry but I do love this!
...and the harvest is coming in strong now! Finally we have gotten a couple of heirloom larger size tomatoes. These are Old Virginia's. At least if the blight takes them all now I can say I at least got a couple first.
**For grandma & grandpa and anyone else who is interested in what Loch will be doing this week, here's a link to his Camp Schedule - looks like fun even in spite of the ticks and heat!