Camp Report

We got back to school around 12:00 yesterday. There was a little unloading to do, and some waiting for rides, but I was home around 2:30 or 3:00. Then I was suddenly so tired. I slept for a while. I spent the evening feeling groggy.

The camping trip was amazing – so fun and so interesting. We stayed at a YMCA camp. The cabins were nice. The view was spectacular.



My birthday happened while I was there. The kids gave me homemade cards and Twix.

One of the kids brought the hat his family members wear whenever it is their birthday. I was honored to be able to wear it.

The most interesting event for me was going to a taro farm and working in one of the taro patches. The farm has been in the same family for seven generations – ever since the chief of that valley had the whole village carry buckets of soil from the mountain and build the taro patches over the top of bare volcanic rock.

When taro root is harvested, it’s pounded and cooked, and made into poi. The farmer sent some home with us. It was the best I’ve ever had. It had a sweetness to it, but also a wheat-like flavor. It reminded me of uncooked bread dough.

Both nights we had a campfire with smores. There were also many camp games with flashlights, and with “carnivores” eating “herbivores”, and with team cooperation. It was great. The kids were so well-behaved. The parents were so helpful. I loved it.

Today I am very tired.

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2 Responses to Camp Report

  1. Lauren says:

    I was smiling from ear to ear until you said ‘uncooked bread dough’, then it got a little ugly. *jibblie*

    What a great camping adventure! That YMCA camp looks like a good set-up – lots of bunks, but no Prius?? I love that the students took care of you on your birthday!

    Welcome home, weary traveler. 🙂

  2. Carol says:

    Nothing says “Happy Birthday” like time away doing new and different things with people who (obviously) care about you and exhausting yourself int he process. So glad you had this experience, Brad. And thanks for the photos after the fact – now we can all feel as if we had been there as well.

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