we'd only been camping together once before. that was as a family of four and it involved overnights. i figured i could handle a day camp with the two kids myself. we knew others who were coming and everything was organized for us - all we needed to do was get there and bring our lunches.
it was a beautiful drive to camp gold hollow near grass valley/nevada city. the kids were none too pleased to have to get up so early, but they were engaged by the beautiful scenery once we turned north off I-80: rolling hills, tall trees, grazing animals, and construction vehicles galore.
ander gets anxious about new situations (a little like his mama), and though i explained what we'd be doing, he needed to get the lay of the land on his own. fortunately, this camp experience was carefully and deliberately planned to allow for individual needs and differences within a larger group setting. as long as we followed the camp rules and practiced safety, we could participate in the ways that were most comfortable for us. diana happily went with our friend alice to familiarize herself with the grounds, while ander and i meandered and explored on our own.
|towards the waterfront|
|field games area|
|campfire (for closing songs)|
|towards arts & crafts|
|finding his own pathway up to the lodge, saying to himself, "i can do it"|
the waterfront was marvelous. there was plenty of shallow water for us to wade in and try to catch little fish with nets. ander was particularly interested in the canoes and the vast expanse of water, which we likened to the great grey-green greasy limpopo river, all set about with fever trees (from rudyard kipling's the elephant's child), though it was, in fact, a little lake.
boom-a-chicka-boom and the out the window song were particularly amusing and have stuck in our heads and are now part of our daily soundtrack as we play.
|feeding his body with watermelon, feeding his heart and head with music|
thank you to all the volunteers and organizers and everyone who made this experience possible for us. it brought us great joy and made for wonderful memories.