Dear World- I am still alive. My posts are few and far between for several reasons. Our internet access is very limited at camp. Besides that, I am technically “on the clock” 24/7, leaving little time to write. I hardly have communication with anyone outside of LVR, and save for a few people who I miss dearly, it is a blessing to be cut off.
I love living in the mountains. Now that I’m acclimated I can jog up and down some of the mountains around here, which affords me a great sense of accomplishment, a fantastic view, and occasional cell reception at the summit. I love being constantly busy doing everything from working with the kids to cleaning bathrooms (and everything else on camp) to serving as kitchen support staff– my role this weekend.
This coming week I’ll be working with a horse care camp. I’m so excited about working with the horses. The best part is that we’re taking the horses on an overnight to the Platte River. I’ve been wanting to backpack there, but haven’t had the time or energy so far on my weekends off. Now I get to go while I’m working. Possibly my greatest adventure of the summer so far has been with the horses. Our wrangler Stir-It-Up had me attempt to ride Star bareback. As it turns out, I may have been her first bareback rider ever, which didn’t please her in the slightest. As soon as I slid on her back, she took off running and bucking. I managed to hold onto her mane for a while, then she bucked me off. As far as I’m concerned, I’m pretty much Zoro or something because I held on for a while, and when I did get bucked I managed to land on my feet and not fall over. It wasn’t til the next day when I woke up with a sore neck that I was informed that I hit my head on Star’s rump, which is apparently what helped me land upright. I have no recollection of that, but several witnesses and the crick in my neck confirm it. I still think it was pretty darn cool. I’ve earned my Native American title of Tiger Lily. Maybe I’ll join the rodeo.
The bluebells and other flowers are in bloom now, making the mountains even more gorgeous. I led a sunrise hike up Cedar Mountain last week that was spectacular. Sadly, the blooming flowers have also attracted more bugs, but they’re still nothing compared to Missouri. The weather here is occasionally almost “hot,” but most days I’m still sporting long pants and a hoodie. It will be quite the shock when I go home and it’s 100 degrees and humid. Then again, I’m told it will be pretty warm here come July. Speaking of July, I can’t believe how the time is flying. I feel like I’ve been here my whole life, but I also feel like I’m just getting started. I’m pretty good at some of the setups, takedowns, and belays for high ropes, rock climbing and rappelling now. I’m not afraid of the tomahawks anymore, though I still avoid taking my groups fishing (still never taken a fish off a hook before). I’ve only been called by my real name about twice in the past month or so. I am Tiger Lily. This place feels so much like home now.
I’ll be getting visitors in July and I can’t wait! If all goes according to plans, I’ll be seeing my dad, my mom, Jon and family, and Michael. A lot of the plans are still in the works, so I’m trying not to anticipate too much in case things fall through. It’s difficult to coordinate schedules and time off, especially when I can rarely use the internet or a phone.
It’s incredible that I’ve had time to write this long of a blog. Perhaps someday soon I’ll be able to post some pictures. Now I have to start preparing everything for the cookout tonight. I hope everyone from my other life is doing well. Comment if you please 🙂