Who needs an air conditioner, when you have Trickey Pond? Yes, it’s been extraordinarily hot. It’s been so humid that a damp towel never dries. Lucky for us, we have a cool, clean spring-fed lake to jump into.
Out of over 6,000 lakes in Maine, Trickey Pond is on the list of top-ten cleanest. In fact, it’s so clean that we drink it. To us, the waters are magical. One dip turns around a grumpy mood, and a second dip is energizing.
This week we’re especially extra grateful for our incredible Waterfront staff. Those on the swim, boating and ski dock are conscientious, patient, supportive and understanding. They make the job look easy, although it’s anything but.
In fact, this heat wave is truly a test for all of our counselors. It’s hard enough to manage a family of 8 in a one-room little house on a pleasant day. But when it’s 90some degrees and 90 percent humidity it’s especially hard to make sure the daily cleaning is done, let alone seeing to it that the “brothers” are all getting along.
Our nights have been a string of late ones, because of event scheduling. We went from a late-running movie to a 10:30 return from the Seadogs to a late-one tonight watching fireworks at Camp Mataponi. The kids are exhausted, but don’t want to stop. As you well know, hot + tired = cranky.
So, to our counselors who maintain their cool when they’re hot and tired themselves, THANK YOU.
There were a couple of nice thank you notes in the Cool 2 Care Cooler. One went to a storekeeper at the Seadogs game named Phineas who reached into his wallet and gave our camper $1 when he only had $19 for the $20 shirt. (only in Maine!) Another was written about Sam D (#28). Ten-year-old Tyler W wrote that he just wasn’t able to score a goal during lacrosse, while everyone else made the shot. Sam made another one and said, “that one was for you, Tyler”. Really cool. And really cool that Tyler appreciated how nice that was and took the time to fill out a card.
Had some extra treats today, which helped to beat the heat. Popsicles at Porchtime and old fashioned “lemon sticks” out front on the Skybox (the Rec Hall porch). It’s a Baltimore thing, where a soft peppermint stick becomes a straw when you stick it inside a lemon. The lemon and peppermint together are really refreshing.
One more treat after dinner, but for a good reason. Camper Nathan K in Bunk 4 just got a new baby sister yesterday. In honor of this happy occasion, Nathan and his cabin-mates gave baby-bottle pops to the whole camp. Congratulations, Nate!