It’s Big Trip Week! Five different trips, each representing a different year of camp. For example, first year campers go on the Cannon Mountain trip, second year campers go on Boothbay, third year on Winny, fourth on Mt. Washington, fifth on Quebec and so forth. It’s a Skylemar tradition that goes back 70 years.
Much of what we do on the trip is traditional as well, although there are changes that happen from time to time. As you know, sometimes the rain has a way of altering the best made plans. That’s why this was the Cannon Mountain Trip that never saw Cannon Mountain.
It poured as they entered New Hampshire, so instead of going to the mountain they went straight to Lost River. It’s a maze of steep walled gorges and rugged boulder caves, guided by boardwalks. Caving through “The Dungeon” and “The Lemon Squeezer” is safe and fun, rain or shine.
Still no go for Cannon Mountain though, so instead they took a ride on the Hobo Railway. It’s a 15 mile ride on a vintage train which includes a “hobo picnic lunch”. Turns out the meal was served by clowns who gave each camper a handmade balloon sword. Well, clearly these clowns have never worked at a boys camp… our apologies to the poor other folks on the train.
Meanwhile, the rain kept coming. So to the movies they went, to see Hotel Transylvania 3. With storms predicted through the night, a decision was made to cancel the tenting part of the trip and head back to camp. 40 wet and dirty little boys went straight to the showers, and then off to bed. They had a fantastic time, and no one mentioned missing the mountain.
The weather in Boothbay was a little better. It was a steady mist falling from foggy skies, but turns out that’s perfect for seal watching. Captain Fish’s boat ride was awesome, and they saw more seals than ever before. They got to pull a lobster trap too.
They toured the Old Lincoln Jail, built in 1811, and then headed to Fort Edgecomb. It’s a really interesting place to explore. After a lobster dinner (although most preferred chicken tenders) they played mini golf, then headed to YMCA Camp Knickerbocker for the night. The camp’s lodge was a much better option than tents in the rain.
After a delicious home-made breakfast, they headed to Harbor Theatre for a movie (Incredibles 2). Next it was an afternoon at the ocean of Reid State Park, and then back to Skylemar in time for Wing Night.
Back at Skylemar, it was Lip Sync Battle. The guys on the stage had a blast singing and dancing to the song of their choice. As usual, the idea is for those performing to have a great, silly time. The rest of us in the audience just go along for the ride, laughing and cheering right along with them. The winner of the battle was Bunk 2. Congratulations!