Sunday, August 22, 2010

Camping on the Cape

Another fun weekend spent on the Cape except this time I wasn't staying in my parent's condo with all the comforts of home. . . this time I was "CAMPING!" I say "camping" because we were staying in cabins, had running water and food cooked for us so it is kind of fake camping but still fun none the less.

This is the 3rd time Taylor and I have participated in the AFC CAMPING TRIP. For those of you who don't know I'm a mentor and have been mentoring Taylor for just over three years now! I volunteer through an amazing, local organization called AFC Mentoring . The annual camping trip is one of the great perks we get to participate in along with Red Sox games and other fun group events. Taylor and I also do a lot of cool things on our own and have even made scrapbooks to document it!

Here we are in 2007 on our first camping trip just 2 months after we were "matched." Of course s'mores are a high point of every camping trip!

Here we are in 2008 wearing our tee shirts!

Here we are in 2010! Unfortunately Taylor and I weren't able to go last year due to scheduling conflicts. Oh and helpful hint - when taking a photo of yourself make sure you do not lean back like I'm doing making it look like I have no neck! Not the most flattering pic but Taylor liked it so I kept it for her! Haha.

On the first day we spent time at the lake. I think this is one of Taylor's favorite places at camp (besides the cafeteria). We had a great time canoeing and didn't fall in which was great.

We rowed all around the lake and were pretty fast. It was a beautiful day for being out on the lake.

Taylor did a lot of swimming. She is a fish! I didn't go into the lake - I know I'm no fun. I just can't deal with water that is cold and dirty. I'm such a girl!

We ended the day with what else but s'mores! Taylor and I both had good self control and ate 2 each. Oh and a few plain marshmallows too.

Today we did the climbing wall. It is such a fun challenge. I did it 2 years ago (pre MS diagnosis) and was able to get all the way to the top. This year I went 3/4 of the way up and then stopped. My arms were shaking and I just felt too weak. I'll blame it on my MS fatigue and lack of good sleep the night before. :)

Taylor tried the wall for the FIRST time this year and I am SO proud of her for trying. She was a little nervous because it is pretty high but she conquered her fear and did it. We were both climbing at the same time so I didn't get to see her but thankfully had a photographer! Good job Taylor!

Throughout the weekend we did a lot of team building exercises and fun games. Here is Taylor in the finals of the "wa" game. It is a crazy game that takes a lot of concentration and is a lot of fun to play.

We also did the low ropes course which was a lot of fun. It required a lot of trust and good communication. Our team did great. I was not a big fan of this spider web because we had to army crawl for part of it. Taylor did great.

It was such a fun weekend and so much cooler than in past years. We are so appreciative to AFC for making this all happen and to the camp staff for all their hard work. One really neat thing about the annual camping trip is that each year we see some old friends we've made and we make new ones! We hope to go again next year!

P.S. So the only not so fun about camp this year was BED BUGS!!!!!! This is my first experience with bed bugs and thankfully I didn't find any in my bed or stuff. But someone in our cabin did so to be safe we had to put all of our stuff (sleeping bag, pillow, clothes, etc) in a trash bag and the camp director put it in a high heat dryer to kill any that may be there. So our stuff is safe now and we should all be fine. The trash bags cracked me up so I had to take a pic. Should we place bets on how long it will take me to unpack that trash bag which is now sitting on my kitchen floor?


P.P.S If you are interested in becoming a mentor check out the AFC website for more info:
http://afcmentoring.org/requirements.html

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