Day 12 (Oregon Session 2~by Danielle Taylor)

We’re in session at Camp Myrtlewood in Oregon – this is a guest post by Dish Queen Danielle Taylor.

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Today is a rest day so everyone was up a little later than usual. I always like the sweetness of rest days – the slow trickle of people into the lodge provides plenty of opportunities for conversations with everyone, and I appreciate the chance to engage with people either over breakfast or a dirty dish delivery. Throughout the morning the dish worktraders and superheroes come in to help Ariel and I conquer the dishes in the dish line and kitchen. They are fearless in tackling the piles and we make significant progress in no time. Getting to work with these people is one of the highlights of camp for me – doing dishes with them is seriously so great, and by this time in the session we have many inside jokes (not real egg, anyone?), dish line dances, and good conversations. It makes doing dishes truly fun.

After Advisee time, lunch, and siesta, Andy, Margie and I take a group of campers to a nearby swimming hole down the road. The swimming hole is a really neat place that I have heard about a lot but never been to, so it is fun to see it. After a few minutes’ drive we pull off to the side of the road and scramble down a path on the side of a hill and then we are there. The riverbed is full of smooth rocks (some great for rock skipping) and the water is medium deep and quite cold. Some campers go and swing on a rope swing, and some swim across the river to a big rock in the sun and hang out there. I wade in a little bit and listen to people ask Rachel for Sour Patch Kids, watch some people skip rocks, and thoroughly enjoy the contrast between the hot sun and the cold (really cold) river water.

After a couple hours of swimming, talking, and playing Hot Seat (a talking game), we head back and make it to camp just in time for dinner. After dinner, check in, and evening meeting, we have Comedy Night. This is a new event facilitated by Lizzie and Vivian. There is quite a variety of acts. One camper, Jasper, puts on twenty sweatshirts all at once, and Matt tells a story about a hilarious staffer bed assignment misunderstanding. I don’t make it to all of the event but what I do see is great. (I heard a lot of good things about it afterwards, I hope it happens again in the future.)

All in all it is a great day, a lot of sweetness and fun combined with the extra conscientious use of time that comes with the approach to the end of the session.

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