Camp, Day 7

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[This is the last full day of camp . . . and there’s a jillion things on the agenda (meaning this will be a sizeable posting).  It begins early in the morning with the lake swim.  Those who have the adventure gene are pontooned to the far side of the lake where they are dropped off for the mile-long swim back to camp.  Here Cindy and David await the arrival of a grandson, who finished third.]

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[Checking for floating heads in the distance with their kayaking overseers.]

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[Here comes the 2nd-place finisher.  I missed “the winner” because he’s a college-age swimmer who finished with a ridiculous time.]

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[You can make it!]

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[Every year I say I’m going to do it, figuring I could float on my back and make it in less than three days . . .]

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[But then I come to my senses.]

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[Beth attempts paddleboarding . . .]

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[And Chris joins her . . .]

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[Beth was pretty steady from the beginning . . . must be the San Diego in her.]

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[Bon voyage!]

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[Meanwhile, back at the eating area.]

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[Long-time campers, Will . . .]

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[And Sam (who with youngest brother Ollie) wear shirts befitting their reputations!  😉 ]

Every day at camp begins this way right after breakfast.  Since this was the last day attendance was way down from what it was at the beginning of the week.  😉  Nevertheless, everyone should know The Birdie Song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEV7vlNO5K8

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[Tom and his group prepare for their caving expedition.  Many of the girls were absent from this photo.  Tom told them if they were worried about “damaging” their shirts they should put them on inside-out.  That was best done back in their cabins.]

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[Biddy 1 stakes out her territory as the waterfront games are about to begin!]

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[Attendance is good . . .]

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[A pirate ship goes sailing by.]

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[Arrgghhh!]

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[Are you ready to rummmmbbbllllle?]

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[We’re just watching while the little kids play.]

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[We’re wet and having fun!]

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[The big kids get ready to play.]

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[Tom has oversight here.]

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[The Biddies, flush from all the excitement, go in for a cool down.]

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[Let’s do it!]

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[The top secret planning session.]

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[The crowd gathers around the ropes . . .]

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[OK, here’s the two teams for the relay race.  The supervisor feigns indifference while reading her book.]

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[Are we ready?]

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[Additional fans boat in.]

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[Anne leads off for Tom’s team.  The idea is to swim out to the raft . . .]

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[Guzzle a can of Sprite as fast as you can, then swim back “handing off” to a teammate.]

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[Tom does his macho man impersonation . . .]

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[Arrgghhhh!]

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[Arrggghhh again, as he fires down the pop can!  😉 ]

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[Yay, Tom!]

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[We won!]

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[The crowd is overwhelmed with excitement.]

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[Time for the infamous canoe challenge – campers v. staff.]

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[The Biddies and the passing pontoon prepare.]

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[Four people per canoe, the idea is to paddle out around the buoy and back.  Except whenever the whistle blows . . .]

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[Everybody has to exit the canoe, then get back in again to continue the race . . .]

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[The campers canoe filled with water.  They attempted to drag it the rest of the way and almost got back in the race!  😉 ]

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[But staff hung on for the win.]

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[OK, now what?]

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[The Miller family, long-time campers, sail by.]

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[The final event of the water carnival – water polo using a greased watermelon.]

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[There goes the opening “toss” and the mad scramble is on!]

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[Tom enjoys the activity from the dock . . . the safest place to be during the mayhem.]

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[Where’d it go?]

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[I got it!]

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[The defense hangs back.]

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[The girls mixed it up pretty good too!]

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[An opening . . .]

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[Then an open field tackle . . .]

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[The prize comes to the surface . . .]

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[Now the girls have it . . .]

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[Another attack . . .]

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[GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLLLLL!!!!!]

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[Hoosier Hysteria!!   A/k/a, the last supper!]

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[Grandma and grandson.  Tom was chastised by the powers that be and told to put his IU/Camp Brosius shirt on!  😉 ]

8-2-13-79[Pre-party mingling.]

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[Here come the kid groups – the Scouts, followed by the Bucks . . .]

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[Go Bucks!]

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[And so on . . .]

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[Tom’s Voyageurs were last.]

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[LET’S DANCE!]

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[Now, let’s boogie!]

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[The supervisor is trying to figure out the foot work.]

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[Mom and Dad flaunt Purdue heritage.]

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[Tom with his “kids.”]

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[Now do funny face.  😉 ]

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[Tom with his proud mom.]

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[Why that little sneak!  😉 ]

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[An old guy with a Lake Girl and a Naughty Girl!]

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[We found a Sauterne in downtown Elkhart Lake . . .]

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[And enjoyed it very much!  🙂 ]

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[Assembly for the last night’s camp fire.]

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[Staff sing around a roaring fire.]

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[Family photo ops abound.]

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[March!]

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[Fall on your back!]

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[Let the story telling begin!]

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[Tom sits with Karina and “Boris,” with Ed and Elke behind them.]

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[Tom’s Voyageurs begin their performance.]

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[Act I]

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[Act II]

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[Act III]

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[Well, you’re getting the idea.]

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[And Karina wrapped it up.]

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[All exited stage left, giggling.]

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[Awards for the week are distributed.]

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[The waning fire marks the end of the week.]

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[And Tom disappears into the crowd.]

Next up, we depart camp.

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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