It has been three short (very, very short) months since I have last interacted with this website. I apologize for neglecting you but quite frankly, there wasn’t any room for me to be farting around on a blog. I have been alternating weeks at camp and in the wilderness while being in charge of a bunch of 13 and 14 year olds. Coming back to school and interacting with adults again has been quite the challenge.
If you were wondering more specifically what the heck has been up, well let me tell ya!
For the last 8 weeks, I have been living in a *yurt (more formally known as Peshtigo) while counseling four different groups of girls. Each group comes for two weeks. One of those weeks is spent at camp doing typical summer camp activities. The other week is spend up north in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. There, we actually went camping for a week. All night, every night in tents. No deodorant, no soap, no nothin’. (That stuff attracts bears, of course!) We also take a 10 mile hike on the Ice Age Trail and a super sick overnight canoeing trip down the Wisconsin River.
*google it and see for yourself. The high quality yurts are not applicable.
The hike was for sure the most difficult part of the trip for me. As someone who is moderately active but also an avid couch potato, I was rather taken aback by how difficult the hike actually was. I was also taken aback by how WELL my campers were able to complete the hike. Despite being physically challenging, the environment surrounding the trail was breathtaking. Each part of the hike had different aspects of nature that made it unique. One part was all birch trees while another part was paved with raspberry bushes. Although physically taxing, hiking along the Ice Age Trail was one of the coolest things I’ve done with my time at Camp Minikani.
The canoe trip was by far my favorite part of the trip up north. The 14 mile trip was divided into two days. The first day was the most eventful. A good portion of the river was full of rapids that we had to navigate through. Many times, however, canoes would get stuck or would fly through the rapids and would end up tipping. There was also one point where we even sent it down a waterfall. (It isn’t an actual waterfall, but rather some really big rapids.) At the end of the day, we arrive at a small island in the middle of the river. There, we cook dinner and camp out for the night. The next day, we paddle through calm water. My favorite part of the second day is being able to swing off of a rope swing into the water. It was always super cool to see my counselor send it off of the swing when I was a camper so to be able to do it 7 years later was a dream come true.
The best part about being up north was being able to spend time with your best friends. Living in the woods while teaching your campers independence leaves a little room for some shenanigans throughout the day. Most importantly, having your friends up north allows you to have a full force support system with you 24/7. I have infinite love for all of my peers and would do anything for them. Surviving amongst preteens was definitely not easy at times but it was having them around that made it 1000 times more enjoyable.
The summer may be over but the shenanigans never end. Below I have linked a video that includes more pictures and videos from this summer. I have also included the playlist I played in my cabin throughout the summer. I hope you enjoy the jams.