Monday, July 21, 2008

Campout at Blackacre

Saturday night the group went on a "full moon hike and campout" at Blackacre Nature Conservancy. Although it turned out to be a lot of fun, the official events were a bit lamer than they sounded in the description. The "full moon hike" took place at about 9:30, so it was barely dark, and we sure didn't see the moon. We also walked the "mile-long trail" in about 20 minutes on this path that had little to no change in elevation, so it wasn't quite what we were expecting out of this hike. As for the campout part - well, let's just say we weren't roughing it. We slept on the floor of the educational building out there, and we even had clean composting toilets! So no peeing in the bushes for us.

However, despite the lameness of the hike and our "camping" situation, it turned out to be a really fun night. This was one of the first times that a significant number of the Bulldogs could spend a lot of time together without any adults being around to pester us, and it turned into a great bonding experience. A poetry reading may or may not have occurred, and it led to general merriment and much storytelling. I really wish that we could have had this or some other sort of group bonding activity earlier in the summer and that everyone could have been there (Chris and Katie had to miss along with many others, sadly). For me, I really wanted this summer to be more about expanding my friend group rather than staying exclusively within my YPMB bubble, and this provided the perfect outlet for me to get to know some other Bulldogs. I'm really glad I had such a good weekend.

In other news: Batman was amazing, and only 9 more days of work!

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