Spring (and mud) has sprung!

Thursday, March 31st, 2022

 

Hellooooo HVC!

Winston the Woodpecker here to report that the snow. has. melted! I took a birds-eye look around the Valley this morning and all I saw was brown. Brown grass, brown mud, brown trees. That means spring is here!!

I also saw a few curious things on my journey, sure signs that HVC’s winter crew is coming out of hibernation as well. The Gold Explorer, camp’s utility vehicle, was puttering down the road, carrying Celie and Lucia to the office. HVC’s road gets quite muddy as the snow melts, but it’s no match for the Explorer’s big wheels. Plus, the ol’ Explorer doesn’t mind getting a bit dirty!

And it looks like the White Truck, the vehicle of choice for PK’s work crew, has gotten a facelift! Its metal bed has been replaced by a classic wooden frame (check out the photos below). Perfect for hauling firewood and all your duffels and trunks! Al’s trusty Kabota was replaced as well, it appears…it looks so shiny and orange and ready for anything!

But Al himself looked a little, well…odd. The picture below says it all, and has me wondering if any more of these “heads” will pop up this summer…

What’s going on here??

On my way up the road I stopped in to see my llama buddies, and they told me the BEST piece of spring news yet!!! Soon, two new MINI DONKEYS, little baby Maisie and Pearl, will arrive! Pearl is a bit older than Maisie and is skilled at pulling a mini cart! The llamas tell me they’re so excited to meet you all!!

Baby Maisie, 2 days old!

And speaking of new baby friends, HVC is also getting ready to welcome it’s youngest camper–Teddy! He’ll live in the Love Shack with his parents David and Aileen, so that means an expansion is in order! Al and his crew are busy at work building Teddy his own room onto the Love Shack–perfect for summer naps.

It was a lovely glide over the Valley indeed…and I can’t wait to see more projects unfold as we get ready for all you campers!!! (Don’t worry…I’ll report back soon with all the exciting details!)

Till next time,

Winston

Back to the Future: Lucia Reflects on 32 Years

Friday, March 4th, 2022

 

 

Lucia then and now

Once upon a time, long before Instagram or even cordless phones (September 1989 to be exact) Lucia, lovingly known by former coworkers as Agent Picardo, showed up for her very first day at Hidden Valley. 

If you’ve been to camp, chances are you’ve set foot in the office, which for years was a converted cottage. It’s since been rebuilt, complete with a new porch. But when Lucia arrived on that September morning long long ago, her desk was not actually in the office at all–but across the street in the farmhouse bedroom. 

You see, before the original office building was insulated, Peter, Meg, Lucia and the rest of the year round crew worked out of the old farmhouse, talking with families on rotary dial phones (see one below if you’re too young to know what these are!) 

Ring, ring!

Recently, we sat down with Lucia to learn more about what camp was like in the “olden days!” Here’s what she remembers of the past thirty-two years…

  • When someone in the office wanted to get in touch with the Health Lodge, they used an early “intercom system” which was actually a battery operated doorbell that would “ring” at the nurses desk. This was before cell phones or even voicemail!
  • There was only ONE computer in the whole camp, and Lucia says “I don’t think laptops had even been invented yet!”
  • When Peter and Meg wanted to get in touch with camp families, they couldn’t send an email or post online–instead, they wrote “snail mail” letters. Lots and LOTS of stamps!

Lucia with John Nunan’s newly designed sweatshirt!

Nowadays, Lucia can get in touch with camp parents instantly via our new fiber internet and makes calls on a phone with a touchpad. But through the changes, she says camp is still the weird, wonderful place it’s always been, a place where technology doesn’t really matter outside of the office walls. 

Thanks for reading this special edition of the HVC blog! We’ll be back soon with more exciting news as spring arrives in the Valley and we get ready for you all to join us!

Toodaloo,

Winston the Woodpecker

P.S. Check out more pics of HVC back in the day below!

Autumn projects & HVC’s first snow!

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

Happy December 1st to all you orbiters in the HVC-verse! 

Lots and lots has been happening in the valley (including this winter’s first snow fall!), so I’m here to fill you in. Let’s take a look!

Our magnificent maintenance crew spent lots of time outdoors getting the place ready for winter. Al and Derek have been clearing trails and repairing cabin roofs and fencing up at Brumby, our wonderful horse barn and paddocks. And over at the Rec Hall, a new stage was constructed, ready for sharing nights and performers in 2022!

Next stop, PLANET MEG! It looks a little different right now than it did when we had campers around. Tim, our carpenter-extraordinaire, has built new planting beds and updated the fence. This will provide lots more room for squashes, tomatoes, broccoli, peas, you name it! We can’t wait to see what the orbiters grow next summer. Always orbiting, doo doo doo doo doo!

Inside, the Ladybugs have been hard at work cleaning and painting cabins (check out the photos below to see if you can guess which ones!) and they recently gave our Dining Hall Dragon his annual bath. Celie and Lucia have been enrolling campers left and right in the office, and Peter and Meg are busy getting ready for another summer. We’re also preparing the 2021 Video Yearbook, coming to a mailbox near you soon!

Whew, lots going on here at HVC and lots to be excited about! Including…..THE VERY FIRST SNOW OF WINTER!! Last week the valley was covered in a few inches of snow, making the trees sparkle and the meadows shine! Stay tuned for more wintery scenes from camp!

Till then, stay warm and safe friends!

Winston the Woodpecker

An Incredible Summer!

Friday, August 20th, 2021

Hi All, Mag-O-Llama here!

After a beautiful, bittersweet departure day, HVC is empty, quiet and calm. We miss your spirit and energy already!

Read on for a message from Meg and Peter and scenes from camp this morning…

To All in the HVC Community,

We have concluded an amazing summer and will begin preparation for 2022 after a short break.

Keep your eyes on this space for updates and keep these words in mind…

“It is always so grounding to be here and reminds me of what is most important in life… Kindness, love, community, passion for life.”

This message came from a long-time staff member who was among the 40+ alums who spent some time at HVC giving us a hand this season. Our campers and staff understood all of this as well and we could not be happier… Meg and Peter

We’ll be in touch soon with more updates from camp and some highlights of this summer!

Till next time,

Mag-O-Llama signing out!

 

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