Monthly Archives: March 2022

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 Its metal bed has been replaced by a classic wooden frame (check out the photos below).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!

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