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A Bittersweet Departure- Let Intersession Begin!

Thursday, July 19th, 2018

The silent walk up to Pinegrove

Good morning, early birds! It’s yaaawwwn Cara B. here with a departure day update.

Last night after we ate our delicious dinner of lobster and ice cream and thanked the kitchen staff for all the yummy meals they prepared for us, we closed out the session up at Pine Grove. We gathered at the bottom of Tipi Hill and walked up in silence to reflect on our summer together. There were so many fabulous acts! Most cabins opted for some sing-a-long faves over the HVC classics, which was a cool change of pace! We sang “This is Me” from Camp Rock, the theatrical portion of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the iCarly theme song, “Count on Me,” “Waving Through a Window,” “Electric Love,” and “Hey Jude!” French 1/4 led us in a special version of “Wagon Wheel” about Hidden Valley, and some girls from Taj sang an original song as well. Forbidden Planet shared a song they wrote about their cabin that was absolutely hilarious, and the AWACs led us in a dramatic rendition of “Every Time We Touch” which got everyone dancing. Atlantis led us in the penguin song for some more dancing, and Peter and Gabe, the pottery guru, helped us sing “Ayo-Bo-Diddley-Bop.”

As our songs and stories around the fire drew to a close, cabins made their way down Tipi Hill with candles in hand. We walked down in a line lighting candles and blowing them out to give goodbye hugs. We may have shed a tear or two, but it was so wonderful to have a special moment with everyone on camp before we went our separate ways.

This morning, we woke up suuppeerr early to Taj Mahal and Forbidden Planet singing their favorite songs. We headed out still cozy in pjs and blankets and grabbed a light breakfast before saying goodbye to campers leaving on buses. We sent them off by dancing the funky chicken and waving goodbye as they drove down camp road. Be sure to check the Hidden Valley Facebook page for travel updates from the buses throughout the day.

After the buses left and the majority of campers were on their way, we enjoyed a heartier second breakfast. Right now, everyone is hanging out around main camp as we wait for families to arrive to pick up the remaining campers. Staff are out and about preparing for second session and campers staying for intersession will be heading off for a trip to Fort Knox State Park later today.

Mama Iguana and I will be off the blog for a little while, but we’ll be back Friday night with all the latest from the intersession trip and second session cabin preparations. Thanks for following along with us this fantastic first session, it’s been a pleasure! Enjoy photos from the lobster banquet and departure day.

‘Till next time!

Cara B. Ner

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