I finished my last trip of the season yesterday, Sea Kayaking on Lake Superior, it was amazing. The girls were great fun to be around and the islands beautiful. I pulled out all the stops on the cooking front and created some gourmet backcountry feasts, winning over the girls and receiving credit for the trip as "Best Trip Ever!", I even get a t-shirt to prove it!! I enjoyed all my trips this summer but Sea Kayaking and Boundary Waters would have to be my favourites; I enjoy leading the older girls, I can more easily relate to them and feel like I can be a positive influence which is a great feeling.
During the middle of the session I enjoyed a few days off which involved an afternoon of tubing down the Nam to celebrate Mealy's birthday, a Bloody Mary brunch at Bass Lake that lasted well into the afternoon, which led into an evening ogling burly Lumberjacks at the World Lumberjack Championships.... where else would I be!!
Living at Birch Trail has been an incredible experience, I have made some wonderful new friends and basically been paid to have a good time! Although you pretty much work all the time, I don't really consider partying like its 1999 at the camp dance party to be hard work! Pedalling through the back roads of Minong at dusk or a SUP at sunrise on Pokegama Lake isn't too strenuous either... A wonderful experience that I will be more than happy to re-live again next year if I am lucky enough.
For now I will enjoy camp life for another week and then I really don't know. I have the opportunity to join an old friend for a couple weeks in Santorini, sounds terrible doesn't it ;) Perhaps another Trip Leader job for a couple months, there is also Canada, Cuba, Mexico to consider. It will be nice to be a free agent for a while, where every day my will be my own and what happens next is left up the stars. Bring on the next big adventure!
|Birthday celebrations tripper style!|
|The birthday lady|
|Chowing down Lodge style...blah|
|Miss Daisy Duke...too cute|
|A dutch over masterpiece!|
|Trippers in a food coma post Ethiopian|
|John Duke...what else can I say|
|Watersports at dusk|
|Another day another spectacular sunset|
|We get paid for this!|
|Dance Party craziness!|
|A portrait courtesy of the uber talented Miss Mealy!|
|Lake Superior @ Duluth|
|One freaky laundromat and one handsome man!|
|Bloody Marys @ Bass Lake|
|Brunch goes in the lake!|
|Loving a day off with the ladies|
|Pole climb... Lumberjack Championships|