They didn't know we were coming for a visit, so when I was walking down the dock I spotted my nephew and tapped him on the shoulder. It took him a few seconds of looking at me before he finally smiled and said "what are you doing here?!" It was pretty funny. Then we saw my sister and we sat on the dock in the sunshine and chatted.
Red Pine Camp is a family camp that my parents originally took us to in 1964. We went for several years as children, and I worked up there the summer of 1978 as a 16 year old. My younger sister then worked there when she turned 16, and our daughter Lindsey did too! In fact, I have three best friends that I met that summer, and the four of us still get together whenever we can.
Marshal, Alison, and Tony
It's not an RV camp though. You stay in sparse cabins and bring your own bedding. There are a ton of programs for kids, so that parents can have some holiday time alone! And, you eat in a dining hall with your meals served to you so there is no cooking or cleaning to do! It's a bit of a pricey vacation at almost $500 per week for an adult, so a family of two adults and two children would be around $1,600 for a week but that includes everything. And then there's a rising price scale for children age 2-16.
We stayed for lunch, which was $10.95 each and includes use of the facilities for the day.
The dining hall in the Red Pine grove
I was always good at using the stilts! I've still got it!
We didn't really do anything all day though. We had gone back down to the dock after lunch and Ruth was going to take a canoe out with her Dad, but some storm clouds came in and they closed the waterfront for a half an hour because there was some thunder. A bit of an extreme reaction we thought since the storm had already passed by the time they closed it. Oh well, they have rules they have to follow I guess.
My younger sister is a part time fitness instructor and so she held a "Zumba" fitness class for whoever wanted to attend. About 15 people showed up and Ruth participated almost until the end when she slipped and twisted her ankle! We put some ice on it right away and although it's still a bit sore and swollen this morning we don't think it will take long to get better.
All in all, it was a fun day and other than a 20 minute storm the weather was good too. Our daughter still has close friends that she met up at camp and she is coming to visit at the end of August and will be spending Labor Day weekend there with her friends. And it will be grandson Cameron's first experience at Red Pine Camp!