Â Â Â Â Â Â We awoke to a chilly breeze coming off the water as we climbed out of our tents. Once again there were mixed emotions as we ran around gathering things before breakfast, some groaned in loathing while others chatted excitedly. Laundry Day was here again.
Â Â Â Â Â Â After a breakfast of blueberry, chocolate chip, or just plain, old pancakes that filled our bellies, we ran for our vans in hopes to be first to the Laundromat. The Washboard was very crowded that morning as everyone from the program shoved their way into the building, in hopes of clean clothes and warm showers.
Â Â Â Â Â When our laundry was done and our showers had been completed we had the option to run across the street to the Farmerâ€™s Market, which held lots of little treasures. Everyone had to buy their lunch, so we had the option of food from the market or from a McDonalds a little ways down the street.
Â Â Â Â Â Â As soon as everyone was done at the Laundromat and had eaten we all made our way to The Spit. The Spit is a neat place that you can only drive to during low tide, when the land bridge isnâ€™t submerged in water. We sat at the harbor and listened to Conrad, a marine biologist, who was going to help us with tide pooling. After a quick lesson on some of the marine life in the harbor we all gathered onto the docks and began searching for life under the water.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Turns out we werenâ€™t even necessarily â€œTide Poolingâ€ as they called it in the itinerary. To me it was more like Dock Skimming. Everyone had to get on their tummies and look over the edge of the dock, then reach down and touch the animals sticking to the edge. We pulled out Sea Stars, tiny crabs, Sea Urchins, a few harmless Jellyfish, some snails, and even a little fish!
Â Â Â Â Â Â Time went by quickly and before we even knew it, we were being ushered off the docks. We got an hour to shop on The Spit in all of their cute little stores, and then it was back to Seaside Farms. As soon as we got back to camp the Junior Leaders were out and conversing nervously, because in a matter of minutes the drivers would be gone.
Â Â Â Â Â Â The drivers were leaving for a special dinner, meaning that the Junior Leaders would be in charge for a while. They would have to keep us out of trouble and provide us with dinner. Although a few of them were slightly worried they pulled it off and did a pretty good job too. There were games to keep us entertained and dinner consisted of chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy and it was honestly one of the best meals we have had, in my opinion.
Â Â Â Â Â Â The drivers came back as we finished cleaning our dishes and a good portion of the participants were upset because this was the sign that game time was over. After a bit of chatter around the camping grounds we all bid each other a good night with a traditional Hug Time. After which we climbed into our tents. We all settled down with thoughts of the Whale Watch coming the next day.