When you work at a camp, even a really big camp like YMCA of the Rockies, you tend to get a little beat up.
I have so many bruises.
Hip bruises from carrying crates of cleaning supplies, an arm bruise from a bear-proof trash can lid shutting with my hand still inside, knee bruises from scrambling up and down the bed of a pickup truck to haul cardboard boxes, head bruises from bumping into the bottom sides of top bunks while making bottom bunks, and a mysterious shin bruise from I-don’t-remember-what.
There are bugs everywhere–flies, bees, wasps, spiders, moths, butterflies, ants…but I’ve been fortunate to only suffer a few mosquito bites and no stings or ticks.
And actually, after burning myself the first week, I’ve done a pretty good job wearing sunscreen. Now, it’s just the part in my thin, blonde hair that’s a particularly rosy shade of pink.
Of course, all of this is completely worth it for a fourth ‘b’–the Beauty of living in the mountains! Overall, it’s been a good week. So let’s get listing!
Accomplishments this week:
I helped out at the Rustic Cafe and sold a lot of coffees.
I helped out at the General Store and sold a lot of post cards and bags of ice.
I (wo)manned the ice cream cart and sold a lot of ice cream sandwiches.
I helped with the YMCA staff trash pickup event and gave out a lot of good prizes. I also read a lot about recycling, since I had nothing to do while waiting for the participants to arrive.
I finished The Book Thief: a haunting story, but also really funny and heartwarming in places. I’d definitely recommend it to adults and mature young adults.
I posted a What I Ate Wednesday about my food truck festival adventures last weekend and an “episode” in my Going Hungry series about my long struggle with obsessively thinking about food.I went on a guided hike with some of the hikemasters and guests here at the Y to Ousel Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park. It was incredibly beautiful, and the pine forest was so incredibly green! But boy was I tired at the end, even after only 5 miles. My appetite is still struggling to keep up. I guess Colorado Fish and Wildlife sometimes uses this particular trail to sample trout populations. Our guide said they carry a lot of scientific equipment up the mountainside, and since motorized vehicles are of course not allowed they use…How cool is that?
Got back from the hike and, despite my fatigue, decided to clean my room. I figured that if I didn’t do it then, I didn’t know when I was going to get around to it.
Finally, my roommate from Fort Collins came to visit me on Sunday afternoon so we could check out the Moon Kats Tea Shoppe. It was definitely cute, and my gluten-free cupcake was lovely–but we both agreed it reminded us a little too much of Dolores Umbridge’s office.Tonight, laundry.
Finally, happy belated Fathers’ Day to all those dads! Wishing my dad lots of his three favorite ‘b’s’: biking, bass guitar, and beer (specifically IPA).
Had any sunburns, bug bites, or stings yet this summer?