Mr Parsons came around tapping gently on tents and saying "Time to Get Up" at 6. Cooking breakfast and taking down camps and then sweeping the area for any trash, socks, tent stakes, etc. ensued. The kids took off on foot and parents moved their cars to the end of the trail and were shuttled down to Jenness Beach just as the kids came walking in. Today was Jenness, Rye Harbor, Straw Point, Wallace Sands, and, finally, we hit Odiorne a little after 4. One more presentation and it was time to get on the bus. Joshua and I stopped at a 99 and ate A LOT of food and arrived home just as Iz and Neil were getting back from baseball. The last shot here is Joshua with his new friend Charlie. Charlie moved here recently from Ca and when the two discovered they liked each other's company late the first morning, it turned things around for Joshua. They both hate running and are Runescape players--- the talking took him mind off his hives and swollen knee (I don't think I mentioned that Joshua took a bad fall on Mill Road biking on Sunday and his knees are both bruised up and one is cut up and quite swollen --- and then Tues he woke up with a cold or allergies and hives which are continuing even now that we're home. Anyway, the first day, Joshua and Charlie and Freya pretty much brought up the rear all day. It doesn't bother them anywhere near as much as it bothers me. The second morning, everyone was tireder and bruiseder and blistery-er (lots of bad looking boys' ears by the afternoon) This day in addition to Charlie he found the company of a girl, DJ, who is "into Manga."
This was a huge accomplishment for every one of these kids --- there wasn't much sympathy for physical discomforts and there was a lot expected of each child personally. This has to be a milestone achievement for most every child on the trip as well as many of us parents.