Monthly Archives: July 2007

July 27

Greetings from Camp Kendale

Greetings from Camp Kendale! Yup, I’m finally here at sleepaway camp, and the whole experience has been amazing—at least it has been since I got over that whole homesickness thing. But, hey, that only lasted two days. Since then it’s been smooth sailing! And speaking of sailing, I’m learning how to sail a sunfish across the lake. But that’s not the big news.

This is! Yesterday morning I finally got my guts up to try the zip line. It took me the whole first week of camp to give it a try. It was a really strange experience. First, I put on this really ugly yellow helmet and slipped into this uncomfortable harness. The harness was attached to a big rope. Once I was all suited up, I climbed up a huge telephone pole until I reached a thick wooden platform. You wouldn’t believe how high up I was! I could practically see the whole camp from up there.

That’s when I made my huge mistake. I looked down. Gulp. Suddenly I just froze. I couldn’t move a single muscle. I just stood there like an idiot. The counselor on the platform told me to think brave thoughts. Actually, not just brave thoughts, but super-colossal brave thoughts. I tried. I really did. But I still couldn’t move off that platform.

Finally, I decided I had two choices. I could climb back down the pole, embarrass myself, and miss out on all the fun everyone seemed to be having, or I could hold on tight to the rope attached to my harness and jump. So I jumped.