Wow, these past 13 days have flown by! It feels like just yesterday I was unpacking my duffel bags and settling into the bunkroom. Each morning we wake up a little before 7am, and get ready for our morning. First, we take a walk to a field about 10 minutes away for our solo time, during which we have time to reflect and be in our own space. Some mornings we run before our solo, other mornings we have yoga. It is a wonderful way to start the day. After morning solo, we have some time to get ready for breakfast, which usually consists of delicious granola made weekly by Gail, yogurt, bagels, orange juice, and sometimes we have smoothies, eggs, or oatmeal as well. After breakfast, we head off to our first class. The first three classes of the day are math, study hall, and language; each class has about 4 girls in it and we rotate through the classes. Around 12:20 we have lunch, which has been everything from tuna melts to variation of soups. After that, we have a four-hour block of Coastal Adventure, which is divided between Marine Science, local history, English, and leadership. I love having all those classes in the same block because we have a chance to make connections between the material learned in each class and it makes the subjects much more interesting to learn about. Coastal Adventure ends at 5:15, and we then head to dinner, which is my favorite meal of the day. We have a fantastic cook who keeps our diet well controlled and delicious. She has strong feelings about sugar, and keeps our sugar intake to a minimum; we have been served sugar a grand total of once so far. But on Valentine’s Day the RAs gave us each a chocolate covered strawberry. Although I do really miss having sugar on a more regular basis, I am learning how special it is if you eat a well balanced diet. Gail always makes fantastic meals; and she makes sure that every girl has enough to eat and accommodates our food preferences lovingly. Every dinner is like a night out at my favorite restaurant. Gail never fails to challenge us to try new foods, and impress us with her fantastic cooking. She loves to hear about our favorite foods. It is wonderful to come in from our last class and smell dinner cooking.
From the 13th to the 14th our Leadership teacher took us on a snowshoeing trip to Poplar Hut. The drive up to the trailhead was a little over two hours. It was freezing cold outside, and the snow was just beginning to fall when we arrived. We ate pb&j’s with potato chips for lunch, then we packed up and got ready to hit the trails. The hike to the hut was about a 2.5 mile snowshoe away. The snowshoe up was beautiful. We arrived at the hut around 4pm so we had some down time with hot chocolate until dinner. We all slept in a bunkhouse with only 12 beds so four of us slept on the floor. We woke up the next morning to about a foot of fresh snow. We had plenty of time to explore the hut after breakfast and we even got a tour of the hut and how the hut stays powered off the grid-it was fascinating! The snowshoe back was quite an adventure because of the fresh snow and parts the trails had not been groomed yet. It was a great first trip because many girls didn’t have much experience with trips.
Tonight we are beginning our service project at CSG. We are painting a hallway with tiles divided up so each of us have a square to design. Our theme is nature. So each of us are designing a unique tile around that theme. My group sanded the hallway, and now the house is bustling with activity. Some girls are quietly designing their square, while others are helping prep the hallway for the paint job.