Time flies when you are having fun!
My time at camp has absolutely flown past! The campers are only here for another 6 days – I cant believe I have almost been out here for three months already. I have had some great times at camp – it was definitely the right decision to come back, I always new deep down that some day I would be back. The first four weeks of camp were really hard work, I don’t think I finished work before 11pm each night – but thankfully all the kids have calmed down a bit now (or gone home). I don’t think I could ever work with ‘normal’ children as they would just seem boring in comparison to these kids.
We only get one day of a week so this year I decided to make the most of them and so far I have had some amasing days. On my first day off a few of us hired a speed boat and spent the afternoon waterskiing on White Lake PA, well I should actually say ‘tried’ to waterski – but it wasn’t that bad for my first attempt. I was slightly jealous however that Tahnee (my Aussie friend) was up first time like a pro.
Then the week after we headed to Lake Wallenpaupac (no I didn’t make it up!) and hired a Jetski for the morning – my god it was fast - then we decided to carry on with the adrenalin filled day and took a quad bike up Mount Pocono – we got plastered in mud but was a really good day. We decided to finish the day by visiting a casino – something I swore I would not do. But luck was on my side…ish and I came out just over evens!
It was my last day off this week and it was the best of them all. One of the guys in my division is really into downhill mountain biking – so much so he bought his own bike from New Zealand! He had heard of this ski resort that is used for downhill biking in the summer in New Jersey – it was used for the world championships a few years back. It took me a little while to get used to it as I haven’t rode like this for about 8 years. So in my typical style I decided to be cocky and go down the advanced and expert runs…. Ouch.
About 2 hours in to the day Scott was in front of me when he heard a big crack – it was me falling off a ramp head first into a big rock – I have to admit if I wasn’t wearing a full face helmet I wouldn’t be around to write this blog anymore – but hey! I got back on and had a wicked time although I did hit a tree and come off again – but I did pretty well. You had to catch the ski lift to take you back up to the top of the mountain which was pretty cool until we saw a black bear on the track that we were just about to go down – nothing like the prospect of being eaten by a bear to keep you on your bike.
I was in soooo much pain the next day – I don’t think there was a part of my body that was not bleeding or bruised. Definitely an experience I will be repeating again on my travels.
All these activities has meant my budget has taken a bit of a beating – im quite glad it is almost time for my South America leg of my journey – bring on the cheap prices. I did have to buy a new camera the other day though – apparently leaving mine in a pub car park overnight when it was raining somehow disagreed with it - dam my drunken antics! I did buy myself a web book laptop the other day aswell - I know it’s a luxury item but its so much easier then going to internet cafes.
Well the next three months should see a lot of entries in this blog as I travel through Central and South America. My itinerary is constantly changing as I thought it would as I meet people – Im now staying on at camp until the 2nd September then heading to Miami for a cruise in the Caribbean - its not really what I thought I would be doing as I am on a tight budget but it was really cheap and its only for 4 days – just what I need to relax after Camp. Then I fly to the Dominican Republic to stay with a friend for a week or so before heading to Mexico.
Ive made some great friends and contacts already which is perfect for my future travels.
I hope everyone is well and feel free to email me as I think im gonna have a a lot of free time over the next few months with not working (jealous? Hehe).
Take Care Chris