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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Buster Burger grafitti mural movie

Here's the video I promised you.  I took pictures of all of the stages of the mural and then put them together into a movie for your enjoyment.  Props to the cameo for the harassment and the b-boys for the music.


I am married to an awesome artist.

Just call me Starr.

Scout Camp Part 2

One of the days we were at scout camp they let the adults climb the wall, repel and do the zip line.  I have a fear of heights but I decided to do it anyway.  We got our harnesses and helmets on and received some instruction.  Then I climbed a lot of stairs to the top of the tower.  I had to stand there waiting in line for a bit and I was really nervous.  When it was finally time for me to zip, I wasn't sure if I wanted to anymore.  


Once the guy got me all hooked up to the zip line, he told me to stand on a milk crate and then lift my feet when I was ready to go.  I was scared to step up on that wobbley crate.  I told him I didn't want to be any higher than I already was.  Too bad, I had to get up there.  It took me a minute to get the courage to lift my feet up but I finally did it.  It took about a half of a second for me to realize that it was so fun and not scarey at all.  It felt like I was flying.

Next I climbed the wall and at the top there was an Easy Button.  I felt awesome as I hit the button.  So far, so good.  Last was repeling.  I did not want to go backwards off of a 35 foot tower.  It was so hard!  Once I lowered myself over the edge the rest wasn't as bad.  I have to say I am not a fan of repeling, but now that I am done, I am so proud of myself.
  
One of the leaders brought his didgeridoo and one night around the campfire he started playing it.  Soon everyone joined in banging on buckets, sticks, logs and tin cans.  It was so cool.

Mr. K took a turn at the didge.

On Friday, they had games and contests down at the lake.  Mr. K participated in the adult tri-athalon called the John Colter Run.  The participants had to carry a match with them the whole time and keep it dry so that it would light at the end.

It started with a run to the flag poles and back.  (That's him in the black and red shortie.)

Then he jumped into a canoe and had to paddle out around a buoy and back to the dock.

The last leg was a swim to the shore and then try to light the match.

His match didn't light.  :(

But he did get 3rd place.

 K1 participated in the 5 man, no paddle canoe race with 4 of his troop members.  It started out great with a good push-off from K2 (in the orange shorts.)

Hmmm.  Does something look wrong here?

Oh dear.

They had to swim in.

The only team to swamp their canoe.

The next activity was the blind scoutmaster canoe race where Senior Patrol Leader aka K1 told the blindfolded scoutmaster aka Mr. K which way to paddle the canoe to win the race.

It was kind of like bumper cars.

They didn't win but they are still winners.

After all of the games, everyone else was heading back to camp but Mr. K wanted to do the mile swim.  He had seen the patch in the trading post and he wanted it.  It had a polar bear on it which I thought was a bad sign but what do I know?  ;)

We just had to round up a rower to follow him and a spotter to keep an eye on him and jump in and save him if needed.  I just rode along to shout encouragement and take pictures.  Luckily, we found just the right guys.  Here they are.

Don't worry.  They were much more competent than they appear.  The spotter was our camp buddy and he was a life guard and the rower was his twin brother who taught canoeing and kayacking.  

Here he is diving in.

Did I mention that the sun went behind a cloud and it started blowing like crazy right before he started swimming?  At times there were white caps on the water. 

Here he is half way.


Almost done.  Mr. K is amazing!


He even had enough energy to run out of the water when he was done.  He even had enough energy to shiver violently for 45 minutes after that.  Thankfully my friend from the rifle range (see previous post) got him some hot chocolate and he warmed up.


That night they had an awards ceremony and closing campfire.  Mr. K was recognized as the only person to swim the mile so far this year.


They called down the camp commissioners and gave us a mug, a key chain, a pin and some applause.  I am a sucker for applause.


I love my new mug.


All of the camp staff put on a really neat program for us.

Here is our camp buddy.


It was a great week!  We had another didgeridoo/drum circle that night and then went to bed.

The next morning I awoke to pouring rain and I was sick.  I wanted to cry really bad but I was brave.  I was so happy to go home.  I guess I stayed one day too long  :)  but I'll be back next year!


Just call me Starr.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Scout Camp Part 1

We just got back from Boy Scout camp.  Yes, I am a girl and I went up for the whole week and believe it or not, I was not the only girl there.  Mr. K is the scoutmaster and he bribed me with the promise of hot showers, flushing toilets and the futon mattress with my Tempur-pedic pillow in the back of a fully enclosed truck.  How could I say no to that?  We left K4 and K5 at Grandma and Grandpa Steepstairs house, (nickname compliments of K5) and drove to Wyoming.  

When Scoutmaster K was checking in, they asked me if I would be a camp commissioner for the week.  They said it was easy and I would get a free hat and shirt so I said, "Sure."  The commissioner (me)  inspects campsites and makes sure everything is in tip top shape.  Turns out, that includes looking down into the latrine to make sure no one has thrown anything in that shouldn't be there.  Not worth the hat and tee shirt, btw.


In spite of my daily duties, I did have a great time.  I finished 1 book and started Walden by Henry David Thoreau.  He is hard to read (deep) but some of the things he writes are amazing.  There are also some parts that I can't see eye to eye with him, for instance the part where he says he is 30 years old and that there isn't anything to be learned from older people.  My friend thinks he is using sarcasim but I don't.  But I digress.

K1 lit a fire using flint and steel.

K2 got his first merit badge-leatherwork.

They played some fun games like circle tug of war.  K3 went airborn a couple of times.


He had fun skipping rocks across the lake and climbing all over.


K2 and another scout in kayaks.


On one of the days, they had a contest for the leaders at the shooting range.  We had 10 bullets and whoever got the most in the bullseye won.  We all started shooting.  Mine kept hitting the log that was high and left of my target.  After about 4 or 5 shots, the man in charge asked me if I was aiming at target number 5.  I told him that I was trying to.  He said he was sorry, he didn't want to embarrass me but I just laughed.  Then I started aiming low and to the right to see if that would work.  It didn't.  I still hit that same spot on the log.  After everyone was done, they went out to get their targets and replace them for the next group.  I hadn't hit the paper even once so I didn't have to go out there.  I should have gotten the award for consistantly hitting the same place no matter where I aimed.  Instead all I got was an offer to teach me how to shoot.  :)


One of the leaders decided to try and catch a squirrel.

That is trail mix he used as bait.


Soon everyone was building traps.


K2 designed his out on paper first and then built it.


K3 had the most success.
This sport takes a lot of patience.

Still waiting...

He caught 3 squirrels and 1 chipmunk.  He named them all and this one is Bobby Joe.


This is what can happen if you are surrounded by crazy scouts for too long.
You can run but you can't hide!


Just call me Starr.