You know it’s going to be a hot day when you wake up to a dry tent – no dew – especially when it rained lightly during the night. But we left the hot, muggy shores of the Slocan River for the just plain hot shores of the Twin Lakes near Inchelium, Washington today. It was actually a little sad saying goodbye to my tent for almost a week. But I was not sad to evict the spider that had taken to calling the side of my duffel bag in the vestibule home.
Why did I pack up half of my (camp) life and move to Washington, you ask? We’re on a field trip! SNAP is going over to the dark side (geology – sorry, Lindsay, you are Anakin here) to search out possible sources of lithic material for the Sinixt people. So we piled two professors, three TAs, nine students, two dogs (one quite large), our stuff, and many kitchen supplies into the jitney, the mini-van, and Molly’s Forester. The van and Molly took most of our luggage and the dogs, so Nathan was stuck in the jitney with ten crazy young adults. When we successfully crossed the border into the U.S., we blasted “God Bless the U.S.A.” and “Chicken Fried” (somewhat ironically – we are Hamilton students, after all), probably to the confusion of our two Canadian students.
Around 1:30 p.m., we finally arrived, cramped and hungry, at the youth camp we are invading for the week. There were many sighs of relief and appreciation when we entered the air-conditioned kitchen/dining building (which has some hardcore appliances including a massive walk-in refrigerator. Then we found out that the cabins also have air conditioning! They split us into boys’ and girls’ cabins, which is kind of hilarious as there are only four males including Nathan and Dave (the Hamilton geology professor who met us here) and they could easily fit into the girls’ cabin. We each have a whole bunk bed set to ourselves with some leftover! This is probably the nicest camp dwelling I have ever enjoyed! There is also a beach and docks for a resort cabin community just down the hill which we visited today. The water temperature was like a bathtub after getting used to the frigidity of the Slocan River. The camp also has a much smaller beach area right there. I checked this beach out while waiting for dinner and feeling peopled-out. I found that I could actually skip rocks, for the first time! I even got a few double skips in! We are also so happy that the mosquito population here seems to be significantly lower than in Slocan.