Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tropical Team Paddle

After breakfast this morning, the team geared up for a paddling trip down the Juniper Springs River. There was some alligator fear, but everyone proved to be brave and come along for the journey. There were people in tandem kayaks and canoes. Melina was the solo kayaker. 
The river was clear and overgrown with tropic beauty. Much wildlife was seen including many turtles, fish, birds and yes, even alligators! We left the alligators alone and, in turn, they left us alone. We paddled for 7 miles and were picked up by a shuttle at the end. Back at the campground, hot and tired, we jumped into the clear and refreshing spring pool.
We couldn't end the day without getting a touch on the ball. We found the only open patch of grass and worked on our volleying skills and then just played. The amazing sophomore team won the tradition fall break pickup game!
Dinner tonight is MEXICAN! Homemade gorditas, rice, fried veggies, beans, and a nicely made fire to enjoy the lovely food by. The only thing to complain about are the bugs. But we are tough.
Written by- Kat Camara

First morning

Not too many people are up. We survived our first night and no bears! Haha. We made sure to pack all the food in the bus. We even made sure Bianca stashed her peanuts there as it is her first time camping and she wanted to keep snacks in her tent. We got here in time to quickly set up and start cooking before dark last night. We made stirfry and made a little fire. We explored some of the springs and it was a little scary seeing all the alligator signs. 

Camp sites. 

More sites. 

Stacey making eggs and bacon, hoping the smell will wake them. 

Juniper springs

We have arrived! 
More to come!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall Season Is HERE!!

We are currently 2-2 having played all four games on the road. As coaches, this is pretty impressive. It is always hard, especially at the beginning of a season to go play on the road two weekends with two back to back games against some pretty tough opponents. We love what happens on road trips, we bond! We get to know each other, laugh together, sing songs on the bus together, and eat meals together. This is a special group!

As most of you know it is a long standing tradition to dress up for away matches. 

 1-0 Win against Huntingdon College
Alabama heat!

 Dr. Kane's house, former WWC alum.

With Dr. Kane.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Georgia Ackerman

Hey Soccer Gals!
    I can't wait to see you all today. This summer has been great, but much to fast. After the graduation ceremony, my dad and I made the twenty six hour drive back to Colorado. We drove through the Smokey National Forrest, through Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, and Kansas. We stopped at the confluence of the Missouri and the Ohio river, and camped each night along the way. After a weak at home, I boarded the California Zeapher (an amtrak train) in Glenwood Springs.
    Twenty Four hours later, I arrived in San Francisco. I stayed with my aunt and uncle until my cousin was able to pick me up. I worked on his land in Northern California for six weeks. This is the first year that he has been out on his property, and there was always something to do. Adam's land is located right on the side of a mountain. His house is built at the top of a bowl, carved out by the creak. I spent most of the days hiking from garden to garden on steep trails. Occasionally, I would work out with my cousins girlfriend. Denise is a Colombian yoga instructor and personal trainer from Miami Florida. She taught me many things about cooking and working out :). The water system wasn't completely finished. Every couple of days, I would spend hours hauling around five gallon buckets to water the plants. It was the driest year on record in California. We would work till the heat of the day-usually around three in the afternoon. Then, we would head to the river to cool off and hang out with the locals.
    Before I got back on the train for home, my cousin took me to the North Western String Summit festival near Portland Oregon. With thousands of campers, roaming peacocks, and a great lineup; it was quit the experience. I bought myself some pretty awesome cowgirl boots. I finally got back on the train in Klamath Falls, OR. I arrive back in Carbondale just in time for Mountain Fair. Each summer, my town hosts an arts festival. My mom has been in charge of the vendors for the past couple years. I spent most of the fair volunteering as a booth sitter and dancing. During the event, I spent one day hiking to the tree line of our mountain. Right when I got back into town I headed to the park to participate in the women's wood-splitting contest, then danced with my friends.
    My family, some friends, and I went on a rafting trip a few days later on one of my favorite stretches of the Colorado. Once we got back to society, I returned to Mount Sopris with my brother, his girlfriend, My friend Riley, and Bergen. It is just bellow a fourteen-er, but it is a beast of a hike. Since then I have been busy relaxing. Yesterday my dad and I took my mom to have surgery, and today we are healing. I get on the plane tomorrow morning, and I am so excited to hang out with the hooters! It was so nice to read all of the updates on your summers. I'm sure there will be many stories to tell.

 Standing above the Colorado River

  North West String Summit - Main Stage

 My house in California (a tent by the creak)

Bergen, Riley, and I soaking up Mount Sopris

Much love from Colorado
Georgia Ackerman

Friday, August 1, 2014

Erica Oliver

Hi Team,
In just a couple weeks we will all be back on the field together!
Summer has gone by fast for me at camp with barely a spare moment. It has been fun though and full of adventures. I hiked two sections of the Appalachian trail in Maine, canoed various lakes, and learned about preparing for and leading trips. I also learned a lot about working with kids and co leading.

This past week I canoed on Damariscotta lake with a group of 12 year old girls. It poured rain and thundered as we started our trip and we hid out in a little shelter and played games to keep warm until the storm calmed down. The rest of the trip was good except that I saw a huge snake and squealed in front of all the campers.

Yesterday was the song contest where each tent group writes a song and performs it. My department decided to write a song and we all wore our matching shirts which say our names on the back. We didn't win but it was a laugh and we got some comments on our shirts.

Today I worked out! Surprise, well actually it is kind of surprising this summer since I've been out of camp so much on trips. But this morning I got up early and did sprints and agility ladder stuff and went for a 3 mile jog. I injured my achilles tendon at the start of summer but it seems to be better now so yay! I hope it stays that way.

Any way here is a poem to try to capture what camp life has been all about for me this summer:

I drift off to sleep with my feet hanging out the end of my child-sized cot and touching the cold metal frame.
My lullaby is the whine of a stray mosquito.
I wake up to the sound of rain on the tent roof.
And I run quickly from my tent door to the bathroom without my rain jacket.
I must hurry, there is a trip going out today and I haven't finished packing everything.
As I brush my teeth I make a mental checklist of things I have to do before I leave.
            Pick up the medical forms form the nurse
            Get a camp credit card and emergency cash from the office
            pack my own personal gear
            Make an announcement in the dining hall about my next trip and put up a sign up sheet.
            Pick up the fresh fruit for lunch
            Get the van keys
            Print driving directions
            Eat breakfast
The bell rings and I walk across camp to the dining hall.
After breakfast it's time to pack out the campers, and be asked the same questions by each individual camper: what do I do if I don't have any long underwear or a water bottle?
Finally everyone is in the van with all the gear.
Except the trip leaders because we have been helping everyone else and still have to finish packing our own gear, woops.
On the van ride we listen to the radio station 92 moose.
Once we arrive then the fun begins. Beautiful open spaces, wilderness forest, mountain vistas, blue lakes.
The kids are ready for a new adventure.
And I am reminded why I am doing this. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Train Train!


I wanted to update you all on my summer! I feel like the summer flew by but as I look back I was pretty busy! First, we have to mention the world cup! For a month, I was glued the TV watching great football at the local spots! The US games were so exciting and I felt so patriotic. 

We had to go all out for the games! These were Captain America masks we made for the USA games!

I also played soccer this summer for a semi-pro team in Greenville, SC which was a lot of fun! It was a laid back environment compared to what I was used to and I got to run some practice sessions as well. We had some pretty talented young players mixed with a group of veterans so it was a lot of fun! I also spent time hiking, mountain biking, sliding down rocks, camping, and floating down the French Broad. 

Asheville is a great place to be outdoors!

Other than that, we ran a very fun and successful Upper 90soccer camp at Warren Wilson with 40 awesome girls! We got to see Izler, whom most of you all met in the Virgin Islands. 

I also made a worm composting tube in my garden. I just put worms in the pvc tube and put compost in regularly and the worms break it down and actually fertilize the garden. You don't have to deal with the smell or attracting animals with this system. I like it so far!

I hope you all are enjoying your summer but at the same time getting pumped for the fall. We have already begun preparations for preseason, away trips, team activities, and service! We canNOT wait for you all to arrive back at Wilson. Let's be honest, we miss all your little faces!

As time ticks away, make sure you are getting touches on the ball. Even it is just juggling, it is worth it! I hope some of you have ventured out, found local pickup, and have been getting a sweat while playing the game! 

Here is a link to a coerver video that was sent to me and I want to share!

See you all soon!