My packed summer of 2018
“People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.”
The summer is generally a very eventful time where you go out on trips and do things away from home. My summer was the extreme of that. not only did I have two weeks at home, but I also traveled to two different states and a different country. I only had about two weeks home this summer. I didn’t necessarily love not being home much but when I was away, I was in the moment. Throughout my summer I experienced multiple forms of adventure, fun and friendship.
The summer started off kind of lazy and uneventful until I had to go to camp. Camp started almost exactly two weeks after school ended which gave me the time I needed to relax. I go to overnight camp during the summer for seven weeks which is a very long time even by my standards. My camp is mostly a sports camp and I have a ton of fun playing sports the whole summer. This past summer I was a senior at camp which is the age group for kids fourteen through sixteen. We live in platform army tents that sleep between 5 and 7. First session started with between forty and fifty kids so we weren’t too packed. The first session of camp is just plain camp which is what I like about it. Everything is just going through the motions of different spots and competitions every day. The first two weeks flew by. Getting into the flow of motions as a senior was harder because I wasn’t used to it, though I was soon able to fully adjust to the new way of things. After we finished the two weeks, the five “weekers” came and things got a little tighter. Two more kids came into my age group (the fourteens), and they insisted on moving into my tent of already five. Me and two other kids did not really like the idea but the crazy kid in our tent did it behind our backs. We now had a seven person tent with a row of five beds next to each other in the back making a “master bed”. I didn’t love it. My good friend hated it so much he moved into the next tent over immediately. Over the next week and a half I had to readjust to my space which was again tough because I had much less of it. Once the first session ended I was still having a blast but was not as excited for second session. Seeing all of my friends from first session leave was emotional but we promised each other we would see one another again. The day after the people from first session left, what was left of camp went to a water park. This was and absolute blast. Even though the water park wasn’t huge we were still able to have a huge amount of fun. After a long day of water rides and running around, we drove back on the school buses that had taken us there exhausted from the full day of fun. The next day the people from second session got to camp. We finished out that day and all the new people picked their tents. I was happy because my tent was not terrible after the rest of my tent had left me for another tent. The beginning of second session was surprisingly good. I was actually liking it better than first session. Soon after second session started we had to begin to prepare for Pemi day, the biggest day of the summer. This day is so important because it is the oldest camp rivalry in the world. Our rivalry is7 over 100 years old. In preparation for this day we have a week of tryouts and practices to prepare. We play four different sports against them, Baseball, Soccer, Swimming and Tennis. I made the Soccer, Baseball and Swimming team but fell short of tennis. Once the day arrived we were pumped. We ended up winning as a camp and our age group won three of our four events. Though I would have loved to sweep wining three was fine. The rest of camp was really going through the motions and ended quickly. Sadly my Grandmother died the day before I went back home which was devastating. My favorite moment at camp was when my friend said while a rain storm was passing over us, “can thunder kill you?”. “Yes it can” I said sarcastically”, then we told him the truth and roasted him. It was so funny. This year my camp experience was pretty great and I can’t wait to go back next year.
After I got back home from camp almost immediately we went to Portugal. The six hour flight there was filled with mostly watching movies and my parents telling me to sleep. When we got there we stayed in the capital Lisbon for two nights. During that time we explored the city and saw many awesome and ancient things, we ate a cafe du monde which is famous for their custard tarts and walked along the city water front. After those two days in Lisbon we drove down to Lagos in the Algarve region of Portugal. This was our beach vacation. We had a condo Airbnb at a condo complex right by the water. This was pretty awesome so we went in the water every day. During this about nine days in Lagos we didn’t do much beside visit two of the surrounding towns, hike a little bit along the cliffs and take surfing lessons on the west coast. In general this time was very relaxing which is just what I needed after the craziness of camp. The second to last day of our trip we drove back up to Lisbon and ate an amazing seafood meal in the city before staying overnight and leaving for home the next day. This was an awesome trip and I really recommend going to Portugal.
Throughout multiple parts of this summer I went on amazing adventures including summiting the great Mount Washington twice, once on a day trip and another on a three day trip over the Presidential Range. The Three day trip traversing the Presidential Range was probably one of the greatest experiences of my life. During the trip we stayed in two different AMC (Appalachian Mountain club), huts which had amazing home cooked food. I was on this trip with seven other of my good friends from camp and two very funny outdoorsy counselors as well. We had a blast cracking funny and inappropriate jokes while hiking up, down and across the presidential range. Also in Portugal me, my brother and my dad hiked some of the cliffs overlooking the east side of the Atlantic Ocean. At first my brother got mad at me and went back but my dad and I kept going. About fifteen minuets later we had to go back and get him so that he could come along on the hike with us. This was a very fun and hot experience even though it wasn’t necessarily what we wanted to do. We even accidentally discovered a topless beach, oops. Overall I had some pretty amazing adventures throughout my summer that I will never forget for the rest of my life.
This summer was long and packed full of fun and I am glad I was able to explore so much.