Stating the obvious…. so much has changed in such a short time! To be frank and to the point, we don’t know what’s going to happen this summer. We’re in a holding pattern, just like you. I’ll try to keep you apprised, but please realize that it might not be feasible for us to open this year. As with the Summer Olympics, we may be forced to postpone 2020, and ask for a re-do in 2021. There are all sorts of possibilities of things in-between, but realistically, even if everyone hunkers down for two to three months, and our governor and county health officer open up our doors, the concept of immediately intermingling with a large group of disparate people, doesn’t seem like the smartest thing in the world…. And, in order to be ready for groups, it means that we have to bring in many more staff from throughout the country (Mississippi anyone?) far earlier, to make camp ready.
We’ve been trying to think of ways fewer people could come…. camping, perhaps, rather than eating in the dining room…. serving just one meal a day….. doing “take-out” only….. driving up from the bay for swimming and pizza and then leaving…..
It grieves me to contemplate not offering a place of refuge for families who have been coming here for decades! Please know that we’re open to feasibility suggestions.
In the meantime, let me tell you that camp has not been raked as cleanly of forest duff in years! The compost pile is burgeoning! (Here’s where I should put in photos of a blue-tailed skink and California Newts… but I didn’t have my camera with me when I upended an enormous rock and a huge piece of rotting bark.) We’ve done innumerable burn piles throughout camp…. two large firs were cut down last fall, and then just a few days ago, 8 more dead smaller trees were cut down, cut up, hauled off, and the leftover branches burned. The amphitheater in front of the camp stage is gorgeous…. Tom has trimmed all the branch nubs off, and sanded things to prevent splinters. Poison Oak has been weed-eaten throughout… not just by the paths, but all over. It’s park-like!
The greenhouses are filled with baby plants.
Carrots, beets and potatoes are poking up out of garden rows.
Cherry blossoms, pink peach blooms, and now apple trees are starting to open up. Hopefully flowers of some kind will continue steadily until fall.
The project we planned for this weekend, a work weekend with friends from the bay area, was taken up by one of our staff, who has been here for several weeks now. It’s a work in progress, and it’s glorious! A stream bed of flat rocks (from the river of course) that will hopefully funnel winter water into the swale that winds down the lawn by the pizza deck. This year we haven’t had much, water that is, but for the future……
While burning brush from around the farmhouse, Otter’s Cove, the garage, the General Store, the pizza lawn bathrooms, we found two adorable birds nests, each utilizing anything they could. Amazing what they can do with what they have!
In prepping for the summer, we ordered hats and water bottles in January. Practically, hats are much easier to send than jam. They didn’t have youth hats as yet, they were to come in April.
Kashaya has been making Water Kefir. Kefir grains (also known as tibicos, ginger bug and African bees) are a composite of bacteria and yeasts that ferment sugar in a water solution to create a naturally carbonated, probiotic beverage. Water & milk kefir grains are lacto-ferments which have a milder flavor than Kombucha. An acquired taste, for me…. a bit like watered-down vinegar.
In hopes that this finds you well, that you’re able to cope in this crazy scenario, and that you’re using the space as a springboard for projects and ideas that you’ve been waiting to do, as soon as you had the time……