With 8 girls here to join us for Winter Camp week, we are reminiscing on memories from previous summers, sharing laughs, and sledding as much as possible. The horses are loving the extra attention, and anticipating summer camp 2017 when they will be surrounded by even more devoted campers. We snowshoed around the overlooks on the trails that we ride on, and the trails were a winterized beautiful while the overlooks were spectacular with the crisp air. We will continue the sledding, the horse grooming, and the laughing for the remainder of the week.
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One of the feature glories of October Weekend is the bonfire, for which a lot of brush must be hauled. Three crews pitched in today to do a final cleanup of the Wheelocks field to prepare for the illuminating event. Midway through the second round of brush hauling, the tractor died – maybe a dead battery, maybe a bad alternator. Michael (the grandfather of a prospective camper) happened to be on hand and knew his way around old Ford tractors, and within minutes we were off and running once more. (Many thanks again, Michael). First, however, the girls showed off their muscles, pushing the tractor out from under the load. (wink)
Just like the kids, some of the horses will play in the water every chance they get, so once riding was over for the week, Doyle bee-lined for the pond and jumped in. Good thing Gandalf was watching nearby, ready to help his pal if he got into trouble (definitely Doyle’s strong suit). Doyle demonstrated his breaststroke, doggie paddle, and elementary backstroke before wandering off looking for a grassy snack.
Doyle is one of our most avid swimmers. He enjoys the cool water in the hot sun and usually his best friend Gandalf is wandering around near him. However, Gandalf is not much of a swimmer. Campers that come and have never seen horses in a herd living near ponds may have never gotten the chance to see a horse swim. Girls coming and watching the horses, free of restrictions, swim and enjoy being a horse in a herd is the reason that Road’s End Farm exists nowadays. We do not exist for showing purposes, but rather, a connection with nature and a belief that this place should provide a unique camp experience for girls who love horses.