Campus is awash with the speckled light of late afternoon sunshine, and all is quiet in “Town” (where all of the buildings on campus are) as groups begin to head out to their campsites for the evening. We welcomed the Applewild 6th graders this afternoon – they made record time and arrived a half hour early! The teaching team that came up this year is impressive – all three of them are teacher-chaperone veterans, having come on the trip for 9, 13, and 17 years! Wow! The students seemed thrilled to be here and enjoyed the excitement of an afternoon thunderstorm (from inside the Center for Environmental Education building), and are now moving out to their campsites under clear skies and lovely afternoon sunshine. Both the Friends Academy and Providence Country Day groups reported in after the thunderstorm, having weathered it well. They are all moving ahead with afternoon travels/activities. The Pike School called in to report having made it safely to the Vanceboro put-in on the St. Croix River around 1:00 this afternoon. They have a short paddle to get to their first site today, and we are unlikely to hear from them again until they get to the takeout early Friday morning. From my office I can hear a bard owl hooting, and I’m envious of the students and teachers out in the woods and on the water on this glorious day!