We started the week on Monday with overcast skies, but that did not deter the enthusiasm of the Friends Academy 7th graders, the Providence Country Day 8th graders, or the Pike School 9th graders who all arrived on Monday eager to begin their class trips! Teachers from Friends Academy reported that there was much singing on the bus ride up, and that there was not much that could dampen the spirits of this year’s class. Indeed, when I spoke with instructors working with Friends this morning, they all reported that the class is overwhelmingly kind and fun to be with. PCD arrived late due to construction on 95, but had a great start. I myself witnessed well-wishes and luck being passed between the boys’ group and the girls’ group when they separated to go to their respective campsites late yesterday afternoon. Despite the gray skies, we did not have rain until very early this morning, and as I write this at 10:22 am Tuesday, the rain has already stopped. We had an early morning thunderstorm, so the Friends crew got on the water for their salt water canoe trip a little later than expected, but by 11, they should all be headed to their island campsite destinations. The Pike School was on the road by 7 am to head up to the St. Croix River, and the PCD groups are all in camp getting started on their day’s activities – team building initiatives, climbing on our indoor ropes course, and doing our gulch ravine crossing. We are looking forward to greeting the Applewild School 6th graders mid-day today.