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- Frisbeeganza, Ultimate Frisbee, Nov. 29
- Council Christmas Tree Lot Service Project, Nov. 29
- Climbing and camping, Nov. 16-17
- Halloween Party, Oct. 26, 2013
On October 26th, the Venture Crew met at Aaron's house to party it up all night long. Kat and Kristy were pastry chefs for the day and made chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate cake, pie tarts, and molasses cookies. We played plenty of games and watched The Silence of the Lambs in the last couple hours of the night.
- Grand National Rodeo, Oct. 25, 2013
- Civil War Re-enactment, Oct. 18-20, 2013
Dear nieces, nephews, and y'all--
Once upon a time, in a land far far away, Cece, Ryan, Annie, Holly, Sam, Matt, Pat, Mr. Frydenlund, and myself left our beloved hometown of Charleston, Virginia, to fight in the second War of Independence.
It was Octover 18th, 1863. As proud Confederate Marines, we woke early on the 19th and were issued muskets, canteens, haversacks, and all the sundry equipment needed for war. We drilled for hours, the taste of gunpowder and the sound of gunshots ringing in our ears. We said our final farewells then, separating into infantry, artillery, and medics.
Upon winning our first battle, we spent the night dancing with beautiful ladies. Spinning around to the Virginia Reel and waltzing across the dance floor, it was almost possible to forget the horrors of war. This was all brought to a halt the next day as another battle began. Fighting to a stalemate, the generals agreed to postpone the battle until that night.
Fighting at night 'twas a new bloody horror. Soldiers fell on both sides of me, screaming for their mothers. Wounded men were dragged to the hospitals, incompetent doctors hacking limbs off with little regard to cleanliness. As I lay bleeding, the newly-made widows wandered the field, ghostly wails reverberating as they found the bodies of their loved ones.
As I write this letter, I wait for my future to be decided. Despite fighting valiantly, our final battle was a sad sight. The Yankees have captured my company, and we will doubtless be shot for treason tomorrow morning, so I end my letter here.
- Sea Kayaking in Monterey, Oct. 13, 2013
We went sea a kayaking in Monterey a few weeks ago. We got to get really close to seals, otters, and jellyfish. Luckily no one was stung. Everyone remained safely in their boats without tipping. In addition the difficulty of kayaking through kelp beds was realized. Overall the trip was a great success and everyone had a great time.
- Ropes Course and Ghiradelli Chocolate Shop, Sept. 15, 2013
- Sailing, San Francisco Bay, Aug. 3, 2013
We went sailing all day starting in Berkeley and then all around the San Francisco Bay. Everyone got a chance to steer the boat and Mr. Yeh taught us about tying the ropes and setting the sail. We sailed under the Golden Gate bridge and then around Angel Island. Overall the trip was a great learning experience despite the cold and windy weather. When we got back to the harbor we went to Fentons and had a huge mint chocolate ice cream sundae.
- Advanced Camp, Loon Lake, July 17-20, 2013
On July 17th-20th, Kristy, Kat, Julia, Pat, and Matt traveled with some of the senior boy scouts to Loon Lake to help build the Troop 27 Summer Camp. With Mr. Frydenlund as Camp Director and motivated youth, the dirt-digging, de-limbing, structure-lashing, waterfront-clearing, gear-transporting, and canoeing moved smoothly. By Saturday morning, all the tasks were completed with time to spare. After three days of quick, easy meals, we were relieved to see the arrival of the kitchen crew, who provided us with balanced, tasty meals for the remainder of the trip. On departure day, the Venturers were bid farewell with clear skies and pleasant winds.
- Wright's Lake, July 10-12, 2013
On the 10th we drove down to the beautiful Wright's lake. Quickly scarfing down lunch, we went down to the lake and spent hours swimming and hanging out on rocks. After setting up camp, we enjoyed a delicious meal of beef stroganoff and sung around the campfire. The next morning, Julia's family joined us and we spent the day on the water, practicing our canoeing skills. That afternoon, we set out down the channels again, this time disembarking at a bridge and bushwhacking our way to see waterfalls. While we didn't find the hot waterfalls, we did see several small waterfalls that were perfect to cool down in after the long hike. On Friday, we enjoyed the perfect batch of monkey bread and a final game of kube before making our way home.