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Thursday, July 28, 2011

God's green earth.

[borrowed from the Camp Mystic website.]


One of the highlights of my college years was having the joy of working as a counselor at the fabulous and ethereal Camp Mystic For Girls, down in the gorgeous Texas Hill Country. For years and years, I begged my parents to send me to a pine-tree-surrounded oasis up north, where I could spend my summer vacation kayaking and learning the intricacies of archery. Needless to say, this never happened... due mainly to the fact that for the cost of Megan's summer at camp, my parents could've invested in another property. Ah well, I made up for it with a decade of softball playoffs, cheerleading practice and church camps.

I jumped at the opportunity to be a counselor. I was blessed with a bustling cabin of 19 beautiful, creative, loving eleven-year-olds who honestly changed my life. It blows my mind to think they're all driving and going to their proms and playing on facebook and kissing boys! They're still precocious little tweens to me!

with about half of my sweet beauties, after Sunday vespers.

candid shot of lauren, savannah and kristen. one of my favorite pictures I have.

my favorite partners-in-crime... shan and betsy on skit night.

blech... there was a shortage of horseback riding teachers, so I dutifully took on the role.

if you know me well, you know how much I loathe horses.

nonetheless, the co-counselors were awesome,
the girls were enthusiastic,
and it was definitely a different experience!


Meanwhile, Texas Monthly has covered a story on the camp which is poignantly written and a fascinating read. The words truly encompass the power, warmth and sweetness that I associate with Dick & Tweety Eastland, Mystic's owners. Mystic is currently embroiled in a family-oriented battle surrounding (what else?) land and money. Their issues had been settled, but are set to be discussed yet again in another trial, come October.

In order to read up on the article, you have to be a subscriber to the magazine, but luckily I nosed around long enough to find a loophole. The piece is really lengthy, but it's totally worth the time. Go read it here.

In the meantime, I'll be hoping and praying for a positive outcome for Mystic... the camp is truly unlike any place on earth, and the experiences it offers the girls is unrivaled by any other childhood endeavor.

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