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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 - Howardsville to Scottsville

Trip Reporters:  Joe and Sam

Nice work, team!
The hand on the clock was much further along than usual when Georgia's voice awoke us as it carried through the screen door of all of our tents. Rubbing the sleep out of our eyes, we saw a clean, organized camp, with a few early risers joining Patrick in yoga on the beach. After a breakfast of grits and peaches, the leaders sat us down and explained what was about to happen – to test our teamwork skills, we were challenged to pair up and clean up camp with one of the pair blindfolded.  The other person was to guide. After a while of stumbling around, and dodging obsta-
Reflection and discussion on conservation
What a great lunch spot!
cles, we successfully completed the task given. After the activity we loaded the canoes and set out on the paddle to out next campground. The twelve mile paddle to Horseshoe Flats Campground in Scottsville seemed to fly by.  Before we knew it, we stopped for lunch in a backwater creek near Goosby Island on the south side of the James. After a lunch of tortillas with various fillings, we sat down for a discussion about the differences between conservation and preservation, then the students were given time to ourselves to explore and write in our journals. In no time at all we were back in our canoes and paddling the miles away. The miles did not seem so long because we were having fun singing and splashing each other. At the end of our journey we arrived in Scottsville tired, hydrated, and full of artsy pictures from the day on our camera. Once camp was completely set up, we were able to play volleyball, swing, and enjoy the delicacy that is Goldfish before sitting down to a delicious meal and campfire. The day was certainly full of lovely surprises and everyone is looking forward to tomorrow’s adventures.

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