Thursday, March 19, 2009

Workfest 2009: Day One

Day one: We all arrive at the University of Saint Francis at 6:00 A.M. Since the time change was only a few hours prior to this we are really arriving at what feels like 5:00 A.M. It is rainy and the 12 of us, 9 students and 3 faculty members load up our two vans and we are on the way to Workfest 2009.

We drive all day with only a lunch break and a couple of pit stops. However, an hour and a half from camp we stop at Natural Bridge State Park. We all take a hike. We walk up and up and up and….up to a natural rock bridge. We climb, we look, we take photos and we ponder. It is a great break. The valleys, vistas, and the lodge we stop at our stunning. Then it is back to our road trip.

By now the roads are curving, going through hills, the foothills of the Smokey Mountains. We drive past hollers, rivers, farms and towns.

And then we arrive.. We are at Camp Caleb. We register and go to our cabins. Afterwards we have our first dinner, meet with the other six schools and then have orientation.

During the orientation USF leads the lodge in singing Happy Birthday to me. That was cool, I was surpised. It felt good that we were already participating in a full-team activity! There was a sense of "us". It was also great to see friends from last year. No doubt about it, this is going to be a great week.

I am trying to use our video cam. Alfred Hitchcock I am not. I am not focused, the camera is not always focused or even has it lens open all the time! Still, my goal is to record some of the people and events this week and that is an exciting addition to the trip.


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