May on the Gunflint Trail finally feels like summer has a chance of arriving. There is still snow in pockets in the woods, but activity in camp is gearing up big time for summer.
Staff have been used as guinea pigs for our camp cook's newest concoctions of trail food - all of it excellent. We never complained when offered any of Edith's experiments in food, however, the "side effects" of her vegetarian bean-heavy choices left some rather unpleasant air in the dining area.
Staff were busy in other areas besides taste-testing. Canoes were taken out on the water, all equipment was checked (again), curriculum for staff training was updated, and one last staff "fun" trip was in the works before summer campers began to arrive.
The big trip of the year was to Devil's Lake, Wisconsin, for some climbing and hiking. It's a beautiful area, and most important for us at that moment was the fact that it was not the northwoods of the Boundary Waters. It sounds funny to say it that way, when we now plan our breaks to take us back to the BWCAW. I guess no matter where home is, sometimes you need to get away and experience something different.