Dates & Rates – Camp Birch Hill2021 Sessions
We are opening registrations with the expectation that Camp Birch Hill will be able to operate in 2021. We are planning COVID protocols that will help to keep campers, families, and staff safe. If, for some reason, camp does not run, we will provide a full refund of all payments.
We are currently offering a two week, four week or six week session.
2 Week Session (limited availability – contact camp office)
June 27 – July 10, 2021
4 Week Session
July 11 – August 7, 2021
6 Week Session
June 27 – August 7, 2021
Payments and Discounts
Birch Hill has an inclusive payment policy. The enrollment fee includes: tuition, laundry service, all activities including: horseback riding and water skiing, a camp t-shirt & water bottle and camp trips.
Early Enrollment Discount – $100 off tuition if enrolled by 1/1/2021.
Single Enrolled Sibling Discount – $100 off per camper. Multiple Enrolled Sibling Discount – $200 off per camper.
Referral Discount – $200 off total balance. Refer a friend that is new to Birch Hill and we will apply a $200 credit to your account.
At Camp Birch Hill we believe every child deserves the summer camp experience. Contact us, or enroll online to learn more about alternative payment plans and discount options.
2 Week Sessions
Total: $3,300 Payment due with Enrollment: $1500. Full payment due by 6/1/2021.
4 Week Sessions
Total: $5,800 Payment due with Enrollment: $1500. Full payment due by 6/1/2021.
6 Week Sessions
Total: $7,600 Payment due with Enrollment: $1500. Full payment due by 6/1/2021.
Payments may be made by check, money order, credit card or wire transfer. There is an automatic 2.75% credit card processing fee for all payments made by credit card. Credit card payments will be processed with enrollment and again on payment processing days (03/01 & 05/01).
Enrollment cancelations up to 30 days prior to the start of the enrolled session will receive a full refund sans the $500 deposit.
Whitewater Rafting Trip: $200. The White Water Rafting trip is an available to campers that are attending the four week session or six week session and are over the age of 12.
Airport Pick Up: $150.
Airport Drop Off: $150
Linens / Bedding: $50 (per enrolled session) includes: sheet set, pillow, pillow case, sleeping bag, beach towel, 2 bath towel, washcloth and laundry bag. *This option is available to campers traveling to Birch Hill by airplane.
Summer Camps for Kids and Teens in NH
Camp Birch Hill is nestled on 106 scenic acres in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, and has been family owned and operated for over two decades under the direction of Rich Morell and his family.
Each summer, Camp Birch Hill is home to Boys and Girls from all over the world, ages 6 to 16. With a focus on fun, our elective program lets campers choose from over 50 activities to create their own personalized schedule, while constantly being given the encouragement and option to try new activities. Our facilities include an indoor gymnasium, horse stables with riding ring and scenic trails, ball fields, 4 newly renovated tennis courts, pickle ball courts, gaga pits, paddle tennis courts, basketball courts, beach volleyball, street hockey arena, golf driving range, and a fun miniature golf course. Our stage and fine arts complex which is home to our arts and crafts pavilion and pottery barn, along with the home of our plays, music classes, special events and some of our most memorable evening programs. Another major feature of Camp Birch Hill is the 2,000 feet of shoreline and crystal clear waters of our private lake along with the expansive waters of Merrymeeting Lake for water-skiing, wakeboarding, and tubing. Last but not least, we have to mention our newly rebuilt climbing tower, low ropes course and high ropes course that connects to our 300 ft. zipline! All of these activities are are facilitated by our award winning staff of caring, fun-loving, experienced and diverse college age counselors. If you have any questions or would like some more info, please send us an EMAIL
Above all, Camp Birch Hill is about the Experience, Friendships and the Memories! We are dedicated to providing a safe, fun, positive, family oriented environment in which our campers have the self confidence and camaraderie to grow, make new friends and create memories for a lifetime.
Overnight Camps | Granite YMCA
Registration for Summer 2021 opens November 2, 2020 for returning campers and their families, and on December 14, 2020 for new families.
CAMP OPEN HOUSE
Sunday, May 23 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Now more than ever, children deserve to experience the adventure of overnight camp. Give your child a summer of new friends, new memories, and new adventures. Join us for an open house to learn more about the overnight camp experience, tour the facilities, meet some of the staff, and enjoy sample camp activities.
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YMCA CAMP FOSS
YMCA Camp Foss for girls | Ages 8-15 is located on 275 acres of woods between Parker and Evans Mountains in beautiful Strafford, New Hampshire. Foss provides a setting that promotes exploration and personal development. Our talented staff has extensive training to guide campers to discover new skills, abilities, and potential while discovering the richness of life. Girls that attend Camp Foss explore new friendships, take healthy risks, and learn about becoming confident, independent young women. The private shores of Willey Pond provide the perfect setting for swim lessons, boating, and waterfront fun. Tennis courts, archery range, soccer field, climbing tower, high and low challenge courses, dance studio, and arts & crafts lodge offer endless opportunities for creativity and fun. Experienced kitchen staff prepare tasty and nutritious meals to keep everyone energized. Join us for a summer of fun your daughter will never forget!
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Lauren Frazier, Overnight Camp Registrar
603.232.8642 | [email protected]
YMCA CAMP MI-TE-NA
YMCA Camp Mi-Te-Na for boys | Ages 8-15 is located on 70 wooded acres in peaceful Alton, New Hampshire. For 104 years Camp Mi-Te-Na has been providing boys of all ages a home away from home where they can have a great time and be themselves. Our talented counselors and staff are a dedicated group of individuals joined together by a shared passion, to foster growth and independence of every camper. Our camp is the proud home to one of the most complex challenge courses in the area, including a climbing tower, zip line, and high and low ropes courses! We offer outdoor basketball courts, two tennis courts, an archery range, a baseball field, soccer field, football field, outdoor hockey rink, beach volleyball, rifle range, and private waterfront along Halfmoon Lake in order to provide a wide variety of exiting activities for our campers to try. We design our programs so your son will have a great summer filled with fun, adventure, friendship, and new activities, and so he will evolve and learn more about himself and others. Join us for a summer of fun your son will never forget!
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Lauren Frazier, Overnight Camp Registrar
603.232.8642 | [email protected]
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New Hampshire summer camp sends children home after 6 unruly daysLocal
“So many things are wrong with this place.”Camp Quinebarge in Moultonborough, N.H., closed after just six days. Isabella, 11, and Kayden Gove, 8 , both attended camp and had to go home.
Camp Quinebarge sent all of their campers home after an understaffed and disastrous six days forced the camp to shut down, according to The Boston Globe.
“We have been in tears, bored, and devastated the whole day,” a camper wrote in a letter home.
The rural overnight camp offers two-week programs for children ages 6 to 16 at the campsite in Moultonborough, N.H. The camp has been in operation for 85 years.
Daily activities include horseback riding, field trips, and arts and crafts. This year, activities were reportedly mixed with dirty dishes, vomiting campers, and a counselor being punched in the face.
“You have to trust us. You have to,” the Globe said one camper wrote in a letter home. “We are not joking and we are not having fun. So many things are wrong with this place.”
Parents were stunned to receive an email from camp staff telling them to pick up their kids over a week early after a challenging six days finished with a delay from the camp’s food supplier Sysco.
“Shock does not even begin to cover it,” parent Rebecca Grove told the Globe. She also told CBS Boston there was an “atrocious lack of communication from the directors going on.”
Camp Quinebarge cancelled all of its upcoming summer sessions until next year. While Grove said she was refunded, other parents said they have not been so far.
The Globe wrote that Eric Carlson, executive director and recent owner of the camp, said the unfortunate ending was not due to long-term issues, but rather a combination of issues, many caused by the pandemic. Carlson has run the camp with his wife, Lesley, since 2012.
This year Carlson reportedly had a particularly hard time hiring staff and was training some members only a few days before camp started.
“I was hired about four days before campers arrived,” said MJ Lowry, a 21-year-old counselor. An email obtained by the
The Globe also reported that some counselors quit, and others were fired.
One camper also allegedly punched a counselor – giving him a bloody lip – and hit another camper in the head with a wooden block. Carlson told the Globe this camper was sent home after three days.
“Upon reflection, we know that camp is only good for the kids if we can ensure their health and safety,” the Globe said the Carlsons and camp director Nick Hercules wrote in an email. “That is why as soon as we finish our closing work for 2021, we will begin preparing for summer 2022.”
Read the full story at BostonGlobe.com.
Update: After the Globe published its report, the camp’s owners, Eric Carlson and Lesley Marcus Carlson, pushed back on the story, releasing their lengthy statement in full on Facebook. In it, they acknowledged the staffing and food supplier issues but painted a different picture of the campers’ shortened experience.
“In many ways, the one week of camp this summer resembled any other in our long history: There was a lot of laughing, singing and playing, and the kids loved the non-activity time the most as they were able to just hang out and be kids,” they wrote. “That is what made the decision to cancel the remaining sessions after just a week of camp so heartbreaking. It was a decision not made lightly.”
“We desperately wanted to make the summer of 2021 a return to normalcy but were ultimately unable to,” they added later. “We immediately notified families that they would be refunded their tuition for the remainder of the summer.”
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The Best Summer Camp in New Hampshire: Camp Walt Whitman
As the director of Camp Walt Whitman, I’m obvoiusly going to tell you that our camp is the best sleepaway camp in the Northeast, and certainly the best summer camp in all of New Hampshire.
What I can say—based on hard data, and not my own personal opinion—is that 90% of our campers return to our idyllic home away from home in the White Mountains each year. That’s an incredible number! If you’re familiar with summer camp enrollment, you know why we’re so proud of this statistic.
I can pinpoint many factors for our high camper return rate, but it all comes back to how intentional we are about every aspect of our program. It begins with our staff, who we spend all year hiring in a very competitive process, extends to our extensive staff training, and continues with our ongoing focus on personal growth and enrichment throughout the summer.
Another key ingredient to our camper’s happiness at Walt Whitman is the unique role our cabin counselors play during the summer. In each cabin we dedicate two college-age counselors to oversee the group throughout their days and nights, ensuring that campers are happy, kind and having fun with one another. Our counselors are not the coaches or instructors of our activities; their purpose at camp is to make sure that children are well and thriving in our community.
My family started Camp Walt Whitman in Piermont, New Hampshire over 70 years ago, and we strive to inspire the same appreciation and love among campers, staff and parents that they did.
Some awards, accolades, and reviews that we’ve received over the years that helps to explain why Camp Walt Whitman remains the best summer camp in New Hampshire:
Town and Country Magazine“These 19 Institutions Are the Best Summer Camps in the Country”
“Inspired by Walt Whitman’s poem ‘I Hear America Singing,’ Camp Walt Whitman is an idyllic lakefront camp on 300 acres, evenly split between 200 girls and 200 boys and with a 92 percent camper return rate. Outdoor hiking, camping, and adventure are big programs, and their tennis director of 20 years recently became the winningest coach in NCAA history. Walt Whitman prides itself on a warm, down-to-earth atmosphere, with a strong community emphasizing teamwork, responsibility, and friendship. The camp experience centers around Cabin Groups, where campers both live and participate in group activities together, and the Walt Whitman staff adopts a hands-on approach to help with child development. (Famous alumni include Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal.) Activities include tennis, soccer, softball, gymnastics, and lacrosse, as well as swimming, boating, art, drama, music, white-water rafting, and adventure backpacking trips.”
GoopGreat Kids Camps
“Despite the name, Walt Whitman is not a poetry camp. (Although it does open with a campfire-side reading of Whitman’s ‘I Hear America Singing.’) Arnie and Chick Soloway, who started this New Hampshire-based camp in 1948, chose the name because they were both fans of Whitman’s poetry and his philosophy on community, which the founders wanted to incorporate into the experience. Today, Camp Walt Whitman is run by the grand-nephew of Arnie and Chick, and is a favorite jack-of-all-trades sleepaway camp: sports, water games, outdoor adventure, and the arts. (For kids that are into sports this is a particularly fun camp as many of the athletic coaches are current or former collegiate athletes/coaches.) And although there is plenty of room to explore and play on campus—300 acres set on the shores of Lake Armington—older campers also have the opportunity to head out on three-to-five-day expeditions (backpacking, biking, canoeing), as well as week-long trips to the Maine seacoast and cities like Montreal. Camp Walt Whitman is designed to be a summer-long experience, but kids (second to seventh grade) can sign up for a shorter three- or four-week session; and there’s also a five-day family camp in case Mom and Dad want to join in on the fun.”
Boston Magazine“The Best Summer Camps in New England”
“Children choose a weekly special interest from among such choices as cooking, photography, or a particular sport. In addition to a mature staff, this camp has excellent coaching; the tennis instructor, for example, is head coach at Brigham Young University.”
Mommy Poppins“Starter Sleepaway Camps”
“New Hampshire’s gorgeous White Mountains are the setting for this camp, which is perched on a lovely lake. It’s a traditional, coed program that offers a week-long Pioneer Camp for kids who’ve completed first or second grade.”
Early Childhood Education Zone“The 50 Most Amazing Summer Camps for Kids”
“Camp Walt Whitman allows each camper to experience the ultimate in summer camping by participating at their level. Generations of campers have enjoyed the scenic surroundings of Camp Walt Whitman, located in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Campers learn to improve existing physical skills while developing new skills in sports and activities while focusing on personal development in areas such as leadership, teamwork, and responsibility. Lifelong bonds are formed as new friendships develop while experiencing the camaraderie among Walt Whitman Campers. Named after the poet Walt Whitman, honoring his poem ‘I Hear America Singing,’ describing the working men and women of America, each camper at Camp Walt Whitman also develops an individual sense of pride while going about their daily camping activities.”
NH summer camp’s abrupt closure has parents demanding answers
MOULTONBOROUGH, N.H. — Parents are demanding answers after a New Hampshire summer camp that calls itself one of the best in the nation unexpectedly shut down after just six days this month.
Officials at Camp Quinebarge notified parents in early July that they needed to pick up their children after delays in food shipments made it impossible to continue, The Boston Globe reported. All remaining sessions for the overnight camp were canceled.
But some parents told The Globe that problems appeared to go beyond food deliveries. Stories surfaced about counselors who were hired days before camp with little training. Campers reported that multiple meals were served on dirty dishes. Some parents said their children were quarantined after they vomited and that the parents were not notified.
The camp’s executive director, Eric Carlson, apologized to parents but said the closure was tied to industry-wide staffing and supply chain problems and not because of any long-term problems with the camp’s operations.
“We sincerely apologize to all those families and staff members who had their summer plans interrupted by our premature closure,” Carlson wrote in a statement.
The camp had been licensed to operate by the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, but it closed before an in-season inspection was performed, a department spokesperson told The Globe.
Some parents have said they deserve a full accounting of what happened at the 85-year-old camp, which costs $3,400 for two weeks. Although some defend the camp, some have swapped horror stories on a Facebook group for aggrieved parents.
“Shock does not even begin to cover it,” said Rebecca Gove, a Foxborough, Massachusetts, parent, in a recent letter to camp officials. Gove sent two children to the camp and now moderates the Facebook group.
Soon after the camp shut down, officials sent an email saying the experience could only be good for children “if we can ensure their health and safety.”
“That is why as soon as we finish our closing work for 2021, we will begin preparing for summer 2022,” camp officials wrote.
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Summer camps experiencing increased demand but are struggling to find counselors
After last year’s nonexistent season, Camp Quinebarge is receiving a major uptick in bookings this summer. The only problem is staffing the place.
Founded in 1936, Camp Quinebarge is a coed summer camp located on Lake Kanasatka in Moultonborough. Just a few hundred yards away from the northern end of Lake Winnipesaukee, the camp offers activities like adventure courses, horseback riding, sports, art and hiking.
Nick Hercules, the camp’s director, describes the camp as a place where kids can be accepted for who they are and make friends.
“The real important part is friendship,” said Hercules.
Camp Quinebarge, like most New Hampshire camps, was closed all last summer due to concerns related to the pandemic.
Compared to normal years, enrollment is up by 20% this year. All spots are expected to fill this summer. Already, all six-week sessions at a cost of $8,000 and a full eight-week session at a cost of $9,800 are full. A few spots for girls during two-week sessions and a late summer four-week session are still open. For boys, only a two-week session at the end of August is still available.
Hercules attributes the increased demand to both kids wanting to get out of the house and parents wanting the same.
“Kids were basically adults this year in meetings on Zoom all year long and they just want to be kids,” Hercules said.
Even though campers are rearing to go, it hasn’t been as easy to bring staff back since many of the camp’s counselors are from out-of-state or live internationally and can’t yet return. Add in an extremely competitive job market and summer camps across the state have struggled to hire.
A day camp run by the town of Merrimack has been struggling to find staff this summer. Mathew Casparius, Merrimack’s Parks and Recreation Director, which runs Naticook Summer Camp, said most of the staff was forced to find other jobs last summer since the camp never opened. Around two-thirds of them have not returned, which Casparius attributed to the camp not being able to compete with the increasing wages of other jobs since their budget was set last fall.
One camp not reopening this summer is Camp Spaulding. After 100 years, the 57-acre camp located in Concord has closed. The owners cited its older facilities that would have been costly to upgrade, competition from other camps, and the challenge of hiring new staff every summer as reasons to shut down.
Phoebe VanScoy-Giessler, development and communications director of Prescott Farms Wildquest Summer camps in Laconia, said another challenge facing camps is the dynamic nature of the CDC guidelines. Her original plan from January required constant masking, but that’s changed as the CDC guidelines were eased.
Naticook will be following the guidance given out by the governor in March, despite the guidelines no longer being in effect.
“It’s daily temperature checks of staff and campers. It’s social distancing. It’s smaller group sizes. It’s physically distancing. It’s masks whenever they go inside for campers and staff,” said Casparius.
In order to recoup losses from last year, Hercules said there has been a 5% increase in the cost of Camp Quinebarge. Costs at Wildquest Summer Camp have stayed the same with the exception of their pre-K program which has increased. Prices at Naticook will go up by $15 per week in order to pay for pandemic medical supplies.
Another challenge facing summer camps is that most campers are vaccinated. The Pfizer vaccine only recently became available to children ages 12-15. Due to the younger age of campers at Naticook, Casparius guessed that only a small percentage of the kids will be vaccinated.
Not all camps are experiencing an increase in attendance though. Adrienne Austin from Camp Cody said attendance has returned to the usual pre-pandemic numbers. Camp Cody is an overnight summer camp located in Freedom. Prices will also remain the same. Naticook Day Camp is experiencing a little less than 2019 enrollment, which Casparius attributes to a canceled field trip camp.
Others are jammed full.
Erika Connors, owner of Melody Pines Day Camp in Manchester, is fully booked until the end of the summer.
“We opened registration in early February and all of our sessions filled up in one minute’s time, ” Connors said.
Whatever happens this summer, though, Hercules of Camp Quinebarge is confident that the kids will have a good time.
“We could literally throw a soccer ball out there and kids would have the time of their life,” said Hercules.
RULES FOR CAMPING THE REGION (UNITS) / ConsultantPlus
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and local self-government bodies of municipalities. A commission is appointed by the senior chief to survey the territory of the proposed camp site, which includes representatives of the rear services, engineering, medical services, as well as representatives of local government bodies.
2. When determining the front of the camp, it is necessary to take into account the direction of the prevailing winds.
Crossing the front of the camp by public roads is not allowed. The flanks of the camp should be no closer than 60 m from the roadways.
3. The camp is divided into rectangular quarters with longitudinal and transverse rulers, which simultaneously serve as roads.
4. In depth, the camp is divided into strips by three lines parallel to the front of the camp: front, middle and rear.The distance between the rulers in depth is determined by the system for placing the tents, the required structures and equipment. The width of the front ruler is at least 10 m, the middle and rear rulers are at least 5 m. Between the rows of tents, paths up to 3 m wide are equipped. machines.
5. The camp is divided by transverse rulers perpendicular to the front.
Cross lines are laid between battalions and individual regiment units.The section of the camp between the transverse rulers from the front line to the roadways receives the name of the battalion (unit) that is located on the first strip of the section. The width of the transverse ruler is at least 3 m.
6. On the first lane (between the front and middle rulers), subdivisions are placed in tents in the order of their numbering.
On the second lane (between the middle and rear lines), the headquarters of the military unit, the medical center, canteens, water booths and washstands are located.
The third lane (between the rear line and the driveways) houses toilets, warehouses, workshops and other outbuildings.
Ammunition and explosives depots are located outside the camp.
7. Tent nests are located along the front of the company – three or two nests each. The size of the tent nest is 5 x 5 m. The distance along the front between the bases of the sides of adjacent nests is 2.5 m, and in depth – 5 m. The removal of tent nests from the nearest border of the ruler is at least 1.5 m.The earthen floor of the nest rises by 10 – 15 cm, wooden shields are laid on it.
To the right of the entrance to the tent, its number and senior (military rank, surname and initials) are indicated on the plate. Plates dimensions: width – 20 cm, height – 15 cm. The inscriptions on the plate are applied in roman type on a yellow background with black paint. Plates are placed at a height of 50 cm from the ground to their lower edge.
The personnel are located on bunks or bunks. Bunks are equipped at the rate of 1.2 – 1.5 m2 per person.The height above the floor level should be 40 – 50 cm. The ratio of the heights of bunks and sides excludes contact of the tent panel with cushions. For a long stay (over 3 days) in the field, tents are equipped with places for storing outerwear, duffel bags, toiletries, pots, and mugs. For a short stay (up to 3 days) in tents, personnel can be accommodated on a floor insulated with spruce branches, reeds, straw or other available material and covered with a tarpaulin (raincoat).
Sergeants are stationed with their units. A separate tent is allocated for the company foreman, in which the company office is also located.
Officers, warrant officers, as well as female military personnel are accommodated in separate tents at the rate of one tent for three people or indoors.
A tent is allocated in the battalion for the battalion headquarters.
8. Leisure tents are set up in the line of the back rows of the mouths; next to them, platforms (classes) are set up for general meetings of the companies.
9. In the center of the location of the military unit on the line of the first row of tents, a banner bipod is installed. Behind the banner bipod on the line of the second row of tents, a tent is set up for the regiment duty officer and his assistant. Guard tents are set up on the second lane.
10. On the front lane, behind the tent arrangement of the mouth, rooms (tents) for storing weapons are located, near which places for cleaning weapons are equipped, and behind them are water booths and wash basins.
11.Daylight guards are installed on the front line, one on the right and left flanks of each battalion.
12. Parks are set up between the back line and the roadways, on the flanks or in front of the camp front. The areas for the parks are determined by the commander of the formation or military unit.
13. Gymnastic grounds (gymnastic towns) and sports grounds are usually arranged in front of the front line.
14. The regiment club is located on a site that allows convenient placement of an open stage, seats for spectators and club pavilions.
15. Depending on local conditions, when setting up a camp, the following deviations may be allowed:
the front of the camp may not be set up in a straight line, but according to the location of local items;
the intervals between subdivisions can be increased or decreased;
parks can be located outside the camp.
16. The camp area is equipped with lightning protection devices, as well as devices that ensure compliance with environmental protection rules.
Read First: A Walk in the Woods
Author of A Brief History of Almost Everything Bill Bryson is an amazing storyteller. The self-irony with which he writes about his own misadventures turns even the most shameful failure into literary success. And the new book “Walk in the Woods. You need to draw inspiration from what scares you ”from this category. We are publishing several excerpts from the book that comes out in Eksmo in June.
On the afternoon of July 5, 1983, three adults and a group of teenagers camped at a popular location near Lake Canimina in the pine forests of western Quebec. It is about a hundred kilometers north of Ottawa, in the Verendry Nature Reserve Park. They prepared dinner, and after that, as expected, they packed the food in bags and carried it about 150 meters to the forest, where they hung it above the ground between two trees so that the bears would not get it.
Around midnight, a grizzly bear came to the outskirts of the camp.He smelled a bag of food, climbed up one of the trees, broke a branch, and took out food. The bear ran away with the food, but an hour later he returned and entered the camp, attracted, most likely, by the smell of fried meat, which was absorbed into the clothes and hair of the teenagers, as well as into the fabric of tents and sleeping bags. It was a long night for the camp. From midnight to half past four the bear came to the camp three times.
Imagine, if you can, lying alone in a small tent in the dark, with only a few microns of nylon between you and the cold night air, and listening to a huge bear wandering around your camp.Imagine his quiet grumbling and incomprehensible rustling, the clatter of overturned kans and bowls, wet smacking, heavy breathing, the rustle of his fur on your tent. Imagine a wave of adrenaline covering you, imagine how your hands begin to shake when the bear’s muzzle touches the tent, and also the frightening trembling of your fragile shelter, at the moment when the bear tries to get to the backpack standing in the vestibule (you recall in horror what you left in pocket Snickers. Have you heard that bears love Snickers).
And suddenly an uninvited thought: what if you took this damn Snickers with you to the tent, that he is somewhere here, under your foot or in your pocket, or … Oh, damn it, here he is! Once again, his head touches the tent and you hear a grunt right next to your shoulder. The tent shudders. Silence, long silence, and – wait, quietly … “YES!” – you are relieved to realize that the bear has gone to another part of the camp or even to the forest. I’ll honestly tell you right now that I wouldn’t bear it.
Imagine how scared poor twelve-year-old David Anderson was, when at half past three in the morning a bear came for the third time and tore his tent with a wave of its claw, attracted by the wonderful, incredible smell of a hamburger, then grabbed the boy by the trembling hand and dragged him all over the camp into the forest …In the few minutes while the boy’s comrades jumped out of the tents (imagine how they climb out of twisted sleeping bags, grab flashlights and clubs, open the tents with shaking fingers and run after the bear), David Anderson has already died.
Now imagine that you are reading a documentary book full of such stories, by the way, the most real, by the way, right before you go on a hike in North America alone. The book I’m talking about is called Bear Attacks: How to Avoid Them and was written by a Canadian academic named Stephen Guerrero.If this does not mean anything to you, then in general I am already afraid to continue. On long winter nights in New Hampshire, when the snow was falling like a wall, and my wife was sleeping peacefully, I lay wide-eyed on the bed and read clinically accurate descriptions of people who were gnawed right in their sleeping bags, who were taken from a tree, who were silently pursued (I even did not know what could happen!), when they, without suspecting anything, walked along forest paths or dangled their legs in mountain streams. People whose only mistake was that they smoothed their hair with scented gel, or ate juicy meat, or put Snickers in their shirt pocket, or had sex, or even went into the forest during their menstrual period and therefore disturbed the smell of a hungry bear.And sometimes even worse – a person just turned and saw that a gloomy bear was blocking the path, shaking his head appraisingly. Or a person accidentally entered the territory of a bear that was too old to chase someone faster.
Now, perhaps, it is important to say that after all, on the Appalachian Trail it is difficult to really get caught in the paws of a bear. For starters, the truly creepy American grizzly bear, Ursus horribilis, is not found east of the Mississippi. And that’s great news, because grizzlies are huge, powerful, and vicious.When Lewis and Clark went to the woods, they realized that nothing scared the Indians as much as the grizzly bear. And no surprise – you can stick arrows at the grizzly like a porcupine, but it still won’t stop. Even Lewis and Clark, with their huge guns, were surprised and thrilled at how calmly the grizzly bear the shot from the gun.
Guerrero recalls an incident that perfectly shows the strength and power of a grizzly bear. Alexey Pitka, a professional hunter, went to Alaska, chased a large male there for a long time and finally shot him right in the heart with a large-caliber rifle.Pitka had to remember to first check if the bear had died, and then remove the gun. But alas … He cautiously approached the bear and watched for a minute or two to see if it was moving. There were no signs of life, so he hung the gun on a tree (a huge mistake) and went to the corpse to pick up the loot. As soon as the hunter approached, the bear jumped up and clasped Pitka’s head with his claws as if he was going to kiss him, and then with one strong jerk tore his face out.
Surprisingly, Pitka survived.“I don’t know why I leaned the damn gun against the tree,” he later said. More precisely, he said, “Mmmmrffff mmmmmmmpg nnmmmm mfffffffffffn” because he had no lips, teeth, nose, tongue, or other parts of the vocal apparatus.
If I was destined to fall into the paws of a bear (and the more I read, the more possible it seemed to me), then that bear would be the American black bear or Ursus americanus. In North America, there are at least 500 thousand individuals of this species (well, maximum seven hundred).They are often found in the hills along the Appalachian Trail (in fact, they use the trail because it is convenient), and their number is constantly growing. The number of grizzly bears is no more than 35 thousand in all of North America, and only one thousand on the mainland of the United States, mainly in and around Yellowstone National Park. Of the two species, American bears are usually smaller (although this is a very relative comparison because a male American bear can weigh up to 650 pounds) and much less aggressive.
American bears rarely attack people, but here’s the catch – sometimes they do attack. All bears are agile, cunning and incredibly strong, and they are always hungry. If bears want to kill and devour you, they can do it at any moment. This does not happen often, but (and this is important) for you personally and once will be quite enough.
Guerrero points out that given the number of individuals, American bears do not attack very often. In the past 80 years, by 1980, there have been only 23 fatal attacks by American bears on humans (half the number of grizzly attacks), and most of these attacks have occurred in the west or in Canada.In New Hampshire, there has been no death in the absence of human provocation since 1784. In Vermont, there have never been such cases.
I really wanted to calm down, but I could not find a charge of faith. I read that between 1960 and 1980 there were only 500 attacks by American bears on humans, that is, 25 attacks a year with about half a million bears. And although Guerrero said in his book that most of the injuries sustained as a result of the attacks were not serious.“A typical injury after a black bear attack,” he wrote, “is not large, usually a few scratches or light bites,” and it didn’t make me feel better.
Wait a minute, what do you mean by “light bite”? Are we talking about fun games and teddy bears? No. And 500 confirmed attacks – is that not enough, given how many people walk in the North American forests? And how stupid does one have to be to calm down after hearing that no man has been killed by a bear in Vermont or New Hampshire in the last 200 years? Did the bears sign an agreement with us? No one promised that tomorrow they would not begin a bloody harvest.
On the fourth evening we found a new friend. Katz and I were sitting in a small clearing near the trail, with our tents already stretched out, eating noodles, enjoying the fact that you can just sit when a plump, bespectacled girl in a red jacket and with a huge backpack came out into our clearing. She looked at us the way people look, either constantly bewildered or those who don’t see well. We greeted each other, exchanged opinions about the weather and where we are.Then she looked at the deepening dusk and announced that she would pitch a tent next to us.
Her name was Mary Ellen. She was from Florida, and, as Katz forever defined her in a special, reverent tone, she was a work of art. She spoke without stopping, except for those moments when she cleared the Eustachian tubes, which she did often, pinching her nose and blowing air through closed nostrils with such force that any dog, even the bravest one, would jump out of fear from under the sofa and hide under a table in another room.I have long known that part of the divine plan is to spend a little time in my life with the stupidest people in the world, and Mary Ellen has become proof that even in Appalachia I am not spared from this. From the very first second, it became clear that it is a real rarity.
– What are we eating? – asked the girl, sitting down on a free log and raising her head to look into our bowls: – Noodles? Stupid. There is no energy in the noodles. Like absolutely. And she cleared her ear. “Is this the Starship tent?
I looked at my tent:
– I don’t know.
– Stupid. They must have powdered your brains in the store. How much did you pay?
– I don’t know.
– Too many, that’s how much. It was necessary to take an all-season tent.
– This is an all-season tent.
– Forgive me for such words, but it’s kind of wildly stupid to come here in March without an all-season tent. And she cleared her ears again.
– This is an all season tent.
– It’s good you’re not cold yet. You need to go back and give it to the guy who sold it to you, because he kind of scored on you at all.
– Trust me, this is an all season tent.
She cleared her ears again and shook her head:
– Here’s an all-season tent. Jonah pointed to Katz’s tent.
– This is exactly the same tent.
She looked at her again:
– Don’t care. How many kilometers have you covered today?
– About sixteen.
In fact, we climbed 13, 6. But we still climbed beautiful cliffs, including a high peak called Mount Preachers, the highest after Mount Springer.For this climb, we rewarded ourselves with additional kilometers – just to lift our spirits.
– Sixteen? Is that all? You are probably not really in shape. I have done twenty-two kilometers.
– How long has your mouth gone? Katz asked, looking up from the noodles.
She nailed him to the spot with a very stern look:
– As much as I do, of course. – She looked at me as if she were asking: “Is your friend completely strange or what’s wrong with him?” And again I cleared my ears:
– I started from Gooch Gap.
– Like us. It is 13.6 km.
She shook her head as if to drive away a fly.
– Twenty two.
– No, it’s true only 13.6 km.
– Sorry, of course, but I just went through them. I think I know what I’m talking about. – And then without any transition: – God, what is this, Timberlands? A huge stupidity. How much did you pay for them?
And so it went on. I ended up going to wash the bowls and hang the food on the tree. And when he returned, she was preparing her dinner, but she still talked to Katz.
– Do you know what your problem is? She said. – Sorry, of course, but you’re too fat.
Katz looked at her in quiet amazement:
– I’m sorry, what?
– You’re too fat. I had to lose weight before the trip. Well, there, to go to the hall, and you know, the heart can be mischievous.
– To be naughty?
– Well, you know, it kind of stops, and you kind of die.
– Are you talking about a heart attack?
I must say that Mary Ellen herself was not skinny either, and at that moment she turned around completely in vain to get something from her backpack, exposing a part of her body, on which you could, for example, project pictures for a military base.It was a fascinating test of Katz’s patience. He said nothing, but went to pee and, passing me, out of the corner of his mouth he uttered an obvious curse of three syllables, in a voice like the whistle of a freight train in the night.
The next day, as always, we woke up frozen and began to do our usual things, but now every move we made was checked and evaluated. While we ate raisins and drank coffee and toilet paper, Mary Ellen enjoyed a change of meals. She had oatmeal, cakes, dried fruit with nuts, and 12 small squares of chocolate, which she laid out on a log.As an orphan refugee, we watched her stuff her belly with food and at the same time explain our diet with diet, as well as lack of experience and masculinity.
We split the first three and left the last on a log later. We lay, leaning against the logs, belching, smoking, feeling rested and satisfied, chatting a little – in short, doing everything that I imagined before the hike. And then Katz let out a sad sigh. I followed his gaze and saw Mary Ellen hurrying along the path towards us.
“It was damn I wonder where you guys disappeared,” she said right off the bat. “You know, you’re just terribly slow. We could walk another eight kilometers. It seems that now I have to follow you. What is this, cupcake?
And before I had time to say anything, before Katz grabbed a piece of wood to smack it on the head, she said, “I’ll eat it, perhaps,” and ate it in two bites.
Several days passed before Katz could smile again.
– So who are you according to your zodiac sign? Mary Ellen asked.
– Cunnilingus, – Katz answered, with an absolutely sad look.
She looked at him: “I don’t know that,” then she frowned and said:
“I thought I knew everything. I am a lion, – she turned to me, – And you?
– I don’t know, – I said, trying to think of something, – Necrophilia.
– I don’t know that either. Listen, are you kidding me?
Two days have passed. We pitched our tents between two brooding peaks on a hill called Indian Grave. One of them seemed to be trying to remember something, the other was desperate to spy out.
We covered 35 km in two days – a very decent distance, especially for us – but a certain laziness and a sense of disappointment, a kind of mountain weariness, overcame us. Every day we did the same thing as the day before, and continued to do it the next day on the same hills, along the same winding path, through the same endless forest.The forest was so dense that we practically could not see anything, and when we succeeded, we saw only endless hills, again covered with trees. To my regret, I found myself stinking again and hungry like a dog. And, of course, do not forget about the joy of constantly chatting and surprisingly dumb Mary Ellen.
– When is your birthday?
– December 8th.
– This means Virgo.
– No, actually it’s a Sagittarius.
– Yes, no difference!
And then abruptly:
– Damn, guys, it sounds like that from you.
– Well, yes, we went.
– I’m not sweating. Never. I never see dreams either.
– Everyone sees, – Katz said
– But I don’t.
– All can see except people with extremely low intelligence. This is a scientific fact, – summed up Katz.
Mary Ellen looked at him expressively, then suddenly, without specifically addressing any of us, she said:
– Did you have a dream when you were like that at school, looking down, and you were like no clothes? – she already shuddered.- Hate him.
“I thought you weren’t dreaming,” Katz said.
She stared at him as if trying to remember where she had seen him before.
“And when you fall,” she continued calmly. “I hate him too. That’s when you kind of fall into a hole and stupidly fall and fall, – she again shuddered a little and began to blow her ears noisily.
Katz looked at her with mild interest.
“I know a guy who did that too, and his eye went out,” he said.
She looked at him doubtfully.
– He rolled across the living room and his dog ate him. Right, Bryson?
– You’re making it up.
– No, he rolled through the living room, and before anyone could do anything, the dog swallowed him.
I confirmed his words with another nod.
She thought for a minute:
– And what did your friend do with the hole in his eye? Did he buy a glass eye?
– Well, you know, his family is pretty poor, he just had to take a ping-pong ball and draw an eye on it.
– Ew, – Mary Ellen said quietly.
– I would never blow my ears again if I were you.
She thought again.
“Yes, maybe you’re right,” she finally answered and blew out her ears again.
In the late afternoon I came out from behind the trees onto an old logging road. In the center of the road stood an older man with a backpack on his shoulders. He was clearly in shock, as if he had just woken up from hypnosis and now could not understand where he was.I noticed a whole swarm of gnats buzzing around him.
– In what direction do you think the trail goes? He asked me. – It was a very strange question: the path was visible, so it was obvious that it was on the other side. Directly opposite, between the trees, there was a one-meter crevice, and if the traveler had doubts, a bright white mark showed him the way.
I waved my hand in front of my face for the twelve thousandth time in a day, driving away the nasty gnats, and nodded to him on the way to the trail:
– I think she is there.“Oh, yes,” he replied. – Well, of course.
We entered the forest together and talked a little about where we were coming from and where we were going. He was a true traveler, the first one I met when I got this far north. He, like me, was heading for Dalton. There was a surprised expression on his face, and he also looked strangely at the trees, again and again slowly examining the tree trunks from top and bottom, as if he had never seen anything like it before.
– What’s your name? I asked him.
– Well, they call me Chicken John.
Chicken John himself !. Oh, Chicken John was a celebrity. I was very excited. Some people who traveled along the trail acquired an almost mystical status due to their outstanding characteristics. When Katz and I had just started our journey, we were told a story about a guy who was carrying unprecedented high-tech equipment. One of his gimmicks was a self-folding tent. It is said that when he carefully opened the bag, the tent flew out of him like toy snakes from a tin can.It had a satellite navigation system and God knows what else. The problem was that all his belongings were 43 kilograms, and he got off the trail when he got to Virginia, so we never met him. Fat walker Woodrow Murphy received roughly the same fame last year, and Mary Ellen would have garnered a lot of attention too if she hadn’t retired so early. Chicken John was a fresh star. And although I would never have been able to remember for what merits he was awarded such an honor, I remembered that I first heard about him a few months ago, back in Georgia.
– So why are you called Chicken John? I asked.
“Well, you know, I have no idea,” he replied, as if he had been pondering this question for a long time.
– When did you start your hike “
– Twenty-seventh January.
– Twenty-seventh January? – I squeaked in admiration and quickly counted the time on my fingers. – It’s almost five months.
– I don’t seem to know He said with a mocking reproach.
He walked the trail for almost six months and was still one third of the way to Katadin.
– How … – I did not know how to correctly ask him a question, – … how many kilometers do you walk in a day?
– Oh, about 22-25 if everything goes according to plan. The problem is that, – he looked at me, embarrassed, – I often get lost.
Here’s the answer. Chicken John constantly got lost and ended up in the most unexpected places. God only knows how you can get lost on the Appalachian Trail.This is the most clearly defined, well-paved hiking trail imaginable. If you can tell the long corridor between the trees from the trees themselves, then you can never get into trouble on the Appalachian Trail. Wherever any doubt may lie in wait for you – on side paths or at the intersection of the main path with the highway – you will always find some kind of sign. And yet people get lost. For example, the famous Granny Gatewood was constantly knocking on the doors of local houses and asking where the hell she was.
I asked him how much he ever got lost.
“I went 59 kilometers,” he replied almost with pride, and if not with pride, then definitely with nostalgia. “I got off the trail at Mount Blood in Georgia. I still don’t know why I did it. I spent three days in the forest until I came out onto the road. For a while it seemed to me that I was dead. But I ended up in Tallulah Falls, and my photograph was even printed in the local newspaper. The next day, the police gave me a lift to the trail and pointed me in the right direction.It was very nice of them.
– So it is true that once you went in the wrong direction for three whole days?
He nodded happily:
– Two and a half days, to be more precise. Fortunately, on the third day I got to the city and said to one boy: “Excuse me, young man, where am I?” To which he replied: “Well, you are in Damascus, Virginia, sir.” And I thought it was all very strange, because I passed the place with the exact same name three days ago.And only then did I recognize the fire station.
– How did you even manage … – I decided to rephrase the question. – How does this happen to you, John?
“Well, if I knew, I think I wouldn’t do it,” he said with a grin. “All I know is that sometimes I find myself very far from where I was going. But, you know, this only makes life more interesting. I met a lot of nice people, very often I ate for free. Excuse me, – he suddenly interrupted his speech, – are you sure that we are going in the right direction?
– Absolutely sure.
He nodded and continued:
– I really don’t want to get lost today. There is a restaurant in Dalton.
I understood him perfectly. If you were going to get lost, then just not on a restaurant day.
We walked the last ten kilometers together, but we didn’t talk much. That day I walked 30 km – the longest distance I have covered in a day on the trail, and even though the ascent angle was quite small and my backpack was quite light, I was terribly tired by the early evening.John seemed to enjoy following someone, and, in any case, he was busy looking closely at the trees.
We did not reach Dalton until six. John knew a man from Deport Rue who allowed travelers to pitch tents and use showers in his backyard, so I went with him to the gas station to find out where the street was. When John got out of there, he went in the opposite direction.
– John, we go there, – I exclaimed.
– Oh, of course, – he agreed. – By the way, my name is Bernard. I have no idea where this Chicken John came from.
I nodded and told him that I would find him the next day, but I never saw him again.
|The cult is using an old campground surrounded by acres of woods.||The cult uses an old campground surrounded by hectares of forest.|
|Bolan moved his base camp to a commercial campground on the eastern approaches to the city.||Bolan moved his base camp to a commercial campground on the eastern outskirts of the city.|
|It’s a landscaping company, and it uses the same soil treatment as the concert campground.||They are landscaping and use the same soil fertilizer as the concert campground.|
|There’s a campground about a half a mile up the road.||There is a campsite about half a mile down the road.|
|We’ll see you over at the campground.||See you in our database.|
|When I told him I was visiting my son and his lover, he told me about this fantastic campground just a few hours from here.||When I told him I was visiting my son and his sweetheart, he told me about a fantastic camping site just a couple of hours away.|
|I moved into the campground and bathed in the river, cooked on a portable stove.||I moved to the tent city, swam in the river, cooked on the stove.|
|An American alligator near the campground.||An American alligator near the campsite.|
|In Erden is a campground of roughly 1.5 ha as well as many businesses and private citizens with rooms to let with several hundred guest beds.||Erden has a campsite with an area of approximately 1.5 hectares, as well as many businesses and private citizens with rental rooms with several hundred guest beds.|
|Nearby, the Hugh Glass Lakeside Use Area is a free Forest Service campground and picnic area.||Free camping for foresters and picnic area are located near Hugh Glass Lakeside Hotel.|
|Sunny Skies is a New Zealand comedy starring Oliver Driver and Tammy Davis as two brothers who unwittingly discover they’ve inherited a campground.||Sunny Skies is a New Zealand comedy starring Oliver Driver and Tammy Davis as two brothers who unwittingly discover that they have inherited a campsite.|
|Oliver Driver plays Oscar, a sharp-edged, arrogant businessman, intent on gaining profit from the Sunny Skies campground.||Oliver Driver plays Oscar, a sharp, arrogant businessman intent on making a profit from Sunny Skies Camping.|
|The show stars Tammy Davis and Oliver Driver as two brothers who unwittingly inherit a local campground.||The stars of the show Tammy Davis and Oliver Driver are two brothers who unwittingly inherit the local campsite.|
|Back at the campground, the one hiker is reported lost, and Mike realizes that it is Susan from the description.||Back at the campground, one tourist is missing and Mike realizes it is Susan from the description.|
|At least one New Hampshire campground still harvests ice to keep cabins cool during the summer.||At least one campsite in New Hampshire is still collecting ice to keep the huts cool in summer.|
|The Paiute tribe runs a small adjoining campground.||The Payute tribe owns a small adjoining camp.|
|As a thunderstorm approaches, Steve leaves the campground to stock supplies.||When a thunderstorm approaches, Steve leaves the campground to stock up on supplies.|
|George Miser started a Methodist church, school, and campground near the big Miser Spring.||George the Curmudgeon founded a Methodist church, school, and campground near the curmudgeon’s great spring.|
|Three picnic areas are available, as well as a backcountry campground with ten sites for overnight camping in the dunefield.||Three picnic areas are available to guests as well as a backcountry campsite with ten overnight stays on a dune field.|
|In less than four hours, they cleared the Bonus Army’s campground using tear gas.||In less than four hours, they cleared the Bonus army campground with tear gas.|
|Several houses were destroyed including villas and hotels, and one campground disappeared, while the natural beauty was erased.||Several houses were destroyed, including villas and hotels, and one camp site disappeared while natural beauty was obliterated.|
|The area is within Medicine Bow – Routt National Forest and includes a day-use picnic area and an overnight campground.||This area is within the Medicine Bow Route National Forest and includes a daytime picnic area and overnight camping.|
|William Wallace Bass opened a tent house campground in 1890.||William Wallace Bass opened a tent house campground in 1890.|
|Fans can stay in the campground for 24 hours on the day of a single show, or until 12 noon the day after a run of shows end.||Fans can camp for 24 hours on the day of one show, or until 12 noon the day after the show ends.|
|The campground also has 24-hour security.||The campsite also has 24-hour security.|
|There are two campgrounds in the park, North Campground and Sunset Campground.||There are two campgrounds in the park: North Campground and Sunset Campground.|
|Loop A in North Campground is open year-round.||Loops at North Camping is open all year round.|
|Additional loops and Sunset Campground are open from late spring to early autumn.||Optional loops and Sunset Campground open from late spring to early fall.|
|The annual John Hartford Memorial Festival is held at the Bill Monroe Music Park & Campground near Beanblossom, Indiana.||The annual John Hartford Memorial Festival is held at Bill Monroe Music Park and Camping near Beanblossom, Indiana.|
9 best overnight camps
As the warm, sunny summer months approach, all parents are on the hunt for fun summer camps to send their kids to.If you feel like your child is ready to make up his mind and spend the night away from home, then this article is the perfect one for you. It provides a list of the top nine summer camps in the United States for overnight stays. Send your kids on an adventure in their lives. This is the part of childhood that they will most retain in their memories!
Lake Brunt Camp:
This is the best summer camp in New York. This boys’ camp is focused on sports activities. Despite the fact that it is competitive, it also contributes to the development of sportsmanship in children.The camp accepts children of all ages and then groups them into smaller camps according to their age. Address – 7586 State Rte 8, Brant Lake. Contact – 518-494-2406
Eagle Hill Camp:
Eagle Hill Campground has 100 acres of forest. For children, it’s like spending the night in Mother Nature’s cradle! They learn a lot and, more importantly, enjoy the process of learning survival skills.Address: White Oak Road, Elizaville – 12523. For more information contact 914-725-4876.
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Cheley Colorado Camp:
Cheley Colorado Camp, as the name suggests, is located in Colorado. This is a great place to send your child if he or she is a big fan of outdoor activities such as horse riding, archery, hiking, rifle and so on. it is located at the gates of Rocky Mountain National Park.For details, contact – 303-377-3616
Camp height is not for everyone. It serves children with disabilities, such as those with Asberger syndrome or high functioning autism. It is difficult for the parents of these children to leave them alone for a while. But this camp has dedicated teachers who can meet the needs of these children, help them overcome their fears, and better prepare for social etiquette. Address: Hofstra University, province, north, Hempstead-10523.For details contact – 914-307-1674
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Four Winds Westward Camp Ho:
This is the best summer camp for kids in Washington State. The camp allows kids to leave their tech world behind and rediscover their talents in an old-fashioned way. They are forced to take part in a variety of activities that include swimming, music, exploration, making new friends, and so on. There are classes for a wide variety of talents.It is located among the San Juan Islands in the northwestern corner of Washington state. For more information contact – (360) 376-2277
This is the best summer camp in New Hampshire. This girls’ camp has everything you need to meet the needs of even tomboy girls as it offers all kinds of activities from horse riding, performing arts to rock climbing and water sports like canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing. etc.it is located south of the White Mountains in New Hampshire. For details contact 914-946-0927
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Virginia State Park Camp:
This is a youth conservation squad where children are forced to stay in the state park and work daily. They go about their daily activities and learn to survive in the wild. Children can also do other activities such as visiting museums, learning more about the park, swimming or canoeing if the park has a lake, and so on.Call 703-583-5497
This camp is located on 250 acres of cool pine forest and warm grassy fields on the middle Maine coast. It provides the ideal setting for your child to experience nature and prepare for future summer camps. The camp has all the typical summer camp activities. For details, call 207-845-6001.
If you want to give your child a taste of ranch life, this is the perfect campsite for you.Located in East Texas between Dallas, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana, it covers 150 acres and includes its own 10 acre lake. For details, contact – 877.294.2267
How to organize a hiking camp?
Hiking is a great opportunity to reconnect with nature, energetic “recharge”. In order for the experience of the expedition to be purely positive, it is important to properly organize a place for rest.Camping begins with choosing a site, setting up a tent, lighting a fire and ending with morning cleaning. Let’s consider all of the above steps from the point of view of tourist comfort and safety.
How to choose a place to spend the night
The key criterion for choosing a camp site differs between winter and summer. In cold weather, it is important to have firewood nearby, in warm weather – a reservoir. It is good if an overnight site meets both criteria, but the ideal is rare.
When choosing a site for a camp, you need to think about your own safety. Avoid places near lonely or old trees. Do not “settle” near power lines, roads, albeit abandoned, animal paths.
During spring, do not camp in close proximity to bodies of water. It is time for rivers to flood, the water comes quickly and unexpectedly and can flood your temporary home. Avoid setting up a camp in a deep forest or near settlements: why do you need drunk adventurers or other unexpected guests?
The best places to stay for the night are forest edges and clearings, wide shores of lakes or rivers.When you have found a site that meets the requirements for safety, firewood and / or water, it’s time to start setting up your tent.
How to choose a place to pitch your tent?
To set up a camping camping tent, you need to choose the flattest, cleanest and driest place in the camp. If you are staying on a hillside or on the banks of a river and your sleeping place will be at a slight slope, don’t be scary. Just place the bed with your feet towards the descent.
If you have come a long way during the day and feel very tired, use a trick. Lie down with your head down so that the blood drains from tired legs, pain and discomfort disappear. You can change positions, but do not get too carried away.
Position the scarf so that the entrance “faces” the sunny side. In the morning, the first rays will wake you up, you can admire the colorful sunrise, and the fabric of the awning will dry out faster from the moisture accumulated during the night.
If it rains and the camp is dirty, spread pine branches in front of the tent.They will act as a foot mat. Do this only when absolutely necessary – take care of nature.
If the hike fell during heavy rainfall, dig a small gutter around the perimeter of the tent. So you will ensure dryness inside: water, flowing down from the awning, will not accumulate under the bottom, but will remain in the hole.
Do not set up your tent in close proximity to trees with dry branches or twigs that can break off in a strong gust of wind. This is dangerous: at best, camping equipment will be damaged, at worst, you yourself will suffer.
When you set up your camping tent, secure it with stones or pegs, take care of the presence of storm guards. Even if there is no sign of a strong wind in the evening, think about comfort in advance. It is likely that a storm will break out at night, and you will have to get out of your cozy “bed” in bad weather and fix your temporary dwelling.
For the period of night rest, things must be placed in the tent. Put everything you need in the “dressing room”: food, equipment, clothes.So you will protect supplies from uninvited guests: people or forest dwellers.
When the “tent” chores are over, you need to collect firewood and make a fire.
How to light a fire in high humidity?
It is recommended to choose a place protected from the wind as much as possible for making a fire. It can be a site at the foot of a mountain or a lowland. Move away from tents, dry trees and bushes: in windy weather, the fire can spill over onto them.Avoid peatlands: there is a high probability of a fire that will be very difficult to extinguish.
Every hiker, even a beginner, can make a flame on a fine day. It is much more difficult if there is a strong wind outside, there is a downpour or incessant snow. In adverse weather conditions, start by choosing a location that is protected from precipitation. Sit under a spreading crown of a tree, under a rock ledge or awning, if you have one.
The next step is to find dry firewood for ignition.The task seems impossible only at first glance. If your camp is near a forest, look out for spruce and pine trees. In the lower part of the crown there are knots covered with larger branches. They stay dry in the heaviest rain. There you can also see moss or fungus, which rarely gets wet. These materials at hand will allow you to kindle a fire as quickly as possible.
To collect firewood, use the “golden rule” of the hiker: look for fallen dead trees or cut down dead wood yourself.In heavy rain, the core of these trunks and branches still remains dry. To check if this is the case, run a simple test. Break the branch in two. If a characteristic crackling sound is heard, your “prey” is suitable for making a fire. The most important thing is to ensure good ignition.
When organizing a fire in wet weather, proceed step by step, take your time. Light up a dry kindling flame (knots and moss), then gradually add firewood, each time slightly larger in size. Make sure that the fire does not go out.When the first coals appear, you can start up the branches that are wet on the outside, but dry on the inside. When everything is ready, start cooking.
How do I dry my clothes in the field?
After a hearty dinner, it’s time to start thinking about a night’s rest. In order not to face problems in the morning, you should attend to drying clothes that are wet from precipitation and sweat during the day’s trip. There is a stereotype that the best way to dry things is to hang them around the fire.In fact, it is suitable in exceptional cases: for those who are wearing a canvas jacket and tarpaulin boots.
The modern tourist prefers more “elegant” clothes. Most often, it is sewn from synthetic fabrics, which lose their protective or other special properties at high temperatures.
We recommend doing the following: wring out wet sweaters, T-shirts, trousers and outerwear and hang them up in a temporary dwelling. The advantage of modern hiking gear is that it dries quickly.By morning, things will be dry (completely or almost).
Thermal underwear and socks should be wrung out and put in a sleeping bag overnight. This is an actual life hack if it’s humid and freezing outside.
If your clothes aren’t completely dry overnight, don’t worry. It will dry out on you as you hike. You will be warm enough because you will be in constant motion. The exception to this rule is winter.
When hiking, it is especially important to keep your sleepwear dry at all times.A comfortable rest at night is a prerequisite for a successful and productive new day.
How do I dry my shoes on an expedition?
If sweaters, jackets and trousers dry out in a few hours in a tent, things are more complicated with shoes. Winter-oriented trekking and multilayer models are almost impossible to dry 100% on a hike. To reduce the discomfort associated with walking in wet boots to zero, use the proven advice of seasoned travelers.
Before going to bed, take out and wring out the insoles. Dry by the fire or in a sleeping bag.
Use the adsorption method to remove excess moisture from the boots. Put on a thick sock and step into wet shoes. Wait for the fabric to absorb moisture, wring out the sock and repeat the manipulation. Dry your socks over a burner flame from time to time.
A microfiber towel can be used instead of socks. It is almost weightless, absorbs moisture well and dries quickly. This is an irreplaceable thing on a walking expedition.Other options for an adsorbent are kitchen napkins, toilet paper (calculate the required amount with a margin before the hike) or dry moss.
Another effective method is hot water. Pour a liter of boiling water into two bottles of 0.5 each, insert into wet shoes. Leave it overnight. By the morning they will completely dry out or be close to it.
If it is not possible to dry the shoes 100%, put on a dry sock, then a plastic bag and after the boots. This will reduce walking discomfort as much as possible.Extra insoles will also be useful during the hike.
How to purify water without a filter?
If you forgot to take a store filter, use a homemade one. In the role of an adsorbent, coal from a fire, sand, moss is used. Make a few holes at the bottom of the plastic bottle, place the bottom layer of moss, then free-flowing adsorbents. Pour in water: liquid, purified from harmful impurities, will drip from the holes below.
To protect yourself from infections, add a little iodine or potassium permanganate to the filtered water.If the day turned out to be fine and you have time, it is enough to leave a transparent container of liquid under the sun’s rays for 2-3 hours.
How to clean up after yourself
After a night’s rest, morning comes, and the first rays of the sun are calling on the way. However, do not skip the important step – cleaning. Burn the waste on a fire, bury the glass in the ground, pierce the cans over the fire, and then squeeze and sprinkle with sand. Don’t forget to pick up your gear and food supplies.
Before leaving the camp, be sure to completely extinguish the fire.Take waste that cannot be burned with you. Membrane garbage bags suitable for field use are suitable for these purposes.
The tips in this article will help you ensure a safe and comfortable camping trip. New knowledge and good habits come with experience, and after a couple of hiking expeditions, you will master many life hacks. Travel and hone your travel skills.
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October 26th, 2015 , 05:59 pm
Part 4. Five states in one day.
Connecticut – Rhode Island – Massachusetts – New Hampshire – Maine
The morning was gloomy, as was the state of Connecticut itself. Warming up, he wandered around the motel parking lot. Considered different numbers of cars. Americans travel extensively around their country. There are a lot of numbers from different states.
2. A quiet gloomy morning only emphasized the greatness of the ocean.The Atlantic is hiding.
3. Quiet, calm. You can sit and enjoy the tranquility.
4. And if you close your eyes you will be able to imagine the smell of sea water, and the cries of seagulls, and the rustle of oncoming waves.
5. I would live in such a house on the ocean shore!
6. It turns out that there is also road number 1 on the east coast. It is completely local and leads through endless towns flowing into one another. More often than not, the ocean is not visible.But there are also excellent views.
7. There are a lot of flags. Even where they seem to be useless. Behind me is a marina with a bunch of beautiful boats and yachts.
8. Well, it’s time to have breakfast. One of the towns seemed cozy to me. Slowed down, although it is already low in the towns and everyone goes on foot, and began to look out for Dinernaya. Apparently there was some kind of holiday here recently.
9. Came into a nice cafe, was almost the first. At this time, the locals began to pull themselves up for breakfast.
10. Guys, this was the culmination of all the breakfasts on my trip! Five! Five different dishes in one plate. Let’s start clockwise: bacon, fried potatoes, small fried cutlet, scrambled eggs and a giant pancake! Iced water and a large mug of coffee were also served and for the first time in my life I tasted maple syrup. And this despite the fact that you, in principle, do not choose anything, but simply ask for breakfast, it is not expensive.
12. Boston Common is the oldest urban park in the United States.
13. There are sights here, but it did not seem cozy to me. Maybe the weather is to blame. As in every park in the United States, there are a lot of funny squirrels who are not afraid of people.
14. So, having mapped out the route according to the navigator, he set off with a gallant step where his eyes were looking. On the way, we came across interesting characters. This guide tells how people in New England were brought to revolution and why tea was drowned.
15. And this is no longer dressed up, but a real policeman.Probably. He walked towards me. I asked him to pose, which he did with pleasure. There are no problems with this in the USA. Senkyu veri match. Good luck. And we went about our business, but the memories remained! Class!
16. The same famous seven-meter bronze fountain and the same famous old church. The Freedom Trail begins somewhere here – the Freedom Trail leading to the sights of the revolutionary city. But I found out about her only now! Well, okay – I don’t think I’ve lost anything.
17. Boston has many pedestrian streets, old paving stones, European architecture. Such a cozy city for quiet unhurried walks. I’m talking about the center.
18. Each state has its own police car coloring. Fotal them everywhere. In Boston, cops love vintage cars.
19. Came to Port Point Channel. It was here that Bostonians indulged in their famous Boston Tea Party. There is also a museum nearby, right in the middle of the canal.
20.The whole waterfront of old Boston is ravaged by marinas. Sidewalks go around these small man-made coves, so you have to walk twice as much. But it’s worth it – very nice and not crowded.
21. This is how it looks like.
22. But there is both glass and metal in Boston.
23. And next to it is an old steamer.
24. Here it is! The first lobster on my way! Such a joyful one. It turned out to be a fresh seafood shop.So I didn’t eat the lobster. And this is not Maine, but just some kind of Massachusetts. Instead, I went to warm up in a beer restaurant and met a Russian couple. They were visiting Boston. They gave me the correct target designation – where to go next and I turned off the embankment into the center.
25. Boston’s famous tourist attraction. Amphibious bus.
26. The streets of old Boston.
27. Wandering along them, I came across a fountain-bowl into which tourists are throwing coins.Stole a Canadian coin from there as a keepsake.
28. I went to an establishment where for tourists they print the Declaration of Independence of the United States on an old press, and it seems like they make chocolate.
29. Then he wandered into a butcher’s shop. Where all the walls were covered with bills of different countries. Gave the uncle a thousand, there were no others. And he immediately found a place for her.
30. It’s time to say goodbye to Boston. I give an excerpt from my Instagram about Boston, then hot impressions: “The town is quiet, cultural.I’m sitting on a bench, thinking to get to Maine in the dark today and sleep! Boston is about seagulls on lawns, at least black ones, marinas with yachts and emerging lobster eateries. And the cry of the seagulls … “
31. Somewhere beyond Boston.
32. And I continued to rush north. And drove to the town of York, Maine. It was already getting dark and I decided to look for an overnight stay. Coastline This town turned out to be very picturesque, with a long beach, a road along it, and across the road there are motels interspersed with private houses.And at the end of the beach is a lighthouse called Nubl Light. The beauty is not real. True, the photo does not show the lighthouse, it is very small.
33. As I jumped out onto this road, I immediately decided to stop and admire it. I looked and the cars were standing. He went out and asked to take a picture of me against the background of the lighthouse. Live, of course, a hundred times steeper. But feelings were overwhelmed!
34. By the time I got to the lighthouse it was already completely dark. Well, the phone and night photos are practically incompatible.
35.Came back from the lighthouse to Long Beach and found a great motel overlooking the ocean. Checked in at about eight in the evening. And I want to eat well, just horror. Especially against the motel, right on the beach I noticed a restaurant, which turned out to be the only one on this long beach.
I’m going there. There is no one on the street. The restaurant is already closed, but it is open until 20:00! Until eight in the evening! Charles! As much as I didn’t beg to feed me, the staff only threw up their hands, smiled and said know sir, closs, sori. Out of habit, I blew at the reception.I said I came to eat lobsters, so give me them here. The aunts explained to me that after eight you can’t grumble here. Only if you walk about a kilometer to another hotel, which supposedly has a restaurant. Class. Having received the direction I blew to the mythical hotel. And I must say that the street is dark and not souls. I walk in one direction for a long time, I don’t see anything. I went in the opposite direction, only late runners, rarely. The ocean was raging, waves rose and it became rather creepy enough to walk alone in the dark.Only rare lights, but the windows of houses across the road. And the body, though under stress, give it to eat. And suddenly I look in front of the headlights of a car, and behind it the police are blinking. The car is equal to me, passes a little and is pressed to the side of the road. A police car pulls up from behind. At the same time, a brilliant idea comes to my mind! You have to ask the policeman where you can eat here, at least anything, since there is no time for lobsters.
I go back to the police car and stand at the level of its trunk and see that the policeman went to check the documents to the car in front.I am relaxed, I smoke and at the same time I select words in my meager vocabulary for a conversation with a policeman. I see he finished, turned to his car and walked to my meeting, blinded by the headlights of his car. Those. at that moment he did not see me.
Then everything happened in one second, I will write longer.
As soon as the policeman began to approach the hood of his car, with a brave Russian accent I gave out something like – Helo sir! He, not expecting such a setup, that someone in the night rubs around his car, while he is blinded and does not see anything, jumps up like a cat.His hand darted to the holster, and he himself, diving behind the car, puts his free hand forward and starts yelling. I didn’t need translation! He shouted, “Sir, stay where you are and don’t move!” I almost got crap out of surprise! I think the comrade in uniform too. I stood rooted to the spot and did not understand where to put my hands. Lower roofing felts, raise roofing felts.
Well, in short, he shot me!
Joke! He did not shoot. Sideways, sideways defending himself by the car, he assessed the situation, went out behind the car and asked what I wanted.I confusedly explained to the officer that nothing was needed. So eat lobsters. He pointed his finger somewhere two kilometers away, and said that there was a store. And he drove off with a buzzing sound.
Then I stomped for another half hour until I got to the shop that was closing at ten o’clock. Two guys, salesmen, took pity on me and scraped up the remains of a burrito from a tray, found the last two buns. The guys were so kind that they warmed up this dish and even gave a spoon. I bought beer and real American laces and headed home!
36.This is how I ended this long day alive and well-fed! I was lying on my bed in a motel watching basketball, drinking beer and chewing awesome chips. We don’t have such!
The Åland Islands have a long tradition of caring for travelers. Along the old post road were inns where tired travelers could sleep and refresh themselves. Today’s visitors move much faster, and the choice of places to stay along the route is more varied.
Most of the hotels are located in Mariehamn, but some are located in the countryside and in the archipelago: two four-star hotels in the Aland Islands – Havsvidden in Yeta and Silverskär in Saltvik, as well as several three- and two-star hotels, for example, Bastö in Finström, Elvira in Eckerö or Gullviva on Brandeau.Construction of the Smakbyn Hotel in Sunda is planned.
There are some very good and distinctive hotels and bed and breakfast in the Åland Islands. Hotels in a historic setting include the Hotel Enigheten in an old courthouse and inn from the 18th century in Degerby on Vöglø. You will also feel the atmosphere of antiquity combined with modern comfort in the Björnhufvud in Eckerø, Kvarnbo in Saltvik and Amalia in Lemland.
Hotel Kvarnbo, built in the 1880s, has an interesting history.The hotel is located opposite the Saltviks kyrka church, and modern archaeologists believe it was a major trading center during the early Iron Age and the Viking Age 500-1000 AD. When the future owners of the hotel, Ella and Martin, bought their relative’s old house, it was in very poor condition.
Today the main part of the house with an area of 540 square meters has been completely renovated. The kitchen, dining room and eight large rooms have been lovingly refurbished. The interiors and colors correspond to the era of the building, although it is equipped with all modern comforts – each room has a toilet and shower.
The main idea was for guests not only to spend time here, but to enjoy it. Guests sit and chat for a long time in the evenings on the veranda or in the dining room by the fireplace.
Ella is a sommelier, she organizes beer, wine and champagne tastings. All equipment is locally produced. The strongest taste impressions were caused by tasting the world’s oldest champagne, found in the wreck of a ship that sank in the waters of Åland in 2010.
Ella’s other passion is music.Music events are organized here every summer. Also worth seeing is the fully stocked early 20th century workshop, which has a bar, pinball and old bicycles that Martin is restoring.
Although summer is the most favorable season, many people prefer to come to the Åland Islands also at other times of the year. The following hotels are open all year round, or at least until late autumn:
PellasGästhem Hotel in Lappo Brandø and JurmoVandrarhem Hostel in Jurmo Brandø, Degerby Mat & Café in Vöglø, Antonsgästhem Hotel on Chokar Island, Djurviks Hotel in Yomala, Godby Gästhem Hotel and Godby Vandyundönde Camping in Gudby Vandrardönde in Lemdand, hotel Anderssonsoch Granbergs in Eckerø.
Hotels in Greenland The island of Greenland belongs to Denmark, so the local level of hotels is similar to the hotels on the mainland. Breakfast is included in the room rate (bed and breakfast), the highest category of hotels on the island is “4 stars”. In the largest city in Greenland, Nuuk, there are private guesthouses where you will be seated at a table with your family members. Instead of a continental breakfast, you can try local delicacies such as seal, walrus or whale meat. Greenland Attractions Most people know about Greenland only what it is and where it is.And also that it is the largest island in the world. More than 80% of the country’s territory is covered with a thick glacier; life is possible only on the coast of the country. Small towns are surrounded by ascetic Scandinavian architecture. The walls and roofs of the houses are painted in bright colors. According to local residents, living in a bright house helps to better cope with polar nights, when the sun peeps out for a couple of hours a day. So the main attractions of Greenland are its nature. More precisely, the surrounding landscape. Greenland National Park is a major natural gem.The largest and most inaccessible nature reserve on the planet. This park is home to polar bears, musk ox, polar owls and wolves. In the city of Nuuk (the local “capital”) there are many observation platforms where you can watch the sea and admire the surrounding landscapes. Greenland is rightly called “place for place.” The fact that people live safely in such a harsh place is a kind of attraction. Museums in Greenland In European terms, the size and collections of local museums are rather modest. Visiting the Greenland National Museum, you will learn how to live in conditions of eternal cold, how many dogs should be in a sled, how the first settlers of Greenland lived, what the paintings of local Greenlandic artists look like.Art Center Katuaq is an ode to contemporary art in the best European traditions. There are many workshops, exhibitions, lecture halls and a cinema.
The basis of the cultural life of the islanders. Greenland Resorts There are no resorts here. Locals rest in neighboring (relatively, of course) Iceland (which was also once the possession of Denmark). Leisure in Greenland Acquaintance with the Eskimos, traveling around the cities, walking on a snow-scooter or dog sledding (as you like), tasting local cuisine, excursion to a fishing boat, fishing (fishing without a license is severely punishable, in any tourist center it can be purchased) – main entertainment for tourists.Greenland has the brightest Northern Lights in the world. Transport in Greenland In cities, locals travel by car or snow scooters. There are no roads between cities at all. Everyone travels by water or air. Greenland has its own airline, Air Greenland, which organizes flights between cities. There are no direct flights to Greenland from Russia. You can get to the island with transfers in Denmark or Iceland. Living standards in Greenland Fishing and financial subsidies from Denmark are the main income of the island. Local residents fish, fish, and sheep.One of the safest places in the world. Even a banal theft in a store will become a sensation, it will certainly be shown on TV. There is a university in Greenland, however, there are very few students there due to the fact that any resident of the island can study for free at universities in Denmark. Greenland cities Nuuk is the largest city in Greenland. 25 thousand people live here, and Santa Claus also lives here. The most ancient city, economic and cultural center. The city of Kakortok is the second most populous (3,500 thousand people live here).Founded in the 18th century. Nice and clean port city.
Which resort in Greenland to choose?
Skiing is gaining popularity on the island and there are ski resorts in Greenland in almost every city. Almost every city has lifts, for example, Nuuk has 3 lifts and 6 runs. Moreover, you can ride in Greenland not only in winter, but also in summer. For example, in Apissuit Adventure Camp, it is located 25 km from Manitsok, on the top of a glacier, you can go skiing in summer.Cross-country skiing races take place in Greenland every year.
Dog sledding is a great outdoor activity. There are many interesting trails on the east coast, around Tasilak, Sisimuit, Qeqertarsuaq. On the west coast around Kangerdlugssuaq and along the ice sheet border to the south. In summer, you can ride deep into the glacier to Lingmarksbroen.
You can admire thousands of icebergs of different sizes by visiting Disko Bay. This is one of the most famous bays in Greenland, along the shores of which coastal glaciers slide into the sea at a speed of up to 30 meters per day.
Greenland resorts offer hiking trails. Trails from Kakortka to Igalik and Kassiarsuik (south of the island) and from Kangerdlugssuak to Sisimuit, around Tasilak, across the island of Angmagssalik and others, are excellent for trekking.
Travel to a desert island
Ukraine (departure from Odessa, transfer from Nikolaev and Kherson is possible)
Are there Maldives in Ukraine?
Having visited this amazing place, you will definitely say:
“There are Maldives in Ukraine”
I invite you to an unforgettable journey to the largest island in Ukraine.Clean, gentle sea, soft sand and over 40 kilometers of pristine beaches. Dolphins come in the morning and in the evening, and if you’re lucky, you can even swim with them.
If you explore the island inland, it resembles the African savannah, which alternates with many lakes. Here you can meet wild horses, red deer and fallow deer.
You can not only dream of all this, you can see it when you come to this piece of “lost paradise”.
You can go alone, we always have a great company, and you will find new friends. You can take your beloved men with you, they will also have something to do here.
For us girls and for this magical place, I specially created the program “Harmony of the Elements”.
It is here that you can fully feel the power of each Element, learn to connect to it and take a resource from it and be filled with energy.We will meet the sunrises, and see off the sunsets, make wishes, go for walks, sunbathe and swim.
We will have a boat trip and overnight on the island
What we need to do while we are on the island:
- See deer and fallow deer in the wild
- See the Eiffel lighthouse
- Visit Swan Lagoon
- Walk through the clean sand of endless beaches
- Find a secluded place for yourself, sunbathe naked
- Swim in the glowing night sea.
- Enjoy the sunsets and meet the sunrise
- Swim with dolphins
- Build a sand castle
- Find the most beautiful shell for memory
- Swim in the open sea from a boat on the way to the island
- Take unique photos
- Get an excellent sea tan
- Enjoy the purity and transparency of the sea
- Switch off the mobile phone for at least a day
- Eat something from the sea (shrimp, rapana)
- Burrow in the sand
- Try new practices for body and soul
- Go for a morning jog along the sea
- Admire the starry sky and be filled with the power of the moon
- Dream with a sea view
- Write or draw your dream on paper and bury it like a treasure.
Most likely to come true
- Draw on your body a large smiley (or something else J) from sun cream or foam 🙂
- Waking up, smile with the feeling that today will be the best in life
- Recall this feeling during the day and enjoy this feeling
- Falling asleep, make sure that the best day has taken place and now every day will be the best in life
- Feel absolutely happy
- Go on a romantic walk with your significant other or meet someone nice of the opposite sex
- Do body art
- Dive or frolic on the waves
- Find similarities with Maldives
- Love the island and everyone and everyone who surrounds you
- Meet Robinson or Friday
- Thank the Universe for having such magical places and for coming here.
Day 1 Arrival to Sakhalin
You will be met at the Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk airport and taken to the hotel. After settling, you will dine at the Japanese restaurant NIHON MITAI with national cuisine and fresh seafood.
Then go on a sightseeing tour of the city. Visit the Mountain Air ski resort, from where you can enjoy a beautiful view of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and the entire Susunai Valley, surrounded by hills and ridges.
Return to the hotel and have dinner on your own.If you want, go to Korean baths and arrange an evening rest.
Day 2 Lake-lagoon Busse
After breakfast, you will have a two-hour journey by jeep or minibus to the Busse lagoon. On the way, in Aniva Bay, you will see Russia’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant, an oil export terminal and Russia’s first Prigorodnoye port, built specifically to serve oil tankers and LNG carriers.
Upon arrival – acquaintance with the lake.Busse is a brackish lagoon lake connected by a channel to Aniva Bay. Crabs, giant oysters, trepangs, sea urchins, trumpeters, scallops, shrimp, spisula and maktra shells, red algae Anfelcia, many species of fish (pink salmon, herring, chum salmon, navaga, smelt, taimen and others) abound here.
You will be standing on an island made of oysters! At low tide, you can enjoy the taste of fresh delicacies by lifting them from under your feet. For lunch and dinner, you will taste freshly caught seafood and Far Eastern delicacies.A tent camp with a kitchen and a sauna will be organized on the lake. In the evening you will meet the crew of the catamaran and spend the night in tents.
Day 3 Cape Aniva and the lighthouse. Cape Marble
Breakfast is waiting for you, then preparation for the cruise and boarding the ship. You will walk 60 km along the coastline, heading for Cape Aniva – one of the most beautiful and inaccessible places in Sakhalin. You will be greeted by steep and sea-polished rocks, waves that almost never cease at the junction of two seas, whipping foam on rocky shoals, tireless seagulls and shy seals.
Near the cape there is Sivuchya Rock, on which the Japanese lighthouse Naka-Shiretoko Misaki is located. The 31-meter high impregnable tower of the lighthouse seems to be a natural continuation of the cliff.
Then you will overcome 14 km of the path and find yourself on the Marble Cape – a huge white block rising from the sea with freckles of green moss. Have dinner and stay overnight.
Day 4 Crossing the Aniva Bay
After breakfast you will have a big trek (about 120 km): you will cross the Aniva Bay and from the Tonino-Aniva Peninsula you will get to the Krillon Peninsula.Lunch will take place on the ship.
You will arrive at Cape Krillon – the southernmost point of Sakhalin Island and a real miracle of nature – a cape open to all winds. It is washed on three sides by different waters: from the west – the Tatar Strait, from the east – the Aniva Bay, from the south – the La Perouse Strait, separating Sakhalin and Japan, to which it is 43 km from here and in good weather it is perfectly visible.
After setting up the camp, you will rest, have dinner and spend the night in tents.
Day 5 Cape Crillon
After breakfast you will continue your exploration of Cape Crillon.An old Russian signal cannon has been preserved on it, a weather station is in operation, an operating lighthouse of the Pacific Fleet and a military unit are located. The fierce liberation battles of 1945 took place here. The cape was a serious fortified object – you will find a large number of pillboxes, trenches, tanks and cannons, as well as an underground fortified city.
Lunch, dinner and overnight in tents are waiting for you in the camp.
Day 6 Cape Kuznetsov. Tatar Strait
You will have breakfast and go on a short walk to Cape Kuznetsov (20 km), located on the southwestern coast of the Krillon Peninsula.There is a year-round rookery of Red Book sea lions and seals, large colonies of cormorants, gulls, and guillemots. You can see the hawk, falcon, egret and Japanese crane.
From Cape Kuznetsov to the north, 8 km along the coast, Cape Vindis is located. It is crowned with a cupcake-like mountain Kovrizhka with sheer cliffs (the height of the mountain is 78 m). It is believed that the absolutely flat and high peak of the Ainu was used as a refuge, fleeing from strangers.
To the south of Cape Kuznetsov, just 2 km is the Cape Zamirailova Golova.This ten-kilometer stretch of the southwestern coast of the peninsula is the most scenic – bizarre rocky outcrops, “devil’s fingers”, stone arches, “aquariums”, harsh steep walls and inviting sea terraces.
In the evening you will have dinner and overnight in tents.
Day 7 Moneron Island. Sea passage to Nevelsk
Get up early and have breakfast. Then you will go to Moneron (60 km) – a small island in the water area of the Tatar Strait, an extinct volcano 2 million years old.This is a real gem in the island necklace of the Sakhalin coast, a state nature reserve and border zone.
The main wealth of the island is marine flora and fauna. The high transparency of the water up to 40 m and the impact of the warm Tsushima current, which increases the temperature of coastal waters up to 20 degrees, form unique underwater landscapes and determine the existence of especially rare species of underwater fauna. On the coastal reefs, there are rookeries for large marine mammals (sea lions, seals, seals), and on the islets near the coast, there are many bird colonies.
Ancient people used Moneron as a sanctuary. On the contrary, the Japanese provided the island with a complete infrastructure – a road, a pier, a lighthouse, a weather station and even a telephone line. They tilled fields, planted rice and planted orchards.
A tour of the island and lunch await you. Further – sea passage to the city of Nevelsk (70 km). Upon arrival, you will be met at the pier and taken to the base (5 km). You go to the bathhouse and have dinner. Stay in cabins for the night.
Day 8 Devil’s and Witch’s Bridges.Japanese railway. Tunnels
After breakfast you will drive to the city of Kholmsk (47 km). The path will pass along the federal highway, with stops at the observation deck, from where a beautiful view of the Kholmsky Pass and the Tatar Strait opens up. Near the station. Nikolaychuk, you will leave your cars and walk about 5-6 km to the Devil’s Bridge.
This unique railway and historical site of Sakhalin was built by the Japanese in 1928. At one time, the bridge was known throughout Japan for its unusual design.
Lunch (dry rations) is waiting for you on the route. Then there will be a transfer to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk (90 km). Upon arrival, you will check into the hotel and have your own dinner.
Day 9 Reserve day
This day is a reserve day in case of bad weather. After breakfast, which will be held at the hotel restaurant, you can organize an additional excursion, visit the fish market, souvenir shops or the Sakhalin Museum of Local Lore.
Lunch and dinner will be held independently.
Day 10 Homecoming
Breakfast is waiting for you in the hotel restaurant.Then you will be transferred to the airport, from where you will return to Moscow.
Sarah Silverman WRECK-IT RALPH Interview
- Category: Interview
From Director Rich Moore ( The Simpsons , Futurama ) Animated Wreck-It Ralph is an equally fun and charming arcade adventure.For 30 years, Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly ) has been stuck as the bad guy, while the good guy, Fix-It star Felix Jr. (voiced by Jack McBryer ) always saves the day. When Ralph leaves his game, he embarks on a hero’s journey that leads him to the candy-covered cart racing game Sugar Rush, where he meets the brave loser Vanellope von Schwitz (voiced by Sarah Silverman ), who not only becomes his first true friend , but also gives him a chance to finally save the day.The voice cast also includes Jane Lynch , Alan Tudyk , Mindy Kaling , Ed O’Neill , Dennis Heisbert , Joe Law Truglio and Adam Carolla .
During press day for the film, Collider spoke to actress / comedian Sarah Silverman, both in a one-on-one interview and during a roundtable discussion, about what led her to the film, how she reacted when asked see this idea how to do it.the video games she was growing up was actually going to be recording with co-star John C. Reilly, which makes her laugh, how she would like to voice more and how she is currently working on a special stand-up. See what she said after the jump.
SARAH SILVERMAN: That was a great scenario. They brought us to Pixar to read the spreadsheet, and I saw Pixar and thought, “Oh my God, this is utopia!” The script was terrific, but with Disney that’s the process.That’s what makes their films so great. They spend two years honing, reworking, tweaking, rewriting and sketching. Gradually Vanellop became a little like me. Sergeant Calhoun is exactly like Jane [Lynch]. The ending is different. I love the way it ended. I love that Vanellope is wearing a hoodie. It makes it important and important. It was cool. I was delighted! I still remain. I am so happy to be this little girl.
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How did you come up with this idea of this life in the chords of arcade games?
SILVERMAN: It was that simple.They said it was about an arcade, after closing, and you can see all the characters in the video games come to life. In that sense, it is such an easy task. This is crazy, this hasn’t been done before. It seems to me that this is a hidden fantasy, which, probably, was in each of us. We react to what we are familiar with and what we can relate to, and this film is filled with things for people of all ages, except maybe the very old. You see characters you know from childhood. You see these characters who were part of your life at a key moment.Video games are 30 years old, and in the technological years they are 100, because they are developing so quickly. This is a true story. You see all these familiar faces. Even with Sugar Rush, candy ranges from old candies to new ones. So, you see all these things that you know from your life and that are familiar to you, and yet, the film is so unique and has not been filmed before.
How familiar were you with video games as a child?
SILVERMAN: I would say I really liked them.We had Atari. There was a tournament in our dairy queen in New Hampshire, and I mastered it. I spent so much time with this tournament. I love it! All you do is wave this really strange long bird with tiny wings. I loved Frogger, Astroids, Paperboy and Centipede. Atari had a regular joystick and a new dial joystick. And then a game called Pitfall came out with incredible graphics for that time. You would have laughed, but it shocked me. And then when I moved to Los Angeles, when I was in my early 20s, we bought a Nintendo 64 at Mr. Shaw , and when no one was shooting, they played Golden Eye.He became my world. I dreamed about it.
How much energy did it take to animate this character?
SILVERMAN: It took a lot of energy and movement. This is just my voice, but you cannot do it without moving your whole body. It’s just that even if you’re on the phone, you walk and move.
SILVERMAN: Yes, that was great! It was so cool that they let us do it. With animation, they always want clean lines, but we’ve done it so many times that we were able to record together.All of my scenes were with John, and we could look at each other and act out the scenes completely, overlap, improvise, and go on with completely weird, bizarre retreats. They were really encouraging. Director Rich Moore is the sweetest, warmest and most hopeful person. He allowed us to feel a certain belonging to these roles.
Are you getting in the way of the voice recording process at all?
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SILVERMAN: I don’t feel embarrassed because I’m still moving and doing everything I would if it was a live show, but I’m just sweating and have a bun on top of my head.There was no feeling of constriction. They take my vote, but I give my whole body. We were all like that. Watching John [K. Reilly] the tape was so funny. You forget that you need to record your running and sounds when you run, gasp, or stop. We make so many little subtle sounds that come from our nose and mouth, and all of this needs to be recorded. These were the most uncomfortable things for me. I actually can’t run the distance. You must stay put. And watching John do it was fun and inspiring.He’s a real actor and it’s very weird to do that kind of thing, but he was just going, 100%. He made so many loud noises.
What was it like seeing not only what your character would look like, but also the world she lives in?
SILVERMAN: You can’t even imagine what kind of work this will require. There are so many people and so many cogs, and we are just one of them. As a result, it turns out that every moment is so multi-layered, detailed and rich. I was just shocked! When I saw this, my jaw was on the floor.My expectations were high because their films are always cool, but I loved them.
Vanellope von Schwitz is a character you could easily overdo it with. Have you had a way to find a balance of sweetness without overdoing it?
SILVERMAN: I think a lot of that has been written. You meet her, she is unpleasant and precocious, but then you pull back the veil. As with Ralph, you can see that she is tough because she protects this frightened, rejected child.Everyone can sympathize with it and relate to it. I think the script was really leaning towards making this character and all the characters more than ironically two-dimensional.
SILVERMAN: They butt, and then, as soon as they start getting to know each other, they realize that they are going the same way. They both just want to be heroes.
How does it feel to know that so many people will love Vanellope for future generations?91,290 scary movies coming out this year
SILVERMAN: I love that! Such a gift.John Lasseter gave me a huge gift with this role, and I am very grateful, especially for allowing me to participate in this.
Do you have a lot in common with Vanellope?
SILVERMAN: I think so. I think it will suit every girl. She’s nasty, precocious, messy and tough, but like any tough kid, she’s scared. She’s tough because she’s scared inside. I think it is very similar.
What scares you?
SILVERMAN: I was terrified as a child.I got wet in bed and every summer I had to go to camp for the night, which was humiliating and scary. I had a lot of insecurity and fear. I said it was funny and tough, but it’s hard to be tough when you make a bunk on a bunk with wet sheets and act like no one is feeling anything.
Which children’s films did you like best as a child or now?
SILVERMAN: I loved Finding Nemo that came out when I was an adult.When I was a kid, I always loved Disney movies, but the first movie I remember seeing was Sleeping , so I didn’t really get into children’s films.
Have you always been a fan of comedy?
SILVERMAN: I was raised by television. I don’t know I liked it, but I knew Everyone in the family was Norman Lear. I can imagine the font in my head. Watch The Simpsons , I knew it was Al Jean and Mike Reiss. I was really into comedy.I was fond of all kinds of comedies. My mom is too. She had a Woody Allen double album as well as many musicals. Everyone looked like Taxi , Mary Tyler Moore , Rod , Barney Miller and also MASH . During my growing up years, we watched Happy days every night. I don’t know what the reruns were and what’s new. Today they look The Prince of Beverly Hills like new.
SILVERMAN: That’s a big question.There are so many great comedies now. I love how comedies are mixing now. It’s not just one thing. I watch Louis , and there may be whole episodes where there are no anecdotes, except for his buffet extracts. It can be very touching and dramatic and fun at the same time. Girls , also in the comedy category, so rude and real. They are both so unusual. I also think Parks and Recreation is a beautiful comedy. In terms of television and film, I was really interested to see the partnership of comedy, beauty and heart.I think they can be combined very well and thoughtfully. But I’m a complete addict for hour-long dramas. I think when you’re a comedian you tend to lean towards dramas because it’s a less stressful thing to watch. There is anxiety about influence when you watch something you do. But when I watch these shows, I am in awe, especially the Parks and Recreation that is online. You don’t need to be sharper. It’s just beautiful. You care about these people and it is very well done. I love it.I am in awe of the comedy that is happening now. I think now is a great time for comedy.
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Want more voiceover?
SILVERMAN: I liked it! It was so much fun. Every couple of weeks they called me and said, “It’s time to come in.” It will be a four-hour session that went by so quickly. They were just the coolest group of people.
SILFERMAN: Wreck-It Ralph 2: Vanellope’s Choice .No. I’m doing a special job, so I’m working in the rack again.