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From the Summer Staff Perspective

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Camp has an incredible impact on campers, but it also impacts our staff members in equally powerful ways. It allows us to reflect on the impact of our experiences and the strength of connections made during our childhood and adolescence. It gives us a perspective on the challenges of growing up that we don’t experience again until we have children of our own. And, possibly most important, it allows us to see ourselves through the eyes, actions and needs of another. We have incredible staff at Sanborn Western Camps because, as an organization, we ask them to put the needs of the campers before their own. The staff members who remain present and focused on the campers’ development end up being the ones who take away camps’ biggest lesson: how to empathize and care deeply for others–and to hold yourself accountable. As one of our long-time staff members and former campers, Iska Nardie-Warner, shared in her following response on self-reflection, “They will ask similar questions of you, and you might want [to have] your answers ready.”

Camp changes the way girls perceive themselves.

I was writing [this] and ended up getting super nostalgic for camp, the staff, and the campers. Anyway, I just thought I’d share some of what camp has given me these past 3 years mostly because I think that sharing in the moment is cool and not done enough, but also because tis the season you know?

Though I have had many reasons for returning to Sanborn, the opportunity to communicate to young girls the power that comes from living outdoors in a solely female community surely covers the main of it.

Fortunately for me, the past two summers have been spent living and working with the same girls. And I can honestly say that watching each and everyone of those unique, talented, and beautiful young ladies challenge themselves physically, emotionally and grow in themselves has been a blessing. We all remember the challenges of being a fifteen-year old girl and to help these special ladies recognize their connections to (and love for) each other and the strength they build when they rely not only upon themselves but each other as well is making a difference.

Camp changes the way girls perceive themselves. Less and less, you will observe, the girls worry about the need to look or act a specific way: instead, they focus on climbing 14,000 foot mountains, riding horses with control, and most importantly asking questions of the world, themselves. And don’t be fooled, they will ask similar questions of you, and you might want your answers ready.

The power of fifteen-year old girls is undoubtedly underestimated. There is something striking about waking each morning and having to explain yourself and your thoughts and actions, almost immediately, to your girls. Their insatiable curiosity prompts repeated recognition of the importance of self-reflection for a counselor.

Honestly, I cherish explaining why my opinions on the importance of female empowerment provide the drive behind my work as a counselor: Sanborn becomes the intersection of theory and practice, for me, and I only fully-understand that because of self-reflection, sometimes prompted by the intelligent young ladies that populate that camp. In other words, these girls challenge me just as much as I plan on challenging them each summer. And I know they will give me just as much as I am willing to give them.

"And I know they will give me just as much as I am willing to give them." Avery (left), a current camper, with Iska (right) during their long trip in Summer 2015.

I could never take my role in their life lightly, and plan to never take for granted the role they have played in mine either because they really are the most special, funny, witty, charming, intelligent, kind, poised, and lovable young women. I miss them to pieces and know that they will be some of the best JCs and people this world has ever seen. And Sanborn—as a place that changes lives forever (for the better)—would be lucky to have any of them that can return.



Thank you Iska for sharing your thoughts with us and our greater Camp community. We are so excited to continue impacting each other with our campers and staff members as the New Year approaches and brings Summer 2016 with it.

Meet the High Trails Summer Staff 2015

Friday, June 12th, 2015

Megan Powell, Brittany Waunsch & Mary Arnold

We are so excited to introduce our summer staff! Enjoy reading and getting to know a little bit about our counselors before you meet them on opening day!

Juniper West
Megan Powell
My name is Megan and I am writing to you from Kansas! I am from a tiny rural town called Solomon, but have been living in the Little Apple (Manhattan, KS) for about 4 years. This summer will be my first at any summer camp, anywhere! I just graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. I have worked as a Para educator for almost a year now, and will continue to do so while I apply to Educational Psychology graduate programs. I like being outside more than I like being inside, whether I am reading, fishing, or just walking! My favorite things to do are reading, stargazing, and bike-riding. A couple of my favorite things are rain and campfires. I most look forward to meeting all of the campers and staff of High Trails (that I have heard so many awesome things about) and sharing many outdoor adventures!

Brittany Waunsch
My name is Brittany Waunsch. I live on Long Island New York, about 40 minutes (with traffic) from NYC. I study music merchandising and business at Hofstra University here on the Island. My two biggest passions are music and martial arts. With music my main instrument in trumpet (I’ve been playing for 12 years), but I also play guitar, piano, sax, clarinet, and flute. I love listening to all kinds of music but i especially enjoy anything that has a brass section (I love trumpets). With martial arts I’ve been training for 14 years. I have a black belt in one style and other high ranks in different styles. I’ve been a martial arts instructor ever since I turned 13 years old. I’m very excited for camp this summer. I’ve never been to Colorado before so I’m very excited to go exploring and hiking and camping out under the stars. I also can’t wait to ride horses again because as much as I love doing so it’s hard to find a place to on Long Island. I can’t wait to meet all the amazing people I get to share my summer with!

Mary Arnold

*coming soon*

Susie Carr, Claire Foster & Ariel Rivero

Juniper East

Susie Carr

My name is Susie Carr, and this is my first time at High Trails! I went to California State University Sacramento as a kinesiology major for two years, but am hopefully transferring to an EMT school in the fall. I work for Starbucks and I am a yoga instructor on the weekends. I love to dance, and will be coaching a competitive dance team when I get back from camp! I get paid to take care of and play with puppies at least twice a month when families go out of town, and I love going on sporadic adventures to the beach or the mountains whenever I can. I’m super excited to go horseback riding and to have camp fires and to look out at all the beautiful stars at night! BUT I’m most excited to meet all my little campers!

Claire Foster
Hello! My name is Claire Foster and I am a rising senior at NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. I am a Parks and Recreation Major with a minor in business administration. I suffer from chronic cabin fever and am pumped to spend this summer in the great outdoors! I love hanging in my Eno, long hikes, live music, and strong coffee. I bake large quantities of baked goods when I am stressed, I tend to laugh until I cry, and I wear Chacos 360 days out of the year. This will be my first summer at Sanborn and I am excited to camp, explore, and grow alongside the campers! I cannot wait for a summer of challenge and adventure! See you all soon!

Ariel Rivero
*coming soon*

Blair Sisk, Anna Menegaz & Liz Flesher

Ponderosa West
Anna Menegaz
Hey campers! My name is Anna and I’m super excited to return to High Trails after being a camper for 2 years. I just finished up my sophomore year at Texas Tech where I am majoring in Accounting and Finance. I absolutely love horses and have been riding since I was little. I can’t wait to climb some 14ers, make some awesome crafts, and camp under the stars. This summer is going to be so much fun, I can’t wait to get outdoors and meet all of you!

Liz Flesher
Hi everyone! My name is Liz Flesher. My home state is Michigan but I go to school at Western Illinois University (WIU) where I study Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration. This is my first summer at camp and I am extremely excited to meet everyone and partake in all the camp festivities. An interesting fact about me is that in 2013 I went on a 4 month expedition (with WIU) as part of my classroom studies. We spent 30 days backcountry canoeing in Manitoba, Canada, ventured the Western United States and mountaineered for 2 weeks in California, and sea kayaked in Baja California. This was the most amazing experience of my life and I have learned a lot about outdoor education, interpretation, group dynamics, team building, and adventure recreation. I am ready to have another unforgettable time at Sanborn Western Camps!

Blair Sisk

Hi! My name is Blair Sisk! I am nineteen years old and attend the University of Colorado in Boulder.  I have not yet declared a major, but I am leaning towards either Speech Language and Hearing Science or Integrative Physiology.  I also play Lacrosse for CU.  I am a member of the 3rd year Division I program! My favorite part of college has been being a student athlete, it is a lot to handle but managing it all is fun and keeps me busy.  This is my first summer as a staff member at Sanborn, however; I was a camper for seven years!  Not everyone can say they have actually seen it raining fire in the sky, felt the serenity of a clear blue mountain lake or experienced a true Colorado Rocky Mountain High, but I can!! I am SO excited to be back in the Rockies with this beautiful community to share these wonderful experiences with the ladies of High Trails.  Throughout the summer you can find me hiking, canoeing, playing sports and having loads of fun with everyone!

Becca Atwood, Christina Curran & Carlie Howard

Ponderosa East
Becca Atwood
Hi everyone, I’m Becca! This will be my first summer at camp, and I am so excited for this new adventure! I am from Colorado, and I go to Colorado State University where I study Business and Economics. I have a passion for traveling, exploring, spending time in new places, and adventures. This is why I am so excited for camp, and meeting all you beautiful people who love doing the same things as me! I am counting down the days until I head out for camp. I am so looking forward to fresh mountain air, sunshine, campfires, and all of the outdoor activities! I can?t wait to meet you all!

Christina Curran
Hey future campers!! My name is Christina, I’m 24 years old, and I am part of the loud and proud Fightin’-Texas-Aggie-Class-Of-2016! WHOOP! Down here at Texas A&M University, I am a recreation, parks, and tourism sciences major (I know-it’s a mouthful). My area of focus in this major is in youth development, in hopes of someday becoming a camp director (that’s how much I love camp!) This is my first summer working at Sanborn and I absolutely cannot wait to start. What I am most looking forward most is just about everything, but if I HAD to choose it would be backpacking with my campers and trying new activities –it’s been years since I’ve ridden a horse, so bring popcorn because this will be a good show. Some fun facts about me: I would eat grilled cheese everyday if I could, I am the master at catching popcorn in my mouth, I’m in my school’s wakeboarding club, I love sea turtles, and my Specialized mountain bike is like my child.

Carlie Howard
This is my first summer at Sanborn but I worked at Cape Cod Sea Camps last summer. I’m a freshman at Middlebury College. I’m probably going to major in Geology, but I haven’t officially declared. I firmly believe that there is no better place in the world but Vermont, but I’m excited to spend the summer with some bigger mountains. When I was 16 I was asked to leave an IHOP because I brought my own maple syrup. I am a fiercely loyal Boston Red Sox fan. Fingers crossed for another worst to first season! I’m super excited to do some hiking in Colorado and hopefully catch some western sunsets.

Shannon Gardner, Maddie Ohaus, Kelsey Ammundson

Silver Spruce West

Kelsey Ammondson
Hi everyone! My name is Kelsey Ammondson and this will be my first summer working at Sanborn. I just graduated from Elon University in North Carolina with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Art. I have traveled worldwide, so I absolutely love learning about new cultures and going on adventures (especially if they are outside in the woods or mountains). Some of my recent adventures include seeing the Aurora in Greenland and skydiving in New Zealand. My friends call me a bird or vegetable because I eat so many seeds, nuts, fruits, and veggies, although I can’t live without dark chocolate and coffee. I love wild animals, particularly big cats, and on rainy days I’ll be dancing in puddles to my favorite songs. If I’m not outside, you can usually find me in the kitchen (cooking or eating!), playing games with my twin brother, friends and family, reading a good book, or doing something crafty. I’m super excited to meet all of you and go on incredible mountain adventures together!

Shannon Gardner
Hey! My name is Shannon Gardner. I am from Rochester, New York and I will be a senior next year at The Ohio State University! I am studying psychology and education, with aspirations of teaching, traveling and working with kids after graduation. I am a huge Buckeye fan (both the football team and peanut butter chocolate). I am also passionate about photography, writing and spending time outdoors. I love running, hiking and yoga. I love meeting new people and seeing new places! This will be my second summer as a counselor at High Trails and I am so excited for the adventures that lie ahead. I can?t wait to get to know my wonderful campers and spend a second summer here in Florissant!

Maddie Ohaus
Hi! My name is Madeline Ohaus, but you can call me Maddie, Mohaus or really anything you want, I’m not picky. I have been going to Sanborn ever since I was seven years old! I spend nine of my summers at High Trails and am eager to work there and give back to the camp that made me who I am today. I just finished up my freshman year at The University of Colorado in Boulder (which Sanborn had a huge influence on me choosing). I study Archeology which is basically looking at old rocks and determining whether they were used by old humans. Pretty neat stuff! The coolest thing I’ve learned all semester is how to make a stone tool and prepare a meal with it. I am part of the hiking club at CU and I volunteer the radio station. Some fun facts about me are I have climbed 14 14,000 foot mountains, my favorite color is purple and I own 5 polaroid cameras and am almost never without at least one of them. I also can play the ukulele the banjo and the bass (not the electric one though, the big giant one you see in orchestras). This summer I am most excited to get to sleep under the stars and make crafts at the art barn, oh and I guess I am a little excited for chippy dippy bars!

Alicia Thompson, Laura Klapheke & Maddy Brandvold

Silver Spruce East
Alicia Thompson
“Oh Hello!” (in a minion voice) My name is Alicia Thompson and this will be my first summer at camp. I could not be more excited to spend my summer in beautiful Colorado with all of the wonderful staff and campers! I am currently studying Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, and will be graduating this coming December (2015). When I am not in class or doing homework I enjoy staying active indoors and outdoors. My favorite indoor and outdoor activities include kickboxing, working out, fishing, hunting, camping, spending time with family/friends, playing with my dog and cat, watching movies (especially Disney and Pixar movies), going for walks, swimming, and so much more! I love adventure and enjoy trying new activities. I am looking forward to meeting everyone at camp and making lots of memories. There is so much to look forward to this summer, but I am extremely excited to go horseback riding, hiking, rock climbing and eating lots of S’mores. See all you campers soon!

Laura Klapheke
Hello! My name is Laura Klapheke. I am from Louisville Kentucky and I am finishing up my last year at Eastern Kentucky University. I am graduating with a Bachelor?s degree in recreation and parks administration. This will be my first summer working for Sanborn Summer Camp. I am so excited to make new friends this summer and be outdoors! I’m also excited about meeting the campers and teaching them about the outdoors. I love nature, animals, music, art, food, and staying active. Some of the activities I enjoy doing are hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, dancing, yoga and backpacking. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite food because I pretty much love all food and am not a picky eater, but if I had to choose I would say I’m always up for sushi or pizza. Oh, and the best snack ever is dark chocolate covered almonds, mmmmm. I just can’t wait to be in Colorado this summer; I know that it is going to be an amazing experience! :D

Maddy Brandvold
Hello there! My name is Maddy Brandvold and I was a camper at Sanborn for 6 years, so that makes this my seventh year. I always dreamed of being a counselor at High Trails, and it makes me so happy to finally have that dream come true. After high school, Instead of going straight to college I took a year off to learn in some nontraditional ways. I completed a 72 day Outward Bound wilderness course where I fell in love with nature all over again! I am now eager to pursue a career with nature, people, and fun. After my Outward Bound course I spent 2 months working on organic farms in New Zealand, and 1 working in Hawaii. Through this work exchange program I learned all about the importance of organic farming and sustainability. This fall I will start my freshmen year of college at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. I love to explore, ski, rock climb, backpack and most of all laugh and be silly! I can’t wait to take young kids on amazing adventures this summer and teach them how to love and cherish this beautiful planet. Some of my goals for the summer are to help build confidence in my campers and to have carefree fun. There are so many fun times waiting to be had for the summer of 2015 and I am more than excited for it all!

Hailey Gelzer, Bri Roat & Zoe Kurtz

Cedar Lodge West

Bri Roat
My name’s Brianna and I’m excited to announce myself as a camp newbie this year! Right now I’m studying Exercise Science at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. From what I’ve heard thus far, this summer is going to be one to remember for a lifetime! I’m personally very excited to hang around the barn with all you camper’s as well as explore everything the magnificent outdoors has to offer! I can’t wait to meet everyone, the summer months could not arrive any sooner. Colorado here we come!

Zoe Kurtz
Hello! My name is Zoe Kurtz, and this is my first year on staff; but I was a camper here for 10 years before that! I am from Littleton, CO, and I am currently a sophomore at Vassar College, studying Economics and Geography. Outside of school, I am on the varsity swim team and enjoy hiking/living in the beautiful Hudson Valley (an enjoyable substitute for the Rockies). This summer I am excited to further explore the Rockies with all my amazing campers to find the greatest views the mountains have to offer.

Hailey Gelzer
Hey guys! My name is Hailey Gelzer, I went to camp a couple years back and am very excited to be spending my third summer at Sanborn. I currently attend Montana State University in Bozeman and I love it. I moved to Bozeman this past year for school from my home in Colorado Springs. I am majoring in environmental biology and possibly minoring in water resources. I absolutely love the outdoors. I spend my free time doing just about anything outdoors especially hiking/backpacking, rock climbing and biking. I?m excited to make more memories with everyone at camp and experience more time in one of the coolest places ever!!

Top: Truman Sherwood, Bottom L-R: Kristyn Hunzicker & Hannah Deardorff

Cedar Lodge East

Kristyn Hunzicker
Hi! This is my first year as a counselor at camp, but I was a camper here for 6 years and loved every minute of it! I am a sophomore at OU, BOOMER SOONER! I am studying Information Systems, so I’m really into IT things! During the school year I go down to the homeless shelter every week and help the kids with their homework, play games, color, through this I’ve really developed a passion for these kids and serving others. I am so excited to come back to camp to climb some more 14ers, ride horses, have some delicious camp food and get to meet all my great campers and co-counselors!

Hannah Deardorff
Why hello. My name is Hannah Deardorff. I am 20 years old, however those joining us first session will be able to help me celebrate my 21st! I am a born and bred Kansan who will be spending her sixth summer out at Sanborn. I attend Kansas State University (EMAW!) and I am majoring in Family Studies and Human Services while double minoring in Spanish and Leadership Studies. Three fun facts about myself are 1) I do not have any cartilage in my nose. Yes, you heard right. You can squish my nose flat on my face and I will not feel a thing. Feel free to come test it out this summer! 2) I am addicted to Nike shorts. If I could wear them every day of my life, I most definitely would. And finally, 3) I am quite the geek at heart.
I am counting down the days until I get to meet all the amazing campers and fellow staffers! I cannot wait to eat messy s’mores, float down a river, engage in random dance parties and experience mutual awe on a mountain top.

Truman Sherwood
Hello beautiful people! My name is Truman Sherwood, I’m 18, and I cannot wait to spend my summer wondering and wandering through the magical mountains of Colorado with my friends and loved ones. I am from Los Angeles and I always find so much peace leaving this concrete jungle, although I do love it dearly, and living in a community that learns and grows in nature. I have been going to Sanborn since 2007 and after that summer I fell in LOVE with camp and never wanted to leave…which explains my excitement to come back as an AC! I just finished my freshman year at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, and I absolutely love it because it reminds me so much of Sanborn. I spend my days outside, by the lake, or walking in the woods with my friends because there is endless beauty and so much to learn from nature. Spring time on the east coast was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had, much like summiting my first mountain at camp! I am studying philosophy and peace and conflict studies, and I am about to go abroad to Germany in the fall and study art history. I love going on adventures, exploring, growing, learning and loving, and I can’t wait to do all of those things with the people closest to my heart at the place that made me who I am today!

Gwen Schmidt-Arenales, Hayley Vieregg & (front) Abby Johnson

Crystal Palace East
Hayley Vieregg
Hey guys! My name is Haylee Vieregg. I have been a camper for five years and this is my first year as a counselor! I am from Charlotte, North Carolina but somehow found myself in Fort Worth, Texas for school. I will be a junior at Texas Christian University- Go Frogs- and I am a strategic communications major studying public relations with a minor in energy management and technology. When I’m not studying for exams I am planning events for my club, Nourish International, where we raise money to help eradicate global poverty. I love traveling to different cities for concerts and festivals to satisfy my love for live music. Of my many talents, baking chocolate chip cookies is definitely the most notable. I am so excited to return to Sanborn to be with my best friends and to make so many new ones. I especially can’t wait to embrace the beautiful Colorado Mountains and meet all of the campers!

Abby Johnson
Hey all! My name is Abby Johnson! This is going to be my first summer (and first time) in Colorado! I spent last summer in Vermont at a camp there and I’m so excited to meet my new camp family from the west! I live in New Hampshire going to New England College majoring in Outdoor Leadership with minors in environmental studies and psychology which is A LOT of fun! Speaking of fun, some other things I do for fun are snowboarding, xc skiing, hiking, definitely star gazing, laying in my hammock reading a book and going on spontaneous adventures to great places! I’m so excited to hangout in Colorado for the summer and hike some fun stuff out there. Also, I’m wicked excited about the horses, one of my favorite animals! Until camp, Adios Amigos!

Gwen Schmidt-Arnales
Hello all you wonderful people! I’m Gwen and this will be my 7th Sanborn summer and I could not be more excited to spend it will you all! Currently I’m studying foreign languages (French and Spanish) at Lewis & Clark College in rainy Portland, so I’m super jazzed about spending all summer in the Colorado sunshine (with plenty of sunscreen of course!). I grew up in Colorado and I can’t wait to get back. Other than waiting eagerly to return to camp, these past few summers I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Spain, Portugal, and Iceland and had some life-changing experiences. Some of my favorite things to do at camp are climbing mountains, rock climbing, backpacking and hiking, and watching the sunrise/sunset. I am SO SO excited to meet all of you and have an amazing summer together!!

Amanda Garrison, Izzy Weber-Concannon & Hanna Bautz

Crystal Palace West
Isabelle Weber-Concannon
Hi everyone! I’m Isabelle from British Columbia, Canada. I was a camper at Sanborn for JC year, and I am very excited to be back! I’m a junior at the University of Victoria where I study Civil and Environmental Engineering. I love camping, surfing, running and soccer. I also like to read, see live music and find any excuse to dress up in costumes. I’m looking forward to climbing Colorado’s fourteeners, cooking outside, working on my Chaco tan and meeting great people! Cheers to the summer!

Hanna Bautz
Hola, hola! My name is Hanna and I?m so excited to be back at Sanborn after 3 summers as a camper! I’m from Kansas City but am currently attending Colorado College in Colorado Springs, where I study English and Spanish. I absolutely love hiking, traveling, speaking Spanish (I spent last summer working in Ecuador), and soaking up Colorado sun. Also, I am obsessed with anything in the orange squash/root family, including butternut squash, pumpkin, and sweet potato. I can’t wait for an incredible summer filled with s’mores, dance parties, awesome campers, and 14er summits!

Amanda Garrison
Hey y’all! I am stoked to spend my first summer at High Trails soaking up the beautiful Colorado sun and making some new friends! I am currently studying social work and studio art at Baylor University in Waco, Tejas – sic ‘em bears. I have been a nomad all my life and to date I’ve lived in six countries (and four states). I love pottery, hanging out with my dog, and singing loudly. I’m super pumped to roast some marshmallows, do some sweet crafts, and ride some horses while making awesome memories this summer!

Top: Cori Fallbach, Bottom L-R: Cheyenne Smith & Emma Sayner

Kinnikinnik East
Cheyenne Smith
Emma Sayner
Hi, my name is Emma Sayner and I am very excited for my very first summer at High Trails. I grew up in a small town in Minnesota and now attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Go Badgers!) I am studying history and political science and hope one day to be a teacher. In my free time, I love cross country running, listening to music, and spontaneous adventures. I look forward to spending my summer exploring Colorado back country, and more importantly, getting to know all the amazing campers at Sanborn!

Cori Fallbach
Hi! I’m Cori and I am beyond excited to be working at Sanborn this summer! I am from Denver, Colorado, but I currently go to school in Nashville, Tennessee at Belmont University where I study Music Business. I love music and I’m so excited that I get to study it in school. I play guitar, piano, ukulele, and mandolin, and I love to write songs. I’ve recently gotten into acting as well! I was a camper at High Trails for 8 years and I’m thrilled to be back for my first year on staff. Sanborn is like home to me and I can’t wait to climb mountains, ride horses, and sleep under the stars!

Harper Sherwood-Reid, Megan Rixey & Jocelyn SmithKinnikinnik West
Jocelyn Smith
Greetings! I’m Jocelyn Smith and this will be my first summer at High Trails and I don’t think I have ever been more excited about something! I just graduated from The Ohio State University with a Human Development and Family Science degree. I love working with people especially kids of all ages. I enjoy trying new things and going on adventures as I am always down for whatever! Being optimistic is a big thing for me! I am so excited to get to know and build relationships with all the wonderful girls at High Trails. Here’s to a summer full of adventure, lots of laughs and memories never forgotten! :)

Megan Rixey
Hey friends! My name is Meghan Rixey and I’m super pumped to be coming back to Sanborn for my second summer on staff! After coming to camp for years there was no way I could resist coming back to the greatest place on Earth and share all the awesome things that Sanborn offers with all of you. I grew up in Maryland and I am currently studying Economics in a busy city at the University of Pittsburgh. However I’m ready to bid the east coast goodbye and be back in my favorite state for the summer, and hopefully back again for good after graduation! I have a weak spot for Friends on Netflix, chips and salsa and any/ all early 2000′s music. I’m most excited to get back to the view from Sunday Rocks, runs to Top o’ the World and getting a couple more 14er’s under my belt, but most of all for some late night puppy chow and dance parties in the lodge. Cannot wait to meet you all soon!

Harper Sherwood-Reid
Hey Hey! I’m Harper and I’m insanely excited to be headed back to Sanborn for my seventh summer and my first on staff! I’m looking forward to adventuring and wandering and exploring in my favorite home state because I apparently can’t get enough of looking at Pikes Peak. I currently spend a lot of time looking at the mountains from the other side at Colorado College, where I think I’m studying something literature-related with a minor in Environmental Studies (I haven’t quite decided yet). I really love books but I’m also really excited about hiking, making friends with horses, looking at flowers, writing silly poems, standing in creeks, climbing mountains, singing too loudly, and dancing like crazy, among all the other fabulous things to do outside. I can’t wait to spend my summer doing all my favorite things in one of my all-time favorite places!

Luna Thompson, Grace Barrett & Annaliese Danckers

Columbine East
Grace Barrett
Hello party people! My name is Grace Barrett, and I am beyond excited to be coming back to camp for my second summer as a staff member! I am currently a student at the University of Colorado at Boulder, but I’m planning on taking a year off and doing some fun exploring with NOLS (the National Outdoor Leadership School!). I am a sandals-with-socks- wearing, watch tan, and backwards hat enthusiast looking forward to summitting 14ers with wonderful campers and friends. I am a yoga teacher on paper and a child at heart. My family has been part of Sanborn Western Camps since the 1970s! I love mountain biking and rock climbing, and hope everyone will at least give each of them a shot with me. I can’t wait to make Summer 2015 one for the books!

Annaliese Danckers
Hey everyone! My name is Annaliese Danckers and this is my first year at Sanborn, and there is no way to explain just how excited I am about it! I go to school in Nashville, TN at Vanderbilt University, but I was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. I study all things outdoors (aka Environmental Sociology and Sustainability) but I also am a nanny and a member of ZTA, which is a sorority. When I’m not at school I’m searching for the best cup of coffee in Nashville, napping in the sun, or rock climbing. Which is what I am most excited for this summer! I love the feeling of taking on the first climb of the morning where the rock is still cold but you’re too pumped to care. Any chance I’ll be able to see this again before it’s sent? Haha I’m so excited I can’t think words so well.

Luna Thompson
Heyoooo! My name is Luna, but I also go by Lunatic, Looney-toons, Luna Bar, and a variety of other snazzy nicknames. I?m so excited to come back for my sixth summer at camp, and my first as a part of the amazing High Trails staff!! I am currently studying Environment Science and Sustainability in the beautiful mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona at Northern Arizona University. If you don?t know where Flagstaff is, you?ve probably driven through it on your way to the Grand Canyon :) My favorite things include avocados, rock climbing, shooting stars and chaco tans. I?m so stoked to climb mountains, make pita pizzas, go fishing at Lost Lake, and enjoy sunset poetry every Sunday at Vespers. This summer is going to be rad, I can?t wait to see everyones’ beautiful faces!

Avery Katz, Allie Almanzar & Meredith Glenning

Columbine West
Avery Katz
Hi! I’m Avery Katz and I am a proud University of Michigan sophomore student intending to declare a degree in Psychology and a minor in Community Action and Social Change. My school interests have introduced me to all sorts of interesting programs throughout the school year. I’ve worked with kids across the board – everything from preschool students to teenagers in the juvenile justice system. All experiences have been incredibly rewarding and exciting. Beyond that, I love jamming to music with whoever will let me use their keyboard, as well as listening and discovering new musical artists. I’ve recently discovered my hidden passion for teaching myself music by ear and experimenting with all sorts of instruments, no matter how silly the notes sound when I play them. Among other things, I like to knit scarves in the winter, drink tea with every meal possible, and enjoy the outdoors when the weather permits (you never know in the midwest). Thankfully, I can look forward to countless sunny Colorado days ahead! I’m beyond excited to begin my second summer as a counselor at Sanborn Western Camps. After coming here as a camper for 7 years, I’ve found that the experiences only continue to get better the more years I devote to this amazing place. Coming from the flat lands of Minnesota, I appreciate the mountains and their endless breathtaking views, which of course are even more beautiful when surrounded by wonderful people. Oh, and of course no mountain trip is complete without wearing some outrageous costumes. In short, I can’t wait to start another unforgettable summer.

Allie Almanzar
I was a camper for four years, and am excited to be returning to camp this summer as a counselor. During the school year, I attend Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, working towards a degree in English Education. I am a certified EMT and Wilderness First Responder, and use my skills as a ski patroller at the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort. When forced to accept the end of ski season, I turn my full attention to rock climbing. Always ready to immerse myself in the outdoors, I go on climbing and backpacking trips as often as civilized life permits. I also do volunteer work with Black Mesa Indigenous Support, which involves herding sheep, chopping wood, and building Hogans for families on the Navajo reservation. In the face of coal mining and pollution, these small acts support the traditional indigenous way of life, valuing sustainability and connection with nature. I completed the National Outdoor Leadership School?s Semester in Patagonia, an eighty-day expedition including one month of sea kayaking and one month of technical mountaineering. My Semester in Patagonia culminated in a student-led backpacking expedition, allowing Allie to apply her skills independent of instructors. Without High Trails, I would never have gained the courage or ability to tackle an eighty-day expedition. I am looking forward to bringing my outdoor skills, compassion, and dry sense of humor to the High Trails community.

Meredith Glenning
Hey everyone, my name is Meredith Glenning!! I’ve loved being a camper at High Trails, and now I’m excited to be back as a counselor for the first time! By the time you read this, I would have just finished my freshmen year at Cornell University studying Biological Engineering. At Cornell, I’m on the Varsity Rowing team and before school started I went on a week-long hiking and tree climbing camping trip through Cornell. That being said, I always love to be active, outdoors, and trying new things. I look forward to hiking, rock scrambling, running around, mountain biking, summiting mountains, blasting music and singing along, getting dressed up in crazy themed outfits, and way more with everyone very soon! I love cutting pictures out of magazines to make fun collages, I believe it’s always a good time for some cookies (not just one) and chocolate milk, and there’s a good chance I’m laughing every time you see me! So come find me anytime you have or want to hear a good joke or you want a buddy to join you to go on a hunt for cookies. If you’re looking for me, I’m probably the one wearing head to toe red, white and blue (if not, then pink) and applying sunblock (if you have fair skin like me, then we will be instant friends). Anyways, I can’t wait to see everyone this summer and start thinking of some good jokes or riddles to share!

Sophia Leiter, Megan Blackburn & Molly Malone

Gold Hut East
Sophia Leiter
This is my first summer at Sanborn but I worked at Cape Cod Sea Camps last summer. I’m a freshman at Middlebury College. I’m probably going to major in Geology but I haven’t officially declared. I firmly believe that there is no better place in the world but Vermont, but I’m excited to spend the summer with some bigger mountains. When I was 16 I was asked to leave an IHOP because I brought my own maple syrup. I am a fiercely loyal Boston Red Sox fan. Fingers crossed for another worst to first season! I’m super excited to do some hiking in Colorado and hopefully catch some western sunsets.

Megan Blackburn
As an accidental model in a German Coca-Cola ad, I think I have found my passion in life–appearing in obscure ads in other countries. Actually, it’s just a picture of me cliff jumping in Yellow National Park and my true passion is really adventure (and pizza). Therefore, I cannot wait to begin my new adventure at Sanborn. From Idaho, to Oregon, to Colorado, I think it’s safe to say I’m very excited for my second summer in Colorado, and at camp! I am currently a Senior at Colorado State University, studying Food Science & Nutrition. I thoroughly enjoy cooking, running, hiking, and laughing at my own jokes. Get ready for a great summer!!

Molly Malone
Hello all! I am Molly Malone and am currently a wanderer of the Colorado mountains as a take a year off from school. I will attending school this fall and plan to study media production. I am beyond excited to return to Sanborn for my eighth summer, it is like a returning home after being away. Even though I have lived in Colorado all my life, nothing feels like being at camp, eating at lodge and working hard on your Chaco tan! I am a true mountain mama at heart and can’t wait to climb mountains, take hikes, and enjoy good times at Sanborn this summer.

Rachel McNamara & Iska Nardie-Warner

Gold Hut West
Iska Nardi-Warcher
Hey there! The anticipation of returning to camp for my third year on staff has got my feet itching for more mountain adventures and my stoke-level off the charts! Visions of aspens, sunrise peaks, and the barn have been infiltrating my dreams…not the most conducive to paper writing back here at school, but I honestly cannot think of a better place than camp (where the air really is the freshest) to spend the summer before my fourth and final year at Whitman College. Seriously though, always keen for an adventure, I want to put on my sun cream, grab my lip chap and boots, and head out! By now, most people at camp know my philosophy: you can always tell how much fun you?ve had in a day by how much dirt you rinse off in the shower and how hungry you are! So, here’s to the summer and letting the adventures begin! Yip yip yip!

Rachael McNamara
Hello! After six amazing years as a camper, I am extremely excited to return to High Trails this summer as staff! I just finished up my first year studying theater ad cinematic arts at the University of Southern California. When I’m not in the theater or behind the camera, I love to hike, camp, drive along Pacific Coast Highway, knit, learn to play new songs on the ukulele, and travel. At camp, I can’t wait to climb mountains, watch the sky for shooting stars, hike the ranch, and make some delicious food around a campfire. Looking forward to an awesome summer!

Anne Ulizio, Cade Beck, Mary McKean & Cara Mackesey (in front)

Anne Ulizio
Hey there, hi there…my name is Anne Ulizio and I’m so proud and excited to say that this will be my first summer working at High Trails. I grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, moved to the small town of Newark, Delaware to attend the University of Delaware, relocated to the city of brotherly love to work for the past three years as a barista/writer/projects director for a nonprofit company/fitness instructor…and am currently counting down the seconds until I wake up every morning to a 360-degree view of Colorado’s breathtaking mountains and aspens (I really can’t wait to see those aspens.) On any given day you would most likely find me biking and running through the city, trying new recipes, laughing until I cry/trying to get others to laugh with me and surrounding myself with people who inspire me to be my best. I’m looking forward to challenging anyone/everyone to handstand contests and laughing contests (I’ll certainly lose the latter), exploring all that Colorado has to offer with a group of awesome high school ladies and learning all that I can from the entire High Trails family.

Cara Mackesey
Well hello there!! ! I am incredibly excited to be returning for my second summer at High Trails! Although I am from Wisconsin, Colorado has officially become my new favorite state after one amazing summer at Sanborn. I am so looking forward to hanging in hammocks, sleeping under stars, and canoeing with a crazy, cool crew of campers. When I?m not in Colorado you can find me at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse studying Recreation Management and Spanish, or attempting to travel the world. When it?s not snowing in Wisconsin I?m a big fan of climbing the bluffs near campus, going for long runs, spending time in the sun, jamming to One Direction, playing my ukulele, or goofing around with friends. Can?t wait to climb as many mountains as possible, create unforgettable memories, and for all of the adventures I know this summer will bring!

Mary McKean
Hi everyone! I am super excited for my first summer at High Trails, and look forward to adventuring with this wonderful group of ladies. I grew up in a small town in Massachusetts and my biggest passions are exploring the outdoors, thinking abstractly, playing piano, traveling, reading books, and sharing stories with different types of people. I recently graduated Ithaca College with a B.A in Environmental Studies and minors in Outdoor Pursuits and Communication Studies. A few cool things I have done over the past few years: helped shoot a documentary film in the old-growth forests of Vancouver Island, solo traveled in Puerto Rico, worked as a Forest Preschool teacher during one of Ithaca’s coldest winters ever, and completed a 31-day backpacking trip in the Cascades. This summer I am most excited to stargaze, explore the Rockies, learn how to ride a horse, play in the rain, make cool art projects, and get re-rooted in the “real world” with a bunch of new friends. Cheers!

Cade Beck
Hi! My name is cade beck, and my first fun fact is that I don’t capitalize my name! I hail from Golden, CO, but I’ve spent the last four years in Walla Walla, WA for school. By the time I’m at camp, I will have just graduated from Whitman College, studying history and theatre. I was a camper at Sanborn for four years along the whole South Ridge, and returned as an AC three summers ago. I love working backstage in theatre, reading, and being outside. I especially love doing cartwheels in the grass; I was a gymnast for 16 years, and miss it! At camp this summer I am super excited to go peak bagging, get back on a horse, and dress up in the most ridiculous costumes to date. In other words, finding out what life is really all about! See you this summer!

Ridge Leaders
Sarah LeBrun
Hey yall! It’s Sarah here, ready to spend another amazing summer with the little kiddos at Sanborn! I just graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in Public Health and I am excited to see where this wonderful life takes me. I love everything outdoorsy, holistic health, yoga, soccer and being weird. I CANNOT wait to be back in the amazing mountain air, smelling like campfire, with flannels and Chaco tans, while we create amazing memories with campers and counselors in nature. Can’t wait to meet everyone!

Zena Daole
Hey ya’ll! I’m Zena, I’m from Atlanta, Georgia and currently am studying psychology at Georgia State University. This will be my second summer at High Trails and I cannot wait to be back! I’m so excited to chase ground squirrels, climb some more 14ers, and sit around the campfire making s’mores. Can’t wait to meet and learn about all of you!

Melody Reeves
Hello Hello!! My name is Melody, and this is my third summer in heaven, ahem, I mean High Trails! This past year I moved cross country from Tennessee to Crested Butte, Colorado, became a Colorado resident, learned to ski, taught kids how to ski and made several runs to the desert to climb, mountain bike and see the wonders of nature that are made of red dirt. I fell in love with the outdoors in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee at a young age and the love affair has yet to end. My favorite outdoor endeavors are climbing, biking and skiing, and I cannot wait for this summer to hike, bike, climb and backpack with the ladies at Sanborn! See you oh so soon!!

Valerie Peterson

My name is Valerie and this is my fourth summer at Sanborn. I recently graduated from the University of Kansas with a double major in History and Sociology and have spent the past year working at a high school where I live in Lawrence, KS. I love reading, hiking, and meeting new people. This past spring break I visited Alaska and I hope to keep traveling throughout the rest of my days (while jamming to David Bowie and all 90s/00s tunes). I can’t wait for another adventurous summer here at High Trails and I hope to add a few more 14ers to my summit list!

Back L-R: Robin Walter, Maddie Jenkins, Kendra Shehy. Front L-R: Jenna Howard, Annie McDevitt & Stephanie Crawford

Jenny Hartman
Hello! My name is Jenny Hartman and I will be wrangling for the Juniors at High Trails this summer! This will be summer #8 for me and I simply cannot wait! We will have tons of fun meandering through the woods on our trusty steeds! Aspen and I are ready to lead rides along the Tic-Track, out to Tipi Village, over to Quick?s Homestead, and on the famous Tree House route! When I am not at camp, I am loving life as a teacher in the nearby town of Guffey, Colorado. I teach kindergarten, first, and second grade?yes, all in one classroom! I have Sanborn to thank for teaching me how to be creative and give my students a love for nature and the outdoors!

Annie McDevitt
My name is Annie and this will be my 6th Sanborn summer! I was a camper for 4 years, a counselor last year and now I’m a wrangler! I am a rising senior at St. Lawrence University and I am a Psychology major and Education minor. I love to sing, dance, and take long walks on the beach. I am SO excited for this summer! I can’t wait to climb to the top of the 4-story tree house, eat s’mores over an open fire and go stargazing on Sunday Rocks!

Robin Walters
*coming soon*

Maddie Jenkins
I am a Taurus (mostly) vegetarian. I am completing my bachelor’s degree in English at Penn State this year and a proud member of Phi Mu. Two weeks ago I saw Cameron Diaz at Fred Segal and talked her out of buying a truly heinous angora sweater. Whoever said orange was the new pink is seriously disturbed. I hope to go to law school after graduating. My favorite things are the color pink, themed events, and my mini beagle Martha. When not at the barn, Maddie enjoys running, hiking, yoga, going to the beach and binge watching shows on Netflix. This is her first summer as a wrangler and she can’t wait to meet everyone!

Kendra Shehy
Hello! My name is Kendra Shehy; I recently graduated from the College of Wooster (Wooster, Ohio) with a degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Early Childhood Education. I am beyond excited to return to Sanborn for my second summer on staff! I was a Ponderosa counselor during my first summer (2013) and this summer I am excited to live out my cowgirl dreams as a wrangler.

Stephanie Crawford
Hi! My name is Stephanie and this is my first summer at Sanborn. I’ll be working as a wrangler and could not more excited!! I’ve had my own horse for 10 years now and he has been the light of my life. I’m excited to share my passion and appreciation for horses with campers, as well as my many other hobbies! I went to the University of Kansas, and believe it or not, I began rock climbing there! Not only do I love horses and climbing, but I also love mountain biking, reading, gardening, and basically anything else that is outdoors. I studied French at KU and spent last year teaching English in France! It was an amazing experience and I am hoping to be able to teach French someday. I am excited for what this summer will entail and cannot wait to meet everyone!

Jenna Howard
Hey, everyone! My name is Jenna and I am super excited for my ninth summer at High Trails, this time as a wrangler! I am originally from Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin (the name is funny I know), but now I live in Colorado– studying civil engineering and Spanish at Colorado State University! So, if you’re looking to talk about physics or horses in Spanish, I’m your girl! I absolutely cannot wait to get back in the saddle this summer and hang out will all the kiddos, sing songs, wear silly costumes, roast s’mores, and, of course, practice our gymkhana skills. This summer is going to be a blast– I can’t wait to get started!

Erin Dvorak, Tully Sandbom & Anne Shingler

Erin Dvorak – Art Barn Kahuna
My name is Erin Dvorak and I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2014 with a Photo Media degree. For the past year I have been a full time nanny for two kiddos under the age of 5. I have never spent a summer at Sanborn Western Camps so I am excited for experiencing the outdoors through art projects and hiking excursions, as well as meeting staff members and campers from all over the country!

Anne Shingler – Outcamp Kahuna
Howdy Y’all! My name is Anne Shingler, and I am STOKED for my first summer at Sanborn. I graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Recreation Management focused on Youth Development because I won’t to work in camps forever! I am super lucky to spend my winters in Breckenridge, CO, but I am definitely looking forward to hiking weather. I love to do puzzles, play guitar, and laugh a lot. I CANNOT wait to meet everyone and start making a positive impact!

Tully Sandbom – Kitchen Coordinator

My name is Tully Sandbom and this is my fourth summer on staff at High Trails! I’m from Anchorage, Alaska and I am in the process of earning a degree in elementary education at the University of Alaska Anchorage. I love going for long drives and jumping in lakes. I also love backpacking/climbing mountains and I’m hoping to check off a few more 14′ers this summer while at camp. If I had to listen to one song for the rest of my life it would be Bad Romance by Lady Gaga.

Lauren Lorenzi, Tina Tobin & Molly Radis

Molly Radis
Hi All! Nurse Molly here! This will be my second summer at Sanborn and I’m SO PSYCHED to be coming back!!!! Living and working in Penicillin Palace last summer was a blast. I went to undergrad at Bates College in Maine and I’m about to graduate from Yale with my Master’s as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I love climbing 14ers, wearing costumes, playing soccer, cuttin’ a rug on the dance floor, and being outside! This summer, I’m excited to help campers feel better in the health center, come up with some epic “call and responses” in the main lodge, and spend time with old and new lovely ladies at High Trails! xoxo -Molly

Lauren Lorenzi
Hi campers! My name is Lauren Lorenzi ( known by most of my friends as Loo) and I will be one of the nurses at High Trails this summer. This will be my first summer at camp, and I couldn’t be more excited! I am currently a second year master?s student at Yale University where I am studying to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. I went to UCSB as an undergraduate, and aside from spending most of my time at the beach, I received my BS in Biopsychology. Fun facts about me include that I tap danced for 14 years of my life, I rarely ever wear matching socks, and I love to sing (although I can’t carry a tune), dance, and be outside! This summer I can’t wait to sing camp songs, eat S?MOREs, sleep under the stars and explore the BEAUTIFUL outdoors. After a winter on the East, I couldn’t be more pumped for summer in Colorado!

Tina Tobin
Hey everyone! I’m Tina, and I am incredibly excited for my first ever summer at Sanborn! I graduated from Bates College in 2012 and I’m now in a Nurse Practitioner program at Mass General Hospital in Boston, finishing up my second year. I am super excited to be your nurse this summer and ensure you all stay safe and healthy! I love running, playing soccer, goofing around with my nieces and nephews, cooking, and being outside. I can’t wait to live in beautiful Colorado and meet you all!!

Sarah Ulizio, Maren MacDonald, Carlotta Avery, Jessie Spehar, Ariella Rogge, Elizabeth Rundle & Janie Cole

Leadership Team

We are all so excited for the summer to begin in earnest! Please see the SWC Leadership Team for our bios.

Ariella Rogge and Elizabeth Rundle – High Trails Co-Directors

Janie Cole – Program Director

Carlotta Avery – Trip Logistics Coordinator

Maren MacDonald – Riding Program Director

Jessie Spehar – High Trails Photographer & Camper Travel Coordinator

Sarah Ulizio – Educational Resource Director

Adventures of Artie the Abert Squirrel: A Spring Mystery

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Hi everyone, Artie here!

I want to share something with you, but I’m a little worried you won’t believe me, because no one else does! So before I tell you about my latest mystery adventure, I need ya to promise you’ll believe me!

Off to investigate A-Bluff

In the last couple weeks, as I’ve been investigating A-Bluff, TOTW, and Little Blue, to make sure everything’s okay with the rocks, plants and animals there, I noticed some green splotches on the ground. When I told Mike Mac about the splotches, he said they must be some early grasses popping up after all the spring snows we’ve had, but I wasn’t so sure he was right. Elizabeth told me to double check and told me to bring some of it back for her to see. I thought that sounded good, so the next morning I headed back to A-Bluff, to the spot I knew I’d seen the green splotches.

Never sure about what might be around, I circled about a couple times and then snuck up close, real quiet like. As I got closer to one of the splotches, I noticed one that was sorta shaped like an oval, but was skinnier in the middle and fatter at the ends. I looked around more, and saw that all the splotches had that exact shape. After I inspected about 14 of them, I looked back and noticed they were lined up like a path or a row. Huh, I thought, this is weird! I didn’t forget what Elizabeth suggested though, so I got out my shovel and  bucket I’d brought to collect it. Before I started digging, I tried to touch it, but when I did, my hand just touched dirt. There was nothing on top of the dirt and Pikes Peak Granite, like I’d first thought. When I looked at my fingers, there was nothing green on them. Then, when I looked back at the splotch, it had disappeared! I rubbed my eyes, I blinked, I spun in a circle, and looked again, but it was still gone! I was astonished and confused. I’d never seen anything like it, so I went to the next splotch and touched it. This time though, I made sure I never looked away, and sure enough, as soon as I touched it, it vanished. Well, you bet I ran back to the office fast! When I finally caught my breath enough to tell Jackson and Ian what had happened, they offered to go back and look with me. So I sat on top of Jackson’s helmet as they rode their bikes to the spot with the splotches. When we got to where I’d hastily left my bucket and shovel, we looked all over, but none of us could find any splotches – they were all gone! Well by this time, I was just mad! I knew these green splotches had been there, but I couldn’t show them to anybody else! I was sure everyone thought I was crazy! Jackson and Ian were really nice about it, telling me they were sure the splotches had been there, and suggested that maybe I was just tired from the long winter and should go take a nap. They offered me a ride back to the office, but I just wanted to be alone, so I headed back down the trail towards High Trails. Pretty soon, I started to hear whistling coming from further down the trail. I started going a little more cautiously, but was excited when I turned the corner and saw Sarah! She always makes me feel better, she’s so fun to talk to and always knows what to say! She seemed excited to see me too, but noticed pretty quick I was a little glum and not my usual chipper self. So we sat down on a Ponderosa log on the side of the trail and I told her the whole story, even the part about me starting to think I was crazy. When I was done, Sarah sat for a minute and thought. She was so nice to remind me that I have always been such a logical squirrel and because of that, she was sure there was an explanation, we just had to figure it out! Sarah suggested we head back to High Trails, get a snack and put our thinking caps on- so that’s just what we did!

When we got back to the lodge we were really excited to find the cookie jar full of fresh baked oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! They are my favorite and just what I needed to get my brain thinking. Between munches on her cookie, Sarah asked me to explain again to her exactly what the green splotches had looked like and had done when I touched them. I carefully told her everything I could remember about what they looked like and if I could feel anything when I’d touched them – my hand felt warm, that’s all, but maybe that’s just because the sun was shining.

Sarah started munching again and looked like she was thinking really hard, then all the sudden she exclaimed, “aahaha!!!” I dropped my cookie and nearly fell off my chair I was so surprised! But I was excited, because it sure sounded like Sarah had figured it out!

“Artie”, she asked, “what month is it?”

“March”, I said incredulously

“Exactly!”, she said like she was certain she’d solved this mystery, “we need to build a trap!”

Before I could even blink, Sarah was rummaging around the lodge, mumbling to herself about boxes, and bait, and how we could hide and not be seen, and what time of day we should go.

“Sarah”, Sarah”, I yelled, “What do you mean, what do you think it is, what are you doing!?! I don’t understand, what are you doing?”

Pretty soon Sarah had a whole pile of supplies and was packing them up in her backpack. She said, “Alright Artie, let’s go!”

Still confused I hopped on her shoulder, figuring maybe that she would answer my questions as we hiked back out to where the splotches had been.

Pretty soon I could see my bucket in the distance.

When we got close Sarah said we need to go very quietly, and that we should crouch in the trees before we actually got to the spot. Pretty soon I could see my bucket in the distance, but the shovel was missing. We crouched low behind a juniper, and Sarah started to take things out of her backpack. I climbed up the Ponderosa next to us, to get a better look around. When I got up high, I was so excited almost fell off the branch! I scurried back down, and whispered, “Sarah, the splotches are back, they are all over!”

Sarah started working faster. “Okay Artie, we need to move fast then if we are going to catch one of these guys!”

Sarah snuck around the Juniper bush, but stayed in the shadows. She put the box upside down, and used a stick to prop it up, so there was a

Then we covered the box up with some pine needles and pine cones.

small opening near the ground. Then she tied a piece of fishing line around the bottom of the stick and tied a marshmallow to the other end. Then she tucked it in at the back of the box. Then we covered the box up with some pine needles and pine cones and snuck back around behind the Juniper bush. By this time, the sun was starting to set and it was getting cold, so we hiked back to Sarah’s house for dinner.

The next morning, Sarah and I got up early and hiked up the hill just as the sun was rising over Pikes Peak. As we got closer to the spot where the splotches were, I started to hear something strange. I asked Sarah to stop walking because her big feet make a huge stomping noise, even when she’s trying to be quiet. I listened carefully, and pretty soon heard it again, a little, high-pitched voice yelling, “let me out, get me outta here!”

“Artie, what do you hear,” asked Sarah? As soon as I told her, she started running! Good thing I was holding tight onto her shoulder!

She didn’t stop and go quietly like yesterday. She ran right up to the box and put her hand on it, so I got off her shoulder and sat on top of it too!

She ran right up to it, and put her hand on it!

Sure enough, the voice was coming from inside the box, and it was angry!

Sarah said to the box, “hello sir, how are you this morning?”

The angry voice from the box growled back, “why you, you trapped me, eh, how dya think I am?”

His accent was so strong I could barely understand what the voice said!

Sarah replied, “I’m sorry sir that we had to trap you, but we can let you out if you promise not to run away.”

“Ha, after this treatment, you bet I’m not sticking around!”, yelled the voice in the box.

Sarah answered, “well then, I guess you stay in the box for awhile.”

I was shocked, Sarah is the nicest person I know, but she sure was being tough on whatever was in the box. Sarah started to ask it some questions about where it was from and why it was here, but the box only ever replied, with a “Harumph!” noise.

Sarah asked the voice from the box if it was hungry

“I have a granola bar, if you’d like it.”, she said.

The voice from the box was softer and less angry when it said, “yes, please.”

Sarah told the creature inside, she was going to slowly lift the box up, but it had to promise it wouldn’t run away. We just wanted to talk to it.

I jumped off the box right away, but stayed close to Sarah! I sure was excited to see what was inside, but still didn’t know what to expect!

The voice in the box agreed that he would not run away.

Sarah lifted the box slowly up, and I started to see the tiniest little green shoes I’d ever seen! The box got higher and I saw that the shoes were connected to the tiniest little man, dressed very finely in a very green suit. He had tiny glasses and the brightest red beard I’d ever seen!

“Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya, I’m Patrick O’Sullivan.”

Sarah told Patrick our names and gave him the granola bar. The granola bar was almost as tall as Patrick. As Patrick started to eat his breakfast, Sarah asked her questions again and Patrick had some questions for us too.

We learned that Patrick had come to Colorado from Ireland for a new adventure. He said there were not any mountains in Ireland or forests like we have here. He had seen pictures in books back home and wanted to see it in real life. He had been having a great time climbing trees and was very excited when he found a home that was very sturdy and just his size.

Sarah and I looked at each other. She was obviously just as confused about this home that Patrick had found. We asked if he would show us later, and Patrick agreed.

I was dying to know what the splotches were, but when I asked Patrick, he looked unsure.

Sarah noticed to so she asked, “What wrong Patrick?”

Patrick replied, “We Leprechauns, are very special, and must keep some secrets about who we are. It is very rare that one of us gets caught. In all my 528 years, I’ve only heard of it happening one other time.”

I was pretty proud of Sarah’s plan and hard work when I heard that!

Patrick continued, “But you two, have turned out to be very considerate and since you could see my footprints and see me now, I feel that I can trust you.”

“His footprints?”, I thought, “OH, that must be what the green splotches were! This is turning out to be one of the most exciting days of my whole entire life!”

Patrick told us many things about Leprechauns, but only after he made us promise that we would not tell anyone else. I was disappointed, but it made me feel better that at least I could talk about this with Sarah, since I was certain that no one else would ever believe I had met a Leprechaun. Patrick did tell me, I could recount the tale of his capture, so there you have it. I can’t wait for you all to get here this summer, so I can show you where I found the splotches and Patrick’s home he found.

The home that Patrick found!

He said he’d come back sometime, after he’d explored more around the United States and maybe he’d bring friends! We should definitely build more homes for gnomes, fairies and leprechauns!  I can’t wait to see you all this summer!

love, Artie the Abert Squirrel

Artie is the leading authority around Sanborn on at least 2 subjects. He enjoys long walks on a branch, dropping pinecones on people the ground, and watching the sunrise. He is an aspiring mystery novelist and waits impatiently all year for camp to begin again!

Thoughts From the ACA National Conference: Artie the Abert Squirrel Chats with Sanborn Staffers

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

It’s sure nice to have everyone return to the office after attending the American Camp Association National Conference in New Orleans this year.  When 11 of my most favorite people are all absent from the office at once, it sure makes for a lonely week, but then they all return full of excitement about new plans for the summer and ideas for enhancing what we do here at camp. As a seasoned camp squirrel, I know what a driving force these camp leaders are and have seen great innovations come out of their conference learnings.

Jane always organizes a conference debrief meeting shortly after the conference, allowing staff to share in each other’s take-aways and become invigorated all over again. Staff then team up to organize our new insights  into action: new staff week training sessions, new program ideas, and more for the rapidly approaching summer. I had the great opportunity to sit in on this meeting and then to interview people afterwards!

Artie the Abert Squirrel (AAS): Why do you believe it is important for so many Sanborn staffers to attend?

Jane: The ACA National Conference helps keep us on the cutting edge. We learn the latest research and information in youth development, education, brain science, and fun program ideas. The conference really inspires us to provide the best experience possible for our campers and staff.

(AAS): Explain a little bit about the format of the conference and why it’s so important for camp professionals to attend?

Elizabeth: There are so many great reasons to attend the National Conference. It is gives us a chance to network with other camp professionals, and like Jane said, stay current on youth development and brain research, hear creative new program ideas; not to mention–at this last conference in New Orleans–the chance to have a beignet at Café Du Monde between breakout sessions. Each day of the conference there is a keynote speaker that everyone has the chance to hear, as well as breakout sessions that cover a variety of topics from staff training to brain science,  psychology  to program development, and crisis management to effective communication. And in beautiful Louisiana, each day was not complete without an outstanding New Orleans meal as well!

AAS: There were 4 keynote speakers; Jessica Lahey, Scott Cowen, Dr. Deborah Gilboa and Tom Holland. Tell me what you learned from their presentations.

Matthew: Jessica Lahey gave a fantastic keynote.  She discussed her forthcoming book “The Gift of Failure,” and how the principles of that book can apply to camp.  It was a captivating speech about how we can help children to succeed, but also we must give them room to fail.  Lahey outlined a practical approach to teaching campers to discover their own inner independence, resilience, and creativity.

Mike: ‘Dr. G’ spoke to us about the challenges parents face in raising respectful, resilient and responsible children and gave us real-life examples, insightful models and solid tips on how we can continue to strengthen our youth development efforts.  Camp is one of the best places to practice and develop these foundational life skills, and with all of us at Dr. G’s keynote, many thoughts and conversations about the summer have begun!

Patrick: After listening to Scott Cowen I really had to stop and think about where High Trails is. He spoke a lot about being aware of where your organization has come from, where it is, and where you want it to go. I really enjoyed this because our organization has a rich history; I love where we are right now, and I feel has a valuable mission and is relevant in the future.

Ariella: Tom Holland was our Closing Keynote speaker and he followed an incredible performance from Dancing Grounds, a New Orleans dance school that “builds community through dance.” The youngsters who performed ranged from about seven to 17 years old and were led by passionate instructors, Randall Rosenberg and Laura Stein. One of the dances they performed was to Michael Jackson’s song, “Scream.” The highly energized and emotive dance revealed the growth during adolescence and a broader cultural narrative of the pressure kids are experiencing across all aspects of society. I know this is true because 15 year old Empress, totally impromptu (and wildly poised under said pressure), stood in front of 1500 conference attendees and described the story of the dance after they finished. Rosenberg and Stein, in their enthusiasm, pride and even in their shout out to the kids’ parents in attendance (who took the time to pull the kids out of school and drive them downtown for the performance) demonstrated exactly what Tom Holland talked about in his keynote: our opportunity to be part of a transformative experience that positively shapes the lives of children. Throughout the conference, threads and themes came together giving us tools and language to promote quality youth development at camp–and that development starts with supportive adult relationships–which is exactly what Dancing Grounds and ACA camps across the country create and nurture every single day.

AAS: There were 4 days of sessions that ranged from youth development strategies, camp protocols, marketing solutions, and so much more – what were some of your favorite sessions?

Sarah: I enjoyed Kristen Race’s session about Mindful Campers and Leaders.  She gave me some new ideas and tools for debriefing activities and reflective listening strategies for not only myself but for summer staff as well!

Janie: One of my favorite sessions was led by Michael Brandwein and Dr. Debi Gilboa. The session was about ways to set up a positive camp culture starting on the very first day. Both of these presenters had so much helpful information to share. If you want to learn more about them visit their websites: Michael Brandwein and Dr. Debi Gilboa.

Jackson: I enjoyed learning about autonomy supported programs.  These range from natural play areas, of which we have plenty to a “dream space” area on our trip sign-up sheets for campers to formulate their dream trip or activity, and we can do our best to make it happen! I also enjoyed continuing to learn how the developing brain works and tools to calm the alarm system in our brains.  I look forward to showing this information and these skills to campers in a non-stressful setting so when campers to become stressed, at camp or at home, they have used practice and tools they’ve learned from camp to deal with certain stressors.

Carlotta: I went to a session called Kickin’ Kitchens which asked you to think about the kitchen like a systems engineer by thinking about how easy and obvious can you make the routines of the kitchen for everyone working there from the cooks to the assistant counselors. I am so excited for our kitchens to run even more smoothly this summer!

Jessie: There were quite a few sessions that focused on autonomy and the idea that competence in an area leads to confidence. I am excited to use this idea on trips this summer and to bring the campers more into the planning of trips, especially menus, and to teach them even more throughout the trip, which would give them the competence needed for the responsibility of preparing meals, leading the way, and finding the perfect campsites.

There you have it folks – the ACA National Conference keeps my staffer friends on their toes and ready to enhance the lives of children every summer. Stay tuned for upcoming posts from them that go into more detail about all the research on brain development, and teaching kids autonomy and independence. For now, I learned that interviewing 11 different people is hard work and I’m ready for a snack and a nap! – see you this summer!

Artie the Abert Squirrel

Artie is a well- loved member of the Sanborn wildlife family and official spokes-squirrel to the greater Sanborn community. He has been a long time contributor to the High Country Explorer sharing his knowledge of camp life with campers new and old. Artie is currently practicing his balloon animal creating skills with Jane and knows Jerry’s actual birthdate. Artie is honored to have the opportunity to write for this blog.

Meet a Big Spring Counselor: The Outbacker Counselors

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Here’s another entry in our Meet-a-Big-Spring-Counselor Series!

This time, the Outbacker Counselors:

Adam Beard

Adam Beard

Adam Beard
Your Name? – Adam Beard
Where do you call home? – Minneapolis, MN
Where do you go to school? – University of Minnesota
What are you studying? – Kinesiology
What year are you? – Graduated
How did you hear about Sanborn? – Mike and Maren are family
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – During the first session I will be working with the Outbackers
What are you most excited for this summer? – The chance to experience some awesome places with some awesome people
Favorite Hobby: – Anything that gets my endorphins pumping
Favorite Camp Activity? – I really enjoy singing around the campfire or at Vespers
Favorite Camp Meal? – All the food has been superb
I never leave home without….. – putting on my shoes

Pete Cooper

Pete Cooper

Pete Cooper
Your Name? – Pete Cooper
One thing you might not know about me? – I have a strong aversion to dirt in my tent
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I am working with the Outbackers.
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff.
What are you most excited for this summer? – The chance to improve many camper’s lives via a good, solid Outbacker crew.
Favorite Hobby: Buying Car Air Fresheners
Favorite Camp Activity? – Keeping my tent clean!
Favorite Camp Meal? – Anything involving spinach
I never leave home without…. – My sense of humor!

Austin Coffey

Austin Coffey

Austin Coffey
Your Name? – Austin Coffey
One thing you might not know about me? – I take a lot of pictures for my Campus newspaper.
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I am working with the Outbackers. In fact, I am the Outbacker Co-Ordinator this summer.
How long have you been here? – This is my second year on staff.
What are you most excited for this summer? – Catching some rays on my hammock
Favorite Hobby: Taking some awesome photos
Favorite Camp Activity? – The Bomber Relay
Favorite Camp Meal? – Peanut-Butter & Banana Sandwiches
I never leave home without…. – Flannel

Jackson Blackburn

Jackson Blackburn

Jackson Blackburn
Your Name? – Jackson Blackburn
One thing you might not know about me? – I love teaching.
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I am working with the Outbackers
How long have you been here? – About 2 weeks! I’m excited for this summer.
Favorite Hobby: Getting to know different campers
Favorite Camp Activity? – Archery
I never leave home without…. – My Water Bottle, a bandana, and sunscreen.

Meet a Big Spring Counselor: The Wranglers

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Here’s another entry in our Meet-a-big-spring-counselor series!

This time, the Wranglers:

Will Ostendorf

Will Ostendorf

Will Ostendorf
Your Name? – Will Ostendorf (AKA ‘Will-O’)
Where do you call home? – Fort Collins, Colorado
Where do you go to school? – Colorado State University
What are you studying? – Music and Business
What year are you? – Senior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – From my old college roommate, K-Rob.
How long have you been here? – This is my fourth year on staff — I love it!
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I’m the head wrangler for Big Spring.
What are you most excited for this summer? – I’m really excited to teach some campers about horses, and get them excited to learn more about riding.
Favorite Hobby: – Photography, Riding my bike
Favorite Camp Activity?- Counselor Hunt
Favorite Camp Meal? – Bowls of Life Cereal
I never leave home without….. – My multi-tool (Except when I lose it — it’s a very sad day!)

Eddy Rutledge

Eddy Rutledge

Eddy Rutledge
Your Name? – Eddy Rutledge
Where do you call home? – Gunnison, Colorado
Where do you go to school? – Western State
What are you studying? – Anthropology
What year are you? – Sophomore
How did you hear about Sanborn? – Sanborn and I go way back.
How long have you been here? – This is my third year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I’m a wrangler, so I work with the horses.
What are you most excited for this summer? – I’m really stoked for Riding Horses this summer
Favorite Hobby: – Living in the mountains
Favorite Camp Activity?- Riding Horses
Favorite Camp Meal? – Bowls of Gravy
I never leave home without….. – My mustache

Marty Brodsky

Marty Brodsky

Marty Brodsky
Your Name? – Marty Brodsky
Where do you call home? – Colorado, In Various Locations
Where do you go to school? – University of Colorado at Boulder
What are you studying? – Anthropology
What year are you? – I graduated in 2009
How did you hear about Sanborn? – Some old friends of mine were campers
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – I’m a wrangler
What are you most excited for this summer? – Riding Horses and leading trips
Favorite Hobby: – Playing Music (Guitar)
Favorite Camp Activity?- Riding Horses
Favorite Camp Meal? – Vickie’s Coffee Cake
I never leave home without….. – My Guitar

Andrew Robbins

Andrew Robbins

Andrew Robbins
Your Name? – Robbins (AKA ‘Andrew Robbins’)
Where do you call home? – Boulder, Colorado
Where do you go to school? – CU Boulder
What are you studying? – Architectural Engineering
What year are you? – Junior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – I used to be a camper here
How long have you been here? – 5 years as a camper; my 3rd on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – The horses — I’m a wrangler!
What are you most excited for this summer? – The 17 Trillion Dollar Buffet
Favorite Hobby: – Listening to music, and playing guitar
Favorite Camp Activity? – Gymkhana
Favorite Camp Meal? – Frito Pie
I never leave home without….. – My Chaps

Scot Anderson

Scot Anderson

Scot Anderson
Your Name: Scot Anderson (Some people call me ‘Scott’, with two Ts — but you can only hear one T.)
Where do you call home? – Witcher Ranch, here at Sanborn Western Camps. I live here with my family.
What do you do here? – I’m the Ranch Manager.
Where did you hear about Sanborn? – I used to be a counselor here, way back in the day.
What are you most dreading this summer? – Keeping my cows where they need to be, without them getting out.
What are you most excited for this summer? – Helping encourage the hearts of children to explore the out-of-doors, away from the city, and helping them learn more about the natural world.
Favorite Camp Meal? – Fresh Apple Pie, baked on the campfire.
I never leave home without….. – My Mustache (Which is far better than Eddy’s)

Keep an eye out for more Meet-a-Big-Spring-Counselor posts!

Meet A Big Spring Counselor: The Junior Counselors

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Here’s another entry in our Meet-A-Big Spring-Counselor series!

This time, the counselors of the Junior cabins:

Austin Anderson

Austin Anderson

Austin Anderson
Your Name? – Austin Anderson
Where do you call home? – Saint Louis, MO
I never leave home without… – “My Sunglasses”
Where do you go to school? – University of Missouri St. Louis
What are you studying? – Computer Information Systems
What year are you? – Junior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – Ryan McGowan told me about it
How long have you been here? – This is my 2nd summer on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Massive
What are you most excited for this summer? – Going on All-Day trips
Favorite Hobby: – Collecting Comics, and playing video games
Favorite Camp Activity: – Fishing
Favorite Camp Meal: – Frito Pie

Mike Piel

Mike Piel

Mike Piel
Your Name? – Michael Piel (AKA Mike)
Where do you call home? – Boston, MA
Where do you go to school? – New York University
How long have you been here? – This is my 1st summer on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Massive
What are you most excited for this summer? – Telling stories around the campfire
Favorite Hobby: – Reading Fairy Tales
Something you don’t know about me: I have a killer repertoire of accents, including an amazing Sean Connery!

Byron Pringle

Byron Pringle

Byron Pringle
Your Name? – Byron Pringle
Where do you call home? – Sacramento, CA
Where do you go to school? – University of Idaho
How long have you been here? – This is my 1st summer on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Massive
What are you most excited for this summer? – Watching the juniors at the dances
Favorite Hobby: – Studying for college
Favorite Camp Activity: – K-Rob’s Teachable Moments
Favorite Camp Meal: – ‘Hobo Stew’
I never leave home without… – My Baseball cap

Logan Brunner

Logan Brunner

Logan Brunner
Your Name? – Logan Brunner
Where do you call home? – Jefferson City, Missouri
Where do you go to school? – Johns Hopkins University
What are you studying? – International Studies
What year are you? – Sophomore
How did you hear about Sanborn? – My sister works at High Trails!
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Redcloud
What are you most excited for this summer? – Horseback riding, and enjoying the outdoors
Favorite Hobby: – Playing Music (Guitar, Piano, and Banjo)
Favorite Camp Activity? – Singing songs around a campfire
Favorite Camp Meal? – Foil pack hamburgers
I never leave home without….. “my trusty bandana!”

Forrest Williams

Forrest Williams

Forrest Williams
Your Name? – Forrest Williams
Where do you call home? – Boulder, Colorado
Where do you go to school? – CU Boulder
What are you studying? – Quantitative Finance and Economics
What year are you? – Junior
How did you hear about Sanborn? – My friend Andrew Robbins
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Redcloud (Antero 2nd Session)
What are you most excited for this summer? – Helping kids enjoy the outdoors
Favorite Hobby: – Rock Climbing
Favorite Camp Activity? – Campouts on the ranch
Favorite Camp Meal? – Cheeseburgers
I never leave home without….. – “My Shoes”

Palmer Hilton

Palmer Hilton

Palmer Hilton
Your Name? – Palmer Hilton
Where do you call home? – Las Vegas, NV
Where do you go to school? – Bucknell University
What are you studying? – History and Political Science
What year are you? – Sophomore
How did you hear about Sanborn? – Johnny D & Pete M, From Geneva Glen (Summer Camp)
How long have you been here? – This is my 2nd summer on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – Redcloud
What are you most excited for this summer? – River Trips with the Juniors
Favorite Hobby: – “Juggling chainsaws, and tennis”
Favorite Camp Activity? – Camping out on the ranch
Favorite Camp Meal? – No-Bake cheesecake
I never leave home without….. – “My Feet”

Kirby Wagner

Kirby Wagner

Kirby Wagner
Your Name? – Kirby Wagner (AKA ‘Kirb-Stomp’)
Where do you call home? – Highlands Ranch, CO (Near Denver)
Where do you go to school? – St. John’s University
What are you studying? – History and Political Science
What year are you? – Freshman
How did you hear about Sanborn? – My Relatives
How long have you been here? – About one and a half weeks
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – The Redcloud Roughriders
What are you most excited for this summer? – Horseback riding, and marksmanship
Favorite Hobby: – Reading all sorts of books
Favorite Camp Activity? – I’m excited for every new thing camp has to offer
Favorite Camp Meal? – Reuben sandwiches
I never leave home without….. – My Wallet (It contains all the things necessary to survive), and my leatherman

Andrew Szmurley

Andrew Szmurley

Andrew Szmurlo
Your Name? – Andrew Szmurlo
Where do you call home? – Naperville, Illinois
Where do you go to school? – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
What are you studying? – Biological Sciences
What year are you? – I’m about to enter my freshman year in college.
How did you hear about Sanborn? – My sister and I were searching for jobs working with kids, and found Sanborn online
How long have you been here? – This is my first year on staff
What unit(s) are you working with this summer? – The Massive Mavericks!
What are you most excited for this summer? – Taking care of and hanging out with the kids
Favorite Hobby: – Reading
Favorite Camp Activity? – Sitting on top of mountains
Favorite Camp Meal? – Erma’s Blueberry Pancakes.. yum!
I never leave home without….. – My Wallet…. Unless I’m at camp — Then it’s my water-bottle and a multi-tool