I’m happy to report we did get “all the bacon” back on Monday night! Tuesday morning we feasted and celebrated with bacon and French toast. Though I’m not sure that could top our Mountain Day breakfast yesterday morning: pancakes with blueberries and chocolate chips.
Mountain Day arrived with much anticipation and excitement, many proclaiming this is the camp day they wait for all year. At Alpine it’s an official camp holiday! Alabama’s (famed country band from nearby Ft Payne) Song of the South blared on the speakers as all manner of costume danced and sang into the dining hall. Richard Nixon joined us. So did several Sumo wrestlers. And plenty of red, white, and blue as well - it’s a patriotic holiday.
The day begins with a wake up call by the head counselors. Costumed and music blaring, they ride around in a pickup truck announcing the day. What you would expect is that boys would sleepily stroll onto their porches, rubbing eyes and wondering what is going on. But what you see is boys that are prepared. Instantly boys pour out of cabins decked out in costume, some real and some made up moments before. Word spreads quickly that it might be Mountain Day. So they are ready.
After breakfast Roderick Russ, our program director, led us in an all camp devotional. Then it was back to cabins to don those red and blue tribe jerseys in preparation for some tribe competition.
Our Team Sports staff brought us a full morning of Olympic competition. Field events, tug of war, and some relays kept us entertained. And yes, there was music there too. That’s the beautiful thing about being unplugged for a time period. It makes you appreciate so much more. A little recorded music on Mountain Day gets us all excited.
Lunch could not have come sooner. Mrs. Gail’s Mountain Day special: BBQ chicken awaited us. Served with green beans, mashed potatoes, salad, and strawberry shortcake, we feasted. She cooks the BBQ chicken all night, low and slow, in our camp ovens. It falls off the bone.
In the afternoon we played Alabama Gold Rush, a fairly new game dreamed up here at camp. A combination of capture the flag and an Easter egg hunt, it’s played over most of camp. Red and blue orbs were hidden throughout each side. The team with the most found orbs, successfully carried across the border to their safe zone, would win. The game was met with great enthusiasm by the boys.
Hunters and Trappers (rising 3rd - 5th grades) got to enjoy some river and pool activities on this hot Mountain Day afternoon.
The best part of the whole day (and maybe the term) came at sundown. The Alpine County Fair. With sno-cones, cotton candy, and ice cream I probably need not say much more. But there was so much more.
Currency at the fair is dried pinto beans. Loaded with an envelope full of beans, boys are turned loose in the gym and field to play fair type games to their heart’s content. Cakewalks, Climb the Mountain, and the Sponge Toss were just a few.
We ended the evening with a fireworks display, viewed from the Tennis courts. It was a fitting end to a magical day at camp.
This morning we’re back in the normal routine of activities. All is well here at Alpine.
Thanks for reading, Glenn