Triangle Lake was our stop last week as we continued our Summer of Adventure. We were signed up to cook at a high school camp at Camp Eagle Cove. It was only 43 miles from Florence, where Honeyman State Park was located, so we drove directly there from our camping spot.
Rob has a 2-pole fishing license, so just had to put his poles in the lake at least once. And, that’s exactly how many times he was able to put them in–once! The rest of the time, he was extremely busy cooking on a huge Traeger barbecue he brought with him to camp. The kitchen at this camp is quite small and the Traeger was a life saver. He did not catch any fish during the short time he got to fish, but there were 3 fish caught by a couple of guys who went out in a boat.
The first 24 hours, we fed staff who had come for meetings, set-up, and a little training. So, it was only about 40-50 people. Once the campers and the rest of the staff arrived, it was between 150-170 people. The number varied as different staff members’ families came and went.
We were not the head cooks. A woman named Maggie was, and she had it well organized and much of the food pre-cooked. Much of it was warmed up in the Traeger, cooked on the grill, or done on griddles all under the tent. The indoor kitchen is very small and ill-equipped to make enough food for that many people so Rob was everyone’s hero. He grilled at almost every meal, until the end, where the huge, 2-sided grill was allowed to cool down so it could be cleaned for it’s journey home. It is nice and large, and has to be towed behind a vehicle. All dishes were done by hand, so paper products were used as much as possible. Half way through the week, my sister and I went to the closest large town (about 1 hour away) and bought more produce and some other items that were needed. That was a pretty big chore, but we enjoyed our time together.
All-in-all, it was a very good week. It was fun to be around such a bustling hive of young people. They had a great time–alternating between their meetings, meals, and free times, which were spent in the water or on the boat(s). If I ever have another Summer of Adventure, camp definitely deserves a place in my agenda!
And, I definitely appreciated the multiple washing machines at the laundromat today, as we did the equivilent of 24 loads of laundry! (That included all of J’s blankets. She took them outside at camp and was convinced that there might be a bug or 2 or 10 or 20 in them, so really, really wanted them washed!!) Thank goodness for machines that can take 4 loads at once, and ones that can take 3. So efficient!!! And, now, we are settled back at my sister’s again–all cozy next to the garden until the next time that we take off on our Summer of Adventure!