Category Archives: Camp Aunt Betsy (CAB)

CAB Day 9, Over and Out

Here is Betsy’s last entry: Today was a major housekeeping day.  The most notable mention is that James finished his gd Animal Farm homework.  He and I also toured around getting footage for his art homework, about country life v city life.  Paul … Continue reading

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CAB Day 6

Just arrived home from our most excellent road trip.  The kids are ensconced on the sofa with Tommy Boy, some non-educational programming.    Let me see…I’ll start with Monday: we took off, stopping first at the local WildFlour Bakery for … Continue reading

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CAB Day 4

Yeah, I know, it’s out of order. Another hot sunny day in Sonoma County. The big news is that the fly trap spit out the first swimmer. Online we learned that if the bug is too big, and the leaves … Continue reading

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CAB Day 5

More stories from camp… James was up early, as feared.  He slammed down some cereal and we  were rolling.  Out on the driveway by 7 a.m. with Juneau, getting  major acrobatic hops.  Sadly, the Go Pro wasn’t charged (dang) so we  couldn’t film.  Btw, … Continue reading

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CAB Day 2 and half of 3

Sorry for the radio silence.  I meant to warn you that we were hitting the road, but time became tight.  So, here’s the story: James and I awoke 6ish yesterday morning, because we’re the Dawn Patrol.  He downed a bowl … Continue reading

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CAB Day 1 closes

Heavy marine layer (that’s fog) greeted me on the drive to the airport.  I almost rear ended a manure truck that was coming onto the road from a ranch with no lights on that I could see.  Can’t help it: … Continue reading

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Camp Aunt Betsy 2013 Commences

Summer is flying by. It’s time again for Camp Aunt Betsy. Here is her first report: It’s that time again kids.  It’s a classic CAB this year, with just the original campers, Mich and JZ.  We’re calling it: ROAD TRIP … Continue reading

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CAB Afterword

Al and I met Margaret to pick up the kids at the airport on Thursday night. However, the impending tornado producing storm was to arrive at the same time as the plane. So after a 2 hour diversion to Providence, … Continue reading

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CAB 2012 draws to a close

I’m home.  Alone.  Ahhhh.  The kids are on their way back east.  I listened to classic rock and classical all the way back from the airport.  Needed a hip hop detox. This is always the part where I get all … Continue reading

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CAB Day 6

It was a late morning, since the girls were sleepyheads.  The boys and I made good use of the time by exercising the dogs and watching the second Batman movie, as prep for the afternoon viewing of the new, 3rd … Continue reading

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CAB Day 5 – Columbia State Park

After a raucous (card)game of golf, and muffins, juice and milk for breakfast, we struck out for Columbia State Park (http://www.columbiacalifornia.com/), which is like a Williamsburg for the Gold Rush.  It’s an actual gold rush town, and people dress in … Continue reading

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CAB Day 4 – Heading into Gold Country

Embassy Suites served us a great breakfast.  Vince:  “All this stuff is free?” We were off to Moaning Cavern (http://www.caverntours.com/MoCavRt.htm) and their zip line, up in the Sierras.  Michele Dale, copilot extraordinaire, talked me through the crazy ins and outs … Continue reading

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CAB Day 3 – Road Trip

Sunday broke and we were on our way, with only a slight delay in start time.  Off to Six Freaking Flags.  To borrow from a famous author:  A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again.  Several of the campers agree, … Continue reading

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CAB Day 1

The day dawned sunny and beautiful.  Dawn patrol (James and I) exercised Juneau and talked muffins.  But, then everyone woke up and we decided to keep it simple, so we went with a big meat breakfast.  Never a bad idea. … Continue reading

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CAB 2012 is underway

The Bay Area was on the road today, hoping for a glimpse of the campers.  Bumper to bumper on the way to SFO, but I got there and collected the kids.  They were totally into the cowboy hats, and looked … Continue reading

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Camp Aunt Betsy 2012

On Thursday, my daughter Grace, with cousins Michele and James Dale, and Vincent (who traveled up from the Burnsville, NC Antinoris) headed off to Camp Aunt Betsy for the week. My sister-in-law, Betsy, goes above and beyond to make it … Continue reading

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CAB 2011 – It’s a wrap

The campers are on their flight home.  I’m back in Bodega.  Paulie starts his senior year tomorrow.  And another summer has come and gone. Let me fill you in on yesterday’s activities. First you should know, it was a serious … Continue reading

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Camp Aunt Betsy ’11 – Day 5 wraps

It was a craft extravaganza!  By now you’ve seen that Julia went to bat on the galette and did a spectacular job.  James helped by eating plums.  Sand candles, as always, were a hit.  There were neither burns  nor fires.  … Continue reading

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Camp Aunt Betsy ’11 – Day 3

James and I were at it early, crafting a peach and polenta upside down for breakfast.  Hey, there’s eggs, milk, fruit.  At least as healthy as Cocoa Puffs (yes, we set a low bar).  We did some pool maintenance, helped … Continue reading

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Camp Aunt Betsy – Day 4

That was yesterday.  I was too pooped to log in last night.  What a day.  The adrenaline is pumping. First thing in the morning I got the tie dyed items into the wash, so the campers could wear them if … Continue reading

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