Location: Lake Ann, Hartwick Pines State Park
Author: Bob Schnoes
We spent a weary night of battling an army of blood suckers that wanted to make us their next meal. The enemy had the advantage being better equipped than us, coming at us with their sharp claws and point teeth, but we put up a fierce resistance and with the rising of the sun we were victorious, having beaten back the enemy and forcing them to retreat.
The morning was a peaceful one, with no signs that a great battle just took place there. Even the occupants resting safely in the inner sanctuary had no idea of the horrific attack they were spared from. But even with our accomplishments going unrecognize, we will continue to battle on. For we are warriors, fighting in a war called ECOEE and not a single one of us will give up or fall, no matter what it throws against us.
After licking our wounds, we sat down to what was the best breakfast so far this ECOEE, even the parents that had the misfortune of giving birth to our fearless leader, complimented the cook. Once our bellies were filled with the needed nourishment to keep us battling on, we packed up the trailer. This has become second nature to some of us now, even though it has only been a few days, it feels like we have packed this trailer hundreds of times already. But thanks to the organizational skills of Jeff, or should we say his OCD, every item has its proper place and that makes loading up the trailer that go rather quickly.
Our next destination was Lake Ann Camp. We had two reasons for stopping here, first was for Jeff to give us a tour of the facilities. The second reason was for an interview, one of our is applying for an internship here and we are all hoping the best for her. The next stop was going to be the dunes in Michigan, but due to weather we decided to skip them and head straight to Hartwick Pines State Park. It was here that we would make camp for the night and it was here where I made the mistake of volunteering for extra work. What was I thinking….