Once each session our campers get to spend half a day at Stagecoach Reservoir, swimming in the lake, playing on the beach, taking out kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards, and enjoying some picnic food fresh off the BBQ. Somehow our days at Stagecoach always involve an incredible, memorable adventure. Last summer we had some high winds come in, pushing everyone’s kayaks and paddle boards to one end of the lake. Our strongest campers and staff couldn’t paddle their way back and we eventually had to rescue everyone in cars and trailers from the end of the lake – literally pulling their crafts up a hill out of the lake and loading them into trailers to get back to the marina. Needless to say, it is still a funny adventure everyone talks about to this day.
Today was Stagecoach day for session 2. The weather was in the mid – 80’s, partly cloudy, the lake was almost glass, and there were 2 other boats on the entire lake. You can’t really ask for better conditions than that.
But then just as we were all getting out of the lake and hiking to our lunch area, the winds shifted, dark clouds rolled in, and the temperature dropped. With perfect timing, all of camp got to our covered pavilion to eat lunch when the sky opened, winds blew rain sideways into the picnic area, and rivers formed in the pavilion under our picnic tables!
It was amazing to see all of camp eating together, with 55 people trying to fit in the center of the pavilion away from the walls of water, while eating hot dogs with a dash of rain on them. There was joking going on, a Jewish educator pretending to be Moses, Doogie who lost his shoe in a pile of water while running to his car, and smiles on everyone’s faces. Then just as the campers ran to the buses to head back to camp, it all stopped and the sun came out.
Another amazing adventure at Stagecoach that will surely be talked about for years to come!