So last Sunday we made the drive down to Kerrville, Texas
to bring The Daughter to summer camp. Last year she went
for 3 weeks, and that was not long enough, she did not want
to come home. So this year, she will be gone for FIVE weeks.
Since she will no longer pose willingly for photographs any
more, the only way to get a pic of her is to try to 'sneak'
one in. She was riding in the front seat during the drive,
and I sat in the back seat. I was able to steal this photo
of her reflection in the side-view mirror.
It looks funky because not only is it just a reflection of
her, you can also see the air-conditioning vent reflected
as well, causing the odd background:
I guess this part of Texas is called the 'Hill Country':
We arrived at camp, and I was unleashed with my camera.
This is the path leading towards the creek:
The water-skiing boat, and the steps descending into the
The girls have to hike up these steps to get to their cabins:
This is a cast-off molting from a Cicada:
A Turkey Vulture, and the First Aid house:
The fence by the archery range, and a spider having lunch:
Finally, I believe this is some kind of fly-catcher:
Camp is good for her, she also does horseback riding,
shooting, tennis, and hiking. Otherwise, she would be
spending all summer sitting in her room stuck on the laptop.
When I was a kid, things were very different. My mom was
home, and most of my friends lived right on my same street,
and their mom's were home too. We just played outside all
day, rode bikes, played ball, or went swimming.
Today, if The Daughter and her friends are home, they
always have to be DRIVEN somewhere...to the movies,
bowling alley, arcades, etc. And while this is all fine and good,
they feel like they have to be going to one of these places
every day...and during the daytime AND the evening.
Now, I went to movies and stuff with my friends too during
the summer, but we sure couldn't afford to go every day
like they think they are entitled to today.
It is good to get her 'unplugged' for a few weeks.
The house is quiet, I miss her already.
Peace be with you.