I’ve been going to the Lair of the Bear (the Berkeley Alumni summer family camp) since I was 3. But every year, the Lair’s charms scale up. While the sandbox and tempting/terrifying possibilities of crawdads were the wonders of my elementary school years, today I’m looking forward to hanging out with my cousins (some incredibly cool middle schoolers), making pottery, and hiking.
The Lair has become the one place I can be sure to see all of my family in a relaxed way. Though I know the cants of the pottery wheels and the knots in the crafts table too well, the smell of dirt and pine and dry high mountain air always seems fresh. That’s why I won’t be posting from August 13-19.
See you all then!
“The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness.”–Henry David Thoreau