Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dizzy Day at HPR

Having a book published is an awfully humbling process. Friends and family from all offer their kudos and support. Here's one example.

Right out of high school, I worked for three summers as a day camp counselor at Hidden Pines Ranch Camp. I spent my days hanging out with funny, enthusiastic kids. Now HPR is doing something awfully special for me.

Friday, August 6th is Superhero Day at camp. And the whole day will be designed around Dizzy Fantastic and Her Flying Bicycle. Debbie Lyons, a director out there, sent me this schedule in an e-mail yesterday:

1) Flash hunt (like a treasure hunt ... there are pictures of flash around camp that they have to find)

2) "Steal the Cone" on the sportsfield. Campers are given different ice-cream flavors and when they are called they try to steal the cone in the middle of two lines of campers.

3) Parachute ... ?? 500 / Shark - lifeguard game / or ??? (Mainly to get the parachute in)

4) Dizzy Fantastic dress up relay ... with campers dressing with sunglasses / bike helmet / boots (from riding) / "cape" / backpack and they have to run around the circle

5) At archery we are able to set up individual targets ... Green Walnut throw. (I have the green walnuts.) Maybe doing the Joker / Wicked Witch of the West ...

6) Jenga .. I am hoping to get enough games rounded up. If not, we could play with decks of cards trying to stack them.

7) Reading/ Writing station.

In the afternoon, there will be a Dizzy Bike Race.

My gosh. Ever been to one of Macy's upstairs holiday book exhibits, where you get to walk through a beloved book? That's what this will feel like, only it will be interactive, too.

Thanks, HPR. I'll see you in a week.



  1. can just picture Debbie happily dying green walnuts for weeks in anticipation of this very Special Event Friday, can't you? We're looking forward to hosting you today, Andy, and to watching your book come alive on the sports field, tennis court, riding ring, archery range and well...everywhere around Hidden Pines Ranch. Thanks for adding to our camper's great summer memories! Blessings on you and your book, Robin & Gregg

    1. Somehow, Robin and Gregg, I missed this comment in the shuffle a couple years ago. As I looked through comments this morning, I found it. Thank YOU both for the love and support as I grew from a teenager to an adult.