|A few of the prisoners|
I stationed myself by a small bridge across Beaver Creek and waited for the kids. I brought a small bucket and a net, filled my pack with camera, lunch and water and prepared to make myself comfortable. That lasted until the first group of kids was on their
|My little camp for the day|
During the morning, counselors were confused by a section of the orienteering course. It was their first time through the course, too, though by afternoon the difficulties were ironed out. The weather was perfect throughout the day, which helped. Each group of kids was supposed to spend 20 minutes at my station before heading out on the rest of the orienteering course. Because of the aforementioned confusion, the first groups didn’t always have that much time. For one session, two of the groups arrived at the same time, a chaos consisting of 20-couple kids of varying ages.
|A view of Beaver Creek|
By the afternoon, we were all hitting our stride. The sun was high enough now to shine into the creek, which brought out the denizens of the stream. Attempts to catch minnows failed during the morning but the first afternoon group succeed in netting one, an eastern blacknose dace, from the school of 25-30 that filled the small pool in the stream.
The next group added a decent sized crayfish to the bucket and a small leopard frog. The last group of the day found three salamanders—a long-tailed salamander, a red-spotted newt and an eastern mud salamander. The kids were thrilled; the salamanders less so.
After the last group of kids left for the day, I released all of the prisoners unharmed and made my way back up the mountain. Now, if only I could keep the kids from tossing logs and rocks or screaming like banshees I’d consider the day perfect.