When I was young, probably still in elementary school, I spent a portion of every summer at a camp in central Ohio. I remember singing silly camp songs, I remember the lush green forest, filled with bird songs and the sound of the wind in the leaves, and I remember spending many hours making things. Baskets, lanyards, boxes out of popsicle sticks and even pottery. It was a wonderful time.
I had a chance to revisit that experience last weekend. I attended Susie Monday's Summer Art Camp near Albuquerque, NM. And once again, I reveled in silly songs, beautiful surroundings and the joy of making things. It was fabulous, everything I remembered camp being and more!
The Camp at Capilla Peak is high in the Manzano mountains, in the middle of the Cibola National Forest.
|At the camp, 7200 ft. elevation|
|At the top of Capilla Peak, about 9300 ft. elevation, storm rolling in|
Accommodations included rooms in the barn, near the main classroom, and small cabins in a clearing near the bonfire area. Rhonda and I had a room in the barn.
|Bear sighting 1|
|Bear sighting 2 (photo by Rhonda)|
|Can you spot the Western Tanager?|
and a canyon filled with petroglyphs.
And, best of all, we made things. I spent the entire time learning how to work with metal. Dale Jenssen is a very patient teacher and very talented. Metalwork is definitely outside my comfort zone. I generally shy away from power tools, but by the end of camp I was drilling like a pro.
|My sconce is on the left, Layne's is on the right.|
Thank you, Susie, for such a wonderful adventure!
|The whole gang!|