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Spring Lopez 2017 Trip:
QUOTES FROM LOPEZ
“This was my favorite Lopez I’ve ever been on. The weather was perfect and the trip was pretty small so people interacted a lot more. The campfires were really funny and I didn’t have to push so hard to get people to share stories”
-Trip Lead, Neva Oliffe.
“The day when we went to shark reef was probably the nicest days of any Lopez trip I have been on. The clear skies and beautiful landscape made me feel so grateful to be able to see what I did.”
-Staff, Bailey Tran
“I never thought soccer under a foot of water on the beach could be so great”
-Camper, Ken Argon
“So everyone was up at the campfire but apparently Avi had gone to lie down in my tent. At some point he threw up and he claims to have gotten most of it outside but there was still a lot inside the ten. Well, he then comes up and tells Neva, but not me, and sits back down. Neva came and grabbed me and tells me ‘sooo Avi threw up in your tent...and it also flipped. Literally everything inside was covered in yak. Nigel, who was also in my tent, along with Neva and Liam and myself go down to look to see what we can save. It was kinda hard though, given mine and Nigels flashlights were in the tent, and the door was covered in yak. I carefully crawled in there and salvaged what i could, but most of it went into “Yak-Paks” as we called it. The next morning we pretty much just shoved the tent into plastic bags and called it good. Nigel and I ended up washing everything cause Avi took off right when we got back. It sucked to say the least.”
- Staff, Liam O Leary
“We were all just sitting on the beach and jason was asking people how much money they'd need to go swim to this island about a five minute swim away. I said 20$, and Jason said “You won’t.” The rest is history. It only took like five minutes but it felt like a half hour. I swam with this seal named Carlos for a couple minutes too. I shivered for the next four hours.”
- Camper, Luke Levassar
FALL SURVIVAL 2016 TRIP
Fall Lopez 2016 turned from a potential disaster, into one of the most successful trips to date. Over 100 campers signed up, and 12 amazing chaperones helped out too. It was pouring rain the entire time, but the campers embraced the weather with smiles, and made the best of it. They threw on their DIY trendy trash bag ponchos, and were good to go.
Saturday morning, campers and staff woke up, and got to work shoveling gravel, clearing paths, and cleaning up the beach. Later they biked into town for lunch.
“My highlight would probably be when my car got stuck in a ditch and I had to get about 15 staff and campers to help me push it out,” said staff member Caroline Sharp.
Lopez is a pretty laid back trip, but it’s unique because the unstructured framework gives the campers free time to explore the island and create their own adventures. Of course, the fun followed them to the ferry docks as they got surprise extra bonding time while waiting five hours due to two ferries breaking down.
“It was okay because people played fliers by the dock and it was dry enough that we had both campfires and heard Cameron’s ruminations on mortality...lol,” Lopez trip lead, Neva Olliffe said.