Friday, April 4, 2014

Scenes from Spring Break, part I

Spring break was March 8th to the 15th and I'm still in denial. Though North Country temperatures have finally crested the freezing point, we have no semblance of new life yet, and we have to go through mud season first.

I traveled 20 hours south with my ultimate frisbee team, the Ruckus Bus, to southeastern Georgia to play in High Tide, the largest collegiate ultimate tournament in the country. Georgia is honestly a different world; we forgot what it takes to defend against sunburn and bug bites, but we adjusted quickly. Traditionally, the team has rented a house on St. Simon's Island, but the home owners are tired of the liabilities and trouble caused by a month's worth of college students. However, we snagged a house a bit farther north situated on a marshland estuary, called the Baisden Bluff House. It sleeps 14 and we actually fit the 25 of us comfortably, and we filled the lawn with games, strung hammocks, paddled down the river, spent mornings and evenings in the enclosed patio, biked under moss-covered trees, played kan jam from sunrise to sunset, slacklined, played bacci, corn hole (the bean bag game), wiffle ball and just reveled at our lovely Ruckus commune.

Forty hours down and back with these fools (Elizabeth was driving at that point)!

The Baisden Bluffhouse lawn, before we filled it with activities. 
With four bedrooms and three baths, couches also became beds at night, though fortunately not too many people had to sleep on the floor. 
The first night we all arrived at the house, everyone was so exhausted! All we could do was collapse in the living room together.
The beautiful estuary. The boys challenged each other to climb onto the beams and catch a frisbee while laying out into the river!

We paddled out to this sand bar at low tide and claimed it as Ruckus Island!
Exploring the roads around Crescent with Elizabeth.

It's raining, and the snow is finally melting away, but we're still playing frisbee indoors. This winter has been harsh, which I took for granted because I was in China at this time last year. Three weeks later, my tan has disappeared, but that makes me appreciate sunshine and summer that much more-- right?!

Listening: "If I Ever Feel Better" by Pheonix

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