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We started the morning by loading up the vehicles on the truck.

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Ready for adventure!!!!

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We walked to tourist park to meet the truck and vehicles.

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Ready to start the loop on the bike path.

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Coasting down the hill.... 

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Then time to go up!!!

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Catching critters along the way.

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Taking a break in the shade.

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The last road crossing.

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In the home stretch!

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Success!!!!!

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Time to load up and jump in the river to cool off.

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More berry picking on the return.

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After lunch we went to the rope swing for our final jumps and paddles on the kayaks.

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And one last trip to the blueberry patch.

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We saw an incurable amount of monarch butterfly caterpillars and even found many chrysalis under the tracks!

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...a blueberry bounty.

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Time to clean up for the ice cream party.

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giving lots of cart rides to friends and family.

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..and that was the end of an amazing week. Builders, I am so proud of your perseverance working with wheels this year! Axles, caster wheels, wheels from walkers,  roller blades, wheel chairs and bikes... we tried them all! Have a great rest of the summer and keep building!

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It was our last day to build in the workshop, and there was lots to get done.

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Feeling pretty proud of a perfectly mounted handlebar.

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Math happens!

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..adding supports.

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and decorations....

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(drum/gong!)

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A new addition to the workshop!

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Finally time to gather around the snack table!

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...then back to work!

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More tinkering with wheels.....

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We rode our bikes on the loop we would be using for the challenge the next day.

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Then lunch and a swim break!

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Finishing touches...

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A successful test drive!

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...working on a small skateboard project.

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and a few last pieces from the take apart table!

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...a few parts being reused from a cart from the previous week.

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adding a handlebar.

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...perfecting the seat position.

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...adding a mechanism to aid in turning the vehicle.

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Time for a walk to the blue berry patch.

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...raspberries too!

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Tomorrow we ride!

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The workshop was abuzz this morning. Everyone jumped in and started working on their vehicle designs.

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So much enthusiasm!

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For snack this morning we used a rocket stove to make hot cocoa!

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...sweet hot cocoa moments.

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It works!!!

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Lunch time!

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Today the weather was cooler so we headed out on an adventure to the sandpit and the power station on the Dead River.

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We found crayfish!

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...and this beauty!

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Then we were back to work fine tuning wheel alignments.

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...a super longboard!

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It spins!

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...celebrating finally getting all the parts together!

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More tune-ups tomorrow as we prepare for our adventure on Thursday!

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 1, 2018

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The morning started with a tour of the Warehouse and surrounding area...

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On such a beautiful day, there was a great view of Lake Superior and the Yooper Dome!

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We found our way back to camp and played a few rounds of the bowling ball name game.

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Then, time for a chat about safety agreements.

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We started the tool training by taking apart a few electronic items that were no longer in working order. Here you can see the yards and yards of plastic film from inside a typewriter.

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Then we worked to assemble a few saw horses...

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(snack break)

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...and a cedar ladder.

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After lunch it was time for a swim break.

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and the project reveal: Build a human powered vehicle to transport your team along the bike path near Tourist Park.

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We sketched ideas...

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...and then sketched with chalk on the concrete to create scale models of the vehicles.

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Parts were procured from an assortment of old bikes, wheelchairs, golf caddys and walkers.

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What do we do next?

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Exciting finds from the Take Apart table!

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Excited to see how the vehicles evolve tomorrow!

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The morning started with rain..... I was worried everyone would feel cooped up in the warehouse, but builders were excited for the opportunity to add some extra elements to their carts, create a mini golf course and a homemade board game!

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Custom putters!

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Mud puddles!

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When the weather cleared it was time to load up the carts.

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Last minute wheel adjustments.

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We met the truck at Tourist Park and it was time to unload the carts.

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Heading over to the start of the bike path loop.

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Right out of the gates we lost a wheel on the "Lil' Gem."

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Waiting while a team did repairs on the "Lil' Gem."

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Back in business again.

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Towards the end of the trail, we lost a cart to irreparable damages, and other teams got tired and started improvising ways to pull the carts.

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In the home stretch!

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We made it! After a drink at the water fountain, we loaded up the carts and headed back to camp anticipating our last trip to the rope swing.

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Leeches that we had been observing on the nature shelf. Hmm. What's our plan now?

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Although there was no sun, it was great to swim and relax after the morning's adventure.

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Back at the warehouse we welcomed parents and had ice cream!

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Siblings loved getting rides on some of the carts.

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...and even took turns pulling the cart.

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Most of the carts were disassembled, so materials could be reused in the future.

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...and that was the end of an amazing week! Builders, I will miss building with you and our adventures finding fantastic creatures on the river. Have a great summer and keep making!

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The morning started by rearranging the furniture in the Warehouse to create a test driving loop.

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Then, readjustments....

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After morning building and testing we headed out to the Marsh for a little adventure.

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With our first steps on the path, we encountered a baby snapper in the middle of the trail!

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Many builders considered it to be, "...about the cutest thing ever."

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There were lots of crayfish, snails and the claw of what was temporarily believed to be a lobster.

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After our walk we headed back to the warehouse for lunch and a swim.

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We decided to keep the baby snapper in a bucket for a bit to watch her. We also observed a few terrestrial frogs before releasing them.

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Lots of amazing jumps off the rope swing today!

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We headed back to camp for a final push of building to get all the carts operational.

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Water bottle holder and complementary amenities: "fidget spinners"

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13 wheels in motion!

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A cart named "Lil' Gem" ready for tomorrow's challenge.

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Deciding which chain guard would make a better (big) cup holder.

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Working through some final design decisions to reposition the wheels....

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The Mourning Dove we had been watching all week finally gave us a view of her chicks! A family with the names: Blueberry, Rhubarb, Pancake and Pickle. The kids always correct me when I refer to them by the wrong names, and I'm obviously still not sure which is which.

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Following our afternoon build we went on one last bike ride to the river to look for crayfish and whatever else we could find. There was some serious creature fever spreading...and whispers that this river had sea lamprey!

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A lucky angler ..........and a goofy frog. Don't stare into it's eyes too long.

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Rain is predicted for tomorrow. Hopefully our chariots don't become mobile swimming pools!

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I could tell everyone thought a lot about their projects last night because they had lots of ideas about what they wanted to do this morning.

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"How are you going to attach the wheels?"

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We went for a mid-morning ride and found an awesome blueberry patch!

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The perfect one!!!!

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Ready for testing!!!

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Doodle Break.....

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.....and then time to swim.

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...and look for crayfish

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.....and dragonfly larva

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.....and mayfly larva

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Some specimens were collected in old medicine bottles so we could get a closer look.

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No toads today! I couldn't believe it! But we found more monarch caterpillars than we could count and so many other small invertebrates.

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Back at camp it was time for more wheel attachments.

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Tomorrow we test our vehicles in preparation for Thursday!

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We started the morning with a tour of the Warehouse's new ramp and a hike to the overlook by the Dead River.

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There were ripe blueberries already, and service berries too!

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Back at the Warehouse, we played the bowling ball name game and talked briefly about safety and how we could work best together.

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During tool training we assembled helpful items for camp: a cedar log ladder, a rack for our ear protection, and a pedestal shelf for our interesting nature finds.

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Amazingly, we kept finding toads in the Warehouse throughout the day. This was the first one we found, but not the last!

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The take-apart table was a popular activity. Many interesting parts were collected from some old corded power tools that were no longer in working condition.

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On such a warm day it was refreshing to swim and float in the water. We found a little painted turtle doing the same!

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When we returned we got right to sketching out some of our ideas for this week's adventure challenge: Build a wheeled vehicle powered by a single bike, that can transport your team back to the Warehouse along the bike path.

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Each group was given a bike to use for parts and access to other salvage materials.

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These rollerblades got repurposed, just waiting to see if someone comes up with an idea for the booties!

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Tomorrow we promise an official toad count!

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As soon as we got into the workshop this morning we finished the ramp and started taking runs with the carts. It was fun trying out each others carts!

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Testing inspired some ideas for changes and upgrades.

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We decided we were finally ready for the day's big challenge of trying to attach the carts to each other and ride down the paved bike path near Tourist Park.

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We loaded up the car.

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The bridge near our test site looked inviting and after lunch, we took a break to explore for crayfish and cool our feet in the river.

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There were four different paths we tested before trying to attach the carts. None of them were exactly the right blend of steepness, smoothness or straightness.

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We finally committed to a path and started connecting the carts...

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The carts were finally attached! But, could we make it down the hill together???

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This is where my battery died! But one of the staff did get some video! I will upload it right here!!!!!

We never did get the super snake to roll down the hill without a piece of webbing becoming detached, or a cart getting hung up in the grass on the side of the path. Our final run was our best. I attached a long piece of webbing and pulled the cart as it was sliding down the path to keep it on course. For a few brief moments we were all rolling together, feeling the breeze on our face and the excitement of a dream almost realized.

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After making our way back to camp, parents, friends and family joined us for icecream. We detached the carts and invited everyone to test out the carts on the ramp!!!!

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That was it!

What a week!

Congratulations Adventure Builders on all your hard work. It was an amazing four days filled with your funny and incredible stories, ideas and enthusiasm. I absolutely can't wait to see you next year, and am so grateful to all of your parents, and my staff for the support they provided this week. Have a wonderful summer and keep building!!!!

Adventure Building Camp, Week 1, Day 3, 2018

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We made a few more changes to the test ramp....

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....then headed back into the workshop to do more cart building.

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There was a lot of activity in the workshop today. Once the wooden bases came together and wheels were put on excitement surged. Some builders started to add chair-backs, armrests, padding, and some even started experimenting with different ways to connect carts.

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So many design decisions!

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The missing piece!

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...just missing a rolling conference table here.

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We did lots of bike riding and went on a couple of nature walks today, but this was all I caught on camera. My battery kept running out when we were away from the workshop! This excursion included a mission to collect fuzz from a nearby aspen tree and an hike to a marsh where we saw heaps of tiny little frogs!

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The Warehouse is tidied up and ready to go for our final day of building...........

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Adventure Building Camp Week 1, Day 2, 2018

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Before starting on the "Super Snake," we decided to build a track for testing the individual carts.

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We linked the sheets of plywood together with small pieces of wood.

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...then ran a few test runs!

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After building in the morning, we headed out to explore the trails by bike. We found wild strawberries (ready to eat) and wild blueberries (not yet ready to eat!)

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Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018

After lunch we went for a swim, but most of the time was devoted to gathering the gooey clay that was found along the shoreline.

Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018

We also found this prehistoric-looking dragonfly nymph!

Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018

Once we got back to the Warehouse, we sat down to gather our ideas for how to build the cart components.

Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018

Great work builders! We can't wait to see your carts take shape tomorrow!

Adventure Building Camp Week 1, Day 1, June 25, 2018

Adventure Building Camp 2018

We started the day with a tour of the Warehouse and a hike up the nearby trail to get a bird's eye view of the area.

Adventure Building Camp 2018

Tool training involved using drills and drivers to assemble a safety glasses holder for the wood shop.

Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018

After tool training and lunch we headed off to the Dead River Bridge to see if the crayfish were out. We found a few, but mostly enjoyed the chance to collect some interesting rocks, and practice skipping stones.

Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018

After we made it up Kirby's Hill, we headed back to the Warehouse to take apart an old sewing machine, a coffee maker and some old power tools. It was a great chance to get lots of practice with hand tools, and learn about the different kinds of screwdrivers.

Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018

It was finally time for the project reveal!

Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018

Kids sketched out ideas for the "Super Snake" Project. A kind of track-less rollercoaster, that builders will test out on the paved bike trails near Tourist Park.

Adventure Building Camp 2018

Kid's sketches included doors, windows, sleeping compartments, and places for the motors they would use to power the "Super Snake." They were planning to salvage and re-wire the motors from the sewing machine and coffee maker they dis-assembled earlier in the day.

Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018

Taking a look at some of the materials we had on hand for the project, and trying to visualize the size and scale of the "Super Snake."

Adventure Building Camp 2018

We tested a rough prototype.........

Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018

...and finished the day in the sand pile building a bakery.

Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018
Adventure Building Camp 2018

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017

After cutting a few boards to replace the waterwheel, we set off to start our adventure.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017

Our raft was finally ready for the journey.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017

We started off by powering the raft with the waterwheel and paddles, but progress was slow....

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017

We decided to take a pit stop to remove the speaker seat, and open up more space on the raft.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017

Trying out alternative modes of moving the raft.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017

Fighting the current near Granite Street.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017

Land HO! We finally reach our destination! 2 hours of journey from the put in.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017

After a swim, there isn't time for the return journey, and we are able to beg a favor to have the raft towed back to the put in. We decide to return to the Warehouse to make a repair to the deck and prepare the raft for transport to one lucky builder's home.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017

There's time for a quick journey to the power station to collect crayfish and cool our heels in the water.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017

Learning the art of frog hypnosis.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017

Making popcorn for our guests.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017

With kids and parents working together, we were able to push the raft back up the hill to the Warehouse.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 4, 2017
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Congratulations builders on your exciting adventure. It was an unforgettable week!

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

The morning kicked off with a retool of our pipe fittings for the water wheel.

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

After adjusting our fittings, we were ready to strap on the barrels and roll the raft down to the water for testing.

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

We lost a few barrels along the way, but were still able to roll the raft relatively easily....well, except for a few spokes of the paddle wheel that were sheered off by the uneven terrain of the path.

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

Crayfish Surprise!

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

With the raft finally in the water, we realize we've got a few problems.....

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

We pulled out the raft to work on our barrel issues. We ended up with two ideas. The first idea was to screw wood planks across the openings in the raft to keep the barrels lower. The second idea utilized webbing lashed across the opening to position the barrels.

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

Although this test run looks like a fail, it wasn't! We discovered both methods would lift the raft up out of the water. In the end we chose to combine the two ideas and used webbing on the top and bottom to secure the barrels.

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

Finally! Success! Our raft would be ready for tomorrow's adventure with a quick repair of the water wheel..........air guitar!

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

We celebrated after lunch with a few jumps off the rope swing.

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

Some swam to the island.

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

Back at the workshop, we worked on building more paddles.

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

When the sun came out, we seized our last chance to visit the sand pit.

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

On the way back, we saw our dog friends that joined us for swimming yesterday.

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

Last push to finish the bike rack, before heading home!

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 3, 2017

Excited for what tomorrow's adventure!

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017

Straight out of the gate, the rudder team got to work assembling their vision.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017

The rest of the crew finished framing the raft and started adding decking.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017

Builders thought a scavenged license plate would make our watercraft more official.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017

We found a circle bit big enough for the metal pipe we used as an axle. What Luck!

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017

We cut lots of little pieces to make hand holds for our water wheel.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017

We had some perfect cannonballs today.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017

...and some unexpected friends jump in and join us.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017

One builder was so excited about all the tools we've gotten to use, they built their own model chopsaw out of LEGOS last night and brought it to show us.

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017

We spent the afternoon readying our raft for testing and looking for useful parts to add to the raft. Builders joined in disassembling a water heater and couldn't stop! We also had time to build another changing area and started on another bike rack since we have so many bikes this week.

We cut lots of little pieces to make hand holds for our water wheel.
We cut lots of little pieces to make hand holds for our water wheel.
We cut lots of little pieces to make hand holds for our water wheel.
Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017

Our water wheel pit crew...

Adventure Building Camp Week 3, Day 2, 2017

Tomorrow we're ready for a test run, speaker seat and all!

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 1, 2017

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 1, 2017

What an enthusiastic group of builders we have this week!

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 1, 2017

We jumped straight into tool training and some group agreements after a beautiful walk on the Noquemanon trail. During the tool training, we repaired a sawhorse and assembled two new ones. We also disassembled a few leftover projects from previous weeks including a slide, a pirate ship and an anchor box.

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 1, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 1, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 1, 2017

After tool training and snack, the week's project was revealed. The challenge was to build a raft that could carry everyone from the put-in on the Dead River to the rope swing further upstream (approximately 1/2 mile.) There will be several challenges involved including moving the raft from the warehouse to the put in, as well as figuring out how to propel the boat through the water. We headed out on a short field trip to scout the put in and route we would travel to the rope swing.

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 1, 2017
Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 1, 2017

Along the way we found this beautiful garter snake.

....then we were back to the workshop to start sketching out ideas.

Adventure Building Camp, Week 3, Day 1, 2017