Yates in Texas

(l to r) James, Peter, Yates and Nico at the Yoder’s home in Highland Park on Monday, February 5, 2007 catching up at the Falling Creek Camp Movies.

I have had the pleasure of being in the Lone Star State this week catching up with several Falling Creek families and friends and meeting many new families. On Monday, February 5, Ana and Jim Yoder hosted the FCC “movies” at their home in Highland Park, a community within Dallas, TX. Their boys and nephew will be returning to Falling Creek this summer for their second year. They also introduced their cousin Thomas from Switzerland last year, who brought several friends, and who plans to return again this summer. Peter, James and Nico shared many FCC stories with the families who attended. I believe you will surely find James and Nico up at Blacksmithing this summer as they really enjoyed the opportunity to learn this art from George Matthews. Peter will probably spend a good deal of his time out on the trails. Nathan Newquist, a top FCC counselor, came to the Yoder’s to reunite with the current campers and meet the new families who attended. We are excited to report that Nathan will be returning to camp for his 7th summer as a Tribal Director and a right hand to the Program Office. “Many thanks to the Yoder’s for their hospitality.”

I wasn’t far away on Tuesday, February 6 as Eleanor and Monte Bond hosted the Falling Creek movies in Dallas at “Extreme Pizza”. What an awesome venue to explain to new families the community of FCC. Eleanor was a long-time camper and staff member of Camp Greystone in nearby Tuxedo, NC. Eleanor’s brother’s, Hutch and Bryan McClendon, from St. Francisville and Baton Rouge, were campers and staff members with me at Falling Creek in the 70’s and 80’s. You could always find us down at the Paddling docks or on one of the many paddling trips. Lendon will be returning to camp this summer. A big thanks to the Bond’s for their efforts in supporting Falling Creek in the Dallas, TX area!

Yates in Texas

(l to r) front row: Will & Henry, back row: Lance, Rick, Emily, Charles, Sally, Yates, Bennett and Ted at the Tonkinson’s in Southlake, TX on Wednesday, February 7 for the Falling Creek “Movies”.

On Wednesday, February 7, I traveled a short distance north to Southlake, Texas where Kathryn and Stuart Tonkinson hosted the Falling Creek “movies”. Jake and Henry plan to be back this summer and bring their younger brother Will. The Cunningham’s, from nearby Fort Worth, came over to reconnect and see that they are star’s in the new DVD. Both plan to return to camp this summer. Rick and Emily Broad, who met at Falling Creek Camp, brought their entire crew to support FCC. Rick was a counselor with me back in the late 80’s and he was a Director at FCC in the early 90’s. Emily was on the staff with my wife, Marisa in 1989 where they both were a part of the waterfront staff. Emily continued to be on staff for 6 years. The Broad’s have one daughter and three boys and they have been wonderful in opening up their house for me to stay while in the area. We very much appreciate the Tonkinson’s hospitality tonight.

Yates and the guys

(l to r – Wright, William, Yates, James and Henry at the Houston, TX Falling Creek Camp “Movies” hosted by The Mentz Family on February 8, 2007

On Thursday, February 8, 2007, I drove from the Dallas/Fort Worth Area to Houston where the Mentz Family hosted the Falling Creek Movies. Several current campers joined with the Mentz brothers to explain to the many new families who attended the things they liked most about Falling Creek. We are very thankful of the warm hospitality from the Mentz’s.