Yates was in Jackson, MS on Monday, January 16 where Will and Kim Walker hosted several new families at their home. Will was a camper and counselor in the late 70’s and early 80’s and is known for his top notch athleticism. He and his wife Kim have two daughters and a son William, who will be an FCC camper in several years. Will currently operates Jackson Air Charter and can be found hunting whenever there’s a free moment.
On Tuesday, Yates visited Charlie and Kathleen Van Horn in New Orleans where there was a large crowd of both campers and new families interested in FCC. James Van Horn and Mason Eustis, both alumni campers now, provided encouraging words for the boys who attended.
Yates traveled to St. Francisville, LA on Wednesday to reconnect with Brian and Hutch McClendon. Brian was in Yates’ cabin (Honeymoon) in 1980 – Main Camp and they were counselors together on the Canoeing staff in the late 80’s. Hutch was a camper in the early 70’s and a counselor in the mid 80’s where he was on the canoeing staff as well. Brian and Laura McClendon recently relocated to St. Francisville from New Orleans due to Hurricane Katrina.
Their son Turner will be returning to FCC for his third summer and his brother, Mills, hopes to attend this year for the first time. Hutch and his wife Prentiss, live with their two young boys, William and Shewen at the McClendon’s boyhood residence, a beautiful plantation home that is close to 200 years old. Brian and Laura organized a gathering to show the FCC movies at their home in the beautiful Bluffs Community at Thompson Creek.
On Thursday, Yates visited Susan and Michael Barnett’s home in Baton Rouge, LA where they hosted the FCC movies. Michael will be returning to Falling Creek for his 4th summer and yes, he is the stud in most of the kayaking shots on the 2006 DVD. Michael said he will be the first one to arrive on opening day of Main Camp this summer, just like he did last year.
Yates and the rest of the Falling Creek family want to thank all of our family hosts in these fine MS and LA cities for their efforts in introducing FCC to many new familes who are now excited about coming to the Creek this summer.
Rob Wells (staff:86,88-89,91-93), on his way back to Oxford, MS, flagged down Yates as he passed him on Interstate 20 between Atlanta and Birmingham, AL. Yates has not seen Rob since 1991 at he and Marisa’s wedding. Amazing how small the world really is. Rob is doing well and says he is looking forward to attending the big alumni weekend in the Fall, 2006.