Worth Every Mile


Sometimes the internet can be both a curse and a blessing. Breaking a 10-year-old (Jessica) and a 14-year-old (Michael) from it can be trying. But when you find a place like this online and it turns out to be better than displayed, you take the blessing.

We did things families are meant to do. We kayak'd on Onawa and Prong Pond. Prong Pond provided fishing for me and swimming from the rocks for the others. We hiked to Wilson Falls and the top of Borestone Mountain, while light rain fell for the falls and heavy rain on the way back from Borestone. It got the exercise juices flowing on both trips. Went back to the "swing" and got quite a few pictures of our new events.

We used the firepit and swam in the local sound machine (falls). After one fire, we took the kids out to the road and saw shooting stars and more stars than Jess knew existed. She was amazed that the sky could hold that many.

The first moose was spotted at the marsh on the way back from Greenville. Friday, on the way to a moose safari, we saw momma moose with a calf. The safari yielded five more moose, for a total of nine for the week. The river otters on the trip were a bonus.

One morning a fox was out in the driveway and then while playing in the pool below I had a bird land on my head. It was recorded by mom to show my nest-like hair.

Most nights ended with games and reading - something I rarely find time for. Thanks for the refreshing week - worth every mile you drive.

Steve, Kathy, Michael & Jess
Somers, CT
July 30, 2005

All the Way from Ireland

We are the Smith family - Joy, Edward, Sarah (18), Rebecca (16) and Alan (11), all the way from Ireland. It was a long trip over, but it was well worth it. We thought the accommodation was excellent - it suited everyone perfectly. We have had a wonderful time here at Big Wilson Camp. We jumped into the swimming hole and tubed down the river many times. We also spent a couple of nights down by the fire ring, making S'mores. Some evenings, we relaxed in the house, watching movies and playing Cranium - which was loved by all and is now on the shopping list.

We climbed Borestone Mountain and loved the sight - it was well worth the climb, although we got soaked on the way back down! We had a brilliant day whitewater rafting on the Kennebec - thoroughly enjoyed by all. We would definitely recommend it. We also got up early one morning, went to Auntie M's for breakfast, and then went on a moose safari. We got to get up really close to a feeding moose. It was amazing!

We also went fishing on Prong Pond - a great day, although we only caught small fish (nothing big enough to eat!)

Bhi an sproi ag gach duine. (Everybody had great fun.)

Beatha agus Slainte. (Good health and wealth to all!)

The Smith Family
County Meath, Ireland
July 23, 2005

Inspired to Poetry

We had the most awesome time here. We swam, hiked to Borestone Mountain, tubed down the river, walked to the upper falls, enjoyed some time in town (Greenville) and made many wonderful memories. Some of our nightly games included "Food Fear Factor", card games like "Up and Down the River", talent shows, and of course, watching our "TV" ... the bug zapper. We enjoyed the scavenger hunt - the items our parents came up with was very creative. I am sure we will be back next summer. We had an amazing time!

P.S. - Katherine Gallagher (fourth grader this fall) made up the following song for the talent show:

Camp Wilson

Oh, I love Camp Wilson every day
I love Camp Wilson in every way
I love to visit every year
I love the things that we do here
I love to swim and climb and hike
I love to roast marshmallows at night
We love to play cards by candle light
We love to play cards morning, noon and night
It's fun to play at Camp Wilson, Ya!
It's so much fun at Camp Wilson!

The Gallagher Clan
South Windsor, CT
July 8, 2005