Alumni Submissions: It’s Been 50 Years Since I……

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February 22, 2013 by Doug Webster

Fifty and even 60 years have gone by since some of us were at Otter, but the memories are still vivid.  Here’s a great list from Drew Kahle.  Feel free to add yours in the comments box at the end of this post:

Camp Otter Memories

My last year at Camp Otter was 1963, fifty years ago.  It has been fifty years since I have:

–       Eaten Spam

–       Drunk  “Bug Juice”

–       Carried a 100-pound canoe

–       Weighed 118 pounds

–       Chased a bear through the woods

–       Drank a Fizzy out of a metal cup with lake water

–       Wore wet sneakers 10 days straight

–       Played the accordion

–       Sang Cumbyah around a camp fire

–       Drank milk when the cows were in the clover

–       Carried a milk  drum filled with lake water to flush the outhouse

–       Killed 10 mosquitoes with one wack portaging a canoe

–       Gone to the garbage dump and brought more back then we took (Charlie loved to scavenger hunt)

–       Skinny-dipped in a lake

–       Hitchhiked to town

–       Had a Neilson’s Chocolate bar

–       Slept under a canoe wrapped in a poncho

–       Ate Velveeta cheese

–       Had a PB@J sandwich on stale soggy bread

–       Sat in an outhouse hoping the mosquitoes were friendly

–       Slept in top bunk

–       Fell asleep standing up

–       Seen the beautiful Cedar Lake

–       Helped George with the honey dipper

–       Heard George preach “ Follow the white markers”

–       Road in a train freight car from Kiosk to Cedar

–       Found myself and sleeping bag in the morning 10’ down the hill from      where I had started the previous night

–       Been trapped under a sleeping bag with an angry mosquito

–       Coached a girls football team

I would do it all over again if my body would let me, so I will have to let the memories do the work.  Drew Kahle

One thought on “Alumni Submissions: It’s Been 50 Years Since I……

  1. davepohlman says:

    Sat in canoes with 8 other trippers while a curious bear walked through camp.

    Threw ropes over tree limbs to haul up the packs so the bears couldn’t get the food.

    Slept in the rain cause I was too tired not to.

    Tilted at the Dorset regatta.

    Ran an uncharted river.

    Read a book with a 6 volt home made light.

    Creasoted a cabin.

    Threw a double bitted axe.

    Dropped a maple tree for paddle blanks under the watchful eye of Bill Crewson.

    Been called “dearie.”

    Shared a kiss in a canoe in the middle of a lake.

    OD’d on blueberries.

    Burned leaches off George and Bill.

    Swamped a canoe during a storm on Opeongo.

    Used two paddles and a shirt to make a sail.

    Went “bobbing” on a canoe.

    I still occasionally portage a canoe (from the truck down to the lake and back) and paddle with a paddle I made. I doubt I could portage for more than a couple hundred yards but there is nothing like a canoe and being in one alway brings back memories of Otter and life long friends.

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