|Hyde Bay Camp For Boys
Home Letter Fourth Issue, 1933
H Y D E B A Y
HYDE BAY HOMELETTER. FOURTH ISSUE. SEASON OF 1933.
Weather. Hot for here which means that we have had very good camp
Fish. We have broken out into a perfect rash of fishermen. Gary Black caught a pickerel nineteen inches overall only to be surpassed by an inch by the monster caught by Page Smith. Lawry Pickett came in with three good ones all over the limit. Eddie Munger nailed a good one over sixteen inches. I probably have forgotten others as the lake has been thoroughly whipped.
Sunday. To church by motor boat for a change. Mr. Poore was at the helm.
Turtles. Several painfully# immature turtles have been wrested from
Ball game. On Wednesday Chenango took our measure in a return game on their lot. The score was ten to five. Third-baseman J. Classen established an alltime record with eleven errors in the hot corner. Gary black ran bases with an abandon which thrilled even his opponents. Mr. Black’s original technique embraces running to and beyond each base at full speed. Cooper Walker caught many flies on his bared and manly chest with a whump sound heard all over the field. All the rest contributed to a very pleasant defeat. We went down by Motor boat, Herbie shifting his motor to our new boat, our old motor going to the big white boat, the “Idlewilly”.
On Thursday. Most of the younger boys visited the Beechnut plant at
Horse hikes. After chasing horses for hours George Poore lead out the 13th Highlanders on a Horse Hike. Privates Sandy and Ian supported him bravely even to doing the cooking. A british emulation of this feat came to grief. General Exshaw lead out centaurs,J. Koop amd Bilynn, only to wander in ever widening circles at last to come to rest on the ball field above camp.
Sailing. Remarkable sailing weather was the order during the last of
Arrivals. We welcomed a lot of people last week. Mrs. Jacobs with Mrs. Fisher left us Dicky Hynson,Brad Jacobs, and Hugh Benet , all veterans, Dick of two summers. Mr. Campbell came a wrested Mac from us. Old Camper Bruce Campbell was here for the day. Mr. Gresham Machen called to deposit nephew Arthur in our midst. Others will be here the first of the week. Sunday we were delighted to welcome Jake Slagle for an all too short stay.
And now over for the big event. ----------------
The Canoe trip. On Friday noon set forth the first of our canoe trips. This time we elected to try new grounds, and very delightful grounds they proved to be Mr. and Mrs. Director had scouted the mountain region a few days before and decided on the West Canada creek region for our adventure. We have gone down the Susquehannah before,but wanted something better.
Personel. George Poore with Page Smith in the Green Canoe. Gary Black
Departure. Mrs. Pickett took part in the Chevy. The rest rode in the
First night. We had an ideal camping spot by the dam. The swimming was thrilling below the dam and the rocks. The ground was dry and soft. We lay under canoes, but no rain came. Steak was cooked by the Director. George and Jake explored the gorge of which more anon. Gary and Page fished with small results. After supper we visited the power house with its whirling mighty turbines and generators. Impersonator Classen as the widely advertised Shreiff Staley brought a respectful answer from Mr. Poore as he canoed up the turbulent gorge in the moonlight. We looked [?]climbed the eighty-seven feet to terra firma by never ending stairs. Jake tricked by the wiley Walter,who altered a straw vote, went back for laggard Son-Pickett. Dad Pickett wasreminded of his beef by the stairs.
Meaning. George caught a pound and a half trout which we grilled in bacon for part of a big breakfast. We had good dips below the rocks. Where we canoed with difficulty above the dam by the discharging turbine in the gorge. This place can not be described. Two glorious waterfalls nearly a hundred feet high. Naked boys plunging into deep clear pools. Boys like spirits of the gorge crawling behind the thin veil of water. Marvelous rock formations. Oh well, we are all going up there. It is a varitable land of wonders.
Trip down. ( Reverse anabasis)We set out about ten oclock to make the