Monday, June 30, 2014

Camp Sesquipdalian


Hello Friends!  You will never guess what we have been doing this week.  Sesquipedalian Summer Camp!  We had so much fun going to the mountains and Dixie National Forest by Tropic, Utah.  It was the most amazing place and well, of course, we had an adventure!

When we arrived at our headquarters, Grumpy Sam was setting up camp.  He says he likes to go camping so he can remember how much he hates it!


Obviously this was going to take a while, so we decided to do some sight seeing.  We hiked over to Bryce Canyon's Sunset Point.  The view was breathtaking!

Sunset Point at Bryce Canyon in Utah

By the time we got back, camp was all set up so we moved into our new living quarters.

Someone was watching us.

Sesquipadalians!  In the forest!

Soon the puppies happily ran off to explore. They found a hole!

"Woof!  Woof!" barked Bach (which means in dog language "A hole!")
"Yip! Yip! Yip!" yapped Tremelo, shaking (which means "Let's dig!")

We rushed over to see what Bach and Tremelo had cornered.

"Look, Lissie, it's a hole!  Do you think there is something in there?"
"Of course there is, Ivy!  Be careful" Lissie screamed. "I saw something move in there!"
We were gathered around the hole and poked sticks in it.

"Ouch! Ouch! Watch what you're doing!" cried an indignant little voice.
"Whaa?" cried Ivy
"Poking sticks in people's homes is very rude!  You ought to be ashamed!"
Bea, surprised, looked at Ivy.  Rose said, "Just a minute, girls.  Let me check this out."
Rose peered down the dark hole.  Two little black eyes stared up at her.

"Oh!  It's a tiny little animal and he is shaking all over." said Rose, wonderingly.

After a moment....

A tiny little furry head nervously poked his head out and looked around.  The girls dropped their sticks in surprise.  The dogs carefully backed away to where they would be safe.
"Hello?" said a tiny voice, looking around.
"Oh my goodness!" said Ivy.  "It's a hedgehog!"
"My name is Mr. Winkle.  Tiggy Winkle,"
"Glad to meet you Mr. Tiggy Winkle.  My name is Ivy.  These are my friends Bea and Rose, and the puppies are Tremelo and PDQ Bach."

Mr. Tiggy Winkle looked up at everybody.  He smiled.

"Glad to meet you!" said Mr. Tiggy Winkle.

We took  Mr. Tiggy Winkle with us back to camp to meet the rest of the girls.

Mr. Tiggy Winkle tells the girls of his many adventures living in the Dixie National Forest.  And they liked the little hedgehog so much, they invited him to come stay with them.

So Mr. Tiggy Winkle came home with us and we soon became the best of friends!

"Oh, Mr. Tiggy Winkle, I wish everything were as soft and cuddly as you!"


I hope you have enjoyed your summer so far.  Can you play Chopsticks on the piano?

Come back to piano lessons and play chop sticks and you can earn a hedgehog puzzle eraser.

Remember to have fun with your music.