April 24th - May 3rd
This year, I was a bit apprehensive when I learned that I will not be able to use my friend's car as my sleeping quarter as I did last year. There was a talk of renting a shared tent, but in the end, I made an investment in a nice roomy tent and an air mattress.
I found a nice, secluded spot for my tent. Having practiced beforehand at home, and also by investing in a plastic mallet, pitching the tent was fast and easy.
The view from my tent was wonderful, and at night, when there was no cloud, the sky was full of twinkling stars. Except for the first night, it was very cold at night, even in my 4-season down sleeping bag, requiring me to put on layers of clothes. It could have been much worse if it wasn't for the insulated air mattress I brought.
This year, Master Alex taught the double sticks form for the first time. To our delight, we were able to learn the whole form. Now it's up to us to practice and retain the form.
As always, it was an intense camp where we practiced hard and learned a lot. It is such a pleasure to be among the people from all over the world, far apart from each other in our daily lives and yet so closely united because of what we all pursue.