… 10 observations from camp.

1. Swimming in a lake under the summer rain is a must-do. Mosquitoes love you more for it.

2. Give a child and her friends a gargantuan rock/mini-mountain and they will play for hours while you sit talking with an old man eating peanuts.

3. Old men eating peanuts are extremely interesting people. Who knew they could catch fish with their bare hands? And clean it all?

4. It is possible to fashion your friend and yourself a raincoat and rainhijab out of yellow garbage bags in order to take long walks in the rain. Perhaps fashion is not the right verb to use here.

5. Clothes do not dry if it rains almost continuously. It is haram to wear wet t-shirts even if they’re long sleeve.

6. Traveling light is only advisable if you check weather conditions before. Packing 4 books you don’t end up finishing is not more important than the sweatshirt you put back because it took up too much space. Does My Head Look Big in This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah will not keep you warm at night. Conference of the Books by Khaled Abou El Fadl will not replace your wet jeans.

7. If you’re a fan of stormy skies, sitting at the bow of a speed boat lost on a huge lake is the best way to enjoy them.

8. If you’re lost on a huge lake on a speed boat with 5 people you don’t know well and 1 person you do, it’s a good idea to hum the theme song of Gilligan’s Island to pass the time.

9. Going tubing with 2 tweens who like extreme sports behind a speedboat manned by a man who likes extreme sports is not a good idea if you want to keep your precious few remaining dry clothes DRY. See observation # 5.

10. I really like this font color feature. I only just discovered it now. Oh yes, 10th observation from camp: waking up at fajr to the adhan of birds with the smell of a campfire still in your hair after a night counting stars is indescribably delicious.