Monthly Archives: August 2008

Bates Tomorrow… Bye to Summer

Hey all. Just wanted to do one last check in from NY. Tomorrow I head back up to Bates and I couldn’t be more excited.

This summer was amazing and I found it to be the perfect length. I spent a lot of time with my high school friends, had a great 8 weeks at Winona, and had some excellent quality time with the fam both at home and up in the Adirondacks. Now it is time to go back to Bates and the only thing left for me to do, besides finishing packing, is reflect on the summer. So I took some pictures that highlight my summer and put them in this blog. Hope this interests you. At the very least it provides you with a quick guide of the adventures of my summer while allowing me to take a short trip down memory lane. Until next time… Bates here I come.


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Trip to the Adirondacks…

Hey all. I am back from my family vacation in the Adirondacks in upstate NY. The trip, which was 4 days long, was the perfect escape from the real world before heading back to Bates. Obviously I am looking forward to going back to campus… in fact I am beyond excited… but it was still a lot of fun to just hang out with the family for a few days away from cell phones, facebook, and cable TV.

I spent my days fishing, hiking, reading, eating, and napping. It doesn’t get more simple than that and it was truly the perfect way to fully relax before entering the school year. Rather than explain it in words, I will let the pictures do the talking. Enjoy these and as always you can find more pictures from the trip and from other summer ’08 events here. Until next time…

(From the top of Silver Lake Mt.)

(Me on top of Silver Lake Mt.)

(After catching and netting a beautiful brook trout, the fish sprayed me much to my surprise)

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Summer Coming to a Close…

Hey all. A week from tomorrow I will be packing my car (or more likely OVERpacking) and preparing to head back up to Bates for my sophomore year. This summer has been one of the best summers of my life. From an amazing 8 weeks at Camp Winona in Maine, to catching up with old high school friends, to just relaxing at home, the summer has flown by. I have one week of summer left and I plan to make the most of my time.

Today I am heading up to the Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY with my family for a little vacation. I plan on hiking, fishing, reading, and just relaxing and hanging out with the fam before deserting them when I head up to Bates.

Other than planning for my trip (I haven’t packed yet and we are leaving in about 45 minutes… oops!) things have been pretty quiet around here. I have been talking with my roommate Matt about what we are going to have in our room this year which is getting me even more excited for the fall.

I hope you all are enjoying your summers too. I will be back blogging early next week and will hopefully have some nice photos from the Adirondacks. In the mean time check out some photos from my home away from home at Winona. You can access them by clicking on the ‘Pictures from Bates’ tag above and then clicking the ‘Summer ’08’ link! Until next time…

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Olympic Gold for Batesie!

Hey all. Just wanted to give you a little update about the Bates Olympian (see blog below). Bates graduate Andrew Byrnes (’05) won a gold medal yesterday in the men’s eight rowing event. Byrnes and his 7 teammates beat out Great Britain (Silver medal) and the U.S. (Bronze) to capture the gold medal for Team Canada. Below is a picture of Byrnes and his teammates after winning gold. The picture and a full article on Byrnes’ athletic achievements at both the olympics and at Bates can be found here.

Congratulations to Andrew and all of Team Canada!

(Byrnes is on the far left) 

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Bates Olympian!

Hey all. As you may remember from an earlier blog, I am completely obsessed with sports. So obviously since getting back from camp I have been watching as much of the Olympics as I possibly can. I will literally watch any sport possible. From the popular events (I have watched Michael Phelps in his quest for 8 gold medals and the USA basketball team in its attempt to recapture gold after a horrific performance in Athens 4 years ago) to less admired events such as beach volleyball, rowing, and cycling, I will watch anything.

Imagine my surprise when I was on the Bates website today and came across an article about a Bates graduate who is in the olympics.  Andrew Byrnes (’05) rows for the Canadian Olympic men’s 8 team and after winning the preliminary heat will have a chance as winning an olympic medal.

Below is a picture of Byrne (top left) from the article. To read the whole article click here. Hopefully we will see Byrne with a gold medal around his neck soon!…  

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Back in NY (For Good)

Hey all. I am back from a summer in Maine. I should now be back on a regular blogging schedule so make sure to stay tuned. The 8 weeks I spent at Winona were probably the best of my life. The campers I worked with were all funny and nice, the staff (which was comprised of first-year counselors and staff that I have known for years) was incredible, and the experiences I had were truly amazing.

Winona was similar to Bates in that the people I met and know there are genuine, welcoming, and kind. Winona and Bates both gave me the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world and for that I am truly grateful. There were campers and staff from all over the U.S. and from Italy, Egypt, England, Australia, Wales, and Ireland just to name a few. 

Being back home is still setting in. I can’t believe I will be heading up to Bates in a few short weeks. Check for more posts and post updates tomorrow!

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Back in NY…

Hey all. The title of this blog is a bit misleading. Yes, I am indeed back in New York after 6 weeks in beautiful Maine. However, I will be home for less than 24 hours. I made the trek home for a family wedding and will be returning to Maine tomorrow to continue working at camp. It still feels nice to be in my own house even if it is only for a brief amount of time.

Being home and preparing to head back up to Maine naturally makes me think of the end of the summer when I will be heading north for my sophomore year at Bates. It is only a few short weeks now before I am back on campus, setting up my room, and preparing for a full load of classes. I get more excited everyday. Until next time check out how Bates has been rewarded for being so environmentally friendly


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