Sleeping Bag: Check
Healthy Snacks: Check
Awesome Bunk-mates: Check
Giggles, Chuckles & Sarcasm: Check
Fresh Mountain Air: Check
Bears, Mountain Lions & Mosquitos: NO thank Goodness
Leaving kids at home with Daddy: PRICELESS
and so starts the weekend spent at the first ever Camp Blogaway in the beautiful San Bernardino mountains in Southern California. What a weekend it was. Simply fabulous. It was created by our fearless leader Patti Londre. I think from the sound of things this might become a yearly event. From the moment we arrived Friday afternoon we were entertained with workshops, seminars, social networking, s’mores and laughter.
We learned a ton (and went neck to neck) with PR folks. We built silly frosted cakes as an “ice breaker” activity. We enjoyed a camera seminar by Art Ramirez. We learned from one of the best food stylists Denise Vivaldo. Danny Jauregui of Food Bloggers Unite gave a wonderful SEO presentation. Patti gave a great talk on running our blogs like true businesses. We learned recipe writing from Barbara Gibbs Ostmann, who co-authored The Recipe Writer’s Handbook. For more on the great line up of speakers, topics and activities please click HERE.
It was wonderful to make new friends and see old ones. Funny how “old” friends are people I have known under a year. Our relationships get stronger each time we see each other, even when we have face time just once or a few times a year. Our time spent online, checking out each others blogs, stumbling, tweeting and cheering each other on is a friendship promise I will treasure and keep.
Awesome to meet some great new friends in person, Robyn Webb, Greg: Sippity Sup, Pamela: My Mans Belly, Casey: Tastestopping, Vanessa: Chef Druck, Laura: Dove Concepts and the lovely massage therapist Dawn.
I had a chance to connect with most of the campers, and enjoyed all of our conversations. For a full list of the dynamic group click HERE.
Guess what? I won a very neat award.
Don’t forget to enter my Easy LunchBox giveawayContest closes this Saturday, May 22nd.