The last of our summer adventures. True my kids went back to school 3 weeks ago, but our Massachusetts cousins still have a few more weeks to enjoy before they’re back in the trenches of education. And one of the things on their summer list of fun, was a repeat trip to Camp Emerson situated in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. Rave reviews from Paul and James about all of the activities and adventures they enjoyed at the camp last year, and suddenly there I am filling out applications and making a deposit for my 2 Doyle boys to team up with the other 2 Doyle boys for 3 days of nothing but fun at their August Family camp.

The boys had been looking forward to this camp all summer. And wouldn’t you know the day we arrived, so did the rain. But shitty weather or not, these little Reservoir Doyles are here to play.

The relentless precipitation has Cullen all kinds of baffled. So far his summer has been nothing but rays of sunshine.

Rain or no rain, we are game on!

Bumming a ride to the evening campfire from camp counselor George.

VIP transportation for the boys, while the mommas walk the muddy roads.

Despite the wetness, they manage to get the fire going.

Bright and early the next morning and we pay a visit to the camp rabbits.

Cullen finds himself a shark rock. Or was it a crocodile?

With the rain on pause we are off to begin our day of activities.

First stop, the marina for tubing.

Mark runs through the hand signals before to take to the waves.

Paul, hanging in the boat, patiently waiting his turn.

There they go!

With less of an appetite for speed, Cullen wanted a more leisurely tubing experience.

Funny guys.

Cullen swaps out to let Paul in.

Excitement and anticipation.

These 3 were all about the speed.

Wave of encouragement from Cullen.

Look out! The mommas are about to have a go. First up, Dinara.

My turn! My turn!

When you pass your camera to a stranger to grab a group shot, and he manages to squeeze you all in, on the lower end of the frame.

These Doyle boys.

A 2nd attempt at a group shot. Much better.

After lunch are we are off on a wilderness adventure.

In the middle of nowhere and the challenge is to build a shelter.

Material gathering.

Keane takes on the role of project foreman.

Lots of direction from Keane.

When you need a break from your boss. To just sit.

Keane’s vision for his and Cullen’s shelter involved a lot of rope.

The team in back in action.

Coming together nicely.

James powering on with his wilderness home.

Keane’s checking out Paul’s finished product.

Yep! It works!

Cullen test drives James’s shelter.

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