First I must preface this with a little writing tip, as some folks who do not know how to pronounce Oiselle (it's a hard vowel: Wa-Zelle) might think I have made a grammatical error in the title. Heaven forbid anyone should think that! Moving on!
As with last year's retreat, there were so many awesome moments at Birdcamp. Alas, if I were to write them all down, it would take me HOURS to finish this post. Since I am lazy, I shall share just one that really summed up my experience...
I usually don't write long Instagram posts, but for the following picture, I did. Because, I think, it also sums up the Oiselle experience.
Looking through #Birdcamp15 images and trying to pick out the best one to sum it up, I had to go with this one. I got this shirt at my first Oiselle sample sale shortly after I joined the team over 3 years ago. It's had a good run, and I loved it dearly, but I knew what joy it would bring to @fleshmanflyer, since she's always trying to bribe it off me - oh, and it's the shirt that made her discover Oiselle, yet she never got one of her own. This team is about lifting each other up, and supporting each other (even giving the shirt off your back, deodorant residue and all). The structure of things has changed A LOT since the days when @kristinmetcalf would post our race results on a white board picture to Twitter! And the way it is now, they expect NOTHING from me. Yet they have given me so much over the years and will always have my heart. Lauren repeatedly asked what she could give me for her shirt: keep fighting the good fight lady, I expect nothing. Much love!
Thank you Oiselle Team, and especially everyone at HQ for the years of awesome and for another fantastic Birdcamp.
And time for the photo dump! Thank you, Andrea, of Thomas and Velo Photography for the beautiful pictures (team shot above, and the next two).
Until next time, Leavenworth...