Since clearly Shelly can’t be heard well through this muffled mask, Nick will be the voice for this post.
Shelly the Water expert wears so many hats (mom, wife, friend, sister, advisor, confidant, shopper, shipper, property owner, church leader, teacher…..) that we could not record them all in a blog so small.
A hat, or in this case mask, that this mother of Giants wears is that of the expert packer. She has all the tips you can find on the internet and then some: There was one time that some of the Giants were going on a 4 day reenactment of a pioneer trek where modern conveniences were not part of the adventure. No cell phones, no blogging, no makeup, no modern toothpaste, and no deodorant! People living in the 1800s had to be born with a different sense of smell than today’s people. This genius Giant figure out the deodorant issue. Simple solution, but not one that our transportation expert was going to crack. Shelly pretreated the clothing items with deodorant. Then when the clothes were worn the deodorant applied itself to the body, and the Giants were following the rules with muted fetor.
The eyes in this photo tell the story. She does not like snorkeling, and by looking at the picture you can see the apprehension built up for our coming time in Hawaii. Shelly readily admits she does not like getting her face wet. Here is a solution, and one that the Goodman Giants swear by (added later*). Water Goddess, thank you for getting us these masks. And thank you for the many hours of detailed packing prep that goes into each Camp Goodman, official or not.
*Post trip rating of the snorkeling masks:
5 of the Giants used the masks many times while in Hawaii. The Water expert was the one hold out. Turns out the feeling of claustrophobia replaced the feeling of H20 on her face – snorkeling will not be the sport for her (all superheroes have a weakness).