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Monday, 26 September 2016 20:29

Lake Day 2016!

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On September 3, 2016, we enjoyed our third annual "Lake Fun Day" at beautiful Smith Mountain Lake, the largest lake in the US state of Virginia. Each of the three times we have had our "fun day," we have been blessed with GREAT weather. We have several goals for these fun days:

- let our Chinese summer campers have fun on the lake and in nature, and have one last big special time before they go back home,

- let our Chinese students here in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia for the school year have a fun time as they start their new classes, and

- let the teachers and their families get together with each other and some of our Asian students.

This year we met on the Saturday of the Labor Day weekend, a three-day holiday weekend that always comes in early September in the US. That date was late enough to allow our Chinese students to be back here from their summers at home, but early enough for the water to still be warm enough to swim and play in.

Here are some photos from the day, showing what we did for fun.


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Ice cream always brings out the smiles

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Mom and Mrs. McKinney greeting


big lunch

Enjoying the big lunch Mrs. Dreyer prepared--on the deck overlooking the lake!


the ice cream

The ice cream!


relax on deck


Great day to sit on the deck and relax


deck relax


Enjoying ice cream and a good laugh


Mr. and Mrs. McKinney

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Lunch on the deck


boat ride with Lee

Boat rides are fun--especially when Lee the dog comes along

inner tube

Mr. Woodson gave everyone boat rides and rides on the inner tube


getting ready


Getting ready to ride the inner tube

dreyer coaching team


Part of the Teacher Team




pontoon boat shade

Enjoying a shady spot on the pontoon boat

1 or 2 people on tube

The inner tube can carry 1 or 2 people

Nature note: While Mr. Woodson was piloting his boat that day, he noticed two other boats stopped, and the passengers were looking up into a tree. He looked too, and saw a bald eagle--the USA national bird! For the past decades, bald eagles were rare and one never saw them at Smith Mountain Lake--or hardly anywhere else. However, thanks to conservation efforts, their numbers are increasing and several eagles now live at the lake and raise their young there. A conservation success story!


bald eagle

bald eagle

Come to the USA with and you can have this fun too! Frankly, most agents do not offer or promise this kind of lake fun, and when students go to a big city like New York or Los Angeles, it is hard to find spots of natural beauty like Smith Mountain Lake close-by. But for us here in the Roanoke Valley of Virginia, Smith Mountain Lake is just a 30-minute drive away!

Special thanks to:

- my family, for sharing their house that day
- my wife, for arranging most of the meal
- Mr. Dennis Woodson, for bringing his powerboat and pulling all the innertube riders
- Mr. Kevin Spencer, for "spotting" the innertube riders
- everyone who joined us that day, because all the guests made it fun and memorable.

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Scott Dreyer

A licensed teacher in the US state of Virginia since 1987, Scott Dreyer has been helping Chinese speakers improve their English since 1989. Dreyer lived in Taiwan from 1989-1999 where he learned Mandarin, met his wife, started his family, and realized he loved working with Chinese students. He became an award-winning author and started teaching ESL online in 2008. Dreyer and his wife and their four adult children make their home in the beautiful Roanoke Valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.

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