Lake Day 2016!Written by Scott Dreyer
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 DreyerCoaching.com 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.
Ice cream always brings out the smiles
Mom and Mrs. McKinney greeting
Enjoying the big lunch Mrs. Dreyer prepared--on the deck overlooking the lake!
The ice cream!
Great day to sit on the deck and relax
Enjoying ice cream and a good laugh
Mr. and Mrs. McKinney
Lunch on the deck
Boat rides are fun--especially when Lee the dog comes along
Mr. Woodson gave everyone boat rides and rides on the inner tube
Getting ready to ride the inner tube
Part of the DreyerCoaching.com Teacher Team
Enjoying a shady spot on the pontoon boat
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!
Come to the USA with DreyerCoaching.com 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
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.dreyercoaching.com/en/about/scott-dreyer
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