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Lassos for the Summer (Open: Western Summer Camp)

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Everyfilly and everycolt that was worth their weight in sugarcubes and salt (and lied in the Heartland) knew all about Calamity Mane's Summer Camp!

The one and only summer camp this side of the world that allowed a little lad or lass to live out the only dream worth dreaming about, and that as being a cowfilly or cowcolt for a whole summer. And what a camp it was! It featured an old-timey main street with wooden buildings on either side, a field, a small lake, and a bunch of little odds and ends. It was fit for up to sixty campers and fifteen supervisors to spend up to eight weeks. It was stocked with everything needed for fun and all manner of activities and wasn't too far away from Dodge Junction. When it started was anypony's guess and whether Calamity Mane was still involved was equally up in the air. What wasn't up for debate was that every summer a new group of fillies and colts came to experience everything that being a western pony had to offer. All sorts of activities and events and, more importantly, the clothes!

 

Well, Hazel cared about the clothes at least. Western fashions were very in and chic at the moment. And as somepony who felt glued into them, she knew for a fact that this summer was going to be great. Never having been to one himself, Hazel could only imagine what was in store for them. Dances? Farming? Outlaw gang robbing them? Unlikely on the last. What she did know was that when they were there they actually had a lot of autonomy. Jobs, fun, fake currency- the whole thing felt like half of a summer camp and half of a roleplay event gone rogue. Hazel would have signed up even if he wasn't more or less forced to attend by Cherry Jubilee. Being a local and due to her many 'roles' a successful actor, she knew that the task ahead no matter how fun and difficult was one that he was uniquely qualified to handle.

 

And so Hazel got off of the carriage that was bringing the campers and camp leaders to the little town with a suitcase- not a large one as she imagined she would acquire more here- with a breath of fresh air and a clear mind. Clear enough for this, anyway. Hazel also wondered just who would be running it this year and just who would show up. No matter what though she was looking forward to whatever may come at the greatest summer camp in the world!

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"Whew!" Babs blew her forelocks out of her eyes as she stepped out of the carriage. "We're really in the old west now Sweetie Belle!" She looked back over her shoulder just in time to see the unicorn filly leap from the carriage step.

 

"Oh wow!" She gazed about, taking in the initial sights and sounds. "I think Abby is right! This is the most westerniest place I've ever seen!"

 

"It looks like a ton of fun!" Babs trotted forward and tossed her suitcase onto her back. "I'm super excited Abby suggested this place for me and you to get some bonding time! This will be a great place for her favorite cousin to get to know one of her best friends better!"

 

"Yeah! A lot better! We're gonna have all summer here Babs! All...summer..." She sucked in a little breath, trying to keep herself calm. This was totally out of Sweetie's comfort zone and there was no big sister here to help her out. At least not until she came for a visit. 

 

The two fillies watched as Miss Blossom stepped forward with her suitcase. 

 

"Should we follow you Miss Blossom?" Babs inquired with Sweetie at her heels.

 

"This place looks kinda big..." Her horn lit up as she levitated her suitcase along next to her. "I hope we don't get lost..."

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 Yona had spent the entire journey on the carriage alternating between watching the world roll slowly by and surreptitiously staring at the luggage the other creatures had brought with them. Naturally, yaks didn't need suitcases, but it was still a point of concern, and not a particularly auspicious start to her summer trip. At least it meant she spent the carriage trip in near silence and in almost complete stillness; an excited yak is considerably more painful on the ears and more dangerous to the carriage and its contents than one quietly worrying about whether they did need to bring a suitcase. By the time the carriage arrived at the camp, she'd come to the conclusion that as long as she had her blanket and herself, there was no need to worry. There'd probably even be, she told herself, suitcases there for those without. Everything would be fine.

 

Probably.

 

After watching some of the others step down from the carriage, she followed suit, carefully stepping down from the carriage step onto the ground, and just in time to catch Sweetie's Belle comment about the size of the place. Even though she was quite a bit larger than them, she had to admit that the place was much bigger than she'd rather naively expected.

 

"Yona thought camp was going to be... tents! This much better! And wood buildings! Perfect for smashing once camp done!" she nodded emphatically as she spoke, having spent a whole journey in near total silence, her voice just seemed that much louder. "Ponies think of everything."

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