In June (while in Boston to be more specific) I printed out the online application, wrote out a check, and ReallyReallyReally hoped that I would be accepted to the program. I'm a repeat attender (no, not offender) and my acceptance is totally determined by the number of "newbies" who apply between June 15 and July 14. While on another trip, my acceptance letter arrived, to much wriggling, dancing, and shrieking.
BOW is a special world for women that exists three days per year. In those three days, everyone has a concerted enthusiastic supportive push for women participating in outdoor activities. Instructors are carefully chosen for their knowledge, enthusiasm, and inspirational interaction with the women. There are more than 20 courses to choose, and four time slots to fill in the three day schedule. There's lots of shtuff - cups, magnets, lip balm, state nature guide books, water jugs, t-shirts, and then lots of class-related stuff.
(And now that I've lost the last half of this post twice, despite LJ promising me that it has autosaved, I'll just insert some pictures and try writing more later.)
( pictures! )