Shelly Davis-King: A Summer Awakening near Pinecrest

By Guest Contributor December 7, 2014 02:20

Another FANtastic Tale of Adventure 

By Shelly Davis-King                                 

The gravel one-track road between Camps Blue and Gold was quite dark at night, a double shadow cast by the towering ponderosas.

Yet in between the two alumni camps of the University of California was the welcoming glow of the Teen Center. There we would, under the supervision of UC students, play music, dance, and drink soda pop instead of being with our parents at the campfire. What a freedom, and how grown up it felt. Especially being around the very handsome Cal athletes.

That particular year, when my chest and hips chose to begin their bulge, Craig Morton was the Teen Director. Yes, THE Craig Morton, but a few years before he “became” Craig Morton. I’d guess the year was ‘62 or ‘63 and he was still the quarterback at Cal.

One day he took the teens out to “The Point” at Pinecrest Lake where we spent the day swimming, laughing and being away from the grownups. The Point is the granitic rock that juts into Pinecrest where one can see both the dam and the boat ramp. And I, having swum too much in the icy South Fork Stanislaus snowmelt, began to turn blue. Then…. be still my heart…. Craig gave me his cut-off sweatshirt to warm up, and then, to keep.

To this day it hangs in my closet. I wore that memento all summer and several years to follow. After that day, when I had touched fame and charisma for the first time, my life was forever changed because it was that day I realized that we are all human beings, even the famous handsome ones, and I could become anything I wanted.

It wasn’t until decades later that I realized it was a UC Davis sweatshirt and not a Cal sweatshirt. No wonder he wanted to give it away!

Archaeologist Shelly Davis-King lives in Standard, California.

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By Guest Contributor December 7, 2014 02:20
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