Scouts in attendance: Mike, John, Owen, Tom & Henry
Adults in attendance: Howie, Dhruv
The forecast was mixed for the weekend... when we started on the
trail there was a light rain but temps were moderating. As a result of
all that rain, most of the trails were very muddy or inches under water!
(Properly water proofed boots were the key to comfort...)
No entry to this mine due to the deluge of rain the prior few days..
It was still cool enough for remnants of the winter snows in shaddy spots
Since it was April 1st, we stopped at a spot in the woods & told the Scouts
to collect firewood; after several minutes we yelled, " April Fools--- this is
NOT the campsite". (Fortunately for us they had a good sense of humor!)
Arriving by map & compass at our desired location we looked down
on a perfect site for our lunch & for our campsite.
The cessation of rain allowed for a leisurely rest before campsite setup.
After setup there was plenty of daylight to allow practice of
knife throwing at a broken tree stump. In fact the daylight
lasted until a shocking 8:30 pm so dinner & campfire were
hours later than usual. Sleeping was fine but despite the 45 degree
night there was a healthy frost on the tarps in the morning. Hiked
out to the pickup spot by map & compass with easy hiking part
of the way on the vestiges of an un-mappped 1800's wagon trail.
--- NICE FINISH TO THIS SEASON'S BACKPACKING!---