Scouts in attendance: Grant & Mike
Adults in attendance: Howie, Dhruv & Ben
For the first hike since Spring of 2016 there was adequate water
in the woods due to recent rainfall! Even better = it rained Friday night
before the hike; was 54 degrees & mild on Sat. & Sunday. Then on Sunday
afternoon it started the downpour that last the next few days!! We were
VERY lucky with all our weather on this hike :o)
After a sunny, relaxing lunch along the trail, we spent a while practicing
our knife & tomahawk throwing on a old tree stump nearby.
The weather was 40 degrees all night so it was very comfortable
under the usual Troop 4 trail tarp. Twice during the night a VERY
dense fog rolled in so by the morning our tarps looked like it had rained!
For a challenge we left the marked trails & travelled by compass
through dense Mt. Laurel & around a few swamps.
Along the way we followed several miles of a very elaborate rock lined
road that had been built by the early settlers as a wagon trail in the 19th
century. Imagine the thousands of man-hours needed to carve this
roadway out of the total wilderness!