Sunday, November 04, 2007

Back from Indian Grinding Rock State Park

The boys started to stir and make noise about 5:00 a.m. We worked unsuccessfully to get them to go back to sleep and not wake up the whole campground. I eventually moved Jack back into the tent with me, but by 6:30 a.m. everyone was up and moving.

We put together a group breakfast of pancakes, bacon, sausage and some cold cereal. Afterwards, the boys rinsed and cleaned all of the dishes, pots and pans.

While the adults worked tearing down the tents and packing up stuff, the boys explored a couple of trails in the park. We also spent some more time working on their Citizenship badge.

We finished the morning taking a short hike on the South Nature Trail in the park. We headed back in the late morning and were back in Elk Grove just after noon.

Overall, it was a very successful trip. It was the first overnight trip that we have done with the cub scout den.

With the American River 50 behind me this year, I have been thinking about some goals for the future. One of the things that I am chewing on is some longer hikes along the Pacific Coast Trail either alone or with Drew and Jack. To that end, I am starting to accumulate some equipment that I can use on backpacking trips. Before this trip, I picked up an ultralight three person tent and a couple of sleeping pads. My next purchase will probably be a stove.

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