Golden Gate Bridging to Cadettes
Mon, 3 Jun 1996 15:10:43 -0700
That is the only word I can use to describe this past weekend. 9 of the 11
girls in my troop went on the weekend to San Francisco to participate in the
SF Bay Council Bridge to Cadettes over the Golden Gate Bridge.
We have a retired military 02, who got us permission to camp at the Alameda
Naval Air Station across the Bay from SF. This weekend was TOTALLY girl
planned, adults had minimal input and because the girls did an ALMOST good
job, some stuff fell through the cracks. They had enough of the plan that
none of the adults had noticed the little stuff missing -- syrup for French
toast. Everyone got mad about everything, the kaper chart, the tents, the
sleeping bag that flew off my car, etc.
Saturday AM, cereal for breakfast and then on to San Francisco. The fog
bank is still in, just at bridge level. We meet a parent on the city side
of the bridge, check in and start our walk across the bridge. 3
tankers/freighters came through under us. Sea lions cavorted, jet skis
jumped the wakes of ships. Alcatraz shining in the clear center of the bay.
Angel Island (where they had been 1 month ago) green and inviting. And Girl
Scouts and adults and tourists who got a kick out of seeing the girls.
Older girls giving the girl scout sign without wanting to be seen;-).
Welcomed at the Marin side of the bridge to the Cadette level. Walk a path
UNDER the bridge and look back at San Francisco 9looks just like Oz -- The
Emerald City. Activities and lunch at Ft. Brigg -- Coast Guard station.
Great Tshirts in purple.
Then back to the NAS by way of Lombard Street, the narrow twisty turny steep
street. Foil wrapped dinner. And dead sleep for me. None of this is on my
doc's approved list of things for me to overdo -- oh well -- I am paying
Now let me bitch -- if I hear one more person (including the other leader
who was there and is reading this) ask, "Where is __________". Well we only
had one place for stuff -- look for it. Or "I didn't know we
had_____________." Well, duh, look. Learning experience for me -- next
time I will not do the packing of the boxes or the car (no one else knows
where anything is) and i had to repack what the girls put in the car ahead
of time. DO NOT buy one of those cargo nets with the big hooks without the
special rack -- that is how the sleeping bag escaped -- bounced off another
car then off the hood of my co and into the median. No we didn't go back
for it. No one can whine if they forget something or if someone else
forgets something. Next time, 2 people are taking responsibility for each
meal, that way only a couple of people can get in trouble per meal instead
of the same 2 for the whole weekend (girl's decision).
So anyone in California wondering about the Golden Gate Bridging -- it is a
wonderful experience. altho no reason it can't be done over the Coronado
Bridge in San diego, the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, or the Brooklyn
Bridge or ???????
Claudia@ns.net Mother to Jessica & Matthew
Junior Girl Scout Leader Best kids in this world
Cub Committee Member Financial Services / Computer Consultant
Catholic Committee on Scouting Sacramento, California
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