Back from Philmont
Doug Gentry (dwgentry@POLARCONSULT.COM)
Tue, 9 Jul 1996 08:22:13 -0800
There may have been other, similar messages while I was in the back
copuntry, but just in case...
The Level II Fire Danger was still in effect throughout New Mexico when we
were there last week. It seemed to affect back country fires, black powder
rifle shooting, and base camp campfires, but not much else. There's
actually been a fair amount of rain recently - not enough to wipe out the
effects of the winter drought, but enough to settle the dust and bring out
loads of wildflowers. We were really in the typical July weather pattern
this past week, with warm/hot mornings and thunderstorms in the afternoon.
Showers were still working in the backcountry as well as in the Camping
We had a great time, and the organization at Base Camp was impressive. The
new Welcoming Center makes it easier to gather for outbound crews.
I'll do the usual and put together my notes from my journal and post them
somewhere. In the meantime, one tip which runs counter to what our ranger
suggested... We were advised for dinners to throw the soup and entre' into
a single pot - to make cleanup easier and to conserve fuel. We found,
however, that as our longer days taxed us, that we needed and wanted two
separate courses - a soup and then the main dish. It filled us up better
and gave us more water if we had the two separate courses.
Good luck to anyone headed out to Philmont. What a great experience!
Doug Gentry - firstname.lastname@example.org
510-654-1837 fax: 510-654-3706
SM - Troop 1 - Piedmont, Calif.
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