Philmont Trek '96
Pat Meehan (alf@KGN.IBM.COM)
Wed, 14 Aug 1996 11:11:56 -0400
Well, finally getting around to being able to have time to report on the
trip ... Got back in town last weds. (8/7) ... Got to work that monday and
had over 700 pieces of mail ... mostly work, some social...
Anyway ... Philmont was absolutely fantastic... The views, the wildlife,
the entire experience... the people I met on the trail and at the
Advisors Coffee time... Some from the internet world.
Out trip out to NM, included stops at Air Force Academy, Olympic Training
Center, Flying 'W' Ranch, Pike's Peak, Koshare Indian Museum - btw, thank
you Joe Clay for hosting us and allowing us to visit the museam and
the movies... You were a great Host!, We also visited Bent's Fort and
ultimately after leaving Philmont we did a rafting trip on the Arkansas
River out of Canon City.
As for Philmont - what can I say... we had a great time. Our trek took us
through the north country into the central part...
We started at Anasasi for Ranger Training (where we were taught about bears,
proper food prep, water purification etc. etc. etc..) then onto
Indian Writings, then to Ponil where we did Horseback riding and the
boys enjoyed the canteena while advisors conversed about this and
that. Our next 3-4 days would be our toughest... On to Paublano Camp
where we did Spar Pole Climbing...not as easy as it looks and ulitimately
to Puablano Ruins Camp where we stayed for the night. Next we went to
French Henry Mines where we Panned for Gold, did some Black Smithing and
visited a Mine... Same day on into and 'UP UP UP' to Copper Park where we
stayed for 2 days... We did a 'side-hike' up and over Baldy Mtn (North
side and down south Side to Baldy Town... ) Fantastic views from atop
of Baldy... we got up there early (9:20am and left around 11ish... Had
lunch up there... As we descended the clouds rolled in, rain and hail began.
At Baldy town we 'woofed' down a couple of candy bars and relaxed then
back up the hill to copper Park... Got back around 2:30... and relaxed the
rest of that day... Next onto Head-of-Dean where we did our Conservation
Project (cut down, thinned out the forest...) and also did the Challenge
Course as the program. Then on to New Dean (no program, just camped) and
then to Dean Cow where we did Rock Climbing and Repelling... The boys enjoyed
that. After that we went to Harlan, where we did Trap Shooting (Shotgun)..and
Burro Racing... That was to be our last night on the trail, so the boys
cooked up all their desserts... (they had 4)... Harlan and Vaca Camp were hit
by the Tornado that occurred the 'first' day we were in Base Camp... We
to were standing by the Medical building watching this monster roll through
and devastate Cimaron... Our Ranger was one of the "Search and Rescue" members
who went into Cimaron to help... Said it was terrible, a mess...
We left Harlan and headed for Webster Lake which was our pickup point... We
sat by the side of the road, right under the Tooth Ridge... So close, we
were seriously thinking about 'bushwhacking it'... but decided it wouldn't
be the right thing to do..
That afternoon, we all went into Cimaron to a) check out the devastation and
b) to get us a 'BIIIIIIIG' ice cream treat... mmmmmm!
Well that's about it, not too much detail, but enough to maybe entice
those who haven't gone and are thinking about it... an experience not to
be forgotten... I'm planning on going back in 2000...
YiS - pat
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