I'm back Philmont 97'
HENRY S. HEINE (hheine@WELCHLINK.WELCH.JHU.EDU)
Tue, 8 Jul 1997 14:02:15 -0400
Well what a Trip! Actually I'm ready to go back out somewhere, anywhere.
Our crew had a great time and I'm hopeful that much that they learned
will show up in the troop over the next couple of months. Talk about Team
building! For those of you still to go this year if you get the priviledge
of having Luke Teske as your ranger give him my best. This young man I
believe made a great impression on the boys and as I said before I hope
some of it spills into the Troop.
Our trip started on Father's Day with of course the Fathers taking turns
driving. We camped the first night in Indiana and woke up to celebrate my
son's birthday on the road. We pushed on to Topeka, Kas. and stayed at
Camp Hammond, a YMCA camp nearby. For those of you from the east heading
to Philmont or other points west this is a great stop. $1/person and an
additional $10 if you want a cabin instead of just setting up a tent.
There were hot showers a nearby lake and we were resupplied with ice as
well. Contact Bruce Wolhuter at 913-379-5385 (the site manager).
Anyway the next day we pressed on to Colorado and the Air Force Academy,
where we toured the grounds and buildings and watched the gliders come in
until dusk. On to Pikes peak and later Mt. Capulin in New Mexico on day 4
pulling into Philmont late in the evening.
Highlights of Philmont, We were on trek #4 which was moderate and with
the exception of one of our advisors maybe too moderate for the crew. The
petrogliphs and excavations at Indian writings were interesting. I
got to watch the full moon set over the canyon wall while the sun rose
over the opposite wall in North Ponil Canyon. What a fantastic sight. Deer
Lake absolutly pristine. The many views from atop the ridges. And
watching night come across the plains from the Tooth and then the sunrise
the following morning.
The few lowlights were that every campsite was crowded and noisey. We
felt that we were in Base Camp the whole 11 days. We had to share our
site with another crew one night as all the campsites were taken. The
conservation project was poorly organized, staffed and executed and
compounded by the fact that logistics had us come down off the mountain
3-4 miles from our campsite and return only to cover the same ground the
next day on our way to our next camp.
But overall a great trip! But to finish I still think the West Virginia
Mountains our prettier. On to summer camp with the Troop next week and
back to Philmont in 99'.
Hank Heine firstname.lastname@example.org
SM Troop 615,COR Pack 461
National Pike Dist.
Baltimore Area Council
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