golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Mon, 20 Jul 1998 18:56:54 -0500
Like many of you, I have just returned from an extended period while out
doing some Scouting.
Our troop was out bicycling across the northern plains of Montana, North
Dakota, and South Dakota.
A quick summary for those interested.
We biked 537 miles. We endured 100 degree heat one day, a tornado one night
while tent camping, and several days of headwinds. Our vehicle broke down
at one point and we lost a day of biking. We biked up and down mesas,
buttes, along canyons, and across badlands. It seemed like a lot more
uphills than downhills.
Some personal obstacles.
One boy had a skiing accident over Easter and broke his arm, his cast came
off 6 days before the trip. Another boy fractured a vertebrae during
football in September, he had to stop biking early a few days due to
severe back pain, despite his medication. Three boys carried prescription
inhalers in their bike bags in case of asthma attack (luckily only one was
used during the trip). Also one of our adults tragically died back in
March, his grandson and son-in-law were on the trip, they kept his spirit
For myself I started using a C-PAP machine about 6 weeks ago and am still
getting adjusted to sleeping hooked up to a breathing machine at night.
I join a group of Scouters on this list with that same condition. BTW, I
bike the same miles as the boys. Another adult provides vehicular support.
We also enjoyed several sightseeing locations such as Mt Rushmore, Jewel
Cave, Custer State Park, Little Bighorn, and rafting on the Stillwater
River in Montana.
It was a great crew of boys and they worked very well as a team, making it
a great experience to be a part of. I really didn't want the trip to end.
The day we returned (Saturday) another crew from our troop headed north
for a canoe trip at Boundary Waters. The day after our return (Sunday) a
third crew headed north into Wisconsin for summer camp at Camp Freeland
Leslie (I drove up and helped get them started).
I'm back at work now, and back on Scouts-L. I'm a little more tanned,
relaxed, and better conditioned. I'm also over the big program hump for
It's good to be back.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City