Countdown to Sunday

Buses  depart from 333 Westchester Ave in White Plains on July 14 at 8PM. I’m feeling quite well having dropped about 20# since last summer’s Camp Inspection Tour at Curtis S Read Scout Reservation in the Adirondacks. This was the site of the 15-minute walk to the new rock-climbing activity area, led by the nimble Ms Mo, who failed to inform us old goats that the 15 minutes were all straight up! After I recovered my heartbeat, I decided that it was time to change diet and become more active if I didn’t want to embarrass myself at the Summit (or be denied participation).

So, Walkin to Jambo is about done. I weighed in this morning at 195.6, dropping my BMI into an acceptable Overweight range, rather than OBESE! I intend to record my experience here next week. The self-photo above was taken on the Waubeeka Dam at CSR just before I headed home after a long weekend. We did an 8-miler out to Pharaoh Wilderness Saturday – low-cut hikers that I’ll use as primary footwear next week performed well in the woods. And the pictured Walking Stick harvested at Pharaoh represents something special, although I’m not sure what – I first went to Pharaoh as a camper in the summer of 1959 or 60, returned with my future wife at some point in the Seventies, hiked in a couple of different ways over the next two decades and finally got a chance to swim in the lake with my son a couple of years ago. We had a misadventure on a July 4th when he was a camper about 6 or 7 years ago when we missed the entrance to Farley’s Gap and spent a very hot afternoon wandering the backlots of CAmp Read, until we finally found the GAp, ascended to the outlet and set-up in somebody’s deer-camp, too exhausted to reach the lake. We had an amazing auditory experience however, as surrounding towns lit off their 4th Fireworks displays, out of sight, as we lay wiped-out in our tents.

So, could have been my last trip in – it was too wet to try the Gap with new scouts, but maybe ext year…

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