Lost Steps at the Summit

Had to leave my pedometer in camp while we went rafting, so missed logging over 3 miles to  the bus depot and back on Thursday.

Then yesterday, I plumb forgot it and missed hike to another bus depot for our Day of Service. Which turned out to be pretty cool. We visited Pipestem State Park where we took a. Spreads ant NAture hike along the Bluestone River. our village idiot scout decided it would be fun to sway the tram car . The pore reactor disagreed, stopped the tram, and left me swaying high above the gorge with three scouts until the swaying ceased. The tram operator scolded the scout, our climb out continued & I was to flabbergasted to speak when this jerk reached the top. I was afraid I would kill him. He had already taunted another nut-allergic kid by throwing hickory nuts at him, kept us up past midnight when he went AWOL the first night at Janbo and pulled other stunts that put him on the verge of being invited to leave immediately.

Back to Pipestem – we laid several courses of concrete block on columns to support a scenic overlook at McKeever Lodge. The kids were good and it was a meaningful part of our svice to the community. I think this why I was so pissed off at this kid. West Va has gone out of its way to welcome the BSA to its state and thi s insolent, rude, paththeic, sselfish asshole is sl

Happy Camping!

Adventures is likely the right word! We are getting early reports that the Summit site, a former mountain-top coal-mining operation that the Scouts are restoring, is a sea of mud! And more rain expected. Probably be something like Woodstock revisited.

[I guess this would make better sense if the original email to which my reply was cc’d to Walkin’ had been included. But one of my library trustees wished me well on vacation and happy camping at the Jamboree.]

William C Langham, MLS
Director
Orangeburg Library
20 So. Greenbush Road
Orangeburg NY 10962
845-359-2244 ext 11
orangeburg-library.org

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…