When you spend 11 days hiking in the back country of Philmont Scout Ranch it is hard to squeeze everything into only one post! So much happened we’ll need to share over a few days. Hold onto your hats, we did a lot of hiking.
Our grand adventure started off with a bit of excitement. Crew 711-G was the honored recipient as the designated 1 millionth crew of the day when we arrived on Friday, July 11. Our fearless Crew Leader, Trevor, was presented with a folding sheathed, engraved knife to commemorate this being the summer of the 1,000,000 scout to attend Philmont Scout Ranch. We were quite shocked and honored.
Mr. Sam Moore was introduced to us as our Ranger and we hit the ground running. It did not seem possible for over a year of planning to finally be upon us and we were taking everything in with wide eyes. From the dining hall lined with crew Class Bs to the opening ceremony to the gathering of our crew gear we were as ready as we could be.
Saturday afternoon brought us to a Leave No Trace campsite where Sam filled us in on all the important stuff we needed to know. Like how to put up bear bags, the importance of the Bermuda Triangle and the Human Sump. Thanks Tanner for sacrificing your gut on our first night! For some unknown reason girls always catch the blame for talking late into the night. Not so on this first night in the back country. Tanner, Ross, Trevor and Jared could not stop talking…they were not quiet folks!
Well we rolled into Kansas City last night at 10:30pm. It’s 8 am local time and guess what…we’re still in Kansas.
The train was FREEZING! Sleeping was intermittent for those of us without blankets or long pants. We made it through the night but have yet to escape the clutches of Kansas.
Now that the train is warm and the view has been the same for hours we’re all catching up on some rest. Had a little breakfast of muffins from ice cream containers and like champs ate pudding and brownies with Capri Suns.
It’s pretty fabulous to travel by train. There’s way more room for wandering and for sleeping and overall better experiences.
We’ve managed to make some friends from Michigan. Playing ‘Boy Scout’ and euchre in the cafe with our new scouting family. We’ve shared our Twizzlers and Capri Suns and escaped onto the platform in Kansas City.
Trevor made friends with a few conductors and engineers and they’ve said they’ll give him a tour of the Galesburg Amtrak. There was a crazy card game with pizza on the line.
Now we’re back on the rails and everyone is mostly winding down. Tanner ‘s been sleeping for sometime curled in a little ball and Megan’s all comfy next to the window.
Well we’re Philmont bound! We’ve landed on the train and are making our way to an amazing adventure.
Trevor is as happy as a clam getting ready to ride his first train. Megan is ready for her first high adventure with the crew and for 12 days of camping. Tanner, Jared and Ross are enjoying all the room for their long legs. Amariah is pumped to be returning to Philmont for round two.
The adults are crazy excited to be going on this incredible adventure with these amazing young men and women. It’s going to be an amazing trek! Here we come!