Trains, Scouts and Sleeping

It’s pretty fabulous to travel by train.  There’s way more room for wandering and for sleeping and overall better experiences.

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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It’s bound to be a great trip!

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We’re Off

Well we’re Philmont bound! We’ve landed on the train and are making our way to an amazing adventure.

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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.

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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!

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All Aboard!

Amazing, “The year has quickly gone by and we’re finally at Philmont Scout Ranch!”  That is what we’ll be saying in exactly three months.  On July 11, 2014 we will have arrived in Raton, New Mexico, jumped on buses full of Scouts and Venturers from all over the country and made our way to Philmont Scout Ranch.

Just 4 months!

Just 3 months!

It does not really seem possible all our hard work and preparations will be coming to life in only three months.  We will have left on Wednesday, July 10 from the Galesburg Amtrak station, said goodbye to all our family and started on a once in a lifetime adventure.  The train will take us all the way to New Mexico and after hours of card games, sleeping and riding a train for 18 hours we will have made new scouting friends.

Backpacks are too big for these!

Backpacks are too big for these!

 

The niftiest part of taking a train to Philmont is how full the train is with Scouts and Venturers following an 18 hour train trip.  When we catch the train in Galesburg we’ll probably be the only Venturers on the train.  By the time we’ve been on the rails for 10 hours the train will be filling up with boots, packs and water bottles.  Scouts and Veturers will swap stories, forge friendships and share past Philmont stories.  Then after 18 hours of a swaying train rolling through the mountains and prairies the train will be bursting with anxious scouters.

Sayonara, Mom and Dad!

Sayonara, Mom and Dad!

 

We have a lot of prepping yet to do but we are excited.  There are miles to hike and hills to conquer before we’re ready for the mountainous terrain of New Mexico.  But hiking on a weekly basis and setting up practice weekend trips will help us be prepared for anything.

 

The countdown has begun and the adventure awaits!

Just Three Months

Just Three Months