Kansas Forever

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. 

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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.

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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.

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30 Days and Counting

Woot woot!  It is hard to believe in exactly 30 days we will be hitting the trails of Philmont Scout Ranch.  Who knew over a year of planning would go by so quickly.  It seems hard to believe we are finally in the last stages of preparing for Philmont.

Just keep hiking

Just keep hiking

Our prep hiking has been kicked up a notch and living rooms and garages are becoming sorting grounds full of equipment.  With Philmont just 30 days away we’ve picked up the hiking pace to 2-3 times a week.  Everyone’s doing great and the enthusiasm is building.

the fearless ladies

the fearless ladies

The merry band of nine is full of newbies and a smattering of veterans.  With five of the six youth experiencing the backcountry of New Mexico for the first time it is sure to be a delight. There is really nothing better than conquering the initial climb of the trek, setting up camp, purifying water and throwing your first bear bag line.  It will be a trip of firsts and we could not be more excited.

On our Way

On our Way

Keep an eye out for more details of our trek and we’ll be sure to keep you posted as we travel by train from Central Illinois to the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

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