Saturday, November 07, 2015

Follett Foursome

A foursome of Ken Follett books:

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Fiesta Island Outing

Troop 774 headed out to Fiesta Island again for the our latest outing.  There was an OA Conclave the same weekend so we didn't get to use the canoes.  However, we did geocaching, bike rides and the always popular dutch oven cookout.

Fiesta Island Campsite

Monday, October 12, 2015

Past 2 Weekends

  • Building mobile cabinets for a troop Eagle project
  • San Diego UCLA Alumni talk about aging demographics
  • Trailbuilding at Mataguy

New Trail at Mataguay

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Summer Reading List

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Channel Islands Kayaking and Camping

The first troop outing of the season was an exciting trip out to Santa Cruz island in Channel Islands National Park for some camping and kayaking.  A couple of us headed up to Carpenteria Friday night while others headed up early Saturday morning to the boat launch in Ventura harbor.  After a nice hour or so trip over to the island, we immediately met up with the outfitters for kayaking.  We got a safety brief and split into two groups for easier maneuvering.  We then hit the water and explored the island's many sea caves.  Some were tunnel that went through the cliff walls.  Other was more cavernous.  The guides took us to many spots and everyone had a great time.
After the kayaks, the scouts did some snorkeling off the beach.  Due to El Nino, the water was exceptionally warm and no one had a wet suit.  After the snorkeling, we headed up to the camp.  We had haul our gear about a mile to the group camp. We saw many of the island's indigenous foxes which were very accustomed to humans. We made dinner and headed for an early night.  I made the mistake of cowboy camping and got eaten alive by bugs.
The next day we did another snorkeling session and then packed up. We got on the boat and got to the dock around 7:00p and headed for a long ride home.  Overall, the trip was awesome and we really want to check out the other islands in the future.