Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Desert Backpacking

Bengt and I went on our first backpacking trip with Troop 774.  We drove out to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on Friday night and camped at Bow Willow.  We woke up Saturday morning, ate a moderately quick breakfast and hit the trail.  Earlier in the morning, the Scoutmaster and I had drove to the intended campsite to cache some water since the site was not an established campground.  The hike was 4.4 miles in and was a moderate uphill grade since we were heading into a canyon.  The kids all did great and were very relieved to get to the site.  Once there, we had lunch and some relaxation.  We then did an afternoon day hike to further explore the canyon.  The patrols then cooked their dinners which were nicely packed into zip bags for easy identification and preparation.  I hit the sack quite early while the kids burned off their desserts.
Sunday morning saw an early cold breakfast and then back to the trail for the hike back to Bow Willow.
Everyone had a great time and I can't wait to get some more backpacking treks in.

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