Happenings in March Family and Camping
2019 is a big milestone year for my three daughters. Kaity is turning 16, Elissa turned 18, and Grace turned 21. Kaity’s birthday is this month, and not only is she hitting her sweet 16, but she’s also going to be getting her driver’s license. She’s in a health science academy program that helps people develop careers in medicine, and I’m very happy that she can drive herself to and from school – especially when her clinicals start. I’m not sure exactly if that’s where she’s headed in life, but she’s very excited to be in the program, and I’m happy for her. I also learned just recently that Yellowstone National Park was established almost 150 years ago on March 1. Thinking about the park made me think about when I was in the Boy Scouts. We would do a lot of canoeing on the Brazos River, plus many pioneering activities such as building monkey bridges or zip-lines out of logs and twine. We also used to go rifle shooting, and once in a while we got together out in the woods for a mountain man campout. All the scouts and leaders would sleep outside, and we’d do ”outdoorsman” activities during the trip, like hatchet throwing, black powder rifle shooting, and having a chili cook-off. Boy Scouts was a lot of fun! I’m not sure if my troop still does this (I do know it still exists!), but when I joined the troop we’d get together and go camping once a month, rain or shine, hot or cold. The only time we wouldn’t go on a camping trip was if there were “While we were still making our plans, my eldest daughter, Grace, heard the word ‘camping’ and the next thing we knew, we were staying at a really nice hotel for the whole trip.”
One of the last times the whole family decided to go camping was last year. Our plan was to camp up in the Great Smoky Mountains, take in the scenery, and enjoy some good old family time together. While we were still making our plans, my eldest daughter, Grace, heard the word “camping,” and the next thing we knew we were staying at a really nice hotel for the whole trip. Truth be told she was planning the whole trip and discovered that the only campsites available involved cold showers, so we didn’t protest too much. Besides these two trips, I haven’t gone tent camping or enjoyed much of a mountain man life. I know my younger self loved spending time outdoors in the woods and sleeping in tents and hammocks, but I definitely would prefer to stay in a hotel now. I’ve been there, done that, and I’m not sure if I’d do much of it anymore. Even with that being said, I wouldn’t mind going out once in a while, especially with a camp trailer.
some safety issues that we had to consider. We’d go to all sorts of places, such as Fort Sill in Oklahoma where we toured the base, and another just outside Houston. One year, we even went hiking in the mountains of New Mexico at the Philmont Scout Reservation. The Philmont trip was during one of its two (I’m not sure how they managed that) 75th Anniversary celebrations. We had a great time walking the trails, looking at the Anasazi petroglyphs, and climbing some of the most iconic mountains around – Old Baldy and the Tooth of Time. We only hiked on the side of Old Baldy but went up the Tooth of Time. It was a great trip. Although I haven’t gone on any recent camping trips, I’m always happy to think about the time I spent as a scout and how much fun I had. The last time I slept in a tent was when I took Elissa and Kaity to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas. We were all pretty excited to dig for diamonds, though none of us found anything. The three of us camped out in tents and slept in some hammocks that I rigged up for us, a trick I learned back while I was in the scouts.
I hope all of you have a wonderful March!
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