This was a great weekend for getting out and hanging with good friends. I was glad to hear the Swampfox was making his way to Columbia for a January/February hang. Even more glad that it was a weekend that I was available to invite me and a few of my buddies to partake in his event... Thanks Swampfox!
Had a great weekend with exception to the many Boy Scouts that stayed in the campground with us Friday night only. Please understand, I am an Eagle Scout. Spent my entire youth in scouting. When I say this was beyond terrible, it was. Cliff Notes version. . . Scouts come in at dark, up late with no concept that others are in the campground with them. No adult control, they were there, but they were doing their own thing. 3 times we talked with them to ask them quiet down but no avail. The sound of chopping wood started at 6:00 am. They were disrespectful and showed very little consideration for others. Worst experience I have ever had with a troop.
I do plan to write a letter to the local district and express my displeasure with them as well as sending a copy to the troop itself.
Saturday, as Swampfox already mentioned, we hiked a couple of miles and got to see a completely different landscape that I typically hike in. What an ecosystem. This swamp flooded for the first time in over a year about two week ago. Saturday came with dinner and fireside chat and about 9:00 Swampfox did the untinkable... checked the weather. Sure enough, our clear skies went cloudy, wind starting coming through like a freight train, and we all battened down our hatches. Thats when I figured this was a golden opportunity for me to do what Hangin Burrito would do... yup... in my own words, I hollered out "Bring it on!".... and we got nothing. No rain. Rumors were circulating that monkeys may have spit on us from above, but no rain. I was truly bummed but in the hammock at this so point so that killed Saturday night's fireside chat.
Sunday, we were on a mission to get home, cleaned up, and prepped for the Superbowl. We were packed, exchanged pleasantries with Swampfox, who was staying a little longer to get in another hike, and we headed for coffee and breakfast.
It was great to have a low temp of 22* on Friday night (some reports varied but we were predicted for 23* but I research got us to 22"... so thats my story. Great to once again hang with Swampfox and with Rick, Kelly, Win, and our youngest of the group Jake (16). Looking forward to when we get to do this all over again... minus this particular Boy Scout Troop.