– Muir quoted by Samuel Hall Young in Alaska Days with John Muir (1915) chapter 7
Wow, it has been almost a month since I last posted. Summer is speeding by and I seem to be spending a good amount of time in the Sierras. Well, at least two camping trips since I last posted.
The Sierras, only about 5 hours away, are perfect for camping and backpacking and much cooler than our local mountains. The first trip we took was in the middle of June to Courtright Reservoir with the Boy Scouts. Craig and I went for a weekend where we stayed at basecamp and helped the boys prep the backpacking meals. We then headed back home (and work) while the boys and a couple of adults headed out for 3 nights of backpacking. Although the elevation was high (8,200 feet), the hiking was not too steep or long so this trip was a good one for the younger scouts. In August the more experienced scouts will head to the Eastern Sierras and up over Kearsarge Pass (11,709 feet).
Although our son recently became an Eagle Scout and turned 18, my husband and I are going to continue as adult volunteers with Troop 1 in Altadena, CA. He is an Assistant Scoutmaster and I am the Cooking Merit Badge Counselor and “Grub Master”. I enjoy developing menus for backpacking, dehydrating food, and teaching the boys to prep and cook.
Then over the long 4th of July weekend, Craig and I headed to Dinky Creek with some friends for a more relaxing weekend. The campsite was pretty close to Courtright Reservoir but much lower in elevation (about 6000 feet). High enough to get us out of the heat but warm enough to allow some swimming in the creek and ponds. We camped with the same church/school group that we have for over 10 years – plus or minus a few families. It is fun to watch the young children play, but not be the parents who have to chase after them. The weekend was filled with lots of friends, good food, and fun. And of course singing – luckily we were in the group site so could sing as late as we wanted. Over the years the quality of the guitar playing and singing has improved, but we don’t expect to be signed up for a record deal any time soon.
I did manage to knit a bit and finished the center section of my ITO silk scarf. I tried a couple of different knitting on edgings, but am still looking for the one that speaks to me. Stay tuned for more details.