A couple weeks before school, in August, I joined a Venturing Crew and headed to Philmont Scout Camp. The two main leaders were Rob and Tori Black. They are amazing in all they do. Justin Cook and I were the "assistant leaders". They really just needed more adults and we were crazy enough to agree to go. :)
The next camp was a ranch. Most of us branded our hiking boots. Karlee and Bailee branded their camera cases too. The top brand is for their cattle and the bottom for their horses.
At every camp we would have a "porch talk". Basically giving us the rules of their camp. Making us aware if they have had trouble with bears and other animals. At this particular camp they were having trouble with a momma bear and her cub. They also have a mountain lion in the area. That perked up all our ears. Well...that night as Bailee and I were talking a walk to a "red roof inn", outhouse, Justin tells us that he thinks he saw the mountain lion. Bailee and I get very nervous. We continue on, making all kind of noise. Then I see eyes!! Like cat eyes!! Crap!!! WE make more noise. We missed the red roof inn and found a couple boys, maybe 16, to keep us safe. Bailee tells them all we have to do is run faster than you. They didn't get it. It was frightening!! We make it back to camp and go to bed. Some place safe.
Bailee bought a bumper stick that says "IWGBTP". I wanna go back to Philmont. Now that it's been 2 months since we were there, maybe. It really was an amazing experience. I hope my boys get to go one day. It's hard, but worth it.