Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Things I do for My Kids

The guys of Pack 220 and Troop 220

Of all the crazy things that I have ever done for my kids, last weekend ranks way at the top of the list. I went camping with CJ's Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop.
Oh, but wait, I forgot to mention that I was the only female on the camping trip. Yep, it was me and 39 men and boys. Oh, and did I mention that it was probably the coldest weekend that we have had in Central Florida since last winter. Friday night, as I laid shivering in my TENT, the temperature dipped to a wonderful 28 degrees.
So, as if being the only woman at a very cold camp out was not enough. Saturday morning we got up to go on a five mile hike on part of the Florida Trail. Now, I was not at all worried about the hike, I was actually kind of looking forward to it. However, all of my hiking and walking experiences have taken place on well traveled trails. The trail that I was about to hike on was not at all well traveled. In fact, many parts of the trail did not look like a trail at all. It was difficult at times to know if we were even on the trail. Needless to say, it was quite an adventure and a great workout. My legs are still feeling it, even 3 days later.

This is what part of the trail looked like

Well, now that all is said and done. I have to say that it was not all that bad to be the only woman on the trip. All of the guys were pretty well behaved. They treated me pretty well, helped me when I needed it, and were pretty nice all the way around. Plus, I think the fact that I made it through what was a challenging weekend for all of us, impressed all of them a little bit. And, even better, I am very proud of myself. I made it through, I did what I had to do, I toughed it out, and I was there for my son. It was a big weekend for both of us. We will have stories to tell for years to come!

1 comment:

Kelly said...

I couldn't believe when Chris told me you were there by yourself and all those men. You are a brave woman!! CJ won't forget it!! Have a good thanksgiving!