Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Capulin Volcano National Monument, NM

Singing the Wheels on the Bus go round and round does not make it any more fun.
btw, sleeping on a bus SUCKS.
okay it was a quick drive by, but I was there and I saw Capulin Volcano. Capulin Volcano is at more than 7000 feet in elevation.

Texas to Washington - by bus

okay, so with three kids traveling cross country for four weeks, packing Light is a relative term.
this could be fun... it could...
Little nephew didn't last long
hmm, "war of the worlds?"

Monday, June 28, 2010

Preparing for High Adventure

Personal Equipment

Lay of the Land -This program is part of your crew's first exposure to MOHAB. A brief history of the Boone and Crockett Club, their purpose and mission is part of this program as well as TRM Ranch and ERWCC operations. An introduction to the Rocky Mountain Front Range ecosystem, the Bob Marshall Wilderness area and its animals is a primary focus.

Packing

  • Pack with padded hip belt.
    • Internal frame, with a capacity of approximately 4,800 cubic inches
  • Pack cover (waterproof nylon)
  • Six to 12 1-gallon Zip Lock plastic bags to pack clothes

Sleeping

  • Sleeping bag in stuff sack lined with plastic bag
  • Sleeping clothes to be worn only in sleeping bag (T-shirt and gym shorts)
  • Straps to hold sleeping bag on pack
  • Foam sleeping pad (Therm-a-Rest)

Clothing

Layer A (Hiking Clothes)

  • Hiking boots (well broken in)
  • Lightweight sneakers
  • Three pair of heavy socks
  • Three pair of lighter inner socks (merino wool)
  • Three changes of underwear
  • Two pair of hiking shorts
  • Two short-sleeve T-shirts
  • One hat (flexible, with brim)

Layer B (Cool Evening)

  • One long-sleeve shirt (wool)
  • One pair of long pants (fleece)
  • One pair of insulated underwear (wool)

Layer C (Cold)

  • One sweater or jacket (polar fleece)
  • One stocking cap (wool)
  • One pair of gloves

Layer D (Cold, Wet, Windy)

  • One rain suit (A)

Eating

  • Deep bowl (small, plastic)
  • Cup (measuring style)
  • Spoon
  • Three 1-quart water bottles (BB, A)

Personal and Miscellaneous

  • Small pocketknife (A)
  • Matches and lighter in waterproof container (BB, A)
  • Flashlight (small with extra batteries and bulb)
  • Bob Marshall map (A)
  • Two bandanas (BB)
  • Money ($10 to $20 in small bills)
  • Lip balm (at least SPF 25) such as ChapStick (BB, A)
  • Soap (biodegradable) (BB, S)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste (BB)
  • Small hand towel
  • Ditty bag (for personal items in bear bag)
  • Digital Camera
  • Whistle
  • Compass
  • Watch
  • Daypack for side hikes (S)

Key

  • (BB) Packed together in a plastic bag to be placed in bear bag at night.
  • (S) Share with buddy.
  • (A) Easily accessible in pack or carried on person.
We are good to go...

Now for the Curriculum:
Arthur  Carhart National Wilderness Training Center Logo: Wolf howling at moon
space

Friday, June 25, 2010

Arrow of Light and Super Achiever

Chief: Takachsin
Medicine Man: Weuchsowagam
Guide: Witschindin
Guard: Kinhican

Chief: I shall now recite the virtues of the Arrow of Light Award which are represented by these seven candles.
  • Faith: Is when you can believe in something without the need for physical proof or evidence that it is true.

  • Wisdom: means not always being the smartest, but putting the knowledge you have to the right use.
  • Self-Control: is not just for your temper, but the way you behave with all things you do and the way you treat everyone you meet each day.
  • Hope: is believing in the future; that what must be can be, for the better; and that you can make a difference.

  • Love: is caring more about the ones you love than yourself, your family, friends, other people, your home and Country and most of all God.

  • Justice: is when you treat everyone just how you want to be treated; fairly and without regard to who they are, where they are from or what they believe in.
  • Courage: doesn’t mean you don’t know when to be afraid, but that you do what you must in spite of your fears.

Creative Choices

Saturday, June 19, 2010

"Chlorine: the breakfast of champions."

"If I had a dime for every time I drive to the pool..."

"The best things in life are free. Fly, back, and breast aren't bad either."


"Swimming
No shirt, no shoes, no problem"


"If I have but one day to live, please take me to a swim meet because they last forever."

"Butterfly n.
A swimming stroke requiring (in theory) super human strength and extraordinary co-ordination but characterized (in actuality) by randomly placed arm movements and erratic breathing patterns. Performance of this stroke is usually accompanied by incessant yelling on the part of the coach, sheer hysteria on the part of the parent and near drowning on the part of the swimmer."

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Swim Season Results

Stroke

Date

Time

21 Free Style



SCF

05/08/10

23.48

Kleinwood Dolphins

05/18/10

24.67

Canyon Gate Shockwaves

05/22/10

28.69

Wimbledon Killer Whales

05/29/10

23.45

Raveneaux Racers

06/05/10

25.93

Prestonwood Flyers

06/12/10

22.59

Divisional C3

06/19/10

19.48 (3rd)




51 Back



SCF

05/08/10

36.76

Kleinwood Dolphins

05/18/10

30.01

Canyon Gate Shockwaves

05/22/10

36.22

Wimbledon Killer Whales

05/29/10

34.61

Raveneaux Racers

06/05/10

36.97

Prestonwood Flyers

06/12/10

34.51

Divisional C3

06/19/10

29.07 (7th)




61 Butterfly



SCF

05/08/10

35.81

Kleinwood Dolphins

05/18/10

DQ

Canyon Gate Shockwaves

05/22/10

DQ

Wimbledon Killer Whales

05/29/10

DQ

Raveneaux Racers

06/05/10

NS

Prestonwood Flyers

06/12/10

28.33

Divisional C3

06/19/10

26.02 (3rd)

Friday, June 11, 2010

Webelos - Forester










Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Modern Poetry

Forever
------Papa Roach

In the brightest hour
Of my darkest day
I realized
What is wrong with me

Can't get over you
Can't get through to you
It's been a helter-skelter, romance from the start

Take these memories
That are haunting me
Of a paper man cut into shreds
By his own pair of scissors
He'll never forgive her...
He'll never forgive her...

[CHORUS]
Because days! Come and go!
But my feelings for you are forever
Because days come and go
But my feelings for you are forever

Sitting by a fire
On a lonely night
Hanging over from another good time
With another girl...
Little dirty girl
You should listen to this story of her life

You're my heroine-
In this moment I'm lonely
fullfilling my darkest dreams
All these drugs, all these women
I'm never forgiving...
this broken heart of mine

[CHORUS]
Because days! Come and go!
But my feelings for you are forever
Because days come and go
But my feelings for you are forever


One last kiss...
Before I go...
Dry your tears...
It is time to let you go...


One last kiss(One last kiss)
Before I go(Before I go)
Dry your tears(Dry your tears)
It is time to let you go...


Because days! Come and go!
But my feelings for you are forever
Because days come and go
But my feelings for you are forever


One last kiss(One last kiss)
Before I go(Before I go)
Dry your tears(Dry your tears)
It is time to let you go...


One last Kiss...
Before I go...
Dry your tears...
It is time to let you go...

One Last Kiss.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

High Island, Bolivar Pennisula, Texas Gulf Coast

Crossing the Houston Ship Channel, bigger than I thought.
My First Ferry Ride, it was pretty kewl.Erik: contact dermatitis from the Gulf Water, sun burn despite SPF 50, sand in places that a BOY should never have SAND (Magnus had SOMETHING bite his TENTACLE) and TWO rides on the Ferry. It was a historical day.