Chuck, Judah, Collin, Joseph and Zac
|Enoch and Peter along the shores of Icicle Creek|
Campfires and plenty of tarps made camping pleasant despite the near constant deluge drenching our three day stay. That and the wonderful company camping in our group site of course, comprised of a fine collection of Scouts and family members from our troop ranging in age from two-ish up to... adult. We missed having a few of our super-sized families along this year, but serious health concerns for medically fragile children and newborns can put a damper on travel plans. Our anchor family missed this year's camp-out as well, due to a family gathering in another state. Drastic! We had to call them from town to make sure we knew the right time to assemble for the river ride on Sunday morning.
Caleb, Isaac, and Zac in triple hammock formation
The river rafters had a blast, despite the dismal weather for the first half of the ride. Due to high water levels, the rapids were especially exciting this year. Zachary was one of the first to topple out of a boat, apparently much earlier than he would have preferred, due to his feet slipping in the raft. Peter's favorite rapids included 'boulder bend' and 'drunkards' drop.' Passing an abandoned raft, jammed into a bridge support (crash site from the previous day's ride), our riders came face to face with the real dangers and hazards possible while river rafting. Good news that none of those Saturday rafters from the crash into the bridge were seriously injured.
|Tim (orange hat) with Peter (khaki hat) and a group of Scouts and family members ride the Wenatchee River.|
|One of our top stops when staying in or near Leavenworth: Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church|
|Joseph leads us on the Way of the Cross, under construction on the sprawling grounds at Our Lady of the Snows.|