A few weeks ago a small group of scouts (only 5!) from our troop, along with 4 adults, headed out for an overnight backpacking trip to Agua Caliente Creek. We noticed that we could make a palindrome of the boys’ names, with Evan in the middle (a word palindrome for the grammarians out there, I realize Evan would have to be Eve for it to be a true palindrome). So that meant we had a palindrome of scouts. I know that scouts usually come in troops, along with apes, baboons, buffalo, gorillas, kangaroos, and monkeys, but for this post a palindrome of scouts they shall be. I’m not sure the official namers of groups of things, the same squad that came up with a murder of crows, a flamboyance of flamingos, a congregation of alligators, a flutter of butterflies, a wake of buzzards, a pounce of cats, a romp of otters, a zeal of zebras, a wisdom of wombats, a hover of trout, a scurry of squirrels, a parliament of rooks, a prickle of porcupines, a pandemonium of parrots, an implausibility of gnus, and a bellowing of bullfinches would agree with my categorizing them as such, but it’s my blog, so it’s my rules. (For a more complete listing of animal group names (yes, there are more!), ask The Almighty Guru.)
So off we set. Mo, Rob, Zek, Michelle, and our palindrome of scouts shouldered our packs and hit the Pacific Crest Trail, just past the small town of Warner Springs, California. We hiked north 3.6 miles to a charming little grove of trees nestled alongside a creek. We had great weather for our hike (overcast and cool). There isn’t much shade along the trail until you hit the creek, so this was perfect weather as far as we were concerned.
We arrived mid-morning, and didn’t have much of an agenda for the rest of the day. The boys climbed, prowled, dug, played, splashed, caught, released, and sang the afternoon away. The adults waved to hikers heading to Canada on the PCT, read our books, chatted, and every now and then did a head count. Usually we knew where everyone was. It was a great trip. Check out my photos (double click on them to get a close up view), and videos. Here are a few final thoughts to send you on your way…
Now ere we nine were held idle here, we nine were won.
A man, a plan, a canal — Panama
May a moody baby doom a yam?
Check out these videos below from our trip.