Thursday, January 5, 2017

15 Mile Hike

Dawson is working on the Hiking Merit Badge for Scouts.  He's had to learn a slew of first aid things and has to go on several hikes (planning and preparing for each one and then writing a summary afterwards).  So far, he's completed the 5-mile hike, 3 separate 10-mile hikes, and now the 15-mile hike.  The only hike remaining is the big whopping 20-mile hike. 

 His friend, Ben, from Scouts is also working on the Hiking Merit Badge, so the 3 of us all went for a long 15-mile hike on the Lone Star Hiking Trail.  Randy dropped us off at Stubblefield Campground in New Waverly and we trekked all the way back to our house in Huntsville.  The boys were great hikers, as usual.  They kept a steady pace, had good conversations, and enjoyed the sites.  We finished in 5 hours and 16 minutes, tired and sore, but also happy.

Heading out!

The obstacles along the trail are always fun.

It's a pretty trail.

They were so good about posing for pictures for me.

We had to hike on a road for a bit, complete with cattle guard.

A snack and a rest.

A brief stop once we made it to the Elkins neighborhood.

It was a 3 mile hike through the neighborhood to get back home.

Home at last.  Only a little tired. Hehehe.

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