Friday, April 18



1. Camping :: Hiking
2. Camping :: Breakfast for 65
3. Camping :: His Own Tent

Last weekend was our Spring camping trip with the Cub Scouts. What a fun weekend! We headed down to Hill Country which was such a beautiful drive. The bluebonnets are in full bloom and all along the road side. Topher was so excited to see them "Look Bluebonnets!" "Look! LOOK! More Bluebonnets!"

The weekend was perfect. Warm and sunny during the day (Chris got a bit of a sunburn) and cool and crisp at night. (perfect sleeping weather, if you ask me) There was a lot going on. The boys had plenty of Scout activities to keep them busy. We also did plenty of relaxing, too. There is something about camping that I find very peaceful.

We went of several hikes through the woods. The boys were on a scavenger hunt of sorts. Picking up trash along the trail and searching for different signs of nature to observe. We did find a small snake, a few little lizards, and plenty of bugs.

We ate well which is no small feat considering there were 65 of us to feed. However, in true Scout fashion, the mess tent ran like clockwork. We all had our duties and that kept it all flowing well.

Edmund was thrilled to sleep in his own tent. He scoped out his spot, cleared it of rocks and sticks and set up his little tent (with some help from Dad). He's a Boy Scout now and feeling very grown up and independent.

Dutch Oven Entries

The highlight of the weekend is the Dutch Oven Dessert Cook Off. This is such a big deal for many of the dads in the Pack. They take this very seriously and are very protective and some what secretive about their cooking. Saturday night, around the camp fire, all the desserts are presented for judging. The entry with the most used spoons, is the winner. This year there was a bit of an upset in the contest. A newcomer came in and swept the competition. It was a big upset. This winner was not just new, but also a mom. It was a land slide. My boys were so proud. Yep, it was me. I'll be the first to admit, however, that I probably won because I made something different than everyone else. My winning dessert was beignet while the rest of the entries were various forms of dump cake. The competition will be that much more difficult in the Fall. For now, though, I'm happy to hang on to the "Golden" Lid Lifter and savor the victory!

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