On June 27th – 28th, Troop 325 troop took a second trip northwest of Kettle Falls, WA to a place totally new to the troop. We headed about 15 miles south of the Canadian border to explore Taylor Ridge. Adam, a friend from Cub Scout days, was able to come along on this trip. This hike was a bit noteworthy because the younger and “mid-management” scouts participated, but none the older ones were able to come.
We left Saturday morning and arrived at the trailhead before noon. One scout gashed his knee a bit, so the scouts had to improvise the day’s plan right away. They delayed the start of the hike and started teaching some outdoor skills. Axe and saw safety skills were taught to the younger scouts as well as plant identification. It was excellent to see the troop pull together and adapt to this change in plans.
The trail to the ridge headed up, up, and up. It ended up being a fairly short hike, but was an excellent introduction to mountain hiking. We camped right next to the peak and enjoyed the marvelous views across the nearby mountains and valleys. The weather all weekend was just right – sunny and warm. This trip was an excellent lesson in pushing yourself farther than you may want to go, but then getting to enjoy the well-deserved reward when you do!
- Bob Castellaw