Hard to believe, but my boy turned 16! Wow, time is flying.
It just so happened that he had a scouting campout on his birthday. We got him a new sleeping bag and he has been loving the hikes and the chance to do some backpacking. Due to some work constraints, I wasn’t able to join in the overnight stay – but since they were in the hills close to home I was able to get up early and run up to meet them for the hike out.
I left before 06:00 with a pack full of food, clothing, and about 140 ounces of water. It was so HEAVY! I ran a little over 17 miles before meeting the group as they were just getting underway. I spun a 180 and joined in the hike which took us over 15 miles and several thousand feet of climbing. The boys did great, I couldn’t believe what good hikers they all were – carrying full loads all day. Things are looking good for the 50 miler this summer.
It was a great day, and I had a blast spending some time on the trail with my ‘little’ boy. Happy Birthday, Malcolm!