3 canoes on lake cole

“If this trip is a green circle…

…what’s a blue square like?” That was a question I overheard as the Wilderness Skill Builder cooked their dinner (macaroni and cheese with the option of tuna). This crew got up and out of their Ladleton campsite as they had a long day of hiking over Wildcat Mountain on their way back to the West Valley. Today’s skills included water purification using a filter, land navigation, cooking, and fire-starting. There was also some discussion (and demonstration) of alternative tooth-brushing methods. It seems that coals from your fire are a great substitute if you can stand the grit.

Coals for a tooth brush

This is something cowboys used to do before heading into town. It is surprisingly effective at whitening teeth. But as I considered this, I also wondered about the group’s sanity. They have only been out for 2 days now. How bad could it be? Just to be sure, I looked through more pictures and came across this:

Oh my!

Oh my! I’d be worried if they had more hiking to do, but tomorrow I will be dropping them off at the Delaware River for a couple days of paddling and a night by the river. Maybe the water will help? I hope you are enjoying your week as much as they are loving theirs. See you in a couple of days!


Zach eigenbrodt

Born and raised in Wisconsin, Zach couldn't keep himself out of the woods when growing up. He started working at a Northern Wisconsin YMCA Camp as a wilderness trip leader while in college and fell in love with getting kids into nature. The smiles on kids faces after returning from a once in a life time wilderness experience is why he is here today. Zach brought his talents to Frost Valley YMCA, in 2014, when he started as the Trips Coordinator and soon was promoted to Adventure Director. Zach loves all forms of Wilderness exploration, though some would say his heart lies most with canoeing.

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