3 canoes on lake cole

Muddy Boots (not boats)

Dear Mud in my Boots,

My Mom was right, I did need those extra pair of socks that I didn’t want to pack.  I hate to say it, she was also right about the long underwear too…  Shorts over my long underwear with hiking boots, we call it trail style.

The highlight of the day=summiting Mt. Marcy.  Today was the most amazing day ever.  We reached the top of Mt. Marcy around lunchtime.  Our backpacks are still wicked heavy with all our food and bear canisters, but our group is hiking with amazing speed!  The talk on the trail is about the bear that is in the area, yet we haven’t seen him.  Thank goodness.

Let’s talk about the mud.  I have never seen so much mud.  In lots of spots it’s over a foot deep!  I think I should give Mom a head’s up… I WILL need a new pair of hiking shorts (and socks).


The Boots

(Boots n’ Boats 2009)

P.S.  It’s still raining up here.  So I guess you could say the mud is rising.


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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