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Just an old moonshiner from Virginia
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Philmont Scout Ranch - Chronologically
One of the things I don't like about Blogger is that everything is sorted latest-first.  This works for the general "read something new each day" format of a blog, but once that everyday stuff becomes history, especially when a topic spans multiple days, it...

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Philmont Scout Ranch - Day Eleven - Chase Turnaround and Base Camp
Our last day on the trail.  Reflecting back on this trip, we had done a lot.  We hiked through desert.  We hiked through aspen and conifer forests, summited rocky shale peaks, and hiked through dry lakes and high mountain meadows.  But, we had not yet hiked...

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Philmont Scout Ranch - Day Ten - Dean Cow and the Mosquito Canyon of Death
Rising early the next morning, Ponil had one more treat in store for us:  a chuckwagon breakfast.  The camp staff had asked for two adult volunteers from each crew to come down and help cook breakfast, and Max and I jumped at the chance.  We were expected a...

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Philmont Scout Ranch - Day Nine - Ponil
Early the next morning, we struck camp to make our 8am appointment with the Pueblano boys.  We were going to learn how to climb logging poles.  In the center of camp, four fifty-foot tall poles stood like monuments to some long ago logging god.  We sat in t...

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Philmont Scout Ranch - Day Eight - French Henry and Pueblano Camps
On our eighth day, we struck camp at Copper Canyon and headed blessedly downhill to French Henry camp, destined for Pueblano camp.  This would be another approximately eight mile day, but it was a steady descent from 10,000 feet to 8,000 feet.  A nice strol...

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Philmont Scout Ranch - Day Seven - Mount Baldy
This was the big day.  Day seven of our hike was the day that we summited Mt. Baldy.  Baldy was so named because it lies at 12,500 ft, just above the tree line, as an imposing bunch of rocky shale that stares at you from every part of the vastness that is P...

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Philmont Scout Ranch - Day Six - Greenwood Canyon to Copper Canyon Camp
Leaving Greenwood Canyon camp, we continued in the Greenwood Canyon valley and hiked among an environment that looked more like Switzerland than New Mexico. Green aspens and blue spruce were all around us, and the valley was really, really wet.  Babbling br...

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Philmont Scout Ranch - Day Five - Whiteman Vega to Greenwood Canyon
As we left the Vega early on day five, we left the last of the high mountain meadows of the Valle Vidal.  We orienteered ourselves back to Ring Place, and then followed the trails south, south, south to Greenwood Canyon camp.  This last time of orienteering...
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