The next morning we got things going well. We filtered water from the pond, got camp struck; everything was going well. The only worry point was a rumble of thunder coming on a moist breeze. Still, it held off until we got started, so there was no use hanging around to wait out the rain. We hit the trail at 9:30 a.m., right on schedule.
The rain started in earnest as we headed down the trail south from Rattlesnake. After a half hour or so, the heavens simply opened. We trudged on with lightning and thunder crashing overhead, till we were all squishing in our boots. Eventually, we holed up for a bit under somebody’s garage canopy. The rain was still falling steadily, but we were afraid that if we sat much longer, we’d have somebody heading into hypothermia. So we trudged on.
We arrived shortly at the State Forest horse camp. We strung up the dining fly and got some water on the stove so we could make our hypothermia cure-all: double-strength hot Gatorade. We parked ourselves for lunch. We also had the chance to change into dry clothes in the restroom. At the end of lunch, somebody said we should pray for sunshine. I realized they weren’t kidding. I prayed for better weather; the Venturers appeared to pray with unusual fervor. Within a few minutes, the rain began clearing off.
I went to change. Kaila was on the Women’s side and we talked a bit through the wall. She said that prayer really seemed to work. I replied neutrally that God answers prayer. She said that at this rate, I just might convert her. That would be a good thing, I replied.
The sun came out and dried up all the landy-landy. Other than some very soggy shoes, we were all pretty happy. The spring green under the blue sky was just beautiful. We got under way again around 12:30. From the horse camp to Fish Creek Camp was four miles on the road. Our way took us down the Fish Creek Valley. It was some fairly easy hiking. Even my boots dried out a bit. The last hill up to the campground was a killer, but then we were done.
We rested at Fish Creek Camp, made supper, and were cleaning it up when Deanne arrived to help bring us in. We cleaned up dinner, packed up and drove back home. We set up the tents and spread the groundcloths to dry. Parents picked up Venturers and I put gear away. It was another great trip. A little weather can’t stop our Crew.
Rougher! Tougher! Buffer!