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Troop 1904: When Nature Calls

Jonathan Ikemura

This past weekend the troop gathered up as much stuff as they could possibly bring and ventured into the woods. Tents, cameras, and 2 shopping carts worth of snacks, we were ready for a zombie apocalypse. So here's some photos from our 2 nights of camping.

Car #1 is fully packed to the brim. We had to fold down every single seat to fit everything.

Car #1 is fully packed to the brim. We had to fold down every single seat to fit everything.

Birds chirping, 20 crazy children running around screaming. The calming sounds of nature.

Birds chirping, 20 crazy children running around screaming. The calming sounds of nature.

Kris and I set up our tent in the only open spot. That spot just happened to be the only spot in the entire camp that was in direct sunlight the whole day.

Kris and I set up our tent in the only open spot. That spot just happened to be the only spot in the entire camp that was in direct sunlight the whole day.

We had knives, machetes, and axes everywhere. You never know when you'll get attacked by zombies.

We had knives, machetes, and axes everywhere. You never know when you'll get attacked by zombies.

We couldn't get the big grill to work... Luckily we brought 3! Now who's laughing?

We couldn't get the big grill to work... Luckily we brought 3! Now who's laughing?

But I guess an old fashioned fire will do the trick too.

But I guess an old fashioned fire will do the trick too.

Smoke was killing everyone this weekend. I'm pretty sure Jay got it the worst. His beard probably still smells like smoke.

Smoke was killing everyone this weekend. I'm pretty sure Jay got it the worst. His beard probably still smells like smoke.

So after fussing with all the grills and fire building, we finally started making dinner.

So after fussing with all the grills and fire building, we finally started making dinner.

Spaghetti, garlic bread, Oreos, and Cheez-Its. The staple of any camping trip.

Spaghetti, garlic bread, Oreos, and Cheez-Its. The staple of any camping trip.

We all packed for the heatwave weather. It turned out to be the exact opposite.

We all packed for the heatwave weather. It turned out to be the exact opposite.

Spayde's deluxe hotdog stick was probably the best purchase for this camping trip.

Spayde's deluxe hotdog stick was probably the best purchase for this camping trip.

Finally stars! Look at what all that light pollution is hiding.

Finally stars! Look at what all that light pollution is hiding.

The "Terry get out of my shot" shot.

The "Terry get out of my shot" shot.

It's hard to sleep with Spayde's snoring in the tent right next to yours. But it did keep the bears away.

It's hard to sleep with Spayde's snoring in the tent right next to yours. But it did keep the bears away.

Ruxton on zombie bear patrol.

Ruxton on zombie bear patrol.

Pigs in a blanket, and playing hot dog roulette with Jay's tofu dogs.

Pigs in a blanket, and playing hot dog roulette with Jay's tofu dogs.

Extra jumbo marshmallows, for the marshmallow enthusiasts.

Extra jumbo marshmallows, for the marshmallow enthusiasts.

Ruxton looking majestic in the woods.

Ruxton looking majestic in the woods.

The next morning (Sunday), all the families packed up and left. That also included all the endless waves of screaming children.

The next morning (Sunday), all the families packed up and left. That also included all the endless waves of screaming children.

On day #2 we decided to go out for a hike, and explore our surroundings.

On day #2 we decided to go out for a hike, and explore our surroundings.

Hiking briefing: follow the person in front of you, don't stop, don't touch the poison ivy.

Hiking briefing: follow the person in front of you, don't stop, don't touch the poison ivy.

The ewoks are around here somewhere.

The ewoks are around here somewhere.

That log bridge is probably safe, let's cross it.

That log bridge is probably safe, let's cross it.

We checked out Doane Pond. We brought swim trunks, but we took a pass.

We checked out Doane Pond. We brought swim trunks, but we took a pass.

Poking friends with sticks so they think bugs are landing on them. A timeless classic.

Poking friends with sticks so they think bugs are landing on them. A timeless classic.

Group #2 stayed back to make sure mountain lions don't sneak up on our 6.

Group #2 stayed back to make sure mountain lions don't sneak up on our 6.

Nick, get down from there.

Nick, get down from there.

So we were hiking this trail in search of Scott's Cabin. We then found out that it burned down many years ago. At least the view was amazing.

So we were hiking this trail in search of Scott's Cabin. We then found out that it burned down many years ago. At least the view was amazing.

We hiked back down to a road. The trail that took over an hour to hike only took about 15 minutes to walk on the road.

We hiked back down to a road. The trail that took over an hour to hike only took about 15 minutes to walk on the road.

We came back and started to cook kabobs for our last dinner.

We came back and started to cook kabobs for our last dinner.

The next morning we had to pack up everything and take off. Goodbye Palomar.

The next morning we had to pack up everything and take off. Goodbye Palomar.

Time to book it home for some showers and naps.

Time to book it home for some showers and naps.

Camping was a fun little excursion from our normal lives. Escaping computers, phones, and traffic was nice. Now it's time to get back to the grind! New range of tees are dropping soon! So keep an eye out for that!