I had the opportunity to go on the local TV station and talk about scouting! It may be a small town, but the cameras were real. I think I will count it as a BUCKET LIST item.
I just want to clarify the 50 mile hike story. It was 50 miles that you have to complete in 18 hours. The hike was along a portion of the C&O Canal in Maryland. It was called it the Alonzo Stagg Hike. They had check points set up along the trail every 5-10 miles, so there were many opportunities to quit. Also the hike started in the evening and you had to hike through the night.
The first year I hiked with my scout brother, I made it 38 miles. I had to be back for the Homecoming Marching Band performance, so my chance to finish was cut short. I have to say I had some regrets about not finishing, but I don’t know how I could have. My feet were covered in blisters and killing me.
Over the next year I walked all over our community with my family. It wasn’t easy, but I walked 50 miles over that trail four more times. It is a real mental struggle to keep going when you are so tired and your feet hurt. I have great memories of hiking with my brother, sister, and Dad. The challenge was worth it and the location was one of the best of God’s creations.
And it started because my younger brother said the scouts were hiking 50 miles!