This weekend we went Snow Tubing at Woodbury Ski Area for a purely fun adventure.
The night before, we camped at one of our local Boy Scout camps. Some of us camped inside the cabin (with heat, running water, electricity, etc). This is the closest cabin to our home (only 30 minutes away) - but it's a training cabin, not a bunk house - so we sleep on the floor.
I'm not sure why my campout selfie is upside down, but oh well!
I debuted my newest socks - but forgot to take a picture before lights out, so they're slightly blurred.
They kept my tootsies warm.
Some of our more intrepid Scouts are working on their year-round-camper patch and they braved the temperatures. It got down to 5 degrees. Great job guys!
After a hearty breakfast of pancakes, bacon, orange juice, egg fritatta and a surprise of some Dunkin Donuts munchkins, we headed out to the slopes.
Here are some pictures and videos from the Woodbury Ski Area website. The boys planned this campout as something new. They had a good time. Some of the boys had a fabulous time and would have stayed there until they shut down for the night. I always like that whole-hearted enthusiasm.
The best part of the campout for me is always watching the boys learn and grow. I had one boy successfully complete his Scoutmaster Conference for his First Class Rank. I helped another Scout work on finishing accomplishments for Tenderfoot. I also loved watching one of our eager young Scouts learn how to make the perfect bacon. One of the adults in our Troop is a trained chef. It's so much better when he passes along his words of wisdom cooking. The boys learn from the best and are thrilled with their knowledge.
No more burnt bacon for this young man. Now he knows the secret to perfect bacon!
And I was quite pleased because that same Dad/chef gave me kudos for my family pancake griddle. I don't know where my parents got it originally, because it was already old and well-loved well-seasoned when I was a child. I inherited it as a young adult and have used it nearly every single day since I've had children. Secundogeniture has eaten homemade chocolate chip pancakes nearly every morning for breakfast for as long as I can remember. This griddle gets a lot of TLC.
OK - so by now you're wondering why all my pictures are of food. I hear you. Woodbury Commons is great - but there isn't really a great spot to get a picture if you're not actually out on the slopes yourself. That's why I had to use their pictures for action shots. For lunch we had sandwich fixings (cold cuts, cheeses, chips, salsa, PB&J, apples and homemade chocolate chip cookies courtesy of my Eagle Scout Primogeniture!) This young man sure enjoys some jelly.
It was a fun day. The younger boys enjoyed it the most of all. The older boys - who already enjoy skiing and snowboarding thought it was OK. They had fun, too. The adults, were more risk adverse. We all envisioned broken bones and more. So we stayed in the lodge. Aren't we smart that way? I brought some knitting, but it was the kind that requires paying a lot of attention, so I only knit one row.
What did you do this weekend?