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sore but worth it

We actually got a hike off the ground (so to speak). Three Scouts plus three leaders plus five miles of the Borges Ranch trail = four hours of walking. Would have been faster, but there is something about eleven and twelve year old boys that is absolutely impervious to the concept of looking at a map. I think we spent a good half-hour or more, coaching them on how to orient the map and locate themselves each time we came to a trail intersection. But, then, that was the purpose of the hike, teaching map&compass skills.

They picked the RidgeTop trail for the trail back, which was less than fun for me; I can hike all day on flat, but following the nap of the earth just took all the wind I had and and some more. This is what all that cardio is supposed to be *fixing*, dammit. At least my knees didn't bother me.

I got out of bed this morning, moving like a rusty robot, and my feet still hurt, but it was worth it.

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torakiyoshi
Dec. 17th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Hehehe. After your second sentence, I was going to suggest making an orienteering course and teaching them how to do map and compass work. But I see you already did that. *Grins*

Have the best

-=Kiyoshi
sleepyjohn00
Dec. 17th, 2007 05:24 pm (UTC)
It's a start.
I would dearly love to get them doing orienteeting and geocaching, but first you have to get them to show up.
torakiyoshi
Dec. 17th, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a start.
Funny, that's the same problem I have with my debaters and their parents!

Have the best

-=Kiyoshi
sleepyjohn00
Dec. 17th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a start.
If it's not football season, basketball season, soccer season, baseball season, or hockey season, it's homework season,. or family vacation. Getting a weekend, or even a day, free for these kids to go Scouting gets more impossible every year.
torakiyoshi
Dec. 17th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a start.
Yep. We're all overextending ourselves these days. In a microcosm example, I have students asking me if they can triple-enter in speech events at the Gonzaga University debate tournament. I tried to explain to them that could mean a hoof-trek between buildings on the west end of campus, to the southeast end, in snow (a distance of almost a mile), with maybe five minutes to traverse them. I didn't say no but strongly reccomended against it, and they didn't understand why.

Have the best

-=Kiyoshi
sleepyjohn00
Dec. 17th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a start.
At least they're participating! :)
torakiyoshi
Dec. 17th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a start.
True, but now I'm worried that I'll be paying for rounds they can't make it to.

Have the best

-=Kiyoshi
deckardcanine
Dec. 17th, 2007 05:19 pm (UTC)
following the nap of the earth

Took me a moment to realize you meant "map." Uh, you did, right?
sleepyjohn00
Dec. 17th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
Maybe I have the expression wrong; the sense is that you do not follow a level path, but take whatever changes in elevation the Earth hands you.
deckardcanine
Dec. 17th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
sleepyjohn00
Dec. 17th, 2007 08:29 pm (UTC)
So my height AGL is zero and my speed is slow :)

I remember the term from a Tom Clancy book, now that I think of it. His early stuff was a good read, until he turned it over to a factory.
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