The adventure begins with our first day at Philmont Scout Ranch Training Center with District Executive, James Lennon and District Commissioner, Bill Kellner, for Key 3 Training.
This is is especially fun for me as I have my entire family with me, including my wife, 13 year old son (who is a Scout), as well as my 11 and 9 year old daughters.
Had quite a drive from San Diego, with stopovers in Phoenix to visit family and Gallup, New Mexico, before getting here. We also saw the Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert.
Had some great lightning and thunder which caused the Opening Ceremony to be moved inside, although we really didn’t have any rain until later when we got rain when we were in bed.
The the three of us went to the Tooth of Time Traders, where they have a heck of a lot of backpacking and Philmont merchandise in general. Also got to see the roughly 400 people that are both coming and going from the Camping Center which is more or less across the street from the Training Center.
We got to meet a number of people already and there are pretty close to someone from every state in the Country present.
Tomorrow the training and fun starts, so until then!