Troop 14 in Yosemite!
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These pages attempt to document the adventures of 26 scouts, adults, and friends over the course of 13 days in Yosemite National Park, Reno, and San Francisco.  It was months in the planning, with untold hours of preparation and fund raising.  The end result was that it cost each scout roughly the same as a week at Cedarlands.

Realizing that there were different skill levels and interests, and wanting to include as many people as possible in the trip, we organized ourselves into two teams, as shown below.  This gave us the greatest flexibility, making sure that everyone had a chance for adventure and challenge. In the listing, names in bold are the adults.

There were nearly 2,500 photos taken by the group, and these pages only show a subset of the stories we have to tell.  The table below offers a rough breakdown of what happened when, with links to the different pages when possible.  For ease of navigation, the list in the left frame offers hot-links to the same pages.  As a bonus, many of the scouts and adults offered their own personal essay about some aspect of the trip.  ...  Enjoy!

August, 2006

The Red Team
John
Bob
Nick
Jim
Patrick
Mike
Brian
John
Matt
Cliff
Jeremy
Chris
Matt
Koslosky
Decker
Decker
Derrane
Derrane
Fitzsimmons
Fitzsimmons
Ivory
Ivory
Rose
Rose
Sleys
Sleys
The Blue Team
Arjun
Mike
Marshall
Angela
Ben
Sarah
John
Patrick
Kevin
Brian
Bryce
John
Dustin
Amernath
Cominsky
Cominsky
Derrane
Derrane
Derrane
Dooley
Dooley
Fee
Fee
Hobin
Klimacek
Tropp
Thu
Aug 3
bulletFlight from Syracuse Airport (departing 6:30 in the morning)
bulletDrive to Yosemite, with scenes & stops along the way
bulletCheck into Curry Village, & evening meal with raccoons
Fri
Aug 4
bulletBottom of Yosemite Falls, & climbing over huge boulders
bulletGiant sequoias at Tuolumne Grove
bulletOlmstead Point: view of Yosemite Valley and upcoming storm
bulletSNOW!?!?!?  In August?!
bulletArrival at Log Cabin Wilderness Camp (LCWC)
Sat
Aug 5
bulletHanging around camp, acclimating to the 9,600 foot altitude
bulletThe near-by abandoned gold mine
bulletViews of Mono Lake and GeoCaching (Derranes arrive)
Sun
Aug 6
bulletClasses on Leave no Trace
bulletC.O.P.E.
bulletHot tubs (at a scout camp?!?)
Mon
Aug 7
          RED TEAM         
bullet9+ mile hike to the top of Yosemite Falls
          BLUE TEAM         
bulletClimbed Lee Vining, followed by assorted classes
Tue
Aug 8
bulletHike to top of Snow Creek Falls (with mountain lion sighting!)
bulletPractice for rappelling, and knot tying
Wed
Aug 9
bulletTortuous hike to May Lake
bulletRappelling and rock climbing!
Thu
Aug 10
bulletHanging around the lake  :-)
bulletDinner at the Mobile station (!)
bulletClimbed Mt. Warren (12,600 feet)
 
Fri
Aug 11
bulletOdd notes on Kevin Fee's van
bulletFishing at Saddlebag Lake and Tufas at Mono Lake
(Mr. Fee has to leave early for home)
Sat
Aug 12
bulletSaid goodbye to LCWC, and drove to Reno for swimming, major buffet, and to visit a casino (Derranes head off on their journey)
Sun
Aug 13
bulletDrive to San Francisco by way of Donner Pass
bulletGolden Gate Bridge, & surrounding area
bulletAnother major meal - this time in China Town!
Mon
Aug 14
bulletThe full day was spent in San Francisco, covering all sorts of things...
bulletRed-eye home from SFO to SYR
Tue
Aug 15
bulletJob well done.  Everybody got home safely (albeit somewhat pooped)

We've also got...

Some lessons learned A list of (reported) injuries
Critters we saw Panorama pictures
Thanks (again) to our sponsors Leftover stuff

And if all of the above isn't enough... we've saved what I believe is the best for the last... Personal accounts of the trip from many of the scouts and adults that were able to write in.

Google Earth!  Throughout many of these pages, I've opted to (try and) supplement the photos and narrative with links to KML files.  If you happen to have Google Earth already installed on your system, then these magical links will bring you right down to nearly the exact spot spoken of in the text.  You'll see the links as being these little blue marbles (like the one above).  Click here to get Google Earth.

It turns out that there are also some pretty fine simulated 3D images up on Virtual Guidebooks.  Whenever possible and appropriate, I've made direct links to relevant and similar scenes.  You'll find these as these funky V3D graphics every once in a while.  Just click on them, and wait for the main image to load.  Once it's ready, click and hold down the mouse button over the image to pan your view around.  If you tap on the SHIFT and CTRL buttons, you can also zoom in and out.