had a lot more experience than the rest of us on
trails such as this, went ahead solo to scout things out a bit.
Unfortunately, when we went to follow, it was unclear to us
whether he went left or right at a juncture in the path. Our guess is
that trail workers inadvertently destroyed or removed the marker Koz left
for us. If you download this
Google Earth file (),
you'll see our path as we went spent some time trying to figure out which
way we should take.
Although this could have turned out badly, I think the end
result is that this worked for the better. All the scouts and adults
worked as a team. We made good use of our walkie talkies as we tried
to communicate with different teams to figure out the best path. As
some people forged ahead quickly, others teamed up to help carry their
packs. We kept our heads, and used our training. We all learned
something, and that's never a bad thing.
One thing became
very clear... you are on your own out there. You could yell all
you want, and nobody was going to hear you.