Day 2: We wake up way too early for a summer morning but I didn’t care. I just wanted to get going! We went to breakfast and ate it without knowing what it was, some hash brown egg thingy. We then met Spencer and he took us (with all our gear) to the welcome center to wait for our bus. It was supposed to be there at 10 but it was late and around 11 Spencer got a message that something happened to our bus driver and we had to take a different bus to Zastrow’s turnaround and the bus was already waiting for us. So we all grabbed our stuff and ran to the bus. The bus ride was fun until the bus driver almost hit a deer and then dropped us off.
Spencer then took us to a red roof(aka the privy) and explained to us the pooping procedures and the numbering system. 1 being the butt pee and 10 being the ghost turd (not having to wipe) and every thing in between. We then had to get our bearings on our current position and then hike to Rim Rock, stopping at Zastrow along the way.
We hiked for a good hour or so before we finally hit Zastrow where we did participated in a geocaching activity, which was surprisingly fun. Jakob and I were team 1, Ron and Dalton were team 2, and Michael, Seth, and Robert were team 3. Jakob and I started strong and only got stuck on #12, which was a little inaccurate on the map, but everyone was stuck on that one so when we all met up we decided to work together. After about 30 min. of aimlessly wandering around Jakob finally found it, the rest were really easy to find.
We then had lunch and set off for Rim Rock, which was closer than I thought. We got to camp after a little confusion about a split in the trail and so we set up the rain fly, and then bear bags, then tents. Michael and I decided that if one person had a job to do the other would put up the tent, as it was a very easy tent to set up. Our fastest time ended up being about 3 min. 12 sec. (it was going to rain) Michael was making dinner with Robert, and I was on cleaning duty with Jakob I think. This was our first experience with what we would be having for dinner every night. I thought it was much better than base camp food!
Spencer introduces us to a game called fart baseball. It’s where you have to fart 4 times in a row to get a point or run and if someone farts before your 4th fart you’re out. We were all quite excited about the new game and Michael ended the night with at least 10 runs. Michael was the Chaplin’s aide and I was the Wilderness Ghia so we had to do our little presentation thing every night so we did that, then we did roses and thorns about the goods and the bads of the day as well as something we were looking forward to tomorrow.
And that ended our first day on the trail!
This is a continuation of my brothers trail diary of his Philmont Trip in the summer of 2012. You can read about his first day Philmont 2012 a look back by Austin Nutting Day 1.