Saturday, July 16, 2011
Woke up at 3:00 AM and got a few last minute things done. Went back to sleep and up again at 5:50 AM with the alarm. Breakfast of eggs and toast. Left to go to the airport at 7:45 AM stopping at Sheetz to pick up snacks for the plane. Everyone arrives at terminal 1 on time by 8:15 AM. Last insurance card copy collected. Tickets handed out to all but Keegan and Chris who got theirs “later”. Mostly smooth through security except Jordan got his bottle of sunscreen confiscated. Had to wait a while for our 9:55 AM flight. Got seats together in the back of the plane. Good flight. Read about half of “The New Cool”. Had “plane” crackers, pretzels, peanuts and Sprite Zero along with the chocolate chip cookies I brought. Got to Denver about 30 minutes early. Talked to a Scouter from Baltimore at baggage claim. Found Dollar Rent-a-Car bus and got on the second one. Discovered at Dollar that our reservations were with Thrifty. Fortunately it was right next to Dollar. Wound up renting a 12-passenger van instead of the 3 full-size cars that were reserved. Drove out of the airport looking for a place to eat. Crew wanted Mexican, so I suggested Casa Bonita. Got directions there by cell phone. Turned out to be the wrong place. Ate at Ludita’s instead. Had tamales and Inca Cola. Drove to the Air Force Academy (75 MPH speed limit). We walked around the campus and saw the chapel. When we returned to the van, Christian could not find his ID. I ran back to look for it. I received a cell phone call to come back as it had been found. On to the Garden of the Gods Campground. Set up camp around other Scouts including Crew 718-S from West Virginia. Drove to Flying W Ranch for a chuck wagon dinner and western show. The food was quite good: beef brisket, baked beans, apple sauce, biscuit, and spice cake. The western show was really good with the Flying W Wranglers – the second oldest western band at 59 years. They were all very talented. The opossum song was the highlight. Drove back to camp with one wrong turn. Great orange full moon seen on the ride back to camp. All went to bed pretty quickly at 10:00 PM.