Saturday, February 13, 2010

35 years ago in American history.....

In 1974 I attended the National Outdoor Leadership School in Wyoming. I was 16, the minimum age, and in a group of 17 students and 3 instructors, I did OK for myself. This was perhaps the most fun and hard work that I have ever done. 28 days of backpacking across Shoshone and Yellowstone National parks. We didn't see another soul for 26 days after we started. When we came out of the mountains, we learned Nixon had resigned. My 'rating sheet' is attached. At least they recommended that I return and take the instructors course. When we got picked up and the bus drove out of the mountains, you could have heard a pin drop. The bus was completely silent except for the sighs and the sound of a bandanna wiping away a tear. We didn't want to leave.....

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