I guess I got a little burned out on mountain pictures, because I neglected to put these up from Ben’s inaugural backpacking trip.
They climb a big mountain and spend a week away from the world, telling their stories to one another.
I’ve never been on this train before, but it looks amazing.
Here’s the group of seniors, all clean and fresh on their first day.
Ben carried a daypack similar to the one both Cole and Mary Polly carried on these trips, with Taido carrying the rest of his load.
I always worry a little about the kids when they are gone in the mountains with the men. I have no idea how they are holding up or if they are whining for their mama.
But everyone said Ben did great.
He made a new best friend that he hung pretty close to throughout the week.
Love these pictures of Ben. He’s looking rough at this point in the week.
Also, I had to include this picture of Daddy doctoring a blister with moleskin, because it is something he has done about one million times on these trips. Always prepared.
It’s always considered a major trip accomplishment for the whole group to make the summit! Exciting!
Taido and his partner in crime, Bobby.
Taido only had one taker for Extra Summit Day: the day when you get up while it is still dark and climb ANOTHER mountain.
Blake was game. Here he is on top of Mt. Eolus.
I know Ben will treasure the memory of this week in the mountains with his dad and some other pretty special guys for many years.