Submitted by Jennie Johnson
Girls from Cadette/Junior Troop 2173 expericenced the wonder and enchantment of Rocky Mountain National Park. They spent three nights and four days camping at the Aspenglen Campgrounds. While there they hiked, learned three different ways to build a campfire, practiced their pocket knife skills, cooked over a campfire and on a camp stove, and practiced their Leave No Trace ethics. They also enjoyed many Junior Park Ranger Programs by traveling to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center, The Fall River Visitor Center and The Junior Ranger Headquarters at Hidden Valley.
The girls and their leaders also made the harrowing drive to the tops of the mountains to enjoy the Tundra Alpine. Each morning the girls woke early to hike down to the Ranger Station to perform a flag ceremony and returned each evening to retire the colors. Troop 2173 enjoyed viewing an abundance of wildlife such as mule deer, elk, many types of birds, chipmunks, squirrls and marmots. They also discovered the tracks of coyotes, deer and moose in the soft earth near the river.
As one of the girls stated, “This was a first for us, but I truly enjoyed the majesticness of this trip.”
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