Camp director FIREFLY here! I run a Girl Scout backpacking camp, high up in the Sierra mountains of California. This week's guest bloggers are WANDERERS, our 11- and 12- year old girls out on a 3-day, 2-night backpack trip. The girls took a camera and notebook on the trail, wrote about each of their meals, took photos, and then brought it all back to our base camp for me to type up. At our camp and on the trail we have no electricity, no cell phone coverage, and no internet access, and we don't allow any electronic devices like computers or phones, so these posts were written by hand, carried in a backpack, hiked into camp, rowed across a lake, hiked to a car (because we have no roads into camp, either!), and driven to a place with internet access. Whew
The girls also rated their view and chose a campfire song to go with each post. Although there were adult leaders with them, the girls carried their share of the group food, stoves, and equipment, and did all their own cooking, writing, cleaning up, and bear bagging (more on that later!) The price is an estimate, based on the total number of backpacking meals we packed this year (1,533). They spent their free time on the trail working on gifts to send with VEG when she goes to Malawi. We're all so excited and grateful to have made this connection and for the opportunity for our campers to contribute to the Mary's Meals project!
Hello! We are the WANDERERS! Today we had trail mix (peanut butter chocolate candy, raisins, almonds, and peanuts) with granola bars, dried and spiced beef jerky (which is fairly easy to chew, and it tastes like hamburgers, but saltier), water, crackers, cheese, and fruit roll-ups, which are fruit flavored snacks that taste a little like strawberry.
It was really good and we had to eat a lot so that we didn't have to carry all of it for the rest of the trip. The cheese and crackers were puffed up because of the high altitude, so it was funny how they popped when we opened them! We also drank a lot of water. Lots and lots and lots of water.
Health rating: 2/10 (we don't think the cheese was very healthy)
Mouthfuls: about 80
Course: Trail lunch
Price: about $2.32
Pieces of hair and nature: 0 hair (yay!), 2 seed pods, 1 ant
Today's view is on the trail from Carson Pass to Round Lake. It is a view of Roundtop Peak, but it is pretty far away. There isn't much else to see yet but we can't wait to get to the lake! We've hiked about three miles so far and we only have two to go today.
Today's song is our camp song, Oh We're From Two Sentinels! We sometimes sing this on the trail to make the time go faster. It talks about mosquitoes but this year the mosquitoes aren't that bad.
We are making special lanyards and charms for the Mary's Meals kids to attach to their cups, too. They aren't very heavy so we brought some with us to make on the trail. Today we want to challenge anyone who has been backpacking to donate to Mary's Meals! It will only take a minute and then you can hit the trail again!