| Eagles Fly (pretty) High, and A Tradition Continues
Carol, love of my life and wife of 29 years and one day, has been involved with BSA Troop 1 since our son joined ten years ago. One of her roles there has been as an advisor for merit badges and other awards, and we've also been leading hikes for a few years, 14ers and other interesting stuff. One of her best "clients" along the way has been Spencer Lane, who has been our most loyal hiker (other than our own kids, of course), and who she's advised on a pile of merit badges.
Spencer recently completed the requirements for Eagle Scout, and he decided that he'd like to do his Court of Honor (award ceremony) on a 14er. Since Carol has helped him so much along the way, he invited us to be there. The dates available were limited, but one of them was this Sunday, which also happened to be our 29th wedding anniversary. So, heck yes! Julie, Spencer's mom, and little brother Stuart also came along.
We started out from Winfield at 8:25 am. The weather forecast was sort of iffy (40% chance of thunderstorms), but we figured we'd find someplace for the ceremony regardless of the weather. As it turned out, Stuart had some foot problems and was pretty much toast by timberline, so we did the ceremony at that point.
Tie-dye was the uniform for the hike; Julie helped us make our shirts a few years ago, and Spencer seems to wear nothing else when he's out of uniform.
The 60's live!
First, Carol administered the Eagle Scout Pledge:
Carol administers the Eagle Scout Pledge to Spencer
Then Spencer got his new scarf and Eagle badge:
Julie pins on Spencer's Eagle badge
Stuart perked up long enough for the obligatory family shot:
Stuart, Spencer, and Julie
Spencer then presented Carol with a pin for being his mentor. She's got four or five of these now. Meanwhile, Stuart is fading....
Carol gets her mentor pin
The Lanes all turned back at this point (Spencer has altitude issues of his own, so didn't want to risk going on with us). We said goodbye, and headed off for the summit. We've spent our last three anniversaries climbing 14ers, and didn't want to break our streak! Fortunately, the weather was cooperating.
What's an anniversary without flowers?
What can I say, I'm a generous guy!
Spare no expense!
We summitted about 12:40 under continuing nice weather, and got our obligatory family shot.
Four anniversaries in a row on 14ers
It took us a few years, but we finally found a common interest. I'm not sure how many years we can keep this up, but Carol knows a guy who's still hiking Pikes Peak in his 70's, so who knows? I wouldn't mind doing this for a few more decades.
The descent went quickly, as the weather continued to be grand. We touched base later with the Lanes and found that they'd gotten out OK, so the day was a smashing success. Huron is IMO a near-perfect 14er, especially this time of year, and today was no exception.
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