Saturday, March 9, 2024

Muddy Marshmallow March 2024

Under threatening skies we did get in the 2024 Marshmallow March before it rained, hard.  A little sprinkling at the end.  Last week's scheduled event was rained out.

But were our hikers deterred by a little rain?  Heck no, not with a campfire to be had.

And that was just the trails volunteers who were excited, never mind the kids.  A hot fire and some toasted marshmallows at Nicholdale banished any dreary skies.

A group of trails volunteers got there earlier to get the fire started.  The new firewood crib built by the scouts was a nice addition this year.  Here is Mark using the trails blowtorch to get the fire started.

The kids and parents seemed to have a great time.

Thanks to the Shelton Land Conservation Trust for hosting the event on their property at Nicholdale.  Joe Welsh, President of the Land Trust was doing some hands on land management trying to dry out the trails leading to the scout camp.  The Shelton Land Trust is a great local charity if anyone is interested in helping with nature preserves.

We even had some out-of-state tourists show up for the event.  Rich S. was a former trail commissioner who stopped in from Florida for the event.

The scouts also fixed up the picnic tables over the winter.  Mark, Ellen & Bill were whittling sticks and helping out with smores during the event.

It was a surprisingly fun afternoon given the forecast.  Rich and Bill kept rotating around the fire to minimize the smoke in their eyes.  All the kids and families had fun time.  Shelton's first 2024 guided hike was successfully, if somewhat muddily, in the books.

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