Our theme for the trip used the word "Moab"
So we tried to do things that we could work together on, and that would strengthen our brotherhood.
We started out with the Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park. You have to get a permit from the visitors center to go into fiery furnace, and watch a short video. Fiery Furnace is basically a playground of canyons that converge together. There isn't a trail down there, so they want you to walk in the washes and on the rocks so you don't disturb the organic crust. Here's us hiking down to the area:
It was a lot of fun, and it forces the boys (and leaders) to work together to get over obstacles and stuff! It was a great way to start our trip and get us all working together!
Here's a view of the surrounding area:
After we finished the Fiery Furnace, we hiked to Delicate Arch, then waited our turn with the dozens of other people that wanted their picture beneath the arch:
It is so much bigger than what I had assumed it would be! It's huge! It's amazing that it's standing! Here's another shot of the arch from the side:
Our next adventure was rafting down the Colorado River! The forecast didn't look too good, but it didn't the day before and turned out good, so we decided to give it a try. Unfortunately the storms came in quickly as you can see below:
Unfortunately the storm kept going, so we eventually sent a leader back to the cars to get the truck and we bailed on the river idea and took the rafts back to the rental place.
We did a few more hikes, then the last day we stopped off at a waterfall to wash off and cool off:
5 boys, 6 leaders (yeah, we got our 2-deep leadership covered)
5 days, 4 nights
$400 for food
830 miles driven total
about 20 miles hiked total
Someone stole 2 of our kayaks, and a cooler full of milk, eggs, and butter!
We strengthened our brotherhood in our troop and had a fun time!