Friday, September 24, 2010

Ragged Mountain Reservoir - September 12, 2010

The Cub Scouts of Pack 222 took their monthly hike just west of Charlottesville at the Ragged Mountain Reservoir.  After this hike, 3 scouts were awarded their 30 mile staffs at the next Pack meeting.  These were the first scouts to get such awards.

After 1/4 mile uphill, this scout wanted to rest.
The Ragged Mountain Reservoir hike was a little over 3.5 miles.  I am not a big fan of the place because there are too many rules thanks to the Ivy Creek Foundation which has taken over managment.  No running.  No loud noises.  No collecting.  No dogs.  No geocaching.  Even the national parks allow dogs on most trails!  But it was close and convenient.

And to make it worse, I find out a couple of weeks later from an official with Albemarle County that a benefactor wants to donate land adjacent to this property for parkland, but has not done so because she thinks the Ivy Creek Foundation imposes too many rules.  So we don't get to enjoy that land.  Thanks Ivy Creek Foundation! 

Back to the hike.  We had a new dad who is a forester, so we got to learn about stinkweed and newts. And the boys got to see the earthen dam and wonder about the strange house in the water.  It was a good afternoon journey.
Get out the maps, boys, and tell us where to go next!

Group shot on the dam with the crazy house behind us.


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