In February, we backpacked the Sipsey Wilderness in the Bankhead National Forest in North Central Alabama. We hiked three miles to the camp site entirely at night. On Saturday, we hiked deeper into the forest to see the largest tulip poplar tree in the state of Alabama. It's estimated to be over 500 years old. That night, the temperature dropped to 18 degrees Fahrenheit, so everyone on the trip earned the Polar Bear Patch.
Then in March, we hiked the Walls of Jericho on the Tennessee / Alabama state line, northeast of Huntsville. We covered another 15 miles in three days, including 1000 foot climb out over a distance of less than three miles. We camped next to a 19th Century cemetery, and had lunch next to a beautiful waterfall.
We will be giving the bacpkacking gear a rest in April as we participate in the council's Spring Camporee and receive a great new class of Scouts during the Webelos crossover ceremony.