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Dear Mom and Dad,
Our Scoutmaster told us to write to our parents in case you saw
the flood on TV and were worried. We are OK. Only one
of our tents and two sleeping bags got washed away.
Luckily, none of us got drowned because we were all up the
mountain looking for Chad when it happened.
Oh yes, please call Chad's mother and tell her he is OK. He
can't write because of the cast. I got to ride in one of
the search and rescue jeeps. It was neat. We never
would have found him in the dark if it wasn't for the
lightning. Scoutmaster Walt got mad at Chad for going on a
hike alone without telling anyone. Chad said he did tell
him, but it was during the fire so he probably didn't hear him.
Did you know that if you put gas on a fire, the gas can will blow
up? The wet wood didn't burn, but one of the tents did,
also, some of our clothes. John is going to look weird
until his hair grows back.
We will be home on Saturday if Scoutmaster Walt gets the car
fixed. It wasn't his fault about the wreck. The
brakes worked OK when we left. Scoutmaster Walt said that
with a car that old you have to expect something to break down;
that's probably why he can't get insurance. We think it's a
neat car. He doesn't care if we get it dirty, and if it's
hot, sometimes he lets us ride on the fenders. It gets
pretty hot with 10 people in a car. He let us take turns
riding in the trailer until the highway patrolman stopped and
talked to us.
Scoutmaster Walt is a neat guy. Don't worry, he is a good
driver. In fact, he is teaching Terry how to drive on the
mountain roads where there isn't any traffic. All we ever
see up here is logging trucks.
This morning, all of the guys were diving off the rocks and
swimming out in the lake. Scoutmaster Walt wouldn't let me
because I can't swim, and Chad was afraid he would sink because
of his cast, so he let us take the canoe across the lake.
It was great! You can still see some of the trees under the
water from the flood.
Scoutmaster Walt isn't crabby like some Scoutmasters. He
didn't even get mad about not having life jackets. He has
to spend a lot of the time working on the car so we are trying
not to cause him any trouble.
Guess what? We have all passed our first aid merit
badges. When Dave dove in the lake and cut his arm, we got
to see how a tourniquet works. Wade and I threw up, but
Scoutmaster Walt said it probably was just food poisoning from
the leftover chicken. He said they got sick that way with
the food they ate in prison. I'm so glad he got out and
became our Scoutmaster. He said he sure figured out how to
get things done better while he was doing his time!
By the way, what is a pedophile?
I have to go now. We are going to town to mail our letters and
buy bullets. Don't worry about anything. We are fine.
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