We toured the Smithsonian Udvar Hazy Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport on Wednesday on our way in to DC.
SR 71 Blackbird
The museum is home to an SR 71 Blackbird, the Space Shuttle Discovery, and hundreds of planes and helicopters from various eras.
Caleb and Samuel Smith surprised their brother Eli by joining us at the museum. Doug Fournet and Larry Thompson also joined us at Dulles.
We had an early wakeup at 2am Wednesday while the rest of the Summit was still sleeping. We had to take down the tents and dining flys and haul our gear to the pickup point at our subcamp headquarters.
We checked the radar when we awoke (something we have gotten very familiar with) and noticed a large thunderstorm bearing down on us. The boys kicked it into high gear and we “borrowed” a large staff tent near our pickup location to stage our gear. The last of the gear and boys made it to the tent just as the storm hit the camp at 3.45am.
Thanks to our teamwork the boys and our gear were able to stay dry through the storm. Our bus arrived at 5.30 and we quickly loaded up and were gone by 5.40.
Tuesday afternoon we started packing up to leave The Summit. We did it in stages to spread the load over a longer period of time.
After dinner, the boys all showered and had inspected their tents and gear.
After everyone was ready, Mr. Fournet treated the Troop to ice cream at the Good Humor stand in our subcamp.
C117 was scheduled to go through the Technology Quest exhibits Tuesday morning. Technology Quest is a collection of science and technology exhibits put on by companies like AT&T, Microsoft, and Lego as well as universities and organizations like NASA and National Geographic.
Alex Baumgartner and Tyler Guillentine were radio dj’s on the official Jamboree radio station, QBSA on Monday. They got to select three songs and talk in between the songs. The boys back at camp listened on streaming radio.
We’ve had a lot of rain the past 24 hours and our own campsite is a muddy mess. Several of the campsites at The Summit are in similar condition.
The camp staff and some volunteers came by Saturday and Sunday to dig trenches in our camp to help divert water.
They are also providing hay to help cover the ground.
The Jamboree fireworks show went off Sunday night after being postponed from Saturday due to weather. They shot off from the ridge right above our camp – we had he best view in the camp.