Saturday, February 20, 2010

centennial forest

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today, and we spent most of the day in the Basin planting trees as part of a huge service project celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouting. Over 4,000 bald cypress trees were planted - one for each registered scout in the council.

We arrived about 9:00, and after registering and standing around for a while, walked a short distance to where the saplings were being given out. After listening to a short orientation about how to plant the trees, we picked up a pack of about 50 saplings, and walked some more to the area where they were being planted.  When we were finished planting, we returned to the main area where we were treated to lunch - either gumbo or red beans and rice.  There were environmental exhibits set up, fun jumps, and food vendors.  There was Cajun music in the background and we experienced a flag ceremony with the national anthem played by a Cajun band.

We attempted a swamp tour, and we got to the front of the line, only to be told that it would be another 45 minute wait for the 45 minute tour.  We opted for ice cream instead at Borden's.  Mmmmm....kind of broke the Lenten "don't eat between meals" resolution that I had made, but....  Beautiful weather, good friends and good food.  Doesn't get much better than that!

Above is most of our group near the check-in point, and below are all 8 of those who attended, waiting to plant trees.  

"Inter-racial brothers" is what they call themselves.  Also, note the "raising the bar" stair-step arrangement. The actual tree-planting in progress and part of the group posing on the bank after they were done.

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