“Don’t forget the ribbons,” Kaitzer warned.
“Kaitzer, we’re going backpacking; why do we need ribbons?”
My wife stared at me as though I had no clue. I had been backpacking for 50 years, and I couldn’t comprehend the utility of ribbons.
“The girls want to tie ribbons on their backpacks,” she said.
You gotta be kidding. How am I supposed to know all the idiosyncrasies of girls? Ribbons! Go figure!
The members of Girl Scout Troop 889 were making their first backpack trip into the San Rafael Wilderness, northeast of Santa Barbara. We were exploring the upper canyon of the Manzana River drainage. I hoped they would understand that some of our classrooms aren’t classrooms. I believe that those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find an inner strength that endures throughout life.