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BOSS: Bad weather didn’t damp spirits

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October 28, 2010 | Leisure
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Despite rain and thunder over the weekend, the Fort Hood Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program took an overnight camping trip to Colorado Bend State Park Friday and Saturday. Although there wasn’t much of a turnout, with only eight Soldiers accompanying us, it was an amazing camping trip.

The weekend started off with the drive down to the park, which is located near San Saba. When the group arrived at the park, we realized that we had no reservation and the park appeared pretty full so, with fingers crossed, we waited to see what they had available. We were in luck when the park ranger double-checked the reservations and someone had cancelled that morning.

“With the possibility of having to turn around and go home,” Spc. Josh Rivera, from the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, said. “It felt like fate was on our side.”

After checking in and starting to set up the campsite, lunchtime was right around the corner. Rivera manned the grill and soon hotdogs were ready for everyone. Once lunch was over, the group split up with some going kayaking, some going to the water hole and one brave soul going on a seven-mile hike.

Those of us on the kayaking adventure had a wonderful time, with more time spent laughing and splashing than kayaking. An hour and a half and two tipped over kayaks later, we made our way back to the dock. Then the next group went out to try its luck.

“It was my first time kayaking, so I was a little nervous starting out,” Spc. Roger Sells, 4th BSTB, said of his kayaking adventure.

“But we had a great time besides overshooting the campsite and getting stuck on some rocks,” he added.

Once everyone was done with their little adventures, the group met back at the campsite to finish setting up the last tent and to enjoy a nice dinner of hamburgers cooked by Rivera.

The rest of the day was spent exploring the woods behind the campsite, observing the wildlife and relaxing by the campfire.

That night, about half of the group made a late night trip to the water hole, which didn’t last long because of the chilly water. When everyone got back, hotdogs, marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate were brought out to be roasted over the open fire. Campfire songs may or may not have been sung. Soon after the hotdogs and smores were gone, it was time to call it a night so that everyone could be up bright and early the next morning.

The smell of bacon and eggs woke everyone up the next morning. Rivera and Pfc. Nobel Mangual, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), were up early to have breakfast ready when the rest of us woke up.

“Let me tell you, I have never had eggs and bacon cooked on a grill before, but man was it good!” Pfc. Bridgette LeBeau, 4th BSTB, said. “And (it was) a lot harder to cook than you would think.”

With breakfast nothing but a fond memory, most of the group headed to Gorman Falls to explore and take a little swim. With check-out time approaching, everything was packed up and we headed out of the wilderness and back to civilization.

Interested in taking part in a future BOSS excursion? Call us at 287-6116.
 
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