Welcome to Jared and YoungJun who bridged on May 28th.
Wow, what a time we had on the long anticipated Mystery Trip on the 16th to 18th (see clue and answer below). River rafting, great food, ice cream we made ourselves, the covered bridge, and a secluded campsite were all big hits. To top it off, the beauty and wonder of nature was an added attraction for the scouts. This trip will be one that is talked about for some time by the 22 scouts who attended and by those who couldn’t attend but now wished they had.
Clues for Mystery Trip 2003
Answer to the clues of Mystery Trip 2003 All your gear must be contained, Your hike will be but just a mile,
# DATE GIVEN CLUE
1 10/07/2002 The name of our ultimate destination has something in common with “our” camporee.
The Mission Peak District Fall Camporee of 2001 was put on by Troop 103. The theme included Knights and Norsemen. The town we started rafting from is Knights Ferry.
2 10/14/2002 One if by Land and two if by Sea,
Paul Revere we shall not see,
but have no doubt we should be,
using several to total three.
We used several modes of transportation at the Mystery Trip for a total of three. Car, foot, and raft.
3 10/21/2002 Our October 2000 destination and our Mystery Trip destination share a common thread.
Octocber 2000 found the troop at New Melones which was created by a dam on the Stanislaus River. After water leaves New Melones it flows down the Stanislaus River to where we rafted and threads its way through the central valley.
4 10/28/2002 If you add the route numbers together for all the highways/roads we will travel you might get 1698.
Leaving Warm Springs School you travel these roads: 680, 580, 205, 5, 120, and 108.
5 11/4/2002 Their pans and boxes did once abound, but we won’t use them while in the town.
While gold panning was and is still popular in the area of Knights Ferry we didn’t plan do it. Some scouts did however try to find gold in the sand along the river Saturday evening.
6 11/18/2002 “Our Lady of Guadalupe” was the name originally given to this landmark.
The original name of the Stanislaus River was “Our Lady of Guadalupe” given to it by Spanish Army Lt. Gabriel Maraga. See link here for background history.
7 12/02/2002 The history of our golden state,
May help you solve your future fate,
But if you come to school too late,
You’ll miss the trip cause we won’t wait.
As has already been demonstrate knowing a little California history may help solve some of the clues. About coming to school late–the original idea was to travel by bus to the campsite. We were going to have everyone put on their packs and hike up the street about a block to the park where the bus would be waiting out of site around the corner. Unfortunately, the cost was prohibitive to use the bus. It would have been fun though to watch everybodys faces as they were told to start hiking up the street.
8 12/09/2002 What do Mission San Jose, Father Duran and an Indian Boy named Estanislao, have to do with our Mystery Trip?
Ahh, history again. The Stanislaus River was renamed in memory of Estanislao an indian boy who once lived at Mission San Jose and was a favorite of Father Duran. See link here for background history.
9 12/16/2002 We will pass very close to Honolulu on Saturday afternoon.
Honolulu Bar Recreation Area was on the right as we floated down the river. Do you remember the tropical island skit with a coconut for the clue at the December Court-of-Honor. How many of you were thinking Pacific Island?
10 01/06/2003 No matter what you do, this trip will have lots of turns.
It is a windy river and a windy road–take your pick.
11 01/13/2003 A short hike to your campsite is required. It is named after the foot wear of another mammal.
We camped at Horseshoe Road Recreation Area. The hike in was less than one mile.
12 01/27/2003 During the Mystery Trip you might encounter: Quercus, Ichthyo, and Riven.
These are the scientific names for oak tree, fish, and river.
13 02/03/2003 Even though you’re not in school,
Classes will be very cool,
If you follow all the rules,
Otherwise you’ll look the fool.
We started off with a “class” 2+ rapid. How many of you got wet and cool. If you didn’t pay attention to the rules (instructions) you might have gotten wet by falling in or had an encounter with a low hanging tree.
14 02/10/2003 Water, water, every where, but not a drop to drink.
There is no potable water at the campsite but plenty of water in the river.
15 02/24/2003 A wooden bridge with floor and roof,
Won’t be crossed on horse’s hoof,
It won’t be crossed on wheel or rim,
It won’t be crossed on a whim.
The Knights Ferry Covered Bridge is just upstream from where we started rafting. One of only 10 covered bridges in California it is the longest west of the Mississippii at 330 feet. We walked across this bridge on Sunday morning.
16 03/03/2003 A toll bridge near our destination reportedly once charged $3.00 for elephants to cross.
The Knights Ferry Covered Bridge had some interesting tolls in its time.See link here for background history.
17 03/10/2003 All though we will not visit them, we will be within a few miles of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and the Matterhorn.
These are the names of rapids that are just upstream from Knights Ferry where we started.
18 03/17/2003 Many good turns will bring you sweet rewards, but not until we’re done.
Originally when this clue was given we had planned to use hand cranked Ice Cream makers for the ice cream we had for dinner Saturday night. We didn’t have access to enough of them so we opted for the hand shakin method instead.
19 03/24/2003 Orange Blossoms will signal the end of the journey.
The Orange Blossom Recreation Area was where the trip ended and we took the rafts out of the river.
20 03/31/2003 A rusty hoosegow made of steel
T’was the home to those who steal
Once housed powder that would burn
But now it sets feeling spurned.
This old Iron Jail has a lot of history. Remember the “Jail House Rock” skit at the March Court-of-Honor with exploding cannon balls (black ballons).
This week is a visual clue. The third one was shown at the troop meeting but they all could be helpful.
The US Army Corps of Engineers runs the Stanislaus River Parks system we enjoyed. The third image is at the bottom of the Stanislaus River Parks web page. The Turreted Castle image has been associated with The Army Corp of Engineers since 1839.
22 04/14/2003 Pack it in and pack it out,
This I say there is no doubt,
The hike is short so do not pout,
You’ll do fine because you’re scouts.
This my friend I have explained,
On you back and in your pack,
Otherwise we’ll send you back.
So “Be Prepared” to keep a smile,
Cause when you arrive in awhile,
The place may look just like the Nile.
The hike from the parking lot at Horseshoe Road Recreation Area to our group campsite was a little less than a mile. Didn’t it look a little like an oasis along the Nile with the trees and the running water?
23 04/28/2003 If you draw a triangle with its points being a major shipping port established by a 1906 court decree, a capital city over 150 years old, and a national park established in 1890, our destination will be contained within.
These refer to the Port of Oakland, Sacramento, and Yosemite. Remember how these 3 sided clues were found only after doing a compass course and then put together by the patrols to get the entire clue.
24 05/05/2003 You have a vested interest in this trip.
Wearing your life vest keeps you safe when boating or rafting.
25 05/12/2003 Rapid decisions are the order of the day.
Rapids often require quick thinking to navigate.
All your gear must be contained,
Your hike will be but just a mile,