Dear Mom And Dad,
Our Scoutmaster told us to write to our parents in case
you saw the flood on TV and are worried. We are okay.
Only one of our tents and 2 sleeping bags got washed
away. Luckily, none of us got drowned because we were
all up on the mountain looking for Adam when it happened.
Oh yes, please call Adam's mother and tell her he is okay.
He can't write because of the cast. I got to ride in one
of the search and rescue jeeps. It was neat.
We never would have found Adam in the dark if it hadn't
been for the lightning. Scoutmaster Keith got mad at Adam
for going on a hike alone without telling anyone. Adam
said he did tell him, but it was during the fire so he
probably didn't hear him.
Did you know that if you put gas on a fire, the gas will
blow up? The wet wood didn't burn, but one of the tents
did and also some of our clothes. Mat hew is going to
look weird until his hair grows back.
We will be home on Saturday if Scoutmaster Keith gets the
bus fixed. It wasn't his fault about the wreck. The brakes
worked okay when we left.
Scoutmaster Keith said that with a bus that old you have
to expect something to break down; that's probably why he
can't get insurance.
We think it's a neat bus. He doesn't care if we get it dirty,
and if it's hot, sometimes he lets us ride on the fenders.
It gets pretty hot with 45 people in a bus. He let us take
turns riding in the trailer until the highway patrol man
stopped and talked to us.
Scoutmaster Keith is a neat guy. Don't worry, he is a good
driver. In fact, he is teaching Jessie how to drive on the
mountain roads where there isn't any traffic. All we ever
see up there are logging trucks.
This morning all of the guys were diving off the rocks and
swimming out in the lake. Scoutmaster Keith wouldn't let
me because I can't swim, and Adam was afraid he would sink
because of his cast, so he let us take the canoe across the
lake. It was great!
You can still see some of the trees under the water from the
flood. Scoutmaster Keith isn't crabby like some scoutmasters.
He didn't even get mad about there not being any life jackets.
He has to spend a lot of time working on the bus so we are
trying not to cause him any trouble.
Guess what? We have all passed our first aid merit badges.
When Andrew dived into the lake and cut his arm, we got to
see how a tourniquet works.
Steven and I threw up, but
Scoutmaster Keith said it probably was just food poisoning
from the leftover chicken. He said they got sick that way
with food they ate in prison.
I'm so glad he got out and became our scoutmaster. He said
he sure figured out how to get things done better while he
was doing his time.
By the way, what is a pedal-file? Do you use it on a bicycle?
I have to go now. We are going to town to mail our letters
and buy some more beer. Don't worry about anything.
We are fine.
Love, Your Son
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