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As part of this outing I was tasked with taking the Girl Scouts from the class on a hike (so they could earn a patch that says "Hiking" or similar - they have patches for everything in Girl Scouts). The planned hour-long hike turned out to be almost twice that, but (almost) no one was complaining. We circled around on a patchwork of trails that are numerous in the county park, visiting the archery range, the white fallow deer, and the highpoint of Mt. Madonna. The summit is a short one or two minute walk from the nearest parking location near the ranger station.
On our way back to camp I gave the girls the option of taking the trail back or the more adventurous "Jungle Route". They voted for the jungle route which was a quarter mile assault through the eucalyptus and redwood forest sans trail. The forest floor was littered with years of blowdown and required much stepping over and ducking under and weaving about to find our way through. The young ladies thought this was the best part of the whole hike despite several scratches and brushbacks from branches, some so serious as to nearly cause bloodshed. The several moms that were along for the hike, including Jackie's, thought somewhat less of this adventure. Fortunately we managed to find our way back to camp before losing a single hiker and without running into any large predatory animals. I suspect this was due to the professional competence of the hike leader. Others chocked it up to sheer luck.
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