Gnomes, Braves, and Butterflies! Oh, My!

Yesterday was another great day at Alpine. We started the day with 8 big charter buses rolling through the gates, loaded up, and headed out.


Our Hunters spent their Trip Day morning with the gnomes at the beautiful Rock City Gardens in Lookout Mountain, GA. There they were able take in one of the most scenic views in the entire southeast. They made their way through Needle’s Eye, Goblin’s Underpass, and even Fat Man’s Squeeze. It was definitely the highlight of their trip and an experience we hope they will not take for granted.   After touring Rock City, they loaded the bus and headed to downtown Chattanooga. There they were able to do some rock climbing at High Point before catching the IMAX movie: A Beautiful Planet. They ended the day with some delicious pizza from Mr. T’s.


Atlanta was the destination for the Trappers yesterday. They spent the morning touring Turner Field where the Atlanta Braves currently play.  The Trappers got to visit the dugout, the press box, and even the locker room. They then enjoyed a picnic in the park before heading downtown to the World of Coke. Campers were able to taste various drinks from across the globe. Beverly from Italy was an unforgettable choice of drink. After they had their fill of various Coke products, we headed next door to the Georgia Aquarium. The aquarium’s sea lion show was the highlight of the trip as the campers were amazed at all of the tricks they were able to perform. We ended the day with some piping hot pizza in Cartersville, GA on our way back to camp.


It was off to Pigeon Forge, TN and Dollywood the Scout age group. After a picnic lunch, they spent the afternoon riding all of the big rides and attractions. They enjoyed the big rides such as the Tennessee Tornado, Mystery Mine, and Barnstormer. The Scouts were able to ride the brand new roller coaster, Lightning Rod, which is the world’s fastest wooden coaster! There were plenty of thrills to go around for everyone.


Our three oldest age groups, the Warriors, Braves, and Chiefs, all enjoyed the excitement and big thrills of white water rafting. The Warriors rafted the Nantahala River in Bryson City, NC, and the Braves and Chief 1’s rafted the Ocoee River in Cleveland, TN. It was an adventure they won’t soon forget. The Chief 2’s also got in on the rafting action. At the end of their hiking trip, they also went down the Nantahala in “duckies”, or inflatable kayaks. It was the perfect ending for an exciting trip.


All in all, we had a very successful Trip Day. Everyone returned home safely with plenty of memories from an unforgettable day.