Monthly Archives: July 2011

Mt. Palomar campout and visit to Palomar Observatory, 7/11

Troop 147 scouts escaped the Los Angeles “Carmageddon Weekend” by heading down to San Diego to camp at Palomar Mountain State Park. Our senior scouts worked with younger scouts on their rank requirements through first class, and scouts still had time for a 3.5 mile hike to a lookout tower on a nearby mountain, followed by some fishing in Douane Pond (no luck). The weekend was capped off by a fascinating tour of the Palomar Observatory with its mighty 200 inch Hale telescope. Many thanks to a new scout parent who brought his telescope for some moon-gazing on Saturday; unfortunately, scouts were so exhausted from the day’s adventures that no one could stay up until moonrise!