“We’re just so fortunate that we got to do this,” she said.
When Blake gets back, she said, the family will dine together as he regales Mom, Dad and his two younger brothers with campfire stories.
“We’re hoping he’ll take more pictures this year,” she said.
Not all children were as excited as Blake, Donald, Elizabeth and Jared Webb, a 13-year-old from Ticonderoga:
One opted not to go at the last minute. Even the best efforts of Cutting, who tried to convince the kid as the bus idled in the parking lot, fell flat.
Team Essex County boarded the bus. The clouds parted, the rain thinned, and the vehicle pulled out onto Stowersville Road and disappeared into the mountains.
As Cutting surveyed the landscape, a parent approached:
“When are the deadlines for next year?”