Ben says, When Collyn arrived, he had just backpacked and camped for 3 days in the Sangre de Cristos at nearly 12,000 feet with his dog and a friend, so we taught him well at camp.
Ben has made plans to stay with Collyn in NO for Jazz Fest next spring. Turns out they both love the same music- JRad, Widespread Panic, and Government Mule. Ben reports that Collyn has developed into a kind, decent man.
Ben also says, It's funny - I remember him so well and in a way he really hasn't changed at all. It was the same old Collyn. He was 11 then and 45 now, but he seemed exactly the same. The mannerisms and personality are exactly as I remembered. It is all so surreal. It's been 35 years since I last saw him. But we were very good friends at TRidge.
We talked endlessly about TRidge and did a 5-mile hike with a 1,500 elevation change in 104-degree heat. So, he is in great shape. I fed him and his friend a classic New Mexico lunch- homemade enchiladas with green chile.
It was just so fantastic to see him.
Collyn is heading from Ben’s place in New Mexico to meet up with another TMC camper, Chad Webre who lives in Colorado.
Editor's Note - Ben is the one wearing the red TMC t-shirt. Now that is a piece of history!