The Pineapple was up to its old tricks again this morning, but the PAX persevered
After Odd Job came flying into the parking lot on two wheels and Lucky Charms brewed his COVID-19 coffee in the Barnett Park public bathroom, the PAX sauntered to the edge of the woods and performed 5 burpees to get the heart pumping. Then the PAX hit the trail as the cool mist of rain and fog blurred our vision. At half a mile, PAX performed 5 more burpees. Just after crossing beneath the bridge, someone urged YHC to slow up – Smurfette had gone down with an ankle roll. After trying to walk it off, he and his trusted sidekick Mandals decided to walk it back to the parking lot. The PAX reluctantly pressed on – it wasn’t the first time the Pineapple has claimed a victim, and it certainly won’t be the last. BUT WAIT, a bit further down the trail, YHC realized that Smurfette and Mandals were back in tow. The PAX stopped at the 1 mile mark for five more burpees. Smurfette proclaimed that “he was done being a pansy.” Good for you Smurfette. Carrying on toward the creek, YHC was informed that it was impassable. But one word, as proclaimed by General Anthony Clement at Bastogne during the battle of the bulge, came to YHC’s mind: “NUTS!” PAX proceed to plunge into the swollen creek thigh deep. Once all were safely at the other side, do three more burpees. The PAX continued on at a moderate pace to the bottom of Dishwasher Hill. PAX did 3 burpees, then stormed the hill. Then, after a count off, PAX did 3 more burpees. PAX continued down the backside of Dishwasher Hill. At this point, the sky opened up a bit more, and cooling (and welcomed) rain began to fall at a quicker pace. Smurfette proclaimed that we climbed that hill just to go back down it. Yes, yes we did – as man often does. After reaching the bottom of the hill, the PAX continued on a more aggressive pace back toward the creek. At the intersection before the creek, PAX did 15 Chuck Norris merkins. Back at the creek, YHC began to contemplate a safe crossing zone. Then Mandals did a cannonball into the creek, and we all followed. After most of us were on the other side, Lucky Charms appeared on the creek bed soaked from head to toe – he went down in the creek with his mouth wide open and came up wet with a mouth full of pineapple juice (and likely, dysentery). The PAX continued through the rain, now pretty heavy. PAX did hurdles and continued onto the home base, performing 6 more burpees, SSH’s, and shoulder presses during additional stops. As the PAX emerged from the forest right on time at 6:14, we noticed a large figure doing SSH’s at the woods edge. It was Dump Truck! Late again – tisk tisk.
It was a good COT today. Turtlehead shared about the divorce he is going through. Dump Truck shared about his wife’s pregnancy. Mandals shared about issues he is working through with his M. The PAX offered suggestions – but often the greatest help is being there to listen to your brother’s concerns. Thanks and prayers to Sky Q.
Naked Man Moleskin:
Great BD today – but the best part of the morning was the COT. It was a good reminder of why we’re out here. Don’t forget to check in with your brothers during the BD’s. There is a lot going on in their hearts and minds.