COSTA MESA — Anyone would think just completing 80 miles in eight days culminating with climbing Mt. Whitney with about 55-pound packs would be special enough.
Not Boy Scouts Aaron Schott, 17, Michael Williams,15, or Jack Donnell,15.
The three each snuck their dress uniforms and an American flag into their packs, to do something special — and possibly never done before — at the top of Mt. Whitney.
Aaron, dressed in his Sea Scout uniform, Michael in a Venture Crew uniform and Jack in a traditional Boy Scouts uniform, hastily performed a flag ceremony in front of the dozens of people trying to beat the black storm clouds coming their way at the top of Mount Whitney.
"This country has given us all so much," Aaron said.
The flag ceremony was the finale of a backpacking trip in August with a group of 15 of their fellow scouts and fathers from Boy Scout Troop 90, which meets at the Newport Sea Base in Newport Beach.