Most of these pictures were taken yesterday and they show the last of three re-rations supplied to this hiking team. They are walking 180 miles through the Talkeetna mountains on this month long expedition (click the NOLS tab on the left side to see other similar NOLS stories). My father-in-law Mike Meekin started hauling ice cream into the third and final re-ration of every course, years ago, and the tradition has stuck. I have seen students cry at the sight of ice cream delivered to the tundra. Typically there is lots of screaming and laughing and thanking, before they set to the task of fairly divvying up the goods. It’s one of the best parts of my job because the students are so excited for something so ordinary in our day to day life. These guys and gals have about a week more of hiking before they walk back into civilization with scores of miles and stories behind them.