North Country Trip 2007
Along the North Country Trail
As you know from the previous post that Young Naturalist J, his father (Jeff) and I went backpacking along the North Country Trail here in Allegany State Park yesterday. We started down on the Bay State Road and hiked up to the Lean-To along this section of the trail. The uphill hike wasn’t very fun with temperatures nearing 90F degrees, very muggy and I was bitten up by mosquitoes along the trail. I took everyone along a re-route section of the trail that is being proposed and it only made it harder since it was 0.7 miles off trailing hiking. The original alternative probably would have been a smarter route for us to do.
Hotdogs and Boiling Water
Once we arrived on site . . . . we got the fire started and put camp together before it was too dark. We made hotdogs for dinner and hot chocolate as an after dinner treat. Lucky we had cell phone reception and continued monitoring the radar for any storms that might be approaching. Somehow we avoided the storms and stayed dried the whole trip (of course I planned the trip on being rain free . . . . yep I did).
Using the Water Pump
Being this is a nature blog, I probably should talk about some of the critters we encountered. Highlight had to be the Barred Owl that was vocalizing all night long (sounded like it was right above camp)! I tried recording the owl but the volume was too soft to post on the blog. We also heard a Hermit Thrush, America Robin, American Goldfinch, Dark-eyed Junco’s, and Eastern Wood Pee-Wee! Of course Nuthatches, Chickadees and Downy Woodpeckers were also found along the trail. Over night we did hear something making some noise outside camp. Young Naturalist J thought it was a bear, Jeff was sleeping and I thought it could have been possibly two Raccoons fighting (still have no idea what it was). But, didn’t have any Porcupines on this overnight trip but did read about some bad experiences with them in the camping log that was their. They can truly be nightmares when they decide to chew on the lean-to building.
Jeff and his morning campfire.
I love backpacking but every time I get out I have a horrible time sleeping at night. I need to sleep on my side and my make shift pillows never seems to cut it. But, who needs sleep when the adventure outweighs taking a nap upon returning home. Of course . . . . Young Naturalist J can sleep through anything and never woke up till almost 9:30am. Jeff and I got out of bed when our 5:30am Barred Owl alarm went off.
Grumbling because his socks were on the bottom of his pack (posed picture).
Having to pack everything back up and start heading home is the hardest part about the trip. We had soo much fun and tomorrow I plan on doing a goofy post on our evening hours before heading bed (You will not want to miss this)!! Hmm, now I wonder if I can sucker these guys into another adventure before owl banding starts??
Quick break along the trail before heading home.