Returned from Backpacking
This weekend Young Naturalist J, his father and I did some backpacking along the North Country Trail here in Allegany State Park. We stayed two nights at this lean-to on the western side of the park and you can tell from the pictures that we had an amazing time.
The temperatures reached a comfortable ~70°F on Friday and ~80°F on Saturday! We originally planned on hiking next weekend but due to the perfect weather . . . . we decided at the last second to go this weekend (which made it more like an unexpected adventure)!
Our hike to the lean-to brought us many wonderful birds and wildflowers that we would be photographing soon! Our first objective was to set up camp and begin dinner before it started getting dark.
Young Naturalist J captured a few of the first photos from the weekend and as you can tell his photography skills are improving with each and every picture! Just look at this spider web photo below!
This was my first time visiting this lean-to and this is my favorite of the three we have in the Allegany! I just fell in love with its rocky stream that was located directly below our camp! It was very peaceful listening to the constant flowing water all night! The stream appeared to attract many great birds around the site (which I will talk about soon)!!
Another great thing about this location was the water spring located behind the lean-to and the nice out-house that they had! The North Country Trail committee has done a wonderful job with these facilities (if you considered them facilities)! For sure a high-class lean-to to be staying in!!
We happily brought food for two nights but didn’t decide until Saturday morning that we were staying for a second night. The weather was too perfect not to stay and the truth was that we were having too much fun to return to civilization! We all need breaks from cell phones (although we did get enough reception for a few text messages) and the biggest break from the computer (sorry internet friends)! We just wanted to enjoy nature the old fashion way!
I think a few times Young Naturalist J became bored but we broke that time up with a few card games! He typically beat me but I won my share of games!
When we were not playing cards . . . . we would be explore the stream, photograph some birds or even look for some flowers that appeared to be opening in front of our eyes!
The campfire was worth the wood that we hiked in and the full moon was an unexpected surprise! Friday night was especially cold and of course it wasn’t till almost 2 am when I finally closed my tent window!! Saturday we slept inside the lean-to after anticipating some scattered showers (only got sprinkles). The lean-to isn’t that easiest to sleep on (ground is softer) but it is flatter!
Enough photos for one day . . . . I will have more nature backpacking adventure photos in tomorrows post!
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