We recently got our feet wet into the world of backpacking! A few weeks ago, Ari and I set out with some friends on the famous Lake Superior Hiking Trail. We've always been into camping and hiking, but we've never before done a trip where we carried everything we needed on our backs. For this adventure, we were lucky to have one experienced hiker along with three newbies and a friendly dog!
On Thursday, we camped at Jay Cooke State Park so that we could get an earlier start on the trail the next morning. On Friday, we entered the trail at the Cook County Rd 1 trail head and began our trek. Our First day was only 5.3 miles to where we camped on the banks of Cross River. It was a beautiful spot, but also very popular with other backpackers so we had plenty of company on our first night out on the trail.
On the 2nd day we hiked a whopping 9.1 miles to Springdale Creek! That might not seem far to many, but for this newbie wearing a borrowed pack that didn't fit me, trail running shoes for footwear, and knees that I inherited from my father; it was quite a feet. I hobbled into camp that night, parked my butt on the crude bench by the fire, and didn't do much else until bed time!
Our third day was easy! I awoke feeling sore, but excited and was smart enough to chase my breakfast with some ibuprofen! Plus, we only had to go 4 miles that day! We exited at the Oberg Mountain Trailhead and headed for home.
Going into this trip I wasn't so sure I would like backpacking. Carrying everything on my back sounded exhausting, and it was! But a good kind of exhausting. Here's a few images from our weekend on the trail!