Summer Adventure! The Lake Superior Hiking Trail!

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!

 These handy little guys gave us peace of mind that we were indeed still on the trail.

These handy little guys gave us peace of mind that we were indeed still on the trail.

 The brown river water didn't look too tasty, but it actually tasted really fresh! We filtered  ours with a platypus filter.

The brown river water didn't look too tasty, but it actually tasted really fresh! We filtered  ours with a platypus filter.

 Cross River and the site of our first campsite.

Cross River and the site of our first campsite.

 Temperance River at Temperance State Park. It was a bit odd to come crashing out of the woods and find ourselves amongst well dressed (and by well dressed, I mean clean) tourists and others camping in the "luxury' of the State Park.

Temperance River at Temperance State Park. It was a bit odd to come crashing out of the woods and find ourselves amongst well dressed (and by well dressed, I mean clean) tourists and others camping in the "luxury' of the State Park.

 We parked our dirty selves on the rocks of the temperance river right in the middle of the tourists and ate our lunch.

We parked our dirty selves on the rocks of the temperance river right in the middle of the tourists and ate our lunch.

 Our boots got pretty wet the 2nd day. When the guidebook says "tends to be muddy", they mean lakes of mud to transverse across!

Our boots got pretty wet the 2nd day. When the guidebook says "tends to be muddy", they mean lakes of mud to transverse across!

 The aftermath of our footwear. Although my trail running shoes served me well, I think my feet would have been happier in some proper hiking boots...

The aftermath of our footwear. Although my trail running shoes served me well, I think my feet would have been happier in some proper hiking boots...