Discussion in 'Outings, Trips & Expeditions' started by bacpacjac, Jan 14, 2019.
Beautiful, beautiful place you have there. I always look forward to your pictures.
A great outing, @bacpacjac !
Thank you for sharing.
Without calling out specific posts, I enjoy reading all of these. Thanks.
I still find it an effort to interrupt what I'm doing to take a pic of it, when I'm in the woods.
Got out to do a little Fly Fishing and Bushcrafting in the afternoon. Caught nothing as I am a baaaad fly fisher. Debating whether or not to continue attemping fly fishing or just get back to the spinning rods.
Decided to work on Splitwood fires an charring Natural Materials in the afternoon.
I neglected to thoroughly read the instructions however. I thought the idea was to start the fire with just tinder and the pencil lead sized splits. Then I saw in some of the examples there is a pile of shavings as well. That definitlely would have made it easier to get these going faster, but I got them going regardless with just tinder and my pencil lead splits wood. May have to re-do these. I did a cedar split wood (Love how cedar splits!) and a Pine. The pine branches split better than the section of trunk I selected. I did scraped cedar bark for tinder for the cedar fire and Feather stick tinder for the Pine.
Charred up some punk wood on both fires. I failed in my first attempt as there is a significant drying out period that needs to take place with damp punk wood before it chars. What I thought was smoke was actually steam and the wood wasn't near charred when I took it out. Lesson learned. 2nd attempt worked great and got my punk wood started with flint and steel and blew to flame.
I'll forever remember this hike as "The trip of the lost sunglasses." LOL!
My plan was to hike to the top of the hill at Heber Downs Conservation Area on Wednesday, do some invasive plant ID along the way, and find a good place to hang my hammock and have lunch before taking a leisurely stroll back down the other side of the "mountain". Instead, I dropped my sunglasses while putting on bug spray at the bottom of the hill, and didn't realize it until I got to the top. UGH! So, back down I went. Thankfully, they were still right where I left them. PHEW!
Ok, it's not a mountain, but it is a pretty big freakin hill. If you're wearing a loaded pack and set a good pace, it sure feels like a mountain. What a great work-out!
Rather than climbing back up, I took a different trail and followed the creek looking for those plants and potential fishing spots. Sadly, I see all these invasive plants regularly, and even think I saw a couple goldfish this time too. (Twice in a week on two different creeks. GRRR!)
Dryad's Saddle/Pheasant's Back mushroom? I've come across a LOT of these in recent weeks.
I think this is fox poop. It's right in the middle of the trail, and I hear that foxes are like that. I saw a hawk too, but couldn't get a picture or video in time.
I eventually made it to a nice spot for lunch. Along with some jerky, I brought a mega wrap and bottle of Dr. Pepper. It was such a peaceful spot, I almost didn't want to go home.
Lunch was delicious, even though my pita was a little soggy by the time I ate it, thanks to the extra long hike.
After lunch, I kept hiking and came upon a nice spot to hang my hammock for a while and do some journalling. Summer Vacation with the Young Roughian Adventure Kiddos is fast approaching and I need to finalize my plans.
This is happy Jacqui. Thanks for joining me!
All week my wife and I have been stuck in orientation for our new jobs, dreaming of the mountains. We planned a day trip up to Boise National Forest to hike Blue Lake and do another hike if we had time. Gear was packed, lunch was made, and we were ready. Had about 8 miles of gravel road to climb to the trailhead.
Potty break, with a view.
Well... Uh... We should have packed the Yak-Traks. Did you know we were going this high? I didn't know we were going this high... Uh... Well... Let's try it!
My wife is on her second ACL reconstruction and she left her supportive brace at home, not realizing we were going to be hiking in snow, so we took it easy. After a mile of wandering around we ended up no where but had a nice view for lunch.
Big dog was in heaven with the snow.
So were we.
After we finished we drove to the end of the park road, had lunch on top of the mountain, and then went to Cascade Lake State Park for another short walk.
Even though it wasn't what we had planned, I'll still call it a good day.
That looks like a fantastic day to me. Thanks for bringing us along!
Did a quick five miler at the Nature Conservancy's Great Wass Island Preserve. Sort of a last minute decision, hit the trailhead at 1530. Overtook a couple of hikers and met another couple coming out, beyond that had the place to myself for the remaining 2 1/2 hours I was there. One area is like a giant bonsai garden with weather stunted Jackpines...
The shore appears through the trees...
There's a reason locals call this island "the rock"....
Can you guess which way the prevailing wind comes from?
Had a snack and refreshment in the lee of the wind on this little point...
Though it was overcast, it was really nice out. Is "bright gray" a color?
Volunteer workers had combed the beaches and gathered numerous piles of man crud that had washed ashore over the winter to be picked up by boat later...
Another view down the shore before turning inland back to the trailhead...
That's about it, thanks for coming along.
Both dogs and I went on Five-Mile-Gulch trail today. The end goal was to hit the tree line.
At this point I was getting seriously tired, and it was crazy windy. Around 52f.
The view from the top was amazing.
Boise National Forest was gorgeous!
This was a great day! Burned a lot of calories and got a good climb in.
Spent some time in Anchorage earlier this month. Didn't get to do any real hiking/camping. However I've started a stash of gear at my Dad's for next visit later this year!
I did get to do some shooting. 44. Mag, 30-06, Shotgun, and 9mm llama.
Managed to sneak in a quick overnight for my Intermediate Bushclass. It was a very productive outing.
Managed to squeeze in making an insulation bed, an improvised shelter, one of my 5 splitwood fires, cooking a campfire meal, Using my altoids fishing kit to catch fish (Largemouth arn't in season yet so I couldn't cook an eat) and actually having to improvise a bucksaw because my piece of crap Gerber folding saw broke. All while being destroyed by mosquitoes. Lots of lessons learned. I think I might leave the improvised shelters to the non-buggy months from now on.
Home for the night:
The Next morning:
How do you fight the inertia of everyday life? By fighting it bushcraft-style, for me.
Even for an hour, it's worth it. Worth it to be away from this:
And being somewhere like this:
I've been lucky the weather the past few weeks up here in North-Western Ontario has been beautiful, so I have been out a bunch. I have not taken many pictures but the scenery is the star attraction at this time of year.
Here is a small lake that I fished for brookies, as always, I did not catch any.
After spending 2 fishing trips going after trout I decided I would go for a sure thing, so I went to a lake about a 15-minute drive from my house where I know I would get be sure to catch pike or walleye. This is a beautiful lake that I have fished often from shore with very good luck catching both walleye and pike from the same spot on shore, but I had never ventured onto the lake. I was rewarded a very beautiful lake, and despite it being so close to town I had it all to myself.
Out to where the lake widens out
Finally! Some action. I have lots of pike in the fridge so this one is going back. I want walleye.
I caught another pike, but I let him go, alas no walleye on this trip. The pike are putting up a huge fight, they definitely are not coming in like logs, just to freak out when they see the boat.
Well, it's next weekend and its time to go to my favorite place, the Big Lake (Superior). We decided to camp out at a former WW2 POW camp. I took my family with me, this is the first time that we have gone camping with my 5-year-old, she loved it
A rare view of Superior, I have seen it this quiet before, but not often. Still light out at 2155. The beach here is beautiful and at least a few km's long.
The next day my daughter and I jogged on the beach, it was so beautiful we did not want to leave, the camping trip was a success. The best trip I think I have ever been on. All the aches and pains disappeared with walking and jogging barefoot on the beach. On Friday I was taking Tylenol for my knee pain that was keeping me up and Sunday after some Superior therapy I feel like a million bucks.
Proof of the happy campers. Sorry if the ugly dude with the glasses caused you to vomit, or caused your computer screen to stop functioning
What is that mapping program/ app you are using?
Got some NCT hikes coming up I'd love to use it on.
I'm using AllTrails which is free and seems to work pretty well.
Friday was the first day of Summer Vacation for the school kids around here. That means it was Day 1 of The Young Roughian Adventure Kiddo Summer, and the start of my busiest time of the year. There will be a rotating cast of characters this Summer, but this day I had the pleasure of being kept company by my daughter Abby(6), as well as Athena(5), Bella(4), Ophelia(4) an Hudson(2). They. Were. All. Very. Very. Excited. so I decided that we'd stay close to home and review our number 1 rule: Safety First. It took us 20 minutes to cross the street in front of Athena's house. LOL!! BUT if we can't focus on a couple safety rules here, but won't be spending much time in the wilds or using potentially dangerous stuff over the next 2 months.
We ended up having a blast! We started by slipping through the magical hole in the fence, leaving our little neighbourhood, and entering "THE WILD!" haha! We were loaded with water bottles, bug spray, sun screen, snacks, lunch and plastic shopping bags to hold our treasures. The thermometer was expected to rise to 35C/95F, so I needed to keep our gear light. Bella insisted on bringing her own pack I acted as pack mule for everything else, as well a my BushClass PSK, a Nalgene and a First Aid kit.
Before we did that though, we checked out some mushrooms and pine cones on this side of the fence. Let the treasure hunting begin!
Stop number one was "The Fire Tree", our spot for @Luchtaine's 2019 Trip Report Challenge. Athena's hasn't been on this adventure trail with us before, so we needed to bring her up to speed on this monthly destination. We're checking the tree at least once a month to learn about it and to see how it changes throughout the year. We're also try to learn all we can about the other plants and animals that live around our special Maple tree.
Next, we crossed the bike path and headed into "The jungle". There's a little path beaten through the trees along with path that feels totally wild when you're a little one. The kids love it. It's close to home but challenging enough for little legs, especially on a sweaty day. We didn't stay in there long today because the mosquitoes were ferocious, but we always find interesting stuff in there. This trip would be no exception.
We gathered a little Yellow Wood Sorrel to take home for moms and dads to try. We had burgers for dinner, but I added some to a salad to have with them.
We found part of somebody and had much discussion about who it might belong to. The general consensus is that it was a Squirrel tail.
Our second goal for the adventure was to collect some Birch Bark for Cousin @DavidJAFO. I haven't been letting them take it off the trees, even though this one was dead standing. There's always bark on the ground if you look.
We stopped at the park to snack, re-hyrdrate and play for the little while and then continued on our walk. We went a little further on the trail, and checked out the wild Blackberry bushes. They aren't here yet but the berries are coming!! There's a trail map at this stop, so we reviewed it and talked about what direction we were going. It was a good chance for a basic North-South navigation lesson, particularly once we turned around and started walking the opposite was we came.
It was about then that Ophelia fell into a huge pile of something stinky and dirty. I didn't not have enough wipes or water to clean her up so we headed home for lunch. There was much more of this along the way...
And much treasure was collected - including Birch bark for Cousin David and a bird's nest to show parents and siblings.
It was a darned good day and an excellent way to start our Adventure Summer! Here's a little video of our walk, in case you're into that sort of thing.
Once we were home again, we smoothed it in the backyard. Giant freezies were had and I made them a quick boiled hot dog lunch. (BLECK! HAHAH!) Then they "helped" me make some noodles with my PSK. Cooking is an important part of our Summer activity plan, but I'm gojng to have to up my game to get everyone interested and involved. Today, Young Roughian Abby was an excellent Sous Chef. Next time, I think they'll use their own little bushpots (thank you @zelph!) and cook their own food. Here's a little video of that in case you're interested in seeing it. Thanks for joining us!
Had a great outing yesterday with two of my best friends. We went to a game management area to see if we could get our sights on feral hog or squirrel. We didn't get any game, but we did find an awesome hidden swimming hole! We'll be planning an overnight trip here soon!
Bunch of raccoon tracks by the creek.
We found a whole mess of wild blackberry bushes and got a couple handfuls each! They were delicious! Of course this picture is after we got our fill!
Here is the rocky creekside path to the swimming hole. You can see the swimming hole in the distance.
And finally, the swimming hole in all its glory! My buddy for scale. After a little lunch of brats, we all jumped in and refreshed!
@bacpacjac a whole lot of awesomeness in your mini trip report with the little people. The smile on these guys is worth a million words.
It's only Day 4 of the kiddos Summer vacation and I feel like I need to run away for a solo moment like this. Thanks so much for bringing us along, Christos!
Thanks so much! My husband just said "I bet if we put them each on the their own chair and asked them to sit still and quiet for 5 minutes, they'd all bounce themselves off in 5 seconds." LOL!! It's going to be a long Summer.
Wow how did I miss this thread.
This is a trip report thread for all of us who don't think our trips measure up to an individual thread. If you only have time for one or a few pictures, or if you're a person of very few words, but you want to join in the trip reporting fun, this is the thread for you! Come and join us!
Went for a quick hike along the rim of the gorge today:
About 8 mile hike today.
We went out into the foothills yesterday and did 2.5 miles on the Hulls Gulch Interpretive trail. It was a great day! It was in the low 70's with a nice breeze.
Then we drove up the forest roads and found some new places to explore. Great day all around.
Sounds like you had a good time.
FS231 - Sunset Peak Road?
Yup, then over onto 275. The forester did pretty well on those minimally maintained roads.
Had the chance to get out today and did a little scouting. Discovered a new site I am looking forward to visiting again in the future.
It started pouring about an hour after this was taken, saturating the already flooded ground. Fashioned my Grabber All Weather blanket into a rain cloak/ poncho, which worked well.
Supposed to hit 95f today, that means an early start. Wife forgot her work badge at work which set me back a little, but not too bad. 20 minute drive up Bogus Basin Rd gets me to a little known trail head.
Things are looking promising...
Lots of up, but then it leveled off near the Stack Rock trail system. We explored around there some and marveled at the views.
Heading back down had an amazing view of the city.
Big dog HAD to cool off in the creek.
After this great hike I decided to go up Bogus Basin further and explore some of the forest roads. Amazing views up there. The dogs weren't really happy about all the bumps, but my Impreza handled the dirt roads with grace and I was more than happy. The low fuel light came on while we were climbing these back roads, made me a little anxious but we coasted down without an issue.
Went out for lunch today with my wife. Nothing special, just an apple with pb, cheese, summer sausage, and crackers, but the setting was a whole different story...
and when we got home we had to finish such an awesome day off with one of these
thanks for lookin
Took my daughter up to one of my hangouts just to get away and have a nice change of pace. She loves to get out and have taught her a bunch of bushcraft skills. She loves to harvest fat wood as you can see here. Took the scuttle up to cook some steak and beans as well.
Screen Shot 2019-07-08 at 7.37.56 AM by Ken Cardwell, on Flickr
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One more pic
IMG_6220 by Ken Cardwell, on Flickr
Cousin @bacpacjac memories ^^^^ I remember when the now gate was a small hole in the fence. I told you to patch it up way back then, with a sign a big dog lives here "woof woof" place the quarantine sign over the hole, & now look... ROTFLMAO
I took Fish Fry Frank (my 4wheeler) to my waterfall this weekend and cooked with my aunt And her dog, who is a colossal pest I wasn't sure what I thought about the HPG Tara at first, but as I wear it more it's been settling into the shape of my shoulders better and now I like it! It's especially great for the 4wheeler.
We had cowboy coffee, sandwiches, and eggs I dropped my eggs in the dirt I do that every time!! I scraped the dirty parts off and ate the rest!
That looks like a great looking set-up, Hannah sorry about your eggs. I too seem to drop food every time. I'm trying to both improve and accept it at the same time. An offering to the outdoor cooking and fire gods cant hurt, right? Haha
The ants love it when I come, I'm sure I know my aunt's dog was happy, and he's not supposed to have people food! And, you know, immune system boost and all that Everybody needs a little dirt in their system!
AWESOME day out @HannahT ^^^^ time out & repeat after me "gods hand before the devil's" the 5-second rule comes into play, the egg is now safe to eat... nom nom... LMAO
It was coated in dirt and sticks and stuff like I'd rolled it in bread crumbs I et it anyway! After I scraped some off, that is...
Thanks to a bout of Pink Eye that hit her on Friday night, Abby and I had a day to ourselves yesterday. She's been in quarantine, but her eye was cleared-up, so despite the fact that it was already melty hot outside, we decided on a nature walk to the used bookstore.
Our first stop was "The Fire Tree", our spot for @Luchtaine's 2019 Trip Report contest.
After @MrFixIt's close call this week, protecting ourselves from heat and humidity was important conversation throughout the day. We packed Kool-aid Jammers and water bottles, as well as sunscreen and tarps and ponchos that we planned to hang when we stopped to make lunch. We didn't get around to that, though, because it was just too hot. It only got up to about 1o0 yesterday, but that was more than enough. Hydration and protection from the sun are no joke in this weather!
The Fire Tree has a sister on the other side of the park, so we stopped there from some shade and our first of many drinks.
We started our hike with three important missions, other than not melting:
Go to the book store
Collect Birch bark for Cousin @DavidJAFO and @Staleym's Granddaughter Ruby
Check on all the wild edibles we know of along this trail. The maps we have do not cover this section of trail, so we're going to make our own map and mark our points of interest on it. Today we made note of Cattails, Staghorn Sumac trees, Raspberry bushes, Apple trees, and Black Walnut trees. The berries are almost ready!
We also gave ourselves some homework. We can't remember what this tree is so we took lots of pictures and made some notes and drawings in our journals.
When we got to the end of this section of trail, and we were in sight of the book store, we could also see Dairy Queen, with it's lovely ice cream and air conditioning.... So, instead of making MH Chicken and Dumplings in the ravine like we planned, we detoured for burgers & fries, some journalling, and smoothing it in the air conditioning.
After, we hit the book store, then turned around and headed home. It wasn't a far trek, but we walked for about 5 hours, and that was more than enough. It was an awesome day and we accomplished all of our missions!
We slipped into the ravine for a bit and gathered a couple of big handfuls of Yellow or River Birch bark. I have no idea which is which, so that's a homework assignment for us too. That's our new Young Roughians flint & steel kit there in the Schokakola tin, by the way. We put a little of the Birch bark in there and the rest is going in the mail. We were going to try to make sparks with our new fire snake, Amber, but we didn't want to start a forest fire.
We also got a couple of the books we were after, as well as a piece of Iron Pyrite and Quartz to try to make primitive fire with. All in all, it was a pretty awesome day! Thanks for joining us!
Here's a little video too, if you're into that sort of thing and would to see more. Have an awesome day, my friends. Stay cool and hydrated!~
@HannahT ^^^^ extra protein you'd put you know who to shame (whispers) "B.G" Oops!! $1.00c in the swear jar. LOL
Not sure if any of you use Google photos to back up your photos, but I love the little reminders of what I was up to last year. Photos of this trip popped up this week. Hoping to get out this weekend and see if these berries came back. Cheers...
Well I did another trip with two buddies of mine. We drove up to the Heber area and did some car camping for two days. I took some video but it sounded terrible, but I kept the pictures. Picked up a DSLR today for next to nothing, so in two weeks I’ll video my entire trip. Here’s some pictures from the last one. The lake was about two miles away and prohibits camping. Still looking for a spot like that where camping is allowed.
My tent and truck
It is a super melty one here today. It's 39C/102.2f right now, so we're inside eating freezies and building their individual First Aid Kits. The Young Roughian Aventure Kiddos and I managed to sneak out through the hole in the fence for a little walk this morning though, before the thermometer went over 100.
We did more of this - find shade and hydrate) than anything else on our hour long excursion. They didn't even want to play at the park, just sit in a shade and drink.
We did do a little bug hunting as we went.
And we made it to our destination - one of the berry bushes near the park, where we picked some for our afternoon snack.
My GSI kettle makes an excellent pot for foraging.
We stopped at the shelter at the park again on our way home, where I realized that I should have done more of this this morning. Bad Jacqui. Good thing we only planned a mini adventure today.
I did cut a piece of standing dead green Maple to do some whittling tonight.
As soon as we got home we threw our packs under the tree and jumped in the pool before seeking the A/C in house and inhaling watermelon and freezies. All the kids have two kits now: a backpack big enough to hold their beach towels, and these little haversack kits. My pack is 22L for size reference, and the red ROOTS one is about the same.
They packed light today: Water bottle, Kool-aid Jammers (drank on the trail), fruit snacks (eaten on the trail), a lanyard with a whistle & bear bell, bandana, emergency poncho (there's t-storms in our forecast today), a lightweight, brightly & lightly coloured long sleeved top and some plastic bags for foraging & treasures.
Thanks for joining us! Stay cool and hydrated, my friends!
This doesn't deserve it's on thread, because it's totally non-bushcraft related, but I wanted to share just a little of my first trip overseas (and first cruise (which was a river cruise):
Wow.. so that's what REAL mountains look like? (Alps - landing in Basel, Switzerland)
VERY common landscape during our journey!
Hey.. they have gorgeous sunsets here too
YES! WILDLIFE! (LOVED the Storks!)
Can I boil that water?
Now that's some OOOLLLLD Firewood..!
Strasburg Cathedral. 'Nuff said.
Family adventure.. can you guess who's related by blood? (my mommy on the left)
Wonder what it's like to hike those terraces? How about HARVESTING on those hills?? YIKES!
Just a little river/landscape..
Ohh.. and we DID "hike" just a bit in the Black Forest.. I wanted to be THERE for several hours!! (Hammock camping in Germany.. now that would be something for the scrapbooks!)