The Ongoing Mini Trip Report Thread 2019

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  1. bacpacjac

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    Something for the bucket list. What an awesome first trip!! I've never been overseas but I've always to go..... almost anywhere, really. What a beautiful, history rich way to get your feet wet. It looks like an amazing trip! Thanks so much or bringing us along!
     
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    I decided to go to Lake Superior Provincial Park for a canoe trip I left work early at noon on Friday. It is a 2.5-hour drive from home. Halfway to my destiantiaon, I realized I forgot my rod, so I stopped in Wawa and picked one up.

    I got to the put-in at 1630, not a problem there is light until 2200.

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    I found a decent-sized island and set up for the night.

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    The next day I was wind bound so I decided I would play around on the island. I found a log with some significant heart rot that was nice and dry, so I thought I would buck it up and make a boreal stove.

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    The first one was so much fun I decided to light another.

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    I decided to try my hand at a tripod and make some stew.

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    Later on, when I was feeling hungry I decided to make some bannock.


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    Another shot of camp while I make some rice to go with my bannock.

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    Dinner is served.

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    Sunset from my island.

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    I went out fishing on a lake that is about 15 minutes away from my home. Even though it is so close it is deep in the boreal forest and very secluded. It is quite rare to see others on the lake even though it is so close to town. I've lots of pics of the area so it did not occur to me to take any pics. I was with a friend who is also into bushcrafting, fishing and hunting. Right off the bat, he caught two eating size pike. So we stopped on a rocky outcropping and spent a few hours relaxing and eating fish.

    I have also been looking for a spot to camp, which in previous outing I had not found. While paddling around I noticed what looked like some natural flat terraces, so I went to check it out. The pics don't show the terrace that well, but they are there.
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    So I found some really nice spots to camp. In all, there were 3 terraces, very flat. There was evidence of a structure stood on the largest of the terraces, just a few pieces of squared timber lying on the ground. I decided I am going to come back after my holidays to stay a night or two, and during hunting season as it is prime grouse territory. Just as I'm heading back to my canoe I see in the bush in the middle of nowhere

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    A bench that has not been used in a while and behind it an oil drum with a bit of garbage in it. Obviously, this spot has not been used in many years, but it saw action at one time before. What a neat find totally unexpected. It would be interesting to know the story behind this spot, besides it being my future camping spot.
     
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    Very mini trip here, but I got to be the cool uncle, which I've always wanted to do. My niece to be is in town, staying with my parents. She's 7 and has never caught a fish. So we took her to a local preserve, went on the dock with an ultra-light, a can of corn, and a basic bobber setup. Showed her the basics of the spinning reel, and threw the line out. Didn't even have time to say "watch the bobber" and I had one on. Set the hook for her, and handed it off. Average sized sunfish. Showed her how to cast a couple more times and then let her take over. I occasionally chummed the water with a small scoop of corn and you could see the immediate swarm of gills shoot out from under the dock.

    She ended up catching a monster of a bluegill, the biggest fish of the day. You could have eaten the thing, if it didn't come out of a former waste pit.

    And despite the enthusiasm of a little kid waving around a whippy rod on their first successful fishing trip, nobody got hooked.
     
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    Some cell phone photos from this weekend. My car is in the shop :( so I explored some mountain passes with a friend. A lot of the roads were still blocked by snow drifts and avalanches. Two nights of camping.

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    My family played clean up crew in our local National Forest. It was a great day!

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    Alrighty! Finally doing some camping this beautiful week! I’ll try to keep updating on my trip.

    Just finished my shelter for tonight...
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    Smoothin’ It;)

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    Can’t wait for supper time!

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    Bugout VS Dead Pine

    You know who won...

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    Bugout wins!

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    That second picture is awesome! It would be so cool to live in an area you could find snow in 12 months of the year. Got to admit I'm a little jealous.
     
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    Goodnight friends. Sleep well.

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    Mornin’ gents!

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    Got in some nice kayaking today, then pulled up to explore the secret beach I found last year.
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    View from the Eno...

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    Enjoy your evening...

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    several photos from the Polish land of lakes.
     

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    What is loved for the Polish Masurian lakes is silence
     

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    @saryat are those bees in the boxes?
     
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    they are beehives, it's a bee apiary
     
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    Bushclass outing #3 day trip playing with snares.
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    Got out on Wednesday to do a little Fly fishing and a little bushcrafting. My Fly Fishing is still pretty bad, but I caught a couple little fish at least. Good times in the woods. Managed to knock out a splitwood fire, and the bowsaw and bucksaw for my intermediate bushclass. Still tons of mosquitoes up here. I'll be glad when I can come back after a day without being covered in bites and I can ditch the headnet.
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    Hiking pix from 2 day trip to Red River Gorge this week...warning pic heavy 8ABA9DB2-4B5B-42A3-BAF8-932786DCA3C9.jpeg Hidden Arch 44C6BD86-760D-4C4E-9FE2-092392CCE055.jpeg Angels Windows BD7BF898-43F9-4777-8752-CC47A48EF32D.jpeg Skybridge Arch 7BA94317-5C28-4434-A1A6-FB8758A169FB.jpeg Devils pulpit view from Lovers Leap 10C70AD9-FC0B-46EF-9DF2-467CA88BA612.jpeg
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    On Friday, the Young Roughian Adventure Kiddos and I went exploring one of our local trails and creeks. We had two specific goals: gather wild Blackberries and find some sparky rocks for our F&S kit. We were successful on both counts, we learned a few things along the way and, most importantly, we had so much fun!

    Berry picking is not for the faint of heart. 7 year old Dylan is tenacious about it and has taken Bella under his wing. She's only 4 and afraid of everything, so they are a good team. hahah!!

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    8 year old Lily is equally timid, so 6 year old Abby partnered with her to show her the ropes. ;) 5 year old Charlotte and 9 year old Miley had zero interest in berry hunting, so practiced their gymnastics while they waited for us. LOL!

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    We wanted berries for snacking but we also planned to make a bake something with them, so I used my Stanley cup to gather some that were only for home. ;)

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    Once we had gathered as many as we could in short sleeves and flip flops, we headed to the creek to search for rocks and treasure. Some of us were hoping for fish and crayfish, but we didn't have any luck with that.

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    We received this amazing pouch from @HannahT this week. It's a gift from an unknown benefactor and we sure do appreciate it!

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    Many rocks were smashed and tested in the making of this adventure. Thank you again, whoever you are!!

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    Soon enough, it was lunch time and time to head home. Everyone's super stoked to go back again soon. Thanks for joining us!

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    We saw this guy on the trail and left him alone. We came home and researched it and we think it's the caterpillar of the White-marked Tussock Moth.

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    But, BEWARE!! Adventuring with kids may cause pets. ;) Dylan now has a pet Grasshopper named Zachery. :)

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    Awesome trip @bacpacjac ! I knew that pouch would see some adventures :)
     
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    @bacpacjac I always love your trip reports with the youngins. You do such a great job with them. Your trip report was the highlight of my day. So keep more of them coming and will be looking forward to the next mini adventure. Thanks!
     
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    Ah! What a kind thing to say. Thank you, so much!!
     
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    Thanks Jacqui! If you can manage it, don't wait! Our only regret is that we didn't do it sooner! Thinking Ireland as next destination (someday!)

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    I went on a quick mini trip that I thought was cool. I took the family and dog up to some waterfalls, outside of Sandwich NH.

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    After the falls, we did a little exploring out in the woods:

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    The whole family had fun

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    @Lumpskie nice trip report. I always like the reports where the entire family is having a good time. Thanks for sharing!
     
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    I took a 2 might solo canoe trip down a river in Texas. Mid 90s during the day, mid 70s at night.
    • Slept 2 nights in a hammock on the same island
    • Bowfished my first fish
    • Did some spear fishing but was not successful (only game fish present)
    • Chased some hogs out of my camp
    • Swam
    • Did not get dehydrated!
    • Made a youtube video (learned I need more action in future videos, sorry kind of boring)
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    I did a two night backpacking trip in Hercules glade last weekend. The days where mid 90's with nighttime lows in the mid 60's. I hiked about 4 hours Friday afternoon and camped here near long creek.
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    It was hot & muggy and it rained here most of the day yesterday. Our freedom to roam was severely restricted by both time and the city lawn mowing crew. (4 year old Bella is terrified of them. LOL!) Inspired to practice their budding Firecraft skills, The Young Roughian Adventure Kiddos and I set off around our little piece of suburbia, while a light rain fell, on a search for good tinder and kindling, Our plan was to make a fire in the rain and then cook mac n cheese on the Ikea hobo stove for lunch. A thunderstorm forced us to abort, but not until after we went on a good foraging walk.

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    Abby found a spoon, which I used to scoop some fresh goopy Pine resin. This is the second spoon we've found on our street. Someone's not having good luck with their lunches. :(

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    7 year old Dylan is a determined forager. He found a bunch of good flammable stuff, including this old dead Cedar tree. It made a good walking stick for him and we can split it down to make great kindling for the hobo stove.

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    5 year old Charlotte found a lighter with some fluid in it. It was still intact but wouldn't make sparks. We put it in out foraging bag to, hopefully, dry out the flint. ;)

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    This was our foraging bag yesterday. We made it out of a BDU pant leg. I made it's twin a while back for BushClass and they serve this purpose well, especially with drawstrings long enough to make a shoulder strap. ;)

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    It's not pretty but it works, and the kids all helped with the cutting, pinning and stitching. ;)

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    They were looking forward to making fire but that would have to wait for another day. A thunderstorm rolled through and then the sun came out.

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    We had so much fun that we made a little video. Thanks for joining us!

     
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    What stretch of which river, thereabouts?
     
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    Colorado in the Weberville area.
     
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    Hmmm, just a couple miles east of ABIA. I'll have to check that out; thanks.
     
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    A friend of one of my Young Roughians joined us for the day yesterday and they were excited to go on an adventure. I'm in the midst of an Arthritis flare up thanks to my Lupus, so I wasn't up to going very far. It was August 1st, though, and that dictated a trip to The Fire Tree, our spot for @Luchtaine's 2019 Trip Report Challenge. We visit the tree at least once a month to learn about it and all it's neighbours. :D

    Earlier that morning, the boys had caught creatures - a Katydid and a little Beetle of some sort - and made them pets. (There's more details of that here, if you're interested: https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/daily-doings-of-a-bushcrafter.43351/page-109#post-4532259)

    Of course, the bugs had to come with us so the boys could find them food.

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    The leaves are starting to change just a wee bit and our poor tree has a broken & hanging branch now. :(

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    We kept the agenda to one thing: Gather some Sumac cones to make sun tea. Once we were there. they found other ways to amuse themselves. The boys hunted Katadids and Grasshoppers. These two would be good assets to bring on a fishing trip, me thinks. LOL!
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    The girls played Fairy Family under "Ben's Tree", this beautiful Willow. If I was thinking straight, we would have collected some branches for whittling, but I didn't think of it until I got home and one my our BCUSA peeps reminded me. I suspect there will be a return trip today. ;)
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    From our little Maple tree, it's a short walk to the Sumac trees. The boys argued about their bugs the entire way. If you look closely, you'll notice that Lucas's container open. I was unprepared for bug wrangling, and failed to grab appropriate containers from the recycling bin the day before. :confused:

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    Abby's getting into this 'shcrafting thing an made skipping ropes for her and Bella out of Grapevine.

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    They're best when they're dry, and we had rain a couple of nights before, so finding good cones was a bit of a challenge. ;)

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    We came home with our 1.6L MSR Seagull full. We also brought a clipping of the leaves to put in our journals. The jute twine was laying under one of trees so we took that too. :D

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    Once we were back home, I got the boys sorted with Gatorade bottles for their bugs. Lucas was so enamored of his that he didn't even want to go swimming when we got back. LOL!

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    We covered our Sumac cones with water and left them sitting in the Sun. The taste test is this afternoon, if you'd care to join us! :D

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    ETA: The taste test happened so I made a video of the entire process. There's more details and pictures of that experience here: https://bushcraftusa.com/forum/threads/what’s-your-favorite-bush-tea.251209/#post-4535161

     
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    Great mini trip report as always. Smoke and prayers being sent up for you battling Lupus.
     
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    Any time my daughter is home on leave we try to squeeze in a one or two night trip. She misses the mountains and high desert of the west. Her twin brother couldn’t make the trip this year and it was a one nighter. Other than that it was great! A little lake north of McCall. Caught a few cuts and had a great time!

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    Lake Rock Lake. Off the Warren Wagon Trail road out of McCall. Only 3.2 miles round trip. A little steep but not crazy.
    Decent fishing, Great scenery, very few people and quiet!


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    Thanks @buckfynn! Much appreciated!
     
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    Looks like a great trip! I like that part of the country too.
     
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    Greetings,

    Tiny mini trip to a small pond nearby.

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    This last photo, it cannot be seen by my phones resolution, but that branch is hanging by just a thread. Amazing how strong spider thread can be!
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    Regards,

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    This is a super short mini trip. :)

    Daughter at work, wife napping, too hot to work....so.....go berry picking! Blueberry, that is.

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    They were pretty sparse, and small, until I got about 20' or so from the trail. I guess that's about the limit of how far others will go for them.

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    Then there were more, and larger. But then.....


    Went to the truck for something....

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    Oh no..... I looked at a client's house today for some future work, and may have picked up something in my tire. Rather than letting it go completely flat and changing it, we made a run for home.

    Someone was not too happy about going home so soon.

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    She will get over it though. :)

    Next time I'll stay longer! Next time. :)
     
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    Well needed restore time today. I've been traveling a lot lately and family responsibilities have been well over flowing.

    So I told my kids come high water or not I was kidnaping everyone and getting the water.

    It takes about 2.5 hours to get to my Happy Place
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    And finding some good company like a college kid home for summer. Who just so happened that she has also spent less than 15 minutes in a kayak.
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    Yes we wore life vest just not in this picture
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    Then a nice 8 mile paddle for me at which point we picked up some paddle hikers
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    My brother, his son, and his girlfriend who accompanied Autumn and Emma the last 2 miles of the trip in the river while I rode in the truck to enjoy some air conditioning and some relaxing lounging in the water time. Hahaha can you find me
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    Before long it was time to head home but not before stopping at a dinner for some post river grub
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    On a sad sad note today Emma found a my very 1st grey hair.
     
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    Thats not a sad sad note. It should be welcomed. You earned it and should be proud!
     
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    I found you! Center of picture, far right, pink shorts, back to the camera?

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    Now, you know I am kidding,!!!!


    Are you kinda center left, just down and to the right of the white thing floating in the water?

    Or are you holding the camera?

    :)

    Either way, great to see you relaxing. How is the back feeling after the paddle?
     

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