Yellow River Forest Backpacking
I’m guessing the loop is only about 4 or 5 miles and about a ½ mile in Ryan tells me that his feet are starting to hurt. OK, his hikers are 3 years old and probably 2 sizes too small but he did manage to put them on last night and he thought they would be fine. I should have anticipated this and tell him we should go back to the vehicle and change his shoes. He insist on continuing and says he will change them later. I agree and we proceed.
Back at the vehicle Ryan takes his boots off to find a blister on each heal. I give him some band aids and he puts on his tennis shoes. We decide to do a little trout fishing instead of another hiking loop to give his feet a break. We manage to catch a few and keep one to sample this evening.
Its late afternoon and we decide we should get camp set up so we proceed over to the pack in sites on Heffern's Hill and find we have our pick of the 3 sites.The rest of the afternoon is spent gathering firewood and trying out the Nomad wood stove that I had the metals shop at the the high school make for me. It worked great.
The evening was spent around the campfire eating the trout and backpackers pantry beef stroganoff. Both were delicious but I must say the fish was really good.
The next day we slept in waiting for the rain/sleet/snow to stop and then packed up and headed over to the Irish Shanti in Gunder before heading home.
All in all a great little trip. Gear Review- I will give the nomad wood stove a thumbs up. I also like the GSI kettle that I recently purchased. The Sierra Designs Trade Winds down bags that I got for Christmas kept us warm and comfortable.