|Family picture at Concora Rd Trailhead|
|Bridge over White Sand Creek Rd|
With our daughter having a day off school, we found the perfect opportunity to head up north for a couple nights. We left home Friday morning, timing our arrival to Boulder Junction to be suitable for an early lunch, although we didn't have a particular destination in mind. Coming through Boulder junction, we saw a sign that said homemade pies at a place called the Outdoorsman, so our daughter insisted this would be the place. It turned out to have good food and a cast of animals, including goats, chickens and a rabbit, out back. The food was good enough that we returned after our hike.
|Posing at Fishtrap Dam at Manotiwish River|
|First night campsite|
Saturday morning was quite chilly, with weather.com reporting the overnight low at 29 °F, so Amber and I slept in a bit. There's obviously quite a bit of hunting taking place in the area as we heard numerous
|Posing at our first campsite|
|Second night campsite|
I was later woken to the strangest sound in camp, which we later surmised was a snorting deer, but at the time we weren't exactly sure what was going on. The noise was quite loud, and Lorraine first thought it was fabric ripping, although it sounding like a snorting animal to me. So, after yelling at it, I climbed out of the tent, put on my shoes, grabbed the headlamp and bear spray and went to investigate. We were a little concerned about the safety of our food since the hang, which ended up not going as well as hoped, was probably only about 9 -10 ft off the ground. The food turned out to be hung securely from the ropes, although I need to add some reflective cord or tape because it was kinda hard to find despite not being far away. The next day we found deer scat, and along with listening to animal sounds on the internet at home, we finally concluded it was most likely a deer. Amber was quite worried, but I managed to sleep fine after settling down, and we didn't hear any more loud noises the rest of the night. Finding suitable places to camp off trail in the woods like this is often made easier by spotting faint "trails" near what appear to be open areas off in the distance. Sometimes, these trails are likely used by wildlife, so it seemingly increases the chance of a late-night encounter. We later learned that someone spotted a bear on the trail that weekend, so we were fortunate to not have (to our knowledge) any bears in camp.
Sunday morning was a bit warmer than Saturday but it was still a little chilly. After having some breakfast, which for me included beef jerky, cheddar cheese and hot creamy chicken soup, we began breaking camp for our trek back to the car. The hike back was nice, and despite her foot-dragging on the way in, Amber took a nice pace as she usually does on the way out. After returning to the car, we all changed clothes, which I had not done all weekend, then we went back to the Outdoorsman for another hot meal before heading home.