Into the Woods (and back out again)

If you've been reading my blog you know that my last post was about my feet being in jail and I was lamenting the fact that we’d had to push our backpacking trip out from June to August while my feet got a chance to heal.  So, I wanted to let you know what happened with our trip!

The day finally came for us to head north. On a lovely Sunday morning in August after weeks of packing, even more weeks of planning and hours of food prep, we had finally thrown all of our packs into the car top carrier and headed for the North Shore. This year it was even better. We knew what we were getting ourselves into and we couldn’t wait. We’d hiked the Superior Hiking Trail (SHT) for four days last year and we were all looking forward to our seven-day trip ahead.

Now, we’re a motley crew – not your typical group that you see on the SHT. For starters, there are seven of us. That’s right – SEVEN – and only two of us are adults and can carry much weight at all. There’s Paul and I, our three daughters and our two dogs (the boys). Everyone has a pack. The boys carry their own food but not much else. The girls can carry a water bottle, their sleeping pad, sleeping bag, clothing, mess kit and snacks. Paul and I carry the rest – this adds up to around 10~15lbs for the girls, 40lbs for me and 50lbs for Paul.

Throw all that weight on and then climb steep rocks and slog through low, wet, muddy areas and you’ve got yourself an adventure!

This year we had planned to hike from Silver Bay almost to Crosby Manitou State Park. All in all, it was about a 40 mile r