So far this summer the boys and I have not gotten in a single night of camping. I did a three night trip on motorcycles with my friend Vince but the summer was so crazy that the boys had not slept in a tent all year.
With football season starting and the summer ending, labor day weekend was really our last chance. I decided that for Lucas’ first backpacking trip we would just do a single night. I also was not that familiar with where we were going so I thought it might be safer to not head in too far.
Our destination was the Buchanan Pass Trail which starts at Camp Dick and heads west.
We hiked in about 3.5 miles and found an awesome place to setup camp.
We were about 50 feet off of the trail, next to a meadow but in the trees. The river was about 100 feet from our campsite so we had access to fresh water.
Part of the reason for going this late in the year was that there was a fire ban earlier in the year due to all of the forest fires. Luckily there was no fire ban this weekend so we set to making a fire. Jacob took care of cutting up a log with the saw and Lucas found kindling. We had no problems getting a fire going in no time. We needed water so we went down to the river to fill the bottles using the purifier. Pumping water with the filter seemed to be one of Lucas’ favorite things to do.
We ate a huge dinner of steak, hot dogs and dehydrated Kung Pao Rice and Chicken. The boys said it wasn’t too bad. We also had fruit and nuts.
The moon was full but we really couldn’t see it because it was cloudy. I was just happy it wasn’t raining.
In the morning was all slept in until about 8am and then I made up some coffee in my new Jetboil Flash Java Kit. That thing rocks. It boils water in no time and comes with accessories to turn it into a French press. Properly caffeinated I was then able to make us a breakfast of bacon and eggs using the fire and the Jetboil.
After breakfast we set out for Red Deer Lake. The hike was longer than we expected, probably about 5 or 6 miles. The lake was beautiful though. It is not huge but it is right under the continental divide and the view was spectacular. We brought poles and some flies and were hoping to catch some fish but unfortunately we didn’t have any luck. Typically around mountain lakes we can see trout by the shore but there seemed to be none this day.
Here are some of the pictures around the lake.
We then hiked back to camp, took a little nap and then packed up. It took longer than expected to get out and everyone was pretty wiped out.
All around it was a great trip and hopefully the start of a new tradition.