We decided to needed to do a practice our outdoor camping skills away from the comforts of home. We needed to go somewhere where we couldn’t crawl into a real bed at 5 a.m. because we were still tired. We needed to see if we remembered to pack all we needed to be able to eat a hot meal away from the safety net of the kitchen microwave.
With our packs loaded up, we began our first multi-day backpacking experience!
The biggest concern I had was that it was snowing when we left home! But the local weatherman assured us that it wouldn’t last. I crossed my fingers.
(My apologies for the somewhat blurry photos. I didn’t know there was a clear piece of plastic over the lens on my phone until after I got home and saw the pics.)
The Mighty Androscoggin River. A few weeks earlier we had walked out on the frozen river.
Woot! No snow! It turned into a beautiful day to be out in the woods.
We almost saw a deer. Later in the day we DID see a deer!
We turned around and saw this.
Yup. That was probably a beaver dam!
Funny things happen in the woods!
When possible, you want to be close to a water source, but not too close. We camped a little ways upstream from this brook. It was a great water source. Although it looked clear and refreshing, we still used our trusty water filter!
We’d hiked for about six miles when the trail crossed the stream above. We decided it was a good place to stop to set up camp. We found a spot that looked fairly level and fumbled with setting up the tarp and tent. We blew up our air mattresses, pulled out our sleeping quilt so the down could fluff up, and settled down to make dinner.
We returned to camp just before the sun went down. We were tired so we crawled into the tent and settled on our comfortable air mattresses. Except…
The ground that we thought was flat enough really was not. Our mattresses kept sliding to the bottom of the tent. Lesson learned. Pay more attention to the slant of the ground before you pitch your tent.
The next morning we packed up and headed for home.
Goodbye campsite. Thanks for being our home for the night!
Stealth camping or Leave No Trace camping means that once you leave the campsite, no one would know that you ad been there. Here’s what our site looked like when we left in the morning. How’d we do?