This trip was in Douglas State Forest, MA. Aiming for beginner backpackers. The terrain is flat, easily walking in and out. We get to test our current gears to see if we want to keep them or make a change under guidance of the two leaders. Can you see the little toad among the brownish leaves?
Joe taught us how to find firewood. So we did find a ton of dry stock for the campfire. It smelled so good, also kept bugs away.
This was also little J's first backpacking trip. His family came to the campsite when we were setting up tent. He was running around us beginner adults, so we took over role of his playmate and his parents could have some alone time : ) So proud of this guy. For the sake of having fun, he brought marshmallows and sleeping company.
In the quietness of the forest, watching water to boil is such a fun thing! Before bed we've learned hanging food and smelly stuff, including tooth paste, so the critters especially mice wouldn't get to them at night. On the way out the next morning, we found this cute creatures. Still don't know what they are. It's ok. So very grateful for this trip to enjoy time among trees and more trees!