Howdy! Got an invite from Roche to join him for a camp out at Frozen Head Park this weekend. Unfortunately we couldnt make it there Friday until a little after 7pm. After we got our permits filled out and down to the parking lot it was getting pretty dark. I, of course had lost my head light so I had a small flashlight clipped to my backpack.
The Friday night adventure crew consisted of Roche his dog Bailey, Sluggie and myself. About a half hour after going into the woods it was pitch black. We had a designated camping spot that we managed to not find. Luckily we were on a loop and ended back up at the parking lot. Night time hiking merit badge!(check) Roche had camped in a different campsight off of another trail in the park not to long ago, so we headed for that camp.
Got there about 10:30 set up in the dark and got to bed around 11:30. It rained most the evening and dropped down to the upper 40s. The next morning we hiked back out to the cars and enjoyed a primitive breakfast at Hardees!
After breakfast we went back to the park and found the camp we were suppose to be in. Roche and Sluggie hiked back to the car to get us a fire permit and a second load for his family, who would be joining us soon. I stayed to guard the camp(nap). Detail man and Tweakie showed up with their youngsters and soon after Roches family arrived also. Us old folks sat around and talked while the youngsters caught crawdads in the creek and participated in various kinds of races. I tried to keep up with the races but the rules seemed to change int the middle so determining the winner was a bit confusing.
Detail Man and Tweakie showed off their fire making ability and soon it was time for supper. Then more pleasant conversation and it was bed time. Saturday/Sunday night sleeping was filled with screech owls, barn owls and a few coyotes singing to us. At Sunday morning breakfast the coyotes seemed to have a disagreement close to the camp, perhaps over song rights, not sure. But it was setteled in a timely manner and visiting was resumed.
The park really is very nice. The trails we were on were wide and fairly level, but I understand there are a few that are quite challenging. So not really alot of hiking happened, but hey what do you expect from a guy called Lump. The pictures are kind of pixel intensive so you can find them here.