After Leone's funeral we were off again for a Memorial Day weekend adventure on the Superior Hiking Trail. This time we asked David if he could give us a ride from our car at County Road 301 to Fox Farm Road instead of using the shuttle. David has been trail running lately, so this ended up working out really well. He dropped us off at Fox Farm Road, where we started hiking and he drove up to one of the next stops and ran to the Stewart River campsite and back to his car, about 19 miles all together.
We were concerned about rain on this trip, since our first day of our trip last fall was miserable because of the rain. So we bought these new rain pants and I got a new rain coat only to have the complete opposite happen. It was at least 80 degrees all three days, not ideal for carrying a 30 pound backpack through the woods. I think I could have handled the heat if the sleeping wasn't so miserable. I was pretty whiny about the heat, but now that I think about it I have never liked being hot. We were planning to stay 3 nights, but because of the heat we did all 30 miles in 3 days. The last day we were only planning on a 1 mile hike out, so it wasn't like we did too much extra the last day.
We arrived at the McCarthy Creek campsite around the same time that David was on his way back to his car, so we hung out with him for awhile before he had to head back.
We tried out a new dinner idea that night. We made quiona instead of our normal pasta dinner. And we really cut back on the heavier food this trip, no sausage and fresh veggies this time. The quiona took quite a while to cook, but after it was done and we added the shredded beef it was quite tasty.
On Sunday morning when we got up we were both still very tired since it was quite a warm night to be sleeping outside. We started hiking and there was no shade on the trail. It was ok at first, but quickly got very miserable. When we finally came to a shady spot in the pine forest we took advantage and took a very long break there. That was just the break we needed to keep going.
We arrived at the Stewart River Campground pretty early and unfortunately there was no shade there. We hung out by the water for awhile just cooling down before attempting much else. Eventually we found a spot to set up our tent and even hung up a tarp to shade the sun.
For dinner that night we had orzo, with laughing cow cheese, dried veggies and tuna. We both thought it was pretty good, kind of like tuna noodle casserole.
Monday morning we woke up again without a lot of rest. It was another very warm night and my sleeping bag made for temperatures as low as -10 did not help that situation. Once we were hiking the bugs became really annoying and we broke down and put on bug spray.
The next campsite was Reeves Falls, so we decided that would be a good spot to eat lunch. The falls were kind of disappointing and again shade was limited. It was here that we decided to eat our dinner for lunch and just hike to our car today instead of staying another night. That ended up being an amazing idea. The lunch fueled the miles we had left and our last stop at Silver Creek Campsite was one of the best of the trip.
At Silver Creek Campsite we ate some snacks, drank some much needed water and cooled off in the creek. It was the perfect spot no bugs or ticks, there were rocks to set our stuff on and it was the best place to be since the sun was still shining very brightly.
We made it to our car and headed to Duluth to meet David at Jimmy John's for dinner. This JJ's was really close to Lake Superior and after sweating non stop for three days straight, I immediately put on a long sleeve shirt and after JJ's another coat. Crazy how much the lake can cool things off. Not to mention the lake still had significant ice chunks in it.