Monday, September 24, 2012
Macedonia Hike Video
Over the weekend my friend drew and I decided to do a camping trip. Originally, we planned on an overnight hike on the Connecticut portion of the AT; however, both of us had family plans on Sunday. I came up with a solution, which turned out to be a great one. Instead of hiking the AT we opted for getting a camp site at Macedonia Brook State Park and hiking the blue blazed ridge trail. Back in June I hiked the trail and was amazed at how beautiful the park was, and vowed to return another day.
Upon arrival we drove up to the ranger station and secured a camp site, number 33. The weather could not have been better for early fall. We had a nice breeze and temps in the 70's with a few clouds, perfect. To top it all off some of the trees had already turned a beautiful yellow. Our camp site was an open site on the edge of a field with lots of room. It felt like home for the night.
Over the past year Drew and I have gotten into hiking to extend our time in the great outdoors. We did some day hikes and slowly acquired gear to do an over night back packing trip. The main objective of the trip was to give our gear a dry run, or wet one, which i will explain later. We would hike the 6 mile loop trail and come back to the camp site and camp just like we would on the trail. We would eat Mountain House, use the water filter, and sleep in ultra light shelters. After one heck of a hike we set up shop and cooked dinner. Drew was using the LL bean FS-1 tent and I got to test out my Outdoor Research Highland Bivy. Later that night it rain like hell and we stayed dry! The Bivy is awesome and I am going to write more about it. We are ready for our next adventure. I can see so much potential when I cross my hunting and fishing background with backpacking.