|View from our campsite|
We didn't know while planning whether we would be able to drive all the way up to our campsite, or if we would need to hike in. We knew that it was only a mile in though, and felt that we could carry anything we would need for a comfortable winter outing. I wanted to bring dry wood to get the most from the experience, and Geoff was smart enough to realize that if we did need to carry any wood further than 100 yards, than we would need sleds to pull it.
When we arrived we discovered that the road at the mouth of the canyon does not get plowed during the winter months. We strapped on our snowshoes (for the first time, finally), put our backpacks on, and began dragging one sled full of wood, along with a large rubbermade tote also full of wood. I was surprised how good I felt for the first hundred yards, but soon discovered that it would take FOREVER to walk the "short" mile to the campsites. We chose to abandon the wood so that we could get to the campsites before dark, and then walk back down to pull the wood by itself for a second trip. Although we were able to get to the top of the canyon without having to stop every hundred feet to adjust the wood load, the second trip was just as long and tiring as the first couple hundred yards when we were weighed down with our packs.
|View of the start of Maple Canyon|
I intended to try a few ideas I saw on Backpacker Magazine's weekly e-mail since we were planning on having a fire. The first recipe (video posted at the bottom) was simple enough, after you dig the fruit out from an orange, fill the remaining peel with cake batter, place the top back on, wrap it in aluminum foil, and let it roast on the coals. The second recipe (if you want to even call it that) suggested roasting apples over a fire, stripping off the peel, and then rolling the warm juicy apple in a mixture of sugar and cinnamon. The second idea was awesome! It was so easy to do, and was worth the little effort it took. Unfortunately, I couldn't do the first recipe because I forgot the aluminum foil at home - which reminded me to put out all of my food next time so that I can make sure I have everything I need.
|Snowshoes+backpacks+heavy loads of wood = much too heavy|
|Frost hanging over the stream where we collected water|