My nephews weren’t able to fit Audubon Day Camp into their schedules this summer, so, I promised them a backpacking trip. All of the sudden, the summer was winding down and I realized I hadn’t made good on this promise, so… Last Thursday and Friday we managed to find enough time for a whirlwind adventure.
The Earl Cardot Eastside Overland Trail is part of the Chautauqua County Parks system of trails. For some reason, there is a short section just over half a mile in length that is not connected to the main trail. It ends at the Canadaway Creek at a nice little lean-to camping site. I thought this would be just the ticket: not too much walking, leaving plenty of time for camp fun. (Plus, we wouldn’t have to carry tents and I’m all for cutting down the weight – especially for first-time backpackers!)
The hike is fairly level most of the way… except for a brief section of much steepness… which, thankfully, is fitted with rugged stairs and a hand rail for part of the way.
What kind of camp fun did we have? Oh, the usual:
These and more pictures can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenniferschlick/sets/72157607067484317/
Just before heading up the hill to return the boys to their mother, Spencer said, “This is the most fun I had all summer!” I guess we had better do some more of this!
Next time: two nights? And bring the dogs?
September 24-30 is “Take a Child Outside Week”. Make your plans now to take a child on some sort of outdoor adventure, even if it is just a short walk around the block!! Learn more at http://takeachildoutside.org/.