We started hiking and although the trails were quite wet, the group made excellent time getting to our 1st campsite on Little Clear Lake. The navigating was excellent and the group moved really well as a group. The campsite was in a gorgeous spot and everyone was excited to get set up. The tents went up quickly, as went the cooking tarps (as it rained a little) and out came the meals. Similar to the other group, some quickly learned the lesson of quality versus crappy firewood, but that didn't stop some excellent meals from being delivered. There was marinated steaks, brown rice with an amazing vegetable blend and sausage pizza panzerottis. This was all topped off with a beautiful red sky, which we all knew would bring good weather for the next day.
We were not disappointed, as the sky was blue in the morning and the sun quickly warmed everything up. This was good too, as some people stayed up a little late (actually very late) and it would take a lot of effort for some to make it through the hike on the 2nd day. Before we actually headed on the trail to go to our next campsite, we backtracked a little to check out one of the old mica mines hidden in the bush. Here we saw a few more deer, which put the count for the day at 6 and it was only 10 am. Once we returned and put our packs on to head to campsite #4, it was obvious some of the students would have a tough day as the energy levels were not very high. This is why we decided that after hiking for about an hour, that we would have an extended lunch and allow some of the students to take a quick nap to regain their energy for the more difficult part of the hike.
This seemed to help, as the afternoon was much better and students seemed to enjoy the twisty narrow trail and the amazing lookout overlooking Big Salmon Lake. We even found a big bird's nest right under the ledge of the cliff. As we got to camp and fires were going with dinners cooking, you could see that the energy had returned to the group and everyone was ready for a beautiful evening as the sun went down right on the opposite side of the lake from us. The evening was just as good, as the stars were just amazing.
Having been quite lucky with the weather, the bugs had made quite the appearance, although they were not mature enough to really start biting. Which was a good thing. Never the less, we got a good early start to avoid the bugs and to get back to the trail head. The last part of the trail, the group went back to business and covered in just over an hour. This also meant that we beat the bus to the parking lot and we decided to head up the road to meet it instead of sitting amongst the bugs. All in all, good trip with great weather and an enthusiastic group.