The weather on the first day was fine. We had a few drizzles, but the sun also made an attempt to come out. Enough at least to have the bugs pay a visit, especially when we got attacked by hundreds as we crossed one of the running streams. All in all, it took us about 2 hours to make it to our 1st campsite on Little Salmon Lake. Quite a beautiful little spot, with just enough wind to keep the bugs to a minimum. The group was excited to set camp, find firewood and start making their meals. The challenge was finding good quality firewood, as it was all quite wet. This was obvious as many tried to get their fires going with lots of birch bark and poor firewood, which resulted in a quick big fire that died out just as rapidly. The students quickly learned that it is all about the quality of your firewood.
Once the fires were going the meals started to come out, as well as, the marshmallows. We had a nice evening, as the rains held off and we could sit around the campfire enjoying the songs of the loons and the hoots of the owls. Later the packs with food were hung in the trees and everyone settled in for the night. The next morning showed a lot of promise, as the sun came out and it was cool enough to keep the bugs hidden. Truth is that we didn't really see anymore bugs for the rest of the trip, as the temperatures got quite cool, but then we also didn't see the sun anymore either. As we finished breakfast and were packing up, it began to rain. This is how it stayed as we started the longest hike of the trip.
The hike from campsite #6 to campsite #4 is quite beautiful, with narrow trails that wind through the forest and spectacular lookouts. Even though it did rain for the entire day, the group did take time to enjoy these sights. We also through up a tarp at lunch and made hot soups, heated pita and nutella wraps to stay warm. There were also many versions of jumping jacks and a few hills that were ran to keep warm. When we got to the campsite, the wind was coming from the North and hitting the campsite dead on, there really was nowhere to hide and with everyone being quite wet, it was really cold. All the layers came out and we made a hard push to get some real good firewood. With the tarps set up to block the wind and protect against the rain, everyone quickly prepared their hot meals to get warmed up and comfortable. Needless to say, most groups headed to their warm sleeping bags quite early.
The last day was a hour and half hike to the parking lot. The group covered this quite well. It must have been the motivation of getting on a warm bus that would be followed by a warm shower. This not before we saw a fairly fresh wolf kill of a beaver. Some people did say that they heard wolves howl during the night, which is not surprising as we saw a lot of signs of wolves throughout the trails. The hike took us around Big Salmon Lake. At the parking lot we welcomed the next CW group that was coming in and some of the students even tried to convince the next group that maybe they should get back on the bus. Luckily they didn't.