We started our trip from the Arab Lake parking lot with all of our gear on our back. As we headed North to Birch Lake, the students got to feel the weight of a full pack as they travelled over rough terrain. A little different then the hour hikes we did during class time. That said, the group adjusted really well and moved quite efficiently. On this first day, we travelled along Birch Lake to Tett Mines, location of an old Mica mine that still has an old steam boiler from the 1920's. It was here that we felt the first of the blackfly swarms.
Our first campsite was located on Little Clear Lake, a beautiful spot with just enough wind to ensure the bugs were not too bad. Here the students build fires (tried anyways), set up their tents and prepared their dinners. The evening was cool and perfect for a great night sleep. The following day we headed around the top of Big Salmon Lake, where we had a wonderful lunch in the hot sun at the top of the lookout. There were even a few students that took a swim here. The afternoon was a quick trip around the lake to campsite 4 on Big Salmon Lake.
The bugs were a non issue at this campsite as there was a nice breeze and the temperatures droppped enough to keep the blackflys in their hiding spots. The students learned how to properly make a fire and their fires were roaring on this night. Unfortunately, a very large thunderstorm ended the outside activities around 8 pm. Although, I believe that many welcomed the opportunity to head to bed early.