In the second week of October the afternoon PAD2O class headed to Frontenac for their 3-day hiking trip. After a gorgeous Fall so far, we had our fingers crossed that it would continue for at least a few more days, although the weather forecast did not look very promising.
The drive up saw plenty of rain and we were getting a bit worried, but upon our arrival, the rain had stopped and the sun had even come out a little. Our first day hiking saw us travel to campsites #9 & 12 with great efficiency. The students moved really well as a group and were at camp in good time, giving us plenty of time to set up camp, collect firewood, hang the bear hangs, make dinner and have time to relax. The sun came out in perfect time for evening supper, but once the sun went down, the clouds rolled in and it started to rain. A good reason to head into our tents for the night.
The next morning we woke up to beautiful blue skies and a nice temperature. I didn't expect to be hiking in shorts and a t-shirt in the middle of October, but we did. The day was a gorgeous one as we headed for campsite #5 and the lookout on Big Salmon Lake. This group of students were one of the most efficient groups on the trail that I have ever had. Distances were covered extremely quickly, giving us plenty of time to enjoy the lookout and have a super relaxed lunch.
With one group staying at campsite #5 and the other continuing on to #4, we said goodbye to our friends for the evening. After camp was set up at #5, some of the boys decided to brave the waters of Big Salmon Lake for a quick swim. Quite impressive considering it was mid October. The rest of the evening was enjoyed around the campfire, that is, until the heavy rains rolled after the sun went down. Another early evening into the tents.
The final day started early for the members at campsite #5, as we had to travel to campsite #4 by 9:30 am, which should have taken us about 45 minutes. This is when we saw some of the struggles coming through, as a few groups were lacking in food for breakfast. The students also made a wrong turn on the trail and instead of correcting, they tried to make it a short cut. After waiting up the trail for them for 10 minutes, we still managed to make it back to our friends in 40 minutes.
On the final day, this group was intent on getting out. Probably one of the fastest exits I have experienced with a school group. A cloudy, but warm day provided for a nice hike out. After a quick lunch in the parking lot, the bus picked us up for our ride back to school. Plenty of tired and sleeping faces, a sign of a good trip.