Mac and Cheese, Cheesecake, Brats, & S’mores were just some of the fabulous dishes the participants of the Porcupine Mountains backpacking trip got to indulge on while in the wilderness. 30 individuals- 24 campers & 6 staff members participated in a 3 day- 2 night backpacking trip to the Porcupine Mountains of Upper Michigan.
This was the first intensive open-sign-up trip that Agawak has offered in many, many years and will certainly not be the last. Ages of participants ranged from 3rd grade to sophomores in high school and all campers experienced much of the same aspects of the trip. A few of the highlights included learning to filter water with a purifier, cooking over a fire or camp stove, dealing with leeches and more mosquitoes than the Amazon could offer, but more importantly having fun, meeting new people, and experiencing the outdoors like never before.
Participants traveled to the state park together, ate a group lunch of pitas, pb&j, honey, crackers & applesauce at the Visitor Center, and proceeded to break up into the three groups that they would be hiking with for the next 2 1/2 days. The groups divided up group gear & headed out on three different routes- reuniting on the final day of the trip at the Lake of the Clouds overlooking the entire park. The groups saw the beauty of early morning sunrises over lakes, cool evenings gathered around the fire, or deep discussions while sitting in a circle on a rocky ridge enjoying the tradition of upside-down Frisbee cheesecake.
Thursday morning brought a sense of accomplishment and pride for the campers as many had completed their first camping trip- let alone, a 3 day intensive hiking trip! You go girls!