Friday, September 2, 2011

DAY #1: Beartooth Mountains Backpacking Trip

Friday, August 19, 2011

The five of us Fox Valley folks met at my apartment in Oshkosh so we could all travel together to Western Wisconsin – Hudson – to meet up with the three others. We got going around 12:30 pm. Rachel, Randall and Leo sat in the back, Gary rode shotgun and I drove. Five backpacks and day bags filled the back of the Vue to the ceiling. We all fit with all of our gear and we were pretty comfy besides. Not bad!

When we arrived in Hudson, we drove to the Willow River State Campground where I made reservations for Friday night. At the campground, we met up with my mom and dad (Keith and Patty) and their cantaloupe (which I’ll tell more about later!), said our “hellos” and drove off to my Uncle Jerry and Aunt Amy’s home in North Hudson. My aunt Margie was there waiting for us. She was also going to be backpacking with us, and drove her conversion van up from near St. Louis where she lives.

Jerry and Amy were preparing for a weekend of Pepper Fest, but were so kind as to treat all of us to a yummy homemade ravioli dinner. It was delicious! We sat around, ate and chatted. Jerry and Amy also arranged for us to park the Vue at a relative’s home so we wouldn’t have to worry about it being parked in a public lot or the campground. That was really great!

After moving the Vue, we all set off back to the campground where we crashed for the night, with the plan of being in the vehicles (Margie’s conversion van and my mom and dad’s Envoy), rolling at 5:00 AM sharp. We were hoping to make it past Billings, MT and camping before heading up the Beartooth Pass on Sunday.

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