I was out for a romp in the forest today with two of my favorite hiking buddies. Travis and Booker picked me up at noon (just after Booker got out of preschool) and we hiked out into a very foggy forested woodland for a little bushcraft coffee break. Ok, technically it was a tea and cocoa break, but you get the idea.
Booker had his animal tracking guide so we didn’t miss an opportunity to examine every paw print, hoof track, and animal scat we came across.
Eventually we diverted off the trail we were following and bushwhacked back a ways into the cedar forest. Travis found a spot he liked under the protective cover of the trees and we started on a little (a very little) fire. I had brought some dry tinder from home so we had the fire going without much of a fuss. I had also fashioned a crude wire rack to support our cooking cups above the flames.
We huddled around the mini blaze, and enjoyed some hot drinks.
Travis and Booker planned this hike as a treat for my upcoming birthday, and they knew exactly what I would like to do for my special day. I had a few little special treats in my bag of tricks for those boys too. I’d packed mini marshmallows for the cocoa, and Bookers favorite food in the whole wide world – Bacon! Yep, the kid loves bacon.
After we finished our bacon and emptied our tea cups, we cleaned up our site and slipped away back into the woodlands.
There were still lots more animal tracks to investigate.
Well, if there is one sure measure of a successful hike in the woods, its that once you get back to the car and get your little 5 year old partner buckled into his seat, he immediately falls asleep.
Happy trails, Kat