Getting about as much sleep as you can when you feel like you are slowly slipping into hypothermia, we awoke around 7 am to start a fire and fight off the cold. Once the light arrived, we pulled out the oatmeal and cooked up some bacon.
To keep warm, I decided to build a fire reflector before anyone woke up. I placed three sections of sticks in the ground in a sort of half-hexagon formation, and then used those sticks to stack more sticks inside.
This helped keep the heat directed at us and helped shield the rest of the forest from the winds sweeping any coals out away from the fire. We also had for breakfast a camping staple, some brown sugar oatmeal with a hint of vanilla. Brandon and I, after breakfast, decided we needed a table to be able to set our silverware on, so we cut sticks and began to build a table connected to the fire reflector.
After this, Freddy arrived in the forest with fishing pole in tow. He decided to go out ton the lake, cut 3 holes in the ice and try to see if he could catch us dinner. Luckily the ice was about 6 inches thick, so we were all able to walk on it safely.
Unfortunately, Freddy was unable to catch any fish. So we then decided to make dinner, which was meat and veggies roasted over the fire. My in-laws came to visit for a little while, and weston also arrived at this time to stay the night.
We then decided to sit by the fire for a while in the dark before bed, watching the sun go down in the west and hearing the fire crackle as we fed it more and more wood. As the darkness enveloped us, we filled some rubber bladders with warm water and went off to bed.
The second night we fared much better. With the warm bladder against us, we actually were able to keep warm during the night, and I had a pillow brought in for me to sleep on, so my neck wasn’t completely destroyed when I woke up. The second morning we woke up and ate a quick breakfast before packing up and walking out.
Above you can see our creation in all of its unbridled glory. As we walked out we found a deer carcass that had been cleaned up by what we thought must have been a bobcat. Brandon wanted to keep the antlers so he cut them off and we continued hiking.
This trip was a lot of fun. I learned one important thing, I can’t sleep without a pillow. So you know on the next trip I will be taking a pillow with me.