I am finally beginning to dive right into planning my first trip! In a few days, I will be embarking on a seven-day adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness with seven 8th-9th graders.
There is a lot of preparation that goes into a wilderness trip. I’m planning everything from route, trail lessons, meals, nighttime games and activities, and more. Just thinking about being outside in the spectacular Northwoods wilderness makes me itch to get going.
One of my favorite aspects of trip preparation is menu planning. There is nothing better than a warm, fire-roasted pita pizza, or a cup of steamy wild rice soup eaten with a view in one of the most beautiful places in the world. I also take great delight in packing desserts like no-bake Oreo cheesecake, and s’mores of course. Everything tastes better when you’re in the Boundary Waters.
I’ve also been spending quite a bit of time working on a “Clouds and Wilderness Weather Prediction” trail lesson that I’m going to try out for the first time on this trip. I love guiding trips with Wolf Ridge because of the educational aspect that is included in all of our programs. Every day, I am planning on at least one lesson. Some of the topics include: tree identification, astronomy, lichens, and art and nature journaling.
This Sunday, I met my trip participants for the first time. Currently, we are working together to build our team, and we will be out in the wilderness on Friday morning.
Meanwhile, I have a lot of food packing to do.