Honestly, starting out we didn't think that we would have this much fun, but us and the rest of the team had a great time and took a lot of learning experiences out of this trip. The first two days were very grueling, sweating our 60 pound backpacks off, getting eaten to death by pesky bugs of all kinds, then going out to the great Lake Superior and soaking our feet in the fresh, cool water. Personally it was a rough first day, and it really gave insight as to what we would be facing the rest of the expedition, but the second day more than made up for it by having a relaxing break at Buckshot Landing off of Lake Superior. Day three was a hiker's worst nightmare: mud, treacherous climbs, and even more mud. We hiked a tiresome eight miles through annoyingly long spans of mud, scaling large, steep hills, and traversing winding paths, some no wider than a foot. It was quite the challenge but we overcame and accomplished our set goal. The fourth day was one of the more scenic legs of the Porcupine Mountains. Many areas of the forest reminded some of the team members of a sort of Lord of the Rings meets The Chronicles of Narnia landscape. The hike wasn't very difficult at all, and we had a refreshing lunch overlooking the beautiful Shining Cloud Falls. Day five, the last day of our expedition, brought us along the Big Carp River Trail, up a horribly frustrating hill (or more of a mountain), and out onto a gorgeous peak with a view of the entire valley. The view was absolutely stunning. When we saw what we have walked through, our mindset was in disbelief. We hiked a little over 21 miles!
Location:Porcupine Mountains, UP Michigan