Douglas State Forest Backpacking Trip
August 22 - 23, 2009
Six Scouts and three leaders participated in backpacking our sixth segment of the Midstate Trail. We camped near its southern end. We then took a day
hike to the Rhode Island border on the Midstate and hiked a bit further to the point where Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts meet.
Although we camped at a shelter (the only place camping is allowed in this forest), we pitched tents and left the shelter to a family who also backpacked
to this location. The Scouts and kids from the family combined to play card games and a a night time game of "manhunt".
On the way back, we took a side trip on the Coffeehouse Loop to Wallum Lake, where Scouts swam and leaders played horse shoes.
There were lots of huckleberries on the trail, especially near Rohde Island - we ate lots of those. There were even a few blueberries. Right on the
trail, we saw an interesting variety of mushrooms and lots of frogs and toads.
Here are some of the mushrooms:
ASM Mitchell tracked our trail on his GPS. After the trip, ASM MacNeal used the download for this to generate a
map of our path in TOPO.
Photos by: Joshua Froimson.