So after finishing up at The Gathering, I headed to the bar in Shippensburg where Turk, Tom, Ed and Dave were waiting. We watched the rest of the Steeler game then headed out of town, over the ridge and up to Big Flat where our first night's cabin was at Gypsy Springs.
We got to the cabin and unlocked the gate. The day was pretty nice, with decent temperatures and no rain in the forecast. We unpacked, claimed our beds and got a fire started out at the fire ring.
This was a modern cabin with electricity and running water and we had a nice dinner of spaghetti and sauce. After a nice hike up the hillside to a power line and along that trail for a while, we spent the night sitting by the fire. We all eventually hit the sack to prepare for the next day's adventure.
|Gypsy Spring Cabin|
After that, we went to a nearby general store, bought some supplies and lunch and then headed back to the cabin and got ready to move to the next cabin. We only reserved this cabin for one night because the other cabin wasn't available until Monday and Tuesday nights. This cabin would be more rustic. No electricity or running water, but there was a good spring nearby and when we arrived we found the creek that goes by the cabin running nicely. When I had checked out the cabin the week before, the creek was all but dried up. It was nice to have the sound of the water next to the cabin.
We unpacked once again and started preparing the outside fire ring for the night's fire. The cabin was cool, but very dark inside. Even when we had opened every shutter and even some of the windows, it stayed quite dismal inside. It was still cozy though.
|Hanging around the cabin|
I set up my hammock next to the cabin and Turk took on the challenge of sleeping in the "canopy" as he kept call calling it. We took bets on how long he would last.
The next day was another decent one. We rebuilt the fire pit, getting rid of a lot of the small stones and recycling the multitude of ash into the forest. We incorporated a keyhole style grill device into the ring and it turned out very nice.
|Rebuilt Fire Ring|
We planned a hike to the nearby Birch Run Shelter about 2.4 miles away. The trail was nice once you got up the hillside and we hung out at the shelter and explored the area. We found a really cool campsite across the creek that someone had put a lot of time into. I will remember this site for future visits.
|Smooth, flat trail|
|Secret campsite of Yetimen|
We found a lot of firewood up at a campsite next to the trail and we "collected" all said wood for our night's fire.
After another nice meal of fire grilled venison, we settled around the camp fire and told stories all night. The guys were also trying to plan the next part of their vacation and lots of map reading and gps testing ensued.
Sometime during the day, Turk acquired the Trail Name Kangaroo Joe. He had on a hoodie and would fill the front pocket with as many beers and other things as he could to carry across the bridge to the cabin area. He seemed to like it.
|Turks Kitchen - These boys eat good on their trips. Dave in background chopping wood|
|Bros - No, we weren't hunting, as everyone who passed by would ask...|
|Ed and Kangaroo Joe|
I haven't been car camping in a while and this was a fun experience. It is kinda nice having a 2000 lb backpack parked 30 feet away and spending time with friends from my old home town.