North Country Trail section hike
- MY brother and I did a weekend hike on the NCT through Wilderness
State Park, near Mackinaw City Michigan, this past weekend. I was
worried about being cold, even though it only going down to the high
forties at night. Surprise! I slept like a log, I mean seriously
deep,dreaming like mad sleep! The strange part was that I slept so
well in my hammock, and my brother said he damn near froze sleeping
in his tent on a thermarest, fully clothed, with a sleeping bag.
This was truly the best nights sleep I have ever had in 30 years of
The hike was great, even in the height of the mosquito and biting
fly hatch. Several miles of the trail was either through or along
swamps, and we had swarms of mosquitos following us for miles. We
didn't get bit! We both treated our hiking clothes, my hammock, and
his tent with Permethrin a couple days prior to our hike, and used a
little cutters bug spray on our hands. We were a little skeptical of
the permethrin, but I am now a believer in the stuff.
Also, we picked a great stealth camping site up on a ridge, and we
never saw another human being until we hiked out onto the road.
Beautiful country, a great section of trail, and great nights sleep
in my hammock.