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How did we get here, and where are we headed?

In 2010 we went from car camping to hiking and backpacking in six months. I reflect on what instigated that change, and how we are going to keep on getting out. [8 pictures]

Fly Fishing Lessons

An afternoon being taught fly fishing on Lake Taneycomo. After several hours of practice – do I look like a fly fisherman yet? [6 Pictures]

Open Carry and Concealed Carry Holsters

Open Carry – Hiking & Backpacking Holster When did I get so tubby? Oh boy. I’ve had this holster since January 2016, and the concealed carry holster since October 2016. Gun forums can be full of a lot of BS…. Continue Reading →

Short Hike at Busiek

Gary and Lanie go hiking on the Yellow trail at Busiek State Forest and Wildlife area. We took a quick side trip to introduce Lanie to the old panel van [7 pictures]

Laine wouldn’t get in and pretend to drive

Lanie joined me for a short hike on the Yellow Trail at Busiek. We went off-trail a bit so she could see the old panel van. I wanted Lanie to get in and pretend to drive, but the lack of… Continue Reading →

Hike on the Busiek Orange and White Trails

A day hike on the Busiek Orange and White trails. [20 Pictures]

An Afternoon Kayaking on the James River

July 21 I took Luke for an afternoon kayaking on the James River at Springfield, Missouri [12 pictures].

Day Hike at Busiek

The weather this weekend has been wonderful (especially considering it is still February). However, we’ve not had a chance to get away backpacking as we had commitments in town on Saturday. Today we went on a short hike at Busiek,… Continue Reading →

Start of our Hercules Glades, Pees Hollow Backpacking Trip

We had a little navigational problem getting started. The beginning of the western half of the Pees Hollow trail isn’t marked, and the trail isn’t much used. With all the fallen leaves we went past the start of the trail… Continue Reading →

Fishing Lures

No fish at all today. I tried all these tasty looking lures and more besides – including the (almost) always successful Crawdad lure. I didn’t even get a nibble. The fish were obviously elsewhere doing fishy things that precluded them… Continue Reading →

Fall at Pomme de Terre Lake, Missouri

The Fall color has really come along the past couple of weeks. You can see the rest of today’s pictures here.

Fishing on Pomme de Terre Lake

Working for yourself has its disadvantages and advantages. Seven day weeks and long hours are a couple of the disadvantages. One of the advantages is that when a friend asks if I want to go fishing, with a bit of… Continue Reading →

An Evening Fishing on Stockton Lake

I was hoping for another really stunning sunset, it wasn’t to be. It was pretty but not a really knock you off your feet affair. I was also hoping to catch some fish, and that wasn’t to be either…I had… Continue Reading →

Sailing on Stockton Lake, Missouri

John was kind enough to invite me sailing again. A gentle 4-7 mph breeze was predicted and, for the first part of our sail, that’s what we got. As the day went on the wind become increasingly fickle and we… Continue Reading →

Sailing with John on Stockton Lake

First sail of the season and for a change there was some wind John invited me to join him for his first sail of the season. The end of June sounds a bit late for getting in the first sail,… Continue Reading →

Fishing with Tom

It’s been nearly a year since Tom and I last went fishing… So, I was pleased when I got the text asking if I was able to fit in some time on the lake. Tom must have been feeling generous… Continue Reading →

Getting Ready

Time to sort out my fishing gear and clean and lube the reels. I’m going fishing.

Another Short Hike on the Silver Trail at Busiek

We’re still working on getting back in condition. Today, we wanted to increase the distance and elevation climbed while not getting too wet and muddy, and not driving too far. We settled on hiking the complete Silver Trail at Busiek… Continue Reading →

Short Hike at Busiek

We wanted a fairly quick and dry hike Ginger didn’t want a repeat of Saturday’s wet and muddy trail. We didn’t want anything too challenging either. And, we didn’t want to be out for too long. We decided to do… Continue Reading →

An Afternoon Hike at Compton Hollow Conservation Area

We stopped hiking in 2013, it wasn’t deliberate. First we missed our ‘annual’ Spring Break backpacking trip, then we both got tied up with work. I abandoned my semi-retired state, and getting out just faded away. No backpacking, no hiking,… Continue Reading →

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