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My photo journal is an eclectic mix of things; there’s no guiding theme or topic. It is whatever happens to catch my attention, what I’ve been thinking, doing, and whatever my current obsessions are. At the moment, they are clearing some of the backlog on my ‘honey-do’ list, backpacking, hammock camping, and, I’m always, taking pictures.
Journal: Two nights and three days taking it easy at Hercules Glades Wilderness, February 2023
My first hike of 2023, and my first hike in two months. Determined to make the best of the time available, I started my trip off with a seven-mile night hike.
For details of my trip
End of trip, back at the Tower Trailhead
For a ‘Warm up’ hike, and my first backpacking trip in two months, things went fairly well. I’m a lot slower, but I’m still managing to get up the hills. My only gear change, my new beanie, was nice, warm, and no itches. I’d still like to drop some pack weight, but which luxury item should go? I’m so warm at night that I think I ought to be able to manage to below freezing with my 40℉ quilt, which will save me weight and space.
Now, where to go next?
Trip Totals: 16.16 miles and 1,100 ft of elevation.
Gary on the Pole Hollow Trail. Hercules Glades Wilderness
I love this glade on the ridge overlooking Pole Hollow. It’s nice to get out into the open after being surrounded by trees and brush for so long. It also taunts you with a view of exactly how much more climbing you have to do, as the trailhead is at the same height as the hills behind me!
Gary stopped for lunch by Long Creek
Lunch was noodles, pre-cooked bacon, and a Snickers bar for dessert, all washed down with a cup of coffee.
Trying to fill my pot with water and put it on the stove one-handed (while I was videoing making lunch), was unexpectedly difficult and clumsy. I edited out the bit where I tried to pour water on my noodles and half missed! Regardless, it was a nice break by the creek.
Looking down stream. Long Creek, Hercules Glades Wilderness