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My desk was looking cluttered this morning – I was reminded of the saying that the state of one’s desk reflects the state of one’s mind. A tidy desk equals a tidy mind. For the last several months, my mind — and my desk — have been in a messy place. [2 pictures]

Peak Design Capture Pro V3 – This morning I was musing on the mess I’d left on my desk when the urge to take some pictures overtook me. [3 pictures]

Ready for the First Sunday in Lent – I took some time out from talking to visit the nave of the cathedral. [1 picture]

The End is in Sight – Not quite as nice a view as the earlier views to the east and west, but I always like this because the end of the hike (at the tower) is in sight. [A few words and 3 Pictures]

I Never Tire Of This View – View from the glades looking northwest. [1 picture]

A Quick Diversion Off-Trail – I had hoped that there would be more water running over these stepped falls, but this is what there was. [1 picture]

At the Cab – A quick selfie with the cab as I start the final lap of my trip. [1 picture]

Another Frosty Night – It dropped to 23°F (-5°C). Camped near ‘Cab Creek’. [2 pictures]

Small Falls on ‘Cab Creek’ – These falls might be small, but they were making a lot of noise. [1 Picture]

About to start part two of my ‘Four Days, Three Nights, Two Wildernesses’ hike. [1 picture]

One down and one to go – This isn’t an ordinary trip. I wanted to get a few more miles under my belt, so I came up with the idea for my ‘Four Days, Three Nights, Two Wildernesses’ hike. Here I am back at the trailhead at the end of the first part. [2 pictures]

A Tad Chilly – I stayed in bed waiting for things to warm up before venturing out. I don’t have an insulated hood, so I improvised with my shemagh. Very elegant, very old lady. I’m also looking a bit chubby around the chops too. [1 picture]

Cold and Frosty Morning – The lowest predicted temperature was around 29°F. It actually dropped to 21°F (-6°C) overnight. [3 pictures]

North Fork River – The North Fork River was my destination for the day. [3 pictures]

McGarr Ridge Trail – This sums up hiking in the Ozarks at the moment. Bare trees and fallen leaves. [1 picture]

My home from home – Tucked up on the side of a hollow to keep out of the wind. [2 pictures]

There ought to be a coyote in this picture … but I can’t find it. I was sitting here drinking a nice hot cup of chocolate when some movement in the ravine opposite caught my eye. [1 picture]

The trails of the Ozarks are starting to look similar. [2 pictures]

Devil's Backbone Wilderness. Mary Hollow to the left, and an unnamed hollow to the right.

Nemesis – Mary Hollow to the left, and the unnamed hollow I followed on my last visit to the right. [1 picture]

Devil's Backbone Wilderness - a picture of the Devil's Backbone ridge.

The Devil’s Backbone – It’s impressively narrow with a 160′ drop off on either side. [3 pictures]

A Backpacking Trip Goes Wrong – I was lost and didn’t even know it. And then I was taken violently ill.[Lots of words and 13 pictures]

Winter sunset, Long Creek, Hercules Glades Wilderness.

Winter Sunset, Long Creek, Hercules Glades Wilderness. [1 picture]

Falls on Long Creek. We camped near here May 29, 2011. [5 pictures]

Small Falls on Long Creek – It was good to see water running in Long Creek. [1 picture]

Icicles on Long Creek. [2 pictures]

Three Days Solo Backpacking in Late January – The weather had turned warm, and the recent snow had disappeared, so I headed off to Hercules Glades with the intention of spending some more time contemplating Life, The Universe, and Everything. [Lots of words and 16 pictures]

Winter Backpacking / Hammock Camping Gear. [1 picture]

Hammock camping near Table Rock Lake, Piney Creek Wilderness.

Hammock Camping By Table Rock Lake – My plan was simple. Hike down to the lake, set up camp, sit here for a day and then hike back out. [5 pictures]

Buck Hollow. An idyllic and tranquil view later to be interrupted by the arrival of a bear. [1 picture and a few words]

Still – Day two. Fantastic view in the morning. [1 picture]

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