Mar 01, 2011Day hike – with creeks (365:060)

Today was a nice day for a hike.

This morning we drove down to Busiek and hiked the white and orange trails, about five and three-quarter miles with a couple of two hundred foot ascents. It was muddy and most of the creeks and a lot of the trails had water in them, which meant we had to be inventive in finding way across without getting wet; until we had to cross Camp Creek that is. It was too wide to jump and there weren’t any stepping stones. Ginger cleverly had flip-flops and a microfibre towel for just this eventuality. I managed barefoot. 

I took today’s picture while we were sitting having a rest while drying our feet and enjoying the sunshine. On our way back we decided it would slow us down too much getting out of our shoes and then getting dried at each crossing, especially as we needed to cross the creek about four times. We just walked straight through, the advantage of wool socks is that they soon warm up even when sopping wet. We completed the trail quite quickly, something we’ve been regretting since as we’ve quite a few aches. One wonders when this will get easier.

Somehow we bodged all our preparations and forgot to take lunch, my driving license and ID, map, hiking poles, bags to put wet things in, and worst of all we forgot the kids got out of school early! The kids got themselves home okay, we’ll be working on a packing list for day hikes which will include the item ‘Check calendar’.

Back in Springfield I took Lanie to Bass Pro shopping for fishing lures and a storage box for Ginger’s kayak. We found some very pretty lures that Lanie assured me fish would find very enticing. We also found, but didn’t buy some shocking pink worms, I called ‘Hello Kitty’ worms.

I finished the day making another pair of huaraches (that’ll be the mark IVs) concentrating on trying to get the foot-bed the right shape. Having tried them for a couple of days I can say with confidence that there will be a Mark V. Finally I fitted a jamming cleat on my kayak to keep the anchor traveler in place.

Tonight we watched Up. I surprised myself by finding it quite charming.

Today’s alternate shots & extras

Wide creek equals wet feet
Wide creek equals wet feet
Drilling the holes for the anchor traveller jamming cleat on my kayak
Drilling the holes for the anchor traveller jamming cleat on my kayak

Kayak hoist
Kayak hoist



Shocking pink worms
Shocking pink worms



Crossing a creek on the white trail at Busiek
Crossing a creek on the white trail at Busiek

Ephemeral Creek on the white trail in Busiek State Forest and Wi
Ephemeral Creek on the white trail in Busiek State Forest and Wildlife area

Ozarks' skies
Ozarks' skies



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