Year: 2020

Night, night, Tubby – Today we helped Tubby cross over the ‘Rainbow Bridge.’ It’s amazing how these little furry people manage to worm their way into our hearts. Even irritating ones like the Tubbmiester. Tubbs was the last man standing of our four cats and managed to see in eighteen years. One-minute read, 3 pictures

After four years I’ve hit my weight target. When I started I was 182lbs. Today I finally hit my target of 156lbs.

How much IKEA furniture can you fit in a Cadillac? More than you’d think, but not everything Ginger bought. Just as well we had our car to take home what didn’t fit. Two-minute read, 6 pictures

Hike over – Time for a quick selfie sitting in the back of the car. All in all, I hiked 11 miles and climbed 1,100 feet. Considering I’ve not done any exercising since my last trip (and that was only six miles), I’m happy with that result.

End of the hike – I lose the trail, find some rocks, and get more chigger bites than you could shake a hiking pole at. Two-minute read, 4 pictures

The pool below The Falls.

Long Creek Falls – The falls were dry as expected, but there was plenty of water in the pools. 2 pictures

First trail junction of Day Two – This is the junction of the Pilot (Tower) Trail with the Devil’s Den East Trail (Upper Pilot Trail). 2 pictures

Watching the wildlife (and drinking tea) – I watched a deer run past, followed shortly afterwards by a much more stealthy coyote. 2 pictures

Morning tea, breakfast in bed, and things that rustle through the underbrush at night. One-minute read, 2 pictures

Camp Life – Journaling – Today was one of the few times I’ve actually got round to writing in my journal while I’m out backpacking. 5 pictures

All set up at my spot near ‘Twin Falls’ creek – I must be getting quicker because it only took me a couple of hours to hike the Pilot Trail to ‘Twin Falls’ creek. 4 pictures

Back on the trail – I was working in Kansas City two Saturday’s running, so I decided I’d earned myself a Monday off, and headed down to my usual stomping ground, Hercules Glades for a single night visit. 2 pictures

On the road again – Today we had an Area Confirmation service at St. Andrew’s in Kansas City, which meant I spent over five hours in a rental car. 3 pictures

Chapel Cross – St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Kansas City, Missouri.

That moment when …

you regret not taking notice of the message from Photoshop asking if you really want to close the window without saving …

My job for the weekend is to convert this lot into a new front deck. 4 pictures

Ginger recently undertook a project to make a vessel a day for 100 days. Most days a new vessel of some sort would appear on my desk. The vases came with flowers, and the pots came with small plants. One-minute read, 2 pictures

Stamen – Hibiscus plant in the back yard. I was chatting with Ginger when I noticed the contrast between the light on the stamen of this flower and the darkness of the greenery behind it.

End of Trip Selfie – Piney Creek Wilderness – Day Three.

Stock pond and pines. Piney Creek Wilderness – Day Three.

Backpacking Selfie.

Hiking out – Bushwhacking my way out wasn’t easy. Piney Creek Wilderness – Day Three. One-minute read, 8 pictures

Breaking Camp – Piney Creek Wilderness – Day Three. Slideshow: 9 pictures

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