Year: 2020

Good morning! To get up or not to get up? Now that’s a question when it is cold out.

Day Three – view from my hammock.

Contemplating – nothing of great import, and I don’t think I wrote more than half a dozen words. 2 pictures

Camped by Table Rock Lake – The astute will notice that this is not my regular camping spot by the lake. The reason is quite simple; some expletive deleted hunter decided that a good place to leave the carcass of a deer they’d dressed would be right by the fire ring of my usual camping spot. One-minute read, 5 pictures

Early morning sunshine. 2 pictures

Decay – Leaves, shells and a stick covered with frost, and some monofilament fishing line leading to an unseen dead bird in the water.

Sunlight brushing the tops of the hills – the start of Day Two at Piney Creek Wilderness.

Frosty Morning – The predicted overnight temperatures were 30°F. It dropped to 21°F. Fortunately, I’d anticipated this and I was nice and warm in my hammock.

Winter twilight on the lake.

Sunset at Piney Creek Wilderness.

Gary by Table Rock Lake. 2 pictures

Another year, another picture of Table Rock Lake in January.

Here There Be Beavers – There are lots of signs of beavers down near the lake. 3 pictures

More Creek Crossings. 4 pictures

Piney Creek Trail – This trail can get a little ‘brushy’. In the summer it is almost impassable. For added fun there are lots of cat briars to get scratched by and snagged on.

First Creek Crossing of the Day – The trail I was following down to the creek joined just a few yards before this crossing point.

The trail got a bit steep – The drop down into Piney Creek was ‘interesting’, especially with all the loose leaves over everything. I took it slow and steady and didn’t have any mishaps. 3 pictures

Happy Gary in the woods – Here I am, about a mile in and I’d warmed up enough to want to take my jacket off and drink most of my water. I’ll be able to fill my water bottle up when I get to Piney Creek. 4 pictures

Trail Not Maintained – Well, I guess that’s better than ‘Not A Trail’. I’ve never hiked this trail, and it is not marked on any of the maps I have, including the 1930 USGS map. I can make a rough guess on where it comes out, we shall see.

Not A Trail – This trip I’m planning on taking a trail I’ve never hiked before, I’ve already hiked this ‘Not a Trail.’

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