Year: 2021

Sundown at Hercules Glades, looking southeast – Hiking in today, I realized that I could attend my meeting the next morning if I could get a good cell signal. So off I set in search of a decent signal. Two-minute read, +2

Gary and the Pole Hollow Cairn – Time for the obligatory selfie at the cairn. I prefer this black and white version. +1

Charging the Garmin. We all know what this means. I’m charging it up ready for another backpacking trip.

Hall Gear Closet – taped and first skim coat applied. Ginger, “Most people just buy furniture, they don’t build things in.” Gary, “It must be the Frank Lloyd Wright in me.” +1

Monitored. Today I had a stress echocardiogram and was fitted with a wireless Holter monitor.

One-night stay in the Devil’s Backbone Wilderness. And once more I manage to break some gear … Trip write-up: One-minute read, +3

Hall Gear Closet – Framing. New project. We have two-and-a-half closets in the house full of backpacking gear (and some overflow in the shed too). Doing something about it is long overdue. I decided to use the space that used to be occupied by the piano and convert it into a gear closet. Today I started framing the new built-in closet. +3

This would have been a great weekend to get away into the woods. The temperatures are in the low eighties, and the rain has cleared out for a while. Instead, I decided to do some chores at home. One-minute read, +1

Through the veil – It’s taken me a while to see the potential in this picture. I like this alternate treatment of the image.

Gary: “I’ve worked nine of the last ten days. I’m taking the afternoon off.” Garbage Disposal Unit: “Today is a good day to spring a leak.”

Dodge Challenger. My surprise weekend rental, and a tease for my brother. One-minute read, +5

My first Sunday church visit in eighteen months or more. Today I’m in Joplin discussing church marketing.

Day Four – End of hike selfie – All in all, a brilliant trip, with lots of journaling, swimming and relaxing watching the lake. You can’t beat that. One-minute read

Bath time – After crossing ‘Cat Briar Meadows,’ I was hot, sweaty, and dirty. I stopped here for half an hour, filled up with water, and then had a quick bath in this pool. Let’s just say it was invigorating (flipping chilly).

The trail is starting to get overgrown – All through these (and the following) overgrown sections of trail I talk to the snakes, “Hello snaky, snaky, snakes, just passing through, don’t mind me.” at the same time I’m probing the trail ahead with my hiking poles to make sure any somnolent snakes wake up before I tread on them. +1

This is going to get messy. The lake has dropped six to eight inches, but it’s still covering the trail. +1

The trail here was covered with water when I hiked in. +2

Time to say goodbye to my lakeside haven. Campfire and table – all tidy, ready for the next person.

Lifting mist at Piney Creek – Complete with a heron.

Misty Morning at Piney Creek. It was worth all the heat and bug bites just for the magical few minutes watching the mist evaporate. +2

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