Welcome to Breakfast in America

My photo journal is an eclectic mix of things; there’s no guiding theme or topic. It is whatever happens to catch my attention, what I’ve been thinking, doing, and whatever my current obsessions are. At the moment, they are clearing some of the backlog on my ‘honey-do’ list, backpacking and hammock camping.

Recent posts

  • Day Three — First Light, Irish Wilderness

    First Light, Irish Wilderness — The pre-dawn light got me out of bed to enjoy the sunrise. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Irish Wilderness Day Two — Fiddler Spring to the end of a ridge overlooking the Eleven Point River

    I managed the two climbs quite quickly, seven minutes for the first and fifteen for the second. The trail was nowhere to be seen for most of the way on the three ridges I hiked along. A lot of bushwhacking was required.

    When hiking without a clear trail, it would help if I used the compass I always carry (and know how to use). Doing so would save me some time and trouble. I also have a bad habit of getting a wild idea that I know where I’m going and before I know it, I’m quite aways off trail. It only happened a couple of times on this hike, but on the first occasion, I had to swallow my pride and backtrack a fair way. At least I realized I was off track and decided to check my location.

    I arrived at my campsite at four-thirty. My trail notes said:

    1630. Stopped for the day. The trail was non-existent on the last section. Decided to stop on the top of a hill, we’ll see how that works out. Cell service!

    — Tired physically — the two hills and bushwhacking for miles took it out of me. Worth it though!

    Future Gary says, if I had I thought about what I’d written, It might have dawned on me that there was a hint of potential problems to come. That said, I expected the trail from Bliss Spring to the trailhead to be in as good condition as the trail on Day One from the trailhead to Whites Creek. Yeah. Probably not…

  • Eleven Point River view from my campsite — looking south

    View overlooking the Eleven Point River — Looking south. I camped about half a mile from here back in March 2023. I thought this location might offer better views. It did. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Eleven Point River view from my campsite — looking north

    View overlooking the Eleven Point River — Looking north. I camped about half a mile from here back in March 2023. I thought this location might offer better views. It did. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Appearances can be deceptive

    Appearances can be deceptive. Whites Creek, Irish Wilderness. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    A quarter of a mile upstream the creek was dry. I had to backtrack a little way to get water for lunch and to stock up with water for the afternoon and night. There wasn’t going to be any water where I planned to stop.

    That meant I was going to carry three liters (6.6 lbs.) of water 200ft. up the hollow on the north side of Whites Creek to get to the ridge.

    On my last visit I camped on the ridge to the south of Bliss Spring. Studying the map, I saw that the ridge ended quite abruptly about 260ft above the Eleven Point River. Seems like a good place to spend the night, and it’s also quite close to the trail for an easy getaway in the morning. We’ll see.

  • At the Float Camp Junction of the Whites Creek Trail

    At the Float Camp Junction of the Whites Creek Trail. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    I was last here in March 2023.

  • An hour later, Whites Creek Cave

    Whites Creek Cave on the Whites Creek Trail, Irish Wilderness. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    The unofficial trail came out exactly where I expected. I’d hiked the top part of it on my last visit, and obviously missed where it turned to go down to Fiddler Spring.

    The main Whites Creek Trail was easy to follow, until it wasn’t. And that was as soon as it went up on top of the ridge.

    I kept coming across the trail intermittently, but I mainly bushwhacked my way until near where the trail dropped down to Whites Creek Cave. From my trail notes…

    1309 It wouldn’t be Irish Wilderness without losing the trail a few times. Stopped for a drink and a bacon snack. 1 armadillo. Nearly at the cave.

    I see someone has removed the sign from above the cave.

  • Sunshine at last

    Camped at Fiddler Spring, Irish Wilderness. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    Drying out my gear was my excuse for not rushing to get on the trail. The frost on my tarp needed a chance to melt and dry. I lollygagged around and didn’t start packing up camp until eleven-forty. Taking it easy, I didn’t leave camp until twelve-thirty.

  • Camped at Fiddler Spring, Irish Wilderness

    Camped at Fiddler Spring, Irish Wilderness. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
    camped at Fiddler Spring, Irish Wilderness. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Trying out a gas stove for a change

    Trying out a gas stove for a change. Conclusion: I prefer my Fancee Feest Cat Can stove. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.