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

  • Just to prove that I was there

    Just to prove that I was there… Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • View to the south from the slopes of Lower Pilot Knob – Hercules Glades Wilderness

    View to the south from the slopes of Lower Pilot Knob – Hercules Glades Wilderness. Unfortunately, I only had my cell phone with me. Three days backpacking, January 2024. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
    View to the south from the slopes of Lower Pilot Knob – Hercules Glades Wilderness. Unfortunately, I only had my cell phone with me. Three days backpacking, January 2024. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Camped on the side of ‘Twin Falls Hollow’

    Day Two

    Camped on the side of ‘Twin Falls Hollow’ Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Another year, same trail cairn

    Day One

    Another year, same trail cairn — I’m off out for three days, blowing away the cobwebs and walking off some holiday season excesses. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    And it should also be said, I’ve still not learned to look at the lens on the cell phone.

  • Our grandcat is visiting

    Richard being cute – Dick (our grandcat) complementing the color of our furniture. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    Dick is staying with us for a couple of months while his mother is off traveling.

    Why Richard (Real name Dick Cheney)? Why not (Our other grandcat is called Donald Rumsfeld). It also gives our daughter the opportunity to tell everyone she is sending out ‘Dick Pics’

    ¯\(ツ)/¯

    Richard being cute – Dick (our grandcat) complementing the color of our furniture. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Journal: Four days hiking the Big Piney Trail, Paddy Creek Wilderness, December 2023

    Finally, I found a spring with lots of water — Backpacking the Big Piney Trail, December 2023. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    I spent four days on a hike of the 16-mile loop of the Big Piney Trail in Paddy Creek Wilderness. I’ve got a new camping spot to explore, and I want to see the Big Paddy Creek Scenic Overlook in winter, making this a follow-up to my trip back in May.

  • Paddy Creek — Day Four

  • What? No end of hike selfie?

    What a scenic overlook looks like from the trail. Backpacking the Big Piney Trail, December 2023. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    Nope. So, this will have to do. It’s a scenic overlook on Little Paddy Creek, taken on my hike out.

  • Snake on the Trail

    This snake was sunning itself on the trail — Backpacking the Big Piney Trail, December 2023. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    I was not expecting to find snakes out in December, so I’m glad I spotted this one. We’ve not positively ID’d it yet. It doesn’t look dangerous, but when it got fed up with me watching it, it coiled ready to strike and it had a diamond shaped head. But it didn’t have viperous eyes. I left it alone, it wants to sunbathe in December, good luck.

    Snake on the Big Piney Trail, December 2023. My best guess (so far) is that it is a Western Rat snake (Pantherophis obsoletus). Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • My quilt got a little frosty

    My quilt got a little frosty, though according to my notes it was only 30°F. Backpacking the Big Piney Trail, December 2023. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    Day Four

    The place I planned to stop at didn’t offer any good hammock camping spots, so I crossed Little Paddy Creek in search of somewhere better. I settled for this very scrubby spot because it was starting to get dark. If I’d carried on for another one hundred yards, I would have found a great place to camp.

    Oh well, I have that option stored away for another trip.

    My quilt got a little frosty, though according to my notes it was only 30°F. Backpacking the Big Piney Trail, December 2023. Copyright © 2023 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.