Mammatus clouds over Springfield

Mammatus clouds over Springfield — We’ve had some weird weather lately. I heard about a house being hit by three tornadoes in the past month (around 30 miles from us). This week, we were on the edge of a storm that, according to the radar, was dumping twenty-five inches of rain per hour. +2

It’s that trail cairn again

It’s that trail cairn again — By one-thirty I had camp squared away, and I started my uneventful hike back to the trailhead. +1

Jus’ Chilling

Jus’ Chilling — The six-mile hike back to the trailhead should only take three to four hours (depending on if I stop for lunch), so I can sit back, take it easy, and enjoy the forest for a while. +1

Late Breakfast — Biscuits and Gravy, and a cup of Rosie Lee

Day Two. Late Breakfast — Biscuits and Gravy, and a cup of Rosie Lee.

The pollen was prodigious

The pollen was prodigious — As the green-yellow dusting of pollen on my feet attests, the pollen was indeed prodigious. No wonder I was coughing and sneezing.

There was a trickle of water coming from the spring

There was a trickle of water coming from the spring — With camp set up I headed off down into ‘Deep Hollow’ to see if the spring was running. Much to my surprise it was — just a trickle but enough to have saved me from having to lug in three liters of water! Not to worry, I need the exercise!

Back at ‘Deep Hollow,’ Hercules Glades Wilderness

Day One. Back at ‘Deep Hollow,’ Hercules Glades Wilderness — I decided to get out for a one-night trip to Hercules Glades. Apart from our Eclipse Trip I’ve not been out this month. An overnight stop at my camping spot near Deep Hollow would be just what the doctor ordered. One-minute read.

Morning tea on an old stool

Morning tea on an old stool — At some point in life, we learn the value of eschewing the bright, shiny, and new for the well-worn, used, and patinated that does its job and does it well enough.

Cocking a snoot

Cocking a snoot — Actually, I was making a snoot to test out a hair light for Ginger’s video setup in her office.

Upon Reflection

Upon Reflection — I grabbed the camera after the play of light on the bathroom mirrors caught my attention. To quote Ginger, “It’s a very Gary photograph.”

Journal: 2024 Total Solar Eclipse, Mark Twain National Forest

Journal: 2024 Total Solar Eclipse, Mark Twain National Forest. This is my third and (most likely) last total solar eclipse. 1999 in France and 2017 in Missouri being the first two. Ginger wanted a more open view of this eclipse, prompting me to find a small Farm Road that offered clear views of the sky, near the center track of the eclipse in the Mark Twain National Forest. Trip write-up: Five-minute read, +12

All over — That’s it for twenty years. 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

All over — That’s it for twenty years. 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Now for the long drive home. Our choice of location was great, and the traffic on the drive home, while busy for small local roads, was fine. The nearest small town to us Doniphan, Missouri (Population 1,700 in 2020), had around 20,000 visitors — according to someone who was there.

2024 Total Solar Eclipse

2024 Total Eclipse — Not too bad for crop of a hand-held picture taken with a seven-year-old mirrorless camera, using the kit lens.

2024 Total Solar Eclipse

2024 Solar Eclipse — Composite — Eclipse detail merged with an image of the corona.

Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans — Doing the Eclipse Dance — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Doing the ‘Eclipse Dance.’ Just before the totality. 2024 Total Eclipse. Just four minutes to go…

Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans — Gary & Ginger — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans —Gary & Ginger — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. +3

Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans — Lanie & Ginger — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans — Lanie & Ginger — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Notice how the light in the background is already fading.

Lanie and Ginger chatting — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

2024 Solar Eclipse Camping — Sunday. This is my third and (most likely) last total solar eclipse. 1999 in France and 2017 in Missouri being the first two. Ginger wanted a more open view of this eclipse, prompting me to find a small Farm Road that offered clear views of the sky, near the center track of the eclipse in the Mark Twain National Forest. Two-minute read, +1

2024 Total Solar Eclipse Camping — Sunday

2024 Solar Eclipse Camping — Sunday. This is my third and (most likely) last total solar eclipse. 1999 in France and 2017 in Missouri being the first two. Ginger wanted a more open view of this eclipse, prompting me to find a small Farm Road that offered clear views of the sky, near the center track of the eclipse in the Mark Twain National Forest. Two-minute read, +1

Journal: Three days hiking the Big Piney Trail, Paddy Creek Wilderness, March 2024

Journal: Three days hiking the Big Piney Trail, Paddy Creek Wilderness, March 2024. I spent three days on a hike of the sixteen-mile loop of the Big Piney Trail in Paddy Creek Wilderness which I managed to extend to twenty-two miles. I also managed to break some more gear and at the end of the hike needed to call out a tow truck to get me home. Trip write-up: Ten-minute read, +45

Postscript. It was at this point I discovered that the factory-supplied tire iron did not fit these lug nuts

Postscript. It was at this point I discovered that the factory-supplied tire iron did not fit these lug nuts — It took three hours to get someone to come out with the right tool to switch the tire.

End of hike selfie & Trip summary

End of hike selfie — I Hiked over twenty-two miles in two-and-a-half days. I’m happy with that. Three-minute read, +1

Old signpost

Old signpost — the sign itself is long gone, and I’ve no idea if this was for the trail or something else.

Big Dog!

Big Dog! By eleven -twenty I was back on the trail. After the (very) short hike to the Short Cut trail junction, I concluded that I was fit enough for the longer — around seven miles — hike out via the North Loop.

Heating water for breakfast

Heating water for breakfast.