Stopped for lunch by Little Paddy Creek

Stopped for lunch by Little Paddy Creek.

Little Paddy Creek

Little Paddy Creek — I stopped for lunch and to top up my water.

Abandoned Homestead Ruins, Paddy Creek Wilderness

Abandoned Homestead Ruins, Paddy Creek Wilderness — Taking advantage of some cell phone reception I sent Ginger this picture taken by the old chimney breast at the junction of the South Loop and the shortcut to the North Loop.

Well and stock pond

Well and stock pond — This is good, I was last here in December and the well was dry. And when I got to the short cut junction (it links to the North Loop) the well there was full too. +1

Checked in and ready to go

Checked in and ready to go — I got away without any major delays, and here I am at eleven-thirty all ready to hit the trail.

I might regret saying this…

I might regret saying this… Hopefully this is not too prophetic. Today I’m leaving for three days hiking on the Big Piney Trail at Paddy Creek Wilderness. I’ve not been out this month, which means I have 20 miles and 2 nights backpacking to fit in. One-minute read, +2

Finally seeing results

Finally seeing results — I’ve been regularly exercising for around and hour a day, five days a week for three months now. I read that it takes a lot longer to get results when you get to a ‘certain age,’ and so it has. This week, for the first time the body fat percentage has dropped into the green.

The perils (and perks) of a home office

The perils (and perks) of a home office. Dick is ‘helping’ me edit videos.

Journal: Four days R&R in Piney Creek Wilderness, February 2024

Journal: Four days R&R in Piney Creek Wilderness, February 2024 — It’s been almost a month since I was last out on the trail on my trip to Irish Wilderness. I toyed briefly with a four-day hike of the Berryman Trail, but I settled on some downtime by the lake instead.  Trip write-up: Five-minute read, +15

Heading home

Heading Home — I remembered to take an end of hike selfie just before I left the trailhead parking lot. Two-minute read.

All packed up and ready to leave

All packed up and ready to leave — I toyed with the idea of leaving first thing in the morning, but a bitingly cold wind put me off that idea. It was very windy in the night, the trees flexing had the hammock bouncing around a bit. The temperature dropped to 24 degrees, I wasn’t toasty, but I was warm enough. Two-minute read, +1

Doe! A deer…

Doe! A deer… Despite being 1-200 yards upwind from me they heard me creeping down to a spot where I could grab a picture through the trees. It was nearly dark, and I had to use the max zoom on my phone, hence the very poor image.

The lake is low… It’s almost the lowest I’ve seen it

The lake is low… It’s almost the lowest I’ve seen it.

Piney Creek Wilderness at Table Rock Lake

Piney Creek Wilderness at Table Rock Lake — Yup, another picture of one of my favorite spots.

Piney Creek Wilderness at Table Rock Lake, February 2024

A quick pan of the south shore from Piney Creek towards Table Rock Lake. Table Rock Lake is low. Almost the lowest I’ve seen it so far. On the good side, the change in lake level has caused all the silt to be washed out of the creek mouth. Video: 24-seconds.

Hammock Camping in Piney Creek Wilderness, February 2024

Hammock Camping in Piney Creek Wilderness, February 2024.

‘Red Flag’ Warning — so I shall not be using my wood stove

‘Red Flag’ Warning — so I shall not be using my wood stove. High winds, dry conditions, and unseasonable temperatures have resulted in a ‘No fires’ advisory. And given how windy and dry it is, that makes sense.

Back at my home from home

Back at my home from home — Taking a selfie when I get to the lake has become another Piney Creek Tradition.

Lunch Stop

Stopped for Lunch by Piney Creek — I thought this was the spot we stopped for lunch on 11-11-2011, but it was probably the next creek crossing. +1

Fire ring at the bottom of the Tower Trail — Piney Creek Wilderness

Fire ring at the bottom of the Tower Trail — Piney Creek Wilderness. I’m on the trail again, and this is the plan… +2

Journal: Four days solo backpacking on the Whites Creek Trail, Irish Wilderness, Clockwise, January 2024

Journal: Four days solo backpacking on the Whites Creek Trail, Irish Wilderness, clockwise, January 2024.  A break in the weather means I’m off on a four-day hike of the Whites Creek Trail, South and North Loops at Irish Wilderness.  Trip write-up: Eight-minute read, +39

Day Four & Trip Summary — Whites Creek Trail North Loop. Whites Creek Crossing to the Camp Five Pond Trailhead

Day Four & Trip Summary — Whites Creek Trail, North Loop. Whites Creek Crossing to the Camp Five Pond trailhead.

Loop finished

Loop Finished — And I’ll admit the trail kicked my butt. I wasn’t as fit as I thought I was, and my heart deciding to throw a wobbly at the end of day three didn’t help.

There’s a trail there somewhere

There’s a trail there somewhere — The trail can be very hard to follow (for me anyway). The signs are so faint that if I look away, I can lose it.

Unintended trail markers

Unintended trail markers. Sometimes when you cannot see the trail you just have to look around for a downed tree that has been cleared.