Three days, two-nights, January solo backpacking trip to Piney Creek Wilderness.

That’s Another Trip Completed

That’s Another Trip Completed. 2 pictures

Stops on the way

Stops on the way – This downed tree offered a good place to catch my breath, have a drink, and take a selfie. 4 pictures

Cat Briar Meadows

Cat Briar Meadows – Cat briars are taking over this area, and climbing the trees as well. I suspect the only thing keeping the trail open here is the horses. 2 pictures

Time to have breakfast, then pack up and go

Time to have breakfast, then pack up and go. One-minute read, 3 pictures

Frost melting in the early morning sunshine

Frost melting in the early morning sunshine.

Leaves

Leaves.

Sunrise on Day Three

Sunrise on Day Three.

One more Piney Creek Panorama for luck

One more Piney Creek Panorama for luck – I’m not sure that I’ll ever tire of this view, though maybe I do need to stop taking pictures of it. Each time I look the play of the light is different. 2 pictures

Good morning!

Good morning! To get up or not to get up? Now that’s a question when it is cold out.

Day Three – view from my hammock

Day Three – view from my hammock.

Contemplating

Contemplating – nothing of great import, and I don’t think I wrote more than half a dozen words. 2 pictures

Camped by Table Rock Lake

Camped by Table Rock Lake – The astute will notice that this is not my regular camping spot by the lake. The reason is quite simple; some expletive deleted hunter decided that a good place to leave the carcass of a deer they’d dressed would be right by the fire ring of my usual camping spot. One-minute read, 5 pictures

Early morning sunshine

Early morning sunshine. 2 pictures

Decay

Decay – Leaves, shells and a stick covered with frost, and some monofilament fishing line leading to an unseen dead bird in the water.

Sunlight brushing the tops of the hills

Sunlight brushing the tops of the hills – the start of Day Two at Piney Creek Wilderness.

Frosty Morning

Frosty Morning – The predicted overnight temperatures were 30°F. It dropped to 21°F. Fortunately, I’d anticipated this and I was nice and warm in my hammock.

Winter twilight on the lake

Winter twilight on the lake.

Sunset at Piney Creek Wilderness

Sunset at Piney Creek Wilderness.

Gary by Table Rock Lake

Gary by Table Rock Lake. 2 pictures

Another year, another picture of Table Rock Lake in January

Another year, another picture of Table Rock Lake in January.

More Creek Crossings

More Creek Crossings. 4 pictures

Piney Creek Trail

Piney Creek Trail – This trail can get a little ‘brushy’. In the summer it is almost impassable. For added fun there are lots of cat briars to get scratched by and snagged on.

First Creek Crossing of the Day

First Creek Crossing of the Day – The trail I was following down to the creek joined just a few yards before this crossing point.

The trail got a bit steep

The trail got a bit steep – The drop down into Piney Creek was ‘interesting’, especially with all the loose leaves over everything. I took it slow and steady and didn’t have any mishaps. 3 pictures

Happy Gary in the woods

Happy Gary in the woods – Here I am, about a mile in and I’d warmed up enough to want to take my jacket off and drink most of my water. I’ll be able to fill my water bottle up when I get to Piney Creek. 4 pictures