End of hike selfie

End of hike selfie — Three nights, four days. Twenty-one miles and 1600 ft. Nothing too strenuous, but I’m nearer to 70 than 60, not to mention having to keep an eye on my heart (well those are the excuses I’m fielding at the moment).

Camp 5 Pond in the winter sunshine

Camp 5 Pond in the winter sunshine — once again our car is the only one at the trailhead.

First Creek Crossing, reprise

First Creek Crossing, reprise — looking at the leaves, there was no way this was knee deep at any time. Unless the guys I met on day one had really short legs (and I’m short).

Haven’t I been here before?

Haven’t I been here before? Whites Creek Trail Loop Completed.

Trees, trees, and more trees

Trees, trees, and more trees — And hidden in this picture is an old forest road.

Lunch time snooze in the sun

Lunch time snooze in the sun — albeit a very watery sun. Can you see my glasses? No? Neither could I. It took me a lot of searching to find them.

The geology is a bit different on the south loop

The geology seems a bit different on the south loop. Note the rocks in this picture. Also note the blue blaze. You are not supposed to have blazes in a wilderness, but to save money rescuing lost people, there appear to be some exceptions. But the quality and positioning of the blazes is so poor and erratic, it is just annoying. Well, it annoys me!

Pool on Whites Creek, Irish Wilderness

Pool on Whites Creek, Irish Wilderness.

Cat briar’s revenge

Cat briar’s revenge — I got myself into a huge patch of them on the third day, and this is the result. It is also why I am resisting being put on aggressive anticoagulants.

Unusual, but it worked

Unusual, but it worked — I wanted a tarp configuration that would keep the wind off me, but still let me stand up. +1

My own little spring

My own little spring.

Camped near Whites Creek

Camped near Whites Creek — This is not where you are supposed to camp, it is far too close to the creek but it was getting dark when I arrived and this is an established camping spot with a fire ring (I didn’t use it).

Whites Creek

Whites Creek — All the leaves stuck in the brush are a good indicator of how high the creek got a couple of days ago.

All of this was flooded a couple of days ago

All of this was flooded a couple of days ago. Whites Creek, Whites Creek Trail South Loop.

Day Four — Contemplating life and the view

Day Four — Contemplating life and the view — The view was a bit tangled as the floods had made a huge mess of everything. +1

On the South Loop of the Whites Creek Trail

On the South Loop of the Whites Creek Trail — despite the whole area being flooded yesterday, the trail was not washed out (here, anyway).

Pool on Whites Creek, Irish Wilderness

Pool on Whites Creek, Irish Wilderness — Oh the joys of the Golden Hour (and being in the right place).

Whites Creek Cave – 2023

Whites Creek Cave — It’s a slightly better picture than last time. I used my headlamp to light the place up. I’ve tried to find out some more information about the cave, like how big it is and how far it goes back. Thus far I’ve drawn a blank. Let’s just say it’s big-ish.

Gratuitous Selfie

Gratuitous Selfie — taken just because I took a picture of this sign the last time I hiked this trail. +1

Whites Creek — close to its confluence with the Eleven Point River

Whites Creek — close to its confluence with the Eleven Point River — I stopped here to have lunch and enjoy the view. One-minute read

Later today I’ll be hiking along that ridge line

Later today I’ll be hiking along that ridge line. It is a rubbish picture, but it does give a slight impression of what is in store. I’ve got to go all the way down and then back up again. Two-minute read

Drying out

Drying out — That will teach me. I didn’t set the tarp and the dew point must have been just perfect for everything to get soaked, including my hammock and my down top and under quilts. I decided to delay the start of my day’s hike (any excuse) and get everything dry before packing it away.

Charging — Giving my InReach Mini and my GPS (phone) a boost

Charging — Giving my InReach Mini and my GPS (phone) a boost. My power brick will keep all my electronics going for about a week. I’m impressed.

Morning messages

Morning messages — on my InReach Mini, All the condensation on the Sig and the holster shows just how wet everything got. I dried off the InReach Mini before I took the picture.

Time to get up

Time to get up — Yes, I sleep in my clothes, not all the time, but it is part of my layering plan when it gets cooler, and as I only had a 40F top quilt, this was one of those times.