I completed two trips in February. The first was pretty disastrous — I got lost, and I fell ill and had to abandon the hike. The second was my Four Days, Three Nights, Two Wildernesses ‘rematch’ to go back, get it right and add in a visit to a second wilderness while I was at it.

The End is in Sight

The End is in Sight – Not quite as nice a view as the earlier views to the east and west, but I always like this because the end of the hike (at the tower) is in sight. Two-minute read. 3 pictures

I Never Tire Of This View

I Never Tire Of This View – View from the glades looking northwest.

A Quick Diversion Off-Trail

A Quick Diversion Off-Trail – I had hoped that there would be more water running over these stepped falls, but this is what there was.

Back at the Cab

At the Cab – A quick selfie with the cab as I start the final lap of my trip.

Another Frosty Night

Another Frosty Night – It dropped to 23°F (-5°C). Camped near ‘Cab Creek’. 2 pictures

Small Falls on ‘Cab Creek’

Small Falls on ‘Cab Creek’ – These falls might be small, but they were making a lot of noise.

About to start part two of my ‘Four Days, Three Nights, Two Wildernesses’ hike

About to start part two of my ‘Four Days, Three Nights, Two Wildernesses’ hike.

One down and one to go

One down and one to go – This isn’t an ordinary trip. I wanted to get a few more miles under my belt, so I came up with the idea for my ‘Four Days, Three Nights, Two Wildernesses’ hike. Here I am back at the trailhead at the end of the first part. 2 pictures

A Tad Chilly

A Tad Chilly – I stayed in bed waiting for things to warm up before venturing out. I don’t have an insulated hood, so I improvised with my shemagh. Very elegant, very old lady. I’m also looking a bit chubby around the chops too.

Cold and Frosty Morning

Cold and Frosty Morning – The lowest predicted temperature was around 29°F. It actually dropped to 21°F (-6°C) overnight. 3 pictures

North Fork River

North Fork River – The North Fork River was my destination for the day.
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McGarr Ridge Trail – More Ozarks leaves and bare trees.

McGarr Ridge Trail – This sums up hiking in the Ozarks at the moment. Bare trees and fallen leaves.

My home from home

My home from home – Tucked up on the side of a hollow to keep out of the wind. 2 pictures

There ought to be a coyote in this picture …

There ought to be a coyote in this picture … but I can’t find it. I was sitting here drinking a nice hot cup of chocolate when some movement in the ravine opposite caught my eye.

The trails of the Ozarks are starting to look similar

The trails of the Ozarks are starting to look similar. 2 pictures

Nemesis

Nemesis – Mary Hollow to the left, and the unnamed hollow I followed on my last visit to the right.

Four Days, Three Nights, and Two Wildernesses

Four Days, Three Nights, and Two Wildernesses – The full write-up of my late February backpacking trip. Trip write-up: 18-minute read, 29 pictures

The Devil’s Backbone

The Devil’s Backbone – It’s impressively narrow with a 160′ drop off on either side. 3 pictures

A Backpacking Trip Goes Wrong

A Backpacking Trip Goes Wrong – I was lost and didn’t even know it. And then I was taken violently ill.Trip write-up: Five-minute read. 13 pictures