Backpacking Trip Journals

Longer write-ups of our backpacking trips.

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

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

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

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

Journal: Three days solo backpacking in Hercules Glades Wilderness, January 2024

Journal: Three days solo backpacking in Hercules Glades Wilderness, January 2024 — I’m off out for three days, blowing away the cobwebs and walking off some holiday season excesses. Trip write-up: Four-minute read, +9

Journal: Four days hiking the Big Piney Trail, Paddy Creek Wilderness, December 2023

Journal: Four days hiking the Big Piney Trail, Paddy Creek Wilderness, December 2023. I spent four days on a hike of the 16-mile loop of the Big Piney Trail in Paddy Creek Wilderness. This is a follow-up to my trip back in May. Trip write-up: Ten-minute read, +38

Journal: four days by the lake, Piney Creek Wilderness, July 2023

Four days by Table Rock Lake at Piney Creek Wilderness, July 2023. It’s time I took a short break, watched the lake for a while, did some navel-gazing, and maybe some journaling. Trip write-up: five-minute read, +15

Journal: Three days hiking the Big Piney Trail, Paddy Creek Wilderness, May 2023

Journal: Three days hiking the Big Piney Trail, Paddy Creek Wilderness, May 2023. I plan on spending three days on a slow hike of the 16-mile loop of the Big Piney Trail in Paddy Creek Wilderness. Unlike previous trips, it is forecast to rain on the first day, not the last. Trip write-up: Ten-minute read, +43

Journal: Three days hiking at Hercules Glades Wilderness, April 2023

Journal: Three days hiking at Hercules Glades Wilderness, April 2023. My original plan for the weekend was scrapped. With some time on my hands, I decided to head down to Hercules Gades for a couple of nights. Trip write-up: Eight-minute read, +24

Journal: Three days hiking the Ridge Runner Trail and Devil’s Back Bone Wilderness, March 2023

Journal: Three days hiking the Ridge Runner Trail and Devil’s Back Bone Wilderness, March 2023 This is the last of my ‘Must do’ winter hikes before spring takes off. I have had two failed attempts at finding where the Ridge Runner Trail joins the North Fork loop. I’ve decided if I can’t find the trail this time, I’ll bushwhack my way, and that needs to be done before the trees and underbrush start leafing out. Trip write-up: Six-minute read, +27

Journal: Four days hiking the Whites Creek Trail, Irish Wilderness, March 2023

Journal: Four days hiking the Whites Creek Trail, Irish Wilderness, March 2023.  I plan on spending four days hiking the 20-mile loop of the Whites Creek Trail in Irish Wilderness. I’m hoping there will be a bit of a view from the trail’s only scenic overlook. A recent storm that passed through the area may make the trail a tad tricky. We’ll see. Trip write-up: Ten-minute read, +53

Journal: Two nights and three days taking it easy at Hercules Glades Wilderness, February 2023

Journal: Two nights and three days taking it easy at Hercules Glades Wilderness, February 2023.Trip write-up: 15-minute read, +35 (14 minute Video)

Journal: Four days on the North Fork Loop & Devil’s Backbone Wilderness, December 2022

Journal: Four days on the Ridge Runner Trail & the Devil’s Backbone Wilderness, December 2022 – Work has been keeping me off the trail for too long. I took three days of comp time to get out in the wild and put a few miles under my belt. I’ve been wanting to revisit the Ridge Runner Trail North Fork Loop ever since I first hiked the trail in May 2020. Trip write-up: 10-minute read, +42

Journal: Four days at Piney Creek Wilderness, September 2022

Three nights and four days relaxing by the lake in Piney Creek Wilderness. Except, someone had stolen the lake. It was very low. I’ve not been to my favorite campsite in over a year. It was well overdue a visit. Trip write-up: 10-minute read, +42

Journal: Three days backpacking in Hercules Glades, August 2022

Three days backpacking in Hercules Glades, August 2022. Trip write-up: Six-minute read, +20

Journal: Two nights at Hercules Glades Wilderness, May 2022

Three days at Hercules Glades Wilderness. Trip write-up: Two-minute read, +10

Journal: Three nights at Hercules Glades Wilderness, April 2022

Three nights at Hercules Glades Wilderness. Trip write-up: Three-minute read, +16

Journal: Three days hiking in Hercules Glades Wilderness, February 2022

Journal: Three days hiking in Hercules Glades Wilderness, February 2022. Trip write-up: Three-minute read, +20

Four days, three nights in Hercules Glades Wilderness, November 2021

Four days, three nights in Hercules Glades Wilderness, November 2021. Trip write-up: 10-minute read, +34

Three days backpacking in Hercules Glades Wilderness, October 2021

Three days backpacking in Hercules Glades Wilderness, October 2021. Online meetings and bushwhacking in search of Mores Branch. Trip write-up: Five-minute read, +17

One-night stay in the Devil’s Backbone Wilderness

One-night stay in the Devil’s Backbone Wilderness. And once more I manage to break some gear … Trip write-up: One-minute read, +3

Journal: four days by the lake, Piney Creek Wilderness, July 2021

Journal: four days by the lake, Piney Creek Wilderness, July 2021 — It’s been a while, and now it’s time for my summer trip for R&R by Table Rock Lake at Piney Creek Wilderness. Fortunately, the lake is not flooding (excessively), and the hike in was not quite as fraught — no wading required. Five-minute read, +45

Journal: Gary & Ginger, a couple of nights at Hercules Glades, June 2021

Journal: Gary & Ginger, a couple of nights at Hercules Glades, June 2021. Trip write-up: Five-minute read, +17

Journal: Three days on the North Fork Loop trail, Mark Twain National Forest, May 2021

Three days on the North Fork Loop trail, Mark Twain National Forest, May 2021. Trip write-up: 15-minute read, +42

Journal: Four Three days backpacking in Irish Wilderness, May 2021

Three days on the Whites Creek Trail at Irish Wilderness. Trip write-up: 15-minute read, +64