Lunch stop, and time to filter some more water

Lunch stop, and time to filter some more water. +3

‘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.

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

Day Four — View from my hammock, February 2, 2024

Day Four — View from my hammock, February 2, 2024 — I survived the night 🙂 (at my age I sometimes wonder!), but my heart was still in AFIB. I had enough water for breakfast (12oz), a cup of something hot (10oz), and about 4oz for the trail.

Trying out a gas stove for a change

Trying out a gas stove for a change — Conclusion: I prefer my Fancee Feest Cat Can stove.

Heating water for dinner

Heating water for dinner — Using my Firebox Nano wood stove.

Making lunch

Making lunch — That’s the objective of this trip achieved, I’m at the Big Paddy Creek Scenic Overlook. It is time to make lunch and enjoy the view.

Backpacking gear to the rescue

Backpacking gear to the rescue — Making breakfast and charging my phone while the power is out. We were lucky, we only went without power for 21 hours. +1

Noodles for lunch

Noodles for lunch.

Preparing and eating lunch

Preparing and eating lunch — time to have some lunch before getting on the trail. And finally the sun has come out! +1

Food bag hang

Impressive food bag hang — even if I say so myself. at least 20 ft.

Gary stopped for lunch by Long Creek

Looking down stream. Long Creek, Hercules Glades Wilderness. I decided that this was a good place to stop for lunch, which was noodles, pre-cooked bacon, and a Snickers bar for dessert, all washed down with a cup of coffee. +1

Dinner time, camped at ‘Twin Falls Hollow’

Dinner time, camped at ‘Twin Falls Hollow.’ A change of plans was needed… +2

Trail snacks for the day & exploring ‘Tangled Hollow’

Trails snacks for the day and some exploring. +1

Camp cooking, snow, and horses

While I was getting breakfast ready it started to snow. I then spent a quiet morning enjoying the solitude until I was visited by a bunch of people on horseback. Two-minute read

Noodles for lunch

Noodles for lunch – I cooked breakfast on the wood stove. I decided to use the Fancee Feest alcohol stove to heat water for my lunch.

Clear-up after breakfast

Clear-up after breakfast – I’ve used this stove a lot on this trip, and its final outing was heating water for my breakfast – biscuits and Gravy, and my morning cup of mocha. +2

Day Three – Brunch by the lake

Mountain House Southwest Breakfast Skillet and a cup of tea (PG Tips), enjoyed against the backdrop of the lake.

Mini campfire

Mini campfire – I left a full fuel bottle with Ginger, and while I had enough alcohol for dinner and breakfast, I decided to save fuel and get out my Nano Firebox.

Breakfast – Biscuits and gravy and a cup of coffee

Breakfast – Biscuits and gravy and a cup of coffee.

Breakfast comforts

Breakfast comforts – A cup of tea and Mountain House South West Breakfast Skillet, followed by a cup of coffee, and all enjoyed from the comfort of my camp chair. I did a lot of staring into space, admiring the view, as the trees swayed in the dappled sunlight while the breeze blew. I doubt this spot has seen a human visitor in many years.

Camp Life

Camp Table. The stove is on the ground because it is very windy, and the table is sheltering it. +1

Heating Water for breakfast

Heating Water for breakfast. +2

Food for the Day

I get my day’s breakfast and trail food out first thing so I don’t forget to unpack it before I break camp and put everything in my backpack.

Lunch Break on the Big Piney Trail

Lunch Break on the Big Piney Trail – here I am, sheltering from the rain by some small falls, while I have a cup of tea and heat up my lunch. +1