Pictures of Gary Allman — If you don’t see me in one of the pictures below it means I’m featured in a picture in the post.

It’s that trail cairn again

It’s that trail cairn again — By one-thirty I had camp squared away, and I started my uneventful hike back to the trailhead. +1

Jus’ Chilling

Jus’ Chilling — The six-mile hike back to the trailhead should only take three to four hours (depending on if I stop for lunch), so I can sit back, take it easy, and enjoy the forest for a while. +1

Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans — Gary & Ginger — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans —Gary & Ginger — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. +3

End of hike selfie & Trip summary

End of hike selfie — I Hiked over twenty-two miles in two-and-a-half days. I’m happy with that. Three-minute read, +1

Morning Coffee, camped off of the Big Piney Trail

Morning Coffee, camped off of the Big Piney Trail.

Abandoned Homestead Ruins, Paddy Creek Wilderness

Abandoned Homestead Ruins, Paddy Creek Wilderness — Taking advantage of some cell phone reception I sent Ginger this picture taken by the old chimney breast at the junction of the South Loop and the shortcut to the North Loop.

Checked in and ready to go

Checked in and ready to go — I got away without any major delays, and here I am at eleven-thirty all ready to hit the trail.

Finally seeing results

Finally seeing results — I’ve been regularly exercising for around and hour a day, five days a week for three months now. I read that it takes a lot longer to get results when you get to a ‘certain age,’ and so it has. This week, for the first time the body fat percentage has dropped into the green.

Heading home

Heading Home — I remembered to take an end of hike selfie just before I left the trailhead parking lot. Two-minute read.

Back at my home from home

Back at my home from home — Taking a selfie when I get to the lake has become another Piney Creek Tradition.

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

Loop finished

Loop Finished — And I’ll admit the trail kicked my butt. I wasn’t as fit as I thought I was, and my heart deciding to throw a wobbly at the end of day three didn’t help.

Breakfast in my hammock. Irish Wilderness, Missouri

Breakfast in my hammock. Irish Wilderness, Missouri

All this bushwhacking is taking its toll on my feet and legs

All this bushwhacking is scratching up my feet and legs.

Morning tea in my hammock — Irish Wilderness, Missouri

Morning tea in my hammock — Irish Wilderness, Missouri.

At the Float Camp Junction of the Whites Creek Trail

At the Float Camp Junction of the Whites Creek Trail — I was last here in March 2023.

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.

Ready to get on the trail

Ready to get on the trail — I’m planning on spending four days hiking the Whites Creek Trail. This time I’m starting with the South Loop (I don’t know why they call it a loop it is not. But hey!).

At the Pole (Pete) Hollow Trail Junction

At the Pole (Pete) Hollow Trail Junction. 39°F and feeling a bit chilly with a slight head wind. Two nights, three days, and a modest 13 miles. That will do for my first run out of 2024. Time to go home and trim my beard. It has done its job!

Tucked up in my hammock

Day Three. Tucked up in my hammock. Deep Hollow, January 2024.

Just to prove that I was there

Just to prove that I was there.

Another year, same trail cairn

Day One. Another year, same trail cairn — I’m off out for three days, blowing away the cobwebs and walking off some holiday season excesses.

My quilt got a little frosty

My quilt got a little frosty, though according to my notes it was only 30°F. +1

A selfie for the folks back home

A selfie for the folks back home — I actually had some cell service here!

Don’t take a step back …

Don’t take a step back …