Lakes, creeks, rivers, ponds, streams. Just about anything wet that isn’t the sea.

Pool below the shut-ins

Pool below the shut-ins.

Piney Creek Wilderness at Table Rock Lake, February 2024

A quick pan of the south shore from Piney Creek towards Table Rock Lake. Table Rock Lake is low. Almost the lowest I’ve seen it so far. On the good side, the change in lake level has caused all the silt to be washed out of the creek mouth. Video: 24-seconds.

Eleven Point River, Scenic Overlook — Irish Wilderness, Missouri. February 2024

Eleven Point River, Scenic Overlook — Irish Wilderness, Missouri. February 2024. Video: 26-seconds.

Eleven Point River, scenic overlook

Eleven Point River, scenic overlook — And the only scenic overlook on the Whites Creek Trail. You had better enjoy it! The trail along the top of the bluff is a tad sketchy in places, but it is fine here, though you need a head for heights to step out on the overlook.

Appearances can be deceptive

Appearances can be deceptive — A quarter of a mile upstream the creek was dry. I had to backtrack a little way to get water for lunch and to stock up with water for the afternoon and night. There wasn’t going to be any water where I planned to stop.

Looking down Big Paddy Creek

Looking down Big Paddy Creek — not a lot of water flowing. No surprises there.

Frosty Morning in Paddy Creek Wilderness

Frosty Morning in Paddy Creek Wilderness — Not that it is easy to see the frost in this picture, but it is there!

Spring with pools

Spring with pools — I camped a short distance downstream from here where the hollow widened out letting me set up my hammock well away from the water sources.

Not where I expected to be, not what I expected to find, and some minor problems along the way

Not where I expected to be, not what I expected to find, and some minor problems along the way — Finally I found a spring with lots of water. Three-minute read, +1

Not a lot of water

Not a lot of water — This is Little Paddy Creek. I’ve never seen it this low, it was not really running. That doesn’t bode well for my trip. And all the small springs I have passed so far have been dry too. +1

Norfork Lookout Point. Overlooking the North Fork River, Arkansas

Norfork Lookout Point. Overlooking the North Fork River, Arkansas.

Norfork Lookout Point. Overlooking the North Fork River, Arkansas

Norfork Lookout Point. Overlooking the North Fork River, Arkansas

Norfork Lookout Point. Overlooking the North Fork River, Arkansas

Norfork Lookout Point. Overlooking the North Fork River, Arkansas.

White River at Allison, Arkansas

White River at Allison, Arkansas.

Bridge over Sylamore Creek, Allison, Arkansas

Bridge over Sylamore Creek, Allison, Arkansas.

Greers Ferry Dam on the Little Red River, Arkansas, and a change of plan

Greers Ferry Dam on the Little Red River, Arkansas, and a change of plan.

Cattail Marsh

Cattail Marsh, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont, Texas.

Pagoda and boardwalk

Pagoda and boardwalk — Cattail Marsh, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont, Texas.

Cattail Marsh, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont, Texas

Cattail Marsh, Tyrrell Park, Beaumont, Texas — Day Five. Morning walk to get away from work and out of the hotel for a break. Studying the maps I discovered that Cattail Marsh is actually a posh name for a sewage treatment pond.

Toledo Bend Reservoir, Louisiana

Toledo Bend Reservoir, Louisiana. From the Louisiana Tourist Center, complete with the sounds of an accompanying distant chainsaw. Video: 25 Seconds

Toledo Bend Reservoir, Louisiana

Toledo Bend Reservoir, Louisiana. Day Three. Natchitoches, Louisiana to Beaumont, Texas.

Canadian River, south of Logan, New Mexico.

Canadian River, south of Logan, New Mexico.

Day Two — Canadian River Railroad Bridge. Logan, New Mexico

Day Two — Canadian River Railroad Bridge. Logan, New Mexico. We spent last night in Dodge City, then headed down to Texas, went across Texas and into New Mexico. And why not? It bagged me a new state.

Just sitting and watching

Just sitting and watching — That’s pretty much how I spent four days. The cup of tea was optional. +2

Sunset at Piney Creek Wilderness

Sunset at Piney Creek Wilderness. My neighbors are fishing the small bluff opposite their camp.