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Ozarks

Small Falls on ‘Cab Creek’ – These falls might be small, but they were making a lot of noise. [1 Picture]

McGarr Ridge Trail – This sums up hiking in the Ozarks at the moment. Bare trees and fallen leaves. [1 picture]

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 … 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. [1 picture]

Winter sunset, Long Creek, Hercules Glades Wilderness.

Winter Sunset, Long Creek, Hercules Glades Wilderness. [1 picture]

Buck Hollow. An idyllic and tranquil view later to be interrupted by the arrival of a bear. [1 picture and a few words]

Table Rock Lake at Piney Creek – Day one of three days backpacking in Piney Creek Wilderness. [1 picture]

British Passport (2018)

Rinse and Repeat. The shop assistant squealed, she’d never seen a passport before, let alone a British one … The UK and the US. It’s often said that they are two nations separated by a common language. After ten years living in the US I can confirm that it is still true. [Five-minute read. 1 picture.]

Fall In The Forest – Hercules Glades. [3 pictures]

Fall Carpet – On the top of a ridge I came across this vista of leaves. [1 picture]

Glades! Glades on the Upper Pilot (Devil’s Den East) Trail. [2 pictures]

Self portrait of Gary Allman at the junction of the Pilots and Pole Hollow trails, Hercules Glades Wilderness. November 2018.

Hercules Glades Backpacking in November. Van problems forced me to select a nearby trail for a late fall break. Another visit to Hercules Glades was on the cards. [53 pictures, lots of words and one short video]

Red aumn (Fall) leaf on a background of yellow leaves

Flying – I love how this leaf looks like it is spreading its wings and is about to fly. [1 picture]

Valance – Three Studies in Light (Pretentious title) [4 pictures]

Photograph of the Piney Creek Arm of Table Rock Lake, Piney Creek Wilderness, Mark Twain National Forest

Three Days Summer Backpacking at Piney Creek Wilderness. I decided to take on my aversion to summer backpacking, face the heat, and see if I could get some wilderness rest and recuperation. [49 pictures and a short video]

Solo Backpacking at Piney Creek Wilderness — After a busy week, I made a snap decision to go backpacking. [35 Pictures and lots of words]

It was time to go out on my long awaited backpacking trip with a hammock. Plan ‘A’ was for us to go on a quick, one-night visit to Hercules Glades Wilderness. When Ginger decided she wasn’t going, I quickly came up with Plan ‘B’ which transformed the quick one-nighter into a solo three-day, Friday through Sunday trip. [55 Pictures and lots of words]

Day Hike on the Busiek Yellow Trail. Today we decided to take one of the easier trails, and spend a bit of time looking around. [30 Pictures]

Gnarly Tree. I love the shape and look of this trail-side tree. [3 pictures]

Beginning of the Hike [2 pictures]

A warm break in the weather sent us scurrying out to get some miles on the trail, this time we opted for Busiek’s Orange Trail. [18 pictures + Map]

Trees and Sky.

Ginger and Gary on the White Trail at Busiek [12 pictures]

Saturday I attended a Christian Formation meeting at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Clinton. [6 pictures]

Duotoned photograph of people sitting and standing outside a barn eating and conversing in the twilight

Inner circle, outer circle, circle of friends, circle of trust, running in circles, circles … everywhere.

Film noir style photograph of Storybook Barn Rogersville, Missouri at dusk

This photograph is begging to have its story told. Which is appropriate given the name of the venue – Storybook Barn. I wonder what the story might be?

Photograph of Ginger and Gary Allman on the Coy Bald Trail

In 2010 we went from car camping to hiking and backpacking in six months. I reflect on what instigated that change, and how we are going to keep on getting out. [8 pictures]

Photograph of the 2017 total solar eclipse seen through the trees of the Mark Twain National Forest near the Berryman / Ozark trail in MIssouri

Our plans for viewing the eclipse were to go backpacking and watch the eclipse from the Mark Twain National Forest [17 pictures]

Photographs of the Dale Chihuly Exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art [17 pictures].

Photograph of an Ozarks farm field

I asked Ginger what this field on her parent’s farm was called. Her answer? “Dunno, ‘The field?’”. Okay. ‘The Field’ with added cowses (sic).

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