Irish Wilderness Whites Creek Trail, trail conditions along the Eleven Point River bluff

Irish Wilderness Whites Creek Trail, trail conditions along the Eleven Point River bluff — It’s a rugged and knurly hike. Not a trail for anyone who’s not sure footed or has problems with heights! Video: One-minute.

First Light, Irish Wilderness

First Light, Irish Wilderness — The pre-dawn light got me out of bed to enjoy the sunrise. Video: One-minute.

Evidence of Busy Beavers on Whites Creek, Irish Wilderness, Missouri

Evidence of Busy Beavers on Whites Creek, Irish Wilderness, Missouri. They’ve been very busy, and at the moment, it looks more like wanton destruction than a lodge building exercise. Video: 34 seconds

Nowhere — State Highway 206, New Mexico

Nowhere – State Highway 206, New Mexico — Day Three. We stopped to grab a quick video of the impressive nothingness here for the folks back home. Within ten minutes a couple of guys (from the buildings you can see in the distance behind the water tank) turned up to check on us. It is not as deserted as it might appear! Video: 30 seconds

Video: Hiking to the Trailhead via Long Creek. Hercules Glades Wilderness, March 2023

Hiking to the Trailhead via Long Creek. Hercules Glades Wilderness, March 2023. I was a little over a mile into my five-and-a-half-mile hike back to the trailhead when I decided to make a rough video of the remainder of my hike for my family in the UK. I’ve never done this before, and may not bother again, but here’s the final three-and-a-half hours of my hike, compressed into 14 minutes.Video: 14 minutes

Bliss Spring (video)

Bliss Spring has to be seen and heard, so I recorded a short video. Video: 2 minutes

Two days ‘Self-Isolation’ in Hercules Glades Wilderness

Two days ‘Self-Isolation’ in Hercules Glades Wilderness – We have been on COVID-19 lockdown since mid-march. The small ray of sunshine for us in Springfield is that we are allowed out to exercise, and liquor is considered an essential item. Backpacking is definitely exercising, so I decided to take a short break from what has been a very hectic couple of weeks, get some exercise, and enjoy some time out in the wild. Trip write-up: 10-minute read. +24

Christmas Carols & Songs

Impromptu Christmas carols and songs after lunch on Christmas Day. Video: 2 minutes

Blue Ball

Blue Ball – Something different for a change … I was sitting at the kitchen table entranced by the play of light filtering through the trees and the kitchen window mesh screen. The shadows were forming wonderful dancing patterns on a blue (lacrosse) ball Ginger had left on the table. Video: 1 minute & 2 pictures

For the Conspiracy Theorists

For the Conspiracy Theorists – I recently showed Ginger the Tony Christie ‘Walk like a panther’ video on YouTube… a few days later it turned up in my suggested listening on Spotify … cue the ‘Twilight Zone’ music.Video: 4:44

View from the bluffs overlooking Beaver Creek at Hercules Glades

View from the bluffs overlooking Beaver Creek at Hercules Glades. Video: 22 seconds & 2 pictures

Hercules Glades – Visiting the Bluffs, Exploring Long Creek, and a Visit to ER

Despite my best intentions, I’ve been too busy to get out on the trails since my last trip in March. This weekend I decided to fix that with three days hiking at Hercules Glades. My plan was to catch a sunset from the bluffs and do some exploring down Long Creek. Things didn’t quite end up how I’d planned though. Trip write-up: 10-minute read. 1 short video & 23 pictures.

Camped in the Devil’s Den

Camped in the Devil’s Den. Video: 21 seconds & 5 pictures

Twin Falls at Hercules Glades

Twin Falls at Hercules Glades. Video: 13 seconds

Ginger & Sprinky [Video]

Ginger & Sprinky – When you can’t get any work done because your cat likes Bach’s Cello Suites as much as you do… Video: 30 seconds

Video Project

Video Project – Stepping out of my comfort zone, I’ve been working on a video for work. With twelve days to complete the project, I recorded 19 to camera pieces in eight locations. Video: 15 minutes & +2

Big Fish – Alabama Lambs (Video)

Big Fish – Alabama Lambs (Video) – We found this great video on YouTube. It shows Lanie performing in Big Fish.Video: 6 minutes

Bragging on Lanie

Bragging on Lanie – Lanie’s been very busy recently and we’re very proud of her. If you watch the video you’ll see why. What she didn’t mention in the video is that she is maintaining her grades and she is still involved at church. Video: 3 minutes & 4 pictures

Sailing on Stockton Lake, Missouri

Sailing on Stockton Lake, Missouri – John was kind enough to invite me sailing again. Video: 2 minutes & 10 pictures

Lanie singing before the Christmas Service

Lanie singing before the Christmas Service – I think she did a fantastic job, check it out for yourself Video: 1½ minutes

Cider Days and The Little Mermaid

Cider Days and The Little Mermaid – The day started with church and camera problems which luckily were resolved by the time we visited Cider Days. Video: 7 minutes. One-minute read, & 5 pictures

Spot the octopus…

Spot the octopus – After watching this video the best summary of my thoughts is: ‘perplexed’. Video: 4½ minutes

Some video geekery

Many years ago I managed a video/software production department. What the team would have given for access to the technology on show here. Back then cameras were big and expensive, and edit suites bigger and frighteningly expensive. 2 videos, 13 minutes total

Sailing with John on Stockton Lake

Sailing with John on Stockton Lake -When my friend John said he wanted a sailing buddy to help him out on his first day sail in a keelboat without an instructor I jumped at the chance. Video: 1 minute. Five-minute read and 15 pictures

Lancia Stratos HF Zero

Lancia Stratos HF Zero – I was a school kid when I discovered this jaw droppingly awesome car. It caught my imagination and made such an impression that forty years on, I still think it is one of the most stunning vehicles ever built. Video: 2 clips, ten-minute read, 2 pictures