I’m in no rush …

I’m in no rush … I don’t need to be home until this evening, and it’ll only take around two hours to hike back to the trailhead. I might as well relax for a while.

Camped overlooking McGarr Spring

Camped overlooking McGarr Spring — It’s embarrassing to admit how long it took me to find the two trees I used when I camped here back in December. So I’ll just say It was far too long.

Day Three: It got a little chilly overnight

Frosty Morning — My coldest night out on the trail. Last night at 15°F, and ironically, I was too hot! There was even ice inside my hammock. +2

Morning view from my hammock

Morning view from my hammock.

Keeping warm in my hammock

Keeping warm in my hammock – The low was 23℉ (-5℃), well within the 10℉ rating of my quilts. I was nice and cozy. A forecast of 20℉ is my lower limit, not because I cannot keep warm at lower temperatures I can, but because it is not enjoyable sitting around and doing camp chores when it is that cold. I do this for funsies, not to prove anything.

The forecast Lied. Again

The forecast Lied. Again – And a couple of early morning passers by. Start of Day Four. It was 23℉ overnight – A bit cooler than the pre-trip forecast of 31℉, and I did not set my tarp last night.

Camped above McGarr Spring, Devil’s Backbone Wilderness

Camped above McGarr Spring, Devil’s Backbone Wilderness. Near the end of the third day of my trip. I surprised myself with an 8 mile hike today. Not bad. Four-minute read, +1

Camped near the Ridge Runner / Ozark Trail & My plans for the next four days

Camped near the Ridge Runner / Ozark Trail – I last camped near here in May 2021 on my first hike of the North Fork loop of the Ridge Runner Trail. Then the leaves were out, it was warm, and I deliberately missed a large section of the trail in order to explore Steam Mill Hollow. Two-minute read, +3

Frosty Morning at Paddy Creek Wilderness

Frosty Morning at Paddy Creek Wilderness – Eight o’clock and the sun hasn’t reach my hammock yet. Paddy Creek Wilderness Day Two. +2

It was a tad chilly out last night

It was a tad chilly out last night – I was nice and cozy though. Too hot at one point. The night’s low was 26°F. Colder than forecast, but not unexpected.

Sunset and ripples

Sunset and ripples – Sunset at the North Fork River.

The setting sun bathes the world in pink

The setting sun bathes the world in pink.

Breakfast, and time to hit the trail

Breakfast, and time to hit the trail. 3 pictures

Day Two – Sunrise near Mary Hollow

Day Two – Sunrise near Mary Hollow.

Icicles

Icicles. 3 pictures

Time to have breakfast, then pack up and go

Time to have breakfast, then pack up and go. One-minute read, 3 pictures

Sunrise on Day Three

Sunrise on Day Three.

Good morning!

Good morning! To get up or not to get up? Now that’s a question when it is cold out.

Day Three – view from my hammock

Day Three – view from my hammock.

Camped by Table Rock Lake

Camped by Table Rock Lake – The astute will notice that this is not my regular camping spot by the lake. The reason is quite simple; some expletive deleted hunter decided that a good place to leave the carcass of a deer they’d dressed would be right by the fire ring of my usual camping spot. One-minute read, 5 pictures

Early morning sunshine

Early morning sunshine. 2 pictures

Sunlight brushing the tops of the hills

Sunlight brushing the tops of the hills – the start of Day Two at Piney Creek Wilderness.

Frosty Morning

Frosty Morning – The predicted overnight temperatures were 30°F. It dropped to 21°F. Fortunately, I’d anticipated this and I was nice and warm in my hammock.

Winter twilight on the lake

Winter twilight on the lake.

Gary by Table Rock Lake

Gary by Table Rock Lake. 2 pictures