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Camping

Trial Run With The Hammock. I’ve been wanting to try hammock camping for quite a while. I’m reluctant to purchase all the necessary gear unless it’s something I’m sure I will be comfortable with — and in. [2 pictures, 5-minute read]

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]

Spring Break 2013 – Day 2 – The view from Cheaha Mountain State Park, Alabama.

Spring Break 2013 – Day 2 – Our camp for last night. Lanie couldn’t be bothered to pitch her tent and slept in the van. It was a pain being camped right near a light, but it worked out well being close to the showers in the morning. We were camped near a light because …

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Today we went Boxing day shopping. And we bought this nifty hand-held GPS receiver as a joint present for us both. One of the problems with GPS is buying the maps which cost more than the receivers – this unit allows you to create and load your own using Google Earth – which is brilliant …

Gary and Ginger’s Christmas present (356:360) Read More »

See the rest of the pictures taken today.

Weekend camping at Bucksaw.

A weekend’s camping at Bucksaw.

UK June 2011 – Day 20. Today I met an old friend, it was the first time we’d seen each other in nearly forty years. Russell and I had said our goodbyes back when we left school in July 1972, exchanged a couple of letters and then lost contact. Thanks to the joys of the …

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UK June 2011 – Day 19. This might have been my favorite photo of the entire holiday, but the autofocus didn’t work properly so it’s a bit blurred. I’ve now worked out what the problem is, see the very end of this post for my conclusions. We were up early and elected to postpone breakfast …

Looking out over Gruinard Bay, Scotland (365:184) Read More »

UK June 2011 – Day 18. Today I drove across Scotland, twice. Starting from our campsite in Glen Etive near the West coast we drove up the length of Loch Ness, stopping at Foyers to have a walk and take pictures of the falls, which at 165 feet high are the highest we’ve seen on …

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UK June 2011 – Day 17. It was a long hike. Our day started early and with a choice. Hike up into the valley to the West of the one we came down last night or take the long route around by road. We didn’t know how good the other path was – it might …

At the end of the hike (365:182) Read More »

Today we drove to St Louis to drop the girls off with their father for a few weeks in Chicago while we cross the Atlantic and spend some time in the UK. Alek is staying at home to work and hopefully not burn the house down in our absence. I’m sure Getzger will keep him …

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For once we didn’t hang around too long drinking coffee and eating breakfast, though it was still ten am before we were back on the trail. It took us and hour and three quarters to hike the two and a half miles back to the trail head, which included a 550 foot gain in elevation. …

Waking up (365:150) Read More »

Today was hot, well over 80°F hot. We had another really lazy start to the day. We didn’t break camp until gone eleven. As we thought, we’d stopped for the night about a quarter mile from the West Devils Den trail, which we hiked down today. There was a wonderful glade section that looked almost …

Lunch by the bluffs on Long Creek (365:149) Read More »

Invigorating was one word for it, I don’t have a picture taken after my encounter with the falls; I am trying to be a bit more careful with the camera around water nowadays. Especially as we currently only have one working camera between us. Despite our best efforts we lazed around over our morning coffee …

Just before I stuck my head in the falls behind me (365:148) Read More »

Today we are building a “batch-loaded, inverted down-draft gassifier” wood stove out of old tin cans. But before I could do that we had a few chores to complete, not least to go out and find a suitable mesh for the bottom of the burner. I found something – a shower strainer for $1.68. Once …

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Technically speaking its a quilt and not a sleeping bag, however, the the net result is the same. I found a nice summer weight bag at 40% off retail price, hopefully it should be good for temperatures from 40°F up. Though after the very disappointing results we had last year with the 20°F Big Agnes …

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I was most disappointed to find it didn’t snow in the night. Those were words I was going to regret later. We were up and away early, hitting the Sullivan McDonald’s for a couple of Egg McMuffins before going to St Louis. We spent ages looking at all the desirable goodies in REI, on the …

Snow? What snow? (365:085) Read More »

I started the day with a monster hangover. Which, of course, was totally my own fault. I obviously ate far too much cheese. I didn’t even start to feel human until the early afternoon, and lunch today was our only dehydrated meal failure – Fruit cous cous. Something had to be done, so we went …

Trail shelter, Bluffs Trail, Meramec State Park (365:084) Read More »

I love my little Fuji Finepix F30 compact, it produces such ‘painterly’ pictures.

Our Mutha Hubba tent on it’s first outing at Berry Bend campground on Harry S. Truman Lake. We spent a long time researching and looking at tents. Each time we thought we’d found the one we wanted we saw another we liked even more. A three season tent was essential for spring and fall camping, …

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Gary and Gingher Allman enjoying a campfire at Berry Bend Campground in November 2010

We cheated on the fire. We didn’t want to spend a lot of time and energy gathering and cutting wood, so we bought some logs for $4 and I split them. We did light the fire backpacking style using cotton wool pads coated with Vaseline.   We were  also  careful to ensure that sparks from the …

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Gary and Ginger Allman at Truman Lake, Missouri, wildlife and lake watching

This weekend we tried out our backpacking gear. Friday evening we took Alek, Katie, Emilie and Malaki to Kansas City for Happening. We needed to be on hand to collect them again Sunday afternoon, so we left Lanie in the capable hands of Betsy, put Getzger in charge at home and once we’d dropped the …

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