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]
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]
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
See the rest of the pictures taken today.
I thought I’d get my daily picture out of the way early in the day We sat around talking most of the morning until finally, the threat of rain persuaded us to pack up and go home while the tent... Continue Reading →
Weekend camping at Bucksaw.
A weekend's camping at Bucksaw.
Our plans almost changed. We arrived at Church to collect the kids to go to Kansas City only to find out that there had been a few late cancellations and our services were no longer required. We had a hurried... Continue Reading →
Today I had an easy day’s hiking in Arkansas with a couple of friends. We started off with a hike up the ‘Lost Valley’, I’ll have to return when the creek is in spate – today it was completely dry;... Continue Reading →
UK June 2011 – Day 21. The plan was to go backpacking in the Cairngorms. We were up reasonably early for a very nice breakfast with Russell and Chris, and we planned to get on our way and go hiking... Continue Reading →
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,... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
UK June 2011 – Day 16. The plan was to drive to Glen Coe and Backpack up into the Lost valley. First thing we said our goodbyes to Uncle Keith and set off to Glen Coe. We had a minor... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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.... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
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