Ginger’s new tent – we splurged a lot of cash on an ultralight (24oz) Dyneema tent. Now Ginger or the kids can come out with me. +1

Photograph of Ginger and Gary Allman on the Coy Bald Trail

How did we get here, and where are we headed? – 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. Five-minute read, 8 pictures

Saturday night youth lock-out followed by a Sunday morning service and picnic at Camp Shawio. 32 pictures

It was when we saw this view that we realized how far up the mountain we’d driven last night – Spring Break 2013 – Day 2 – The view from Cheaha Mountain State Park, Alabama. 3 pictures

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.

Gary and Ginger’s Christmas present (356:360).

Gary with our Mutha Hubba tent, Bucksaw, Harry S Truman Lake – I thought I’d get my daily picture out of the way early in the day.

Weekend camping at Bucksaw.

Sunset at Bucksaw, Harry S Truman Lake, Missouri – Note the cool Crepuscular Rays.

It’s November 5th and this year we left the Guy at home (365:309) – Last year we were also at lake Truman for Guy Fawkes night, and we took the Guy along for company. This year we were expecting to be carrying up loads of kids’ luggage to Kansas City, so we left Guy behind. That’s three years now he’s avoided a fiery demise. 11 pictures

Campfire at Bucksaw, Harry S Truman Lake, Missouri (365:308)

Family cookout (365:294) – Tonight we’re camping at Ginger’s parents.

Gary on Hawksbill Crag (Whittaker Point), Arkansas (365:287). One-minute read, 11 pictures

Gary and Ginger in the tent camped beside Loch Rannoch (365:186) – UK June 2011 – Day 21. The plan was to go backpacking in the Cairngorms. One-minute read

Enjoying the scenery by Loch Bad a’Ghaill – 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 Internet we’d got back in touch about a year or so ago; he and his wife Chris have a bed and breakfast in Scotland; our planned destination for the day. One-minute read, 3 pictures

Looking out over Gruinard Bay, Scotland (365:184) – 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. Two-minute read, 12 pictures

Hiding from the midges ( 365:183) – 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 this trip so far. We drove on to Inverness; on the way passing Easter Boleskine where I’d stayed for a summer holiday over twenty years ago. Once at Inverness (on the East coast) we stopped to shop for food. Then we drove all the way back almost to the West coast, finally stopping in a very rough and ready car park near Loch Maree. One-minute read, 4 pictures

At the end of the hike (365:182) – UK June 2011 – Day 17. It was a long hike. Two-minute read, +10

Campfire (365:163) – 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.

Waking up (365:150) – 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. Two-minute read, 7 pictures

Just before I stuck my head in the falls behind me (365:148) – Invigorating was one word for it. Three-minute read, +9

More fun in the workshop (365:095) – Today we are building a “batch-loaded, inverted downdraft gasifier” wood stove out of old tin cans. Two-minute read, +3

Trying out my new sleeping bag (365:094) – 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. One-minute read, 2 pictures

Snow? What snow? (365:085). I was most disappointed to find it didn’t snow in the night. Two-minute read

Trail shelter, Bluffs Trail, Meramec State Park (365:084) – I started the day with a monster hangover. Which, of course, was totally my own fault. I obviously ate far too much cheese. One-minute read, 4 pictures

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