Pictures of me, taken by myself. I tend to go with the official (365 Days) definition of a self portrait: “A self portrait is a photo of yourself taken by you” … “The main thing is that you are both the photographer and the subject.”

Pool below the shut-ins

Pool below the shut-ins.

Shut-ins on an unnamed creek — Paddy Creek Wilderness

Shut-ins on an unnamed creek — Paddy Creek Wilderness. This is the upstream side of the shut-ins I discovered on my last visit to the wilderness — for some idea of the scale, it’s around 75ft wide here. The boulders are big!

Stopped for lunch by Little Paddy Creek

Stopped for lunch by Little Paddy Creek.

Little Paddy Creek

Little Paddy Creek — I stopped for lunch and to top up my water.

Abandoned Homestead Ruins, Paddy Creek Wilderness

Abandoned Homestead Ruins, Paddy Creek Wilderness — Taking advantage of some cell phone reception I sent Ginger this picture taken by the old chimney breast at the junction of the South Loop and the shortcut to the North Loop.

Checked in and ready to go

Checked in and ready to go — I got away without any major delays, and here I am at eleven-thirty all ready to hit the trail.

Finally seeing results

Finally seeing results — I’ve been regularly exercising for around and hour a day, five days a week for three months now. I read that it takes a lot longer to get results when you get to a ‘certain age,’ and so it has. This week, for the first time the body fat percentage has dropped into the green.

Heading home

Heading Home — I remembered to take an end of hike selfie just before I left the trailhead parking lot. Two-minute read.

Back at my home from home

Back at my home from home — Taking a selfie when I get to the lake has become another Piney Creek Tradition.

Lunch Stop

Stopped for Lunch by Piney Creek — I thought this was the spot we stopped for lunch on 11-11-2011, but it was probably the next creek crossing. +1

Loop finished

Loop Finished — And I’ll admit the trail kicked my butt. I wasn’t as fit as I thought I was, and my heart deciding to throw a wobbly at the end of day three didn’t help.

Breakfast in my hammock. Irish Wilderness, Missouri

Breakfast in my hammock. Irish Wilderness, Missouri

All this bushwhacking is taking its toll on my feet and legs

All this bushwhacking is scratching up my feet and legs.

Morning tea in my hammock — Irish Wilderness, Missouri

Morning tea in my hammock — Irish Wilderness, Missouri.

At the Float Camp Junction of the Whites Creek Trail

At the Float Camp Junction of the Whites Creek Trail — I was last here in March 2023.

Trying out a gas stove for a change

Trying out a gas stove for a change — Conclusion: I prefer my Fancee Feest Cat Can stove.

Ready to get on the trail

Ready to get on the trail — I’m planning on spending four days hiking the Whites Creek Trail. This time I’m starting with the South Loop (I don’t know why they call it a loop it is not. But hey!).

At the Pole (Pete) Hollow Trail Junction

At the Pole (Pete) Hollow Trail Junction. 39°F and feeling a bit chilly with a slight head wind. Two nights, three days, and a modest 13 miles. That will do for my first run out of 2024. Time to go home and trim my beard. It has done its job!

Tucked up in my hammock

Day Three. Tucked up in my hammock. Deep Hollow, January 2024.

Just to prove that I was there

Just to prove that I was there.

Another year, same trail cairn

Day One. Another year, same trail cairn — I’m off out for three days, blowing away the cobwebs and walking off some holiday season excesses.

Snake on the Trail

Snake on the Trail — I was not expecting to find snakes out in December, so I’m glad I spotted this one. We’ve not positively ID’d it yet. It doesn’t look dangerous, but when it got fed up with me watching it, it coiled ready to strike and it had a diamond shaped head. But it didn’t have viperous eyes. +1

My quilt got a little frosty

My quilt got a little frosty, though according to my notes it was only 30°F. +1

A selfie for the folks back home

A selfie for the folks back home — I actually had some cell service here!

Don’t take a step back …

Don’t take a step back …