Short Breaks

Quick visits, day trips, excursions, and weekends away. Anything under a day or two, that you wouldn’t count as a genuine vacation.

Tomfoolery at the trailhead. +2

The end of the hike – Day hike with Katie and Lanie. I took them to my favorite spot in Piney Creek Wilderness. It was an easy 5.5 mile hike with 570ft of elevation, and a nice long lunch stop by the lake.

Dogwoods on the ‘Farm Track Trail’ – Spring is sprung in the Ozarks.

Tomfoolery at the lake. +5

Katie and Lanie – lunch break by the lake. +1

Katie by Lanie.

Gary eating lunch – Day hike at Piney Creek Wilderness.

Gary and the tower at the Pineview Trailhead – Trip over, 14.5 miles hiked, 1,300 ft. climbed, and some downtime by the lake. Just what the Dr. ordered. Now for more of what the Dr. ordered. My COVID-19 vaccination. +1, and three maps

My campsite by Table Rock Lake – It’s a shame my stay was cut short by my COVID-19 vaccination appointment.

Camp Table. The stove is on the ground because it is very windy, and the table is sheltering it. +1

My lakeside camp at night – I love this spot.

Clouds – I was hoping for a nice, as in flaming oranges and yellows, sunset. It didn’t happen, but this cloud formation and an otter made up for it. One-minute read

Wind on Table Rock Lake – I feel like I’m home when I get to this view.

Loop complete. The start of the Siloam Spring Trail – This is the Piney Creek end of the Siloam Spring Trail. I’ve come full circle. That’s it, I’ve completed all the official trails at Piney Creek. Now to head off down to the lake and have some quiet time lake watching.

Cat Briar Central – I name this area Cat Briar Central. The cat briars around it were horrendous, and I carry the scars to show for it. +1

Large pool on Piney Creek – I didn’t check how deep, but judging by the color, a few feet.

Piny Creek glinting in the sun – you can get a clear idea of how narrow the hollow gets from this picture. Can’t find the trail? hike down the creek.

The trail is quite clear and easy to follow (In places)

The View from my hammock, Piney Creek Wilderness, Day Two – You are not supposed to camp this close to a water source, but this was the only spot I could find. +2

Looking up Piney Creek – it was a nice view to wake up to.

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