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.

Meanwhile back at camp – The last time I was here these trees were in the water. +1

It looks like the hot weather and receding lake have not been kind to the turtles. I found two empty shells on my hike. +1

Looking west towards Piney Creek – Exploring east along the northern shore of the arm of the lake, I found that two of the ‘hunting’ camps I’d discovered here in 2018 had either been dismantled and removed or had fallen apart and been consumed by the undergrowth. One-minute read, +5

Table Rock Lake at Piney Creek Wilderness, looking east. The lake is usually at the top of these bluffs. Solo backpacking at Piney Creek Wilderness, September 2022.

The lake was low, very low. Looking to the southwest, with Buck Hollow opposite. Solo backpacking at Piney Creek Wilderness, September 2022. +1

Hammock camping at Piney Creek Wilderness.

Hammock camping at Piney Creek Wilderness – No one has been here since my last visit, July 2021. Solo backpacking at Piney Creek Wilderness, September 2022.

Three nights and four days relaxing by the lake in Piney Creek Wilderness. Except, someone had stolen the lake. It was very low. I’ve not been to my favorite campsite in over a year. It was well overdue a visit. Trip write-up: 10-minute read, +42

Jim in the workshop. +1

Damascus steel knife – Jim tried his hand at making a Damascus steel knife blade.

Brass canon – Yes, it works! +1

In a corner of the workshop.


Looking out – past the forge.

New and Old – New welding visors and old posters.

Rasp snake.

Jim’s workshop – well, a large bit of it. You can’t see the anvils, forge, and lots of other tools that are behind me

Table. The legs are steel, not wood. It’s very heavy!

Old Tools. Detail from inside the tool chest.

Tool chest in the workshop.

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