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.

Late-night visitor – who is this then? +2

View from the lake.

Fun and frolics at the lake – The lake was warm, almost bath temperature. I didn’t bother to count how many times I took a dip. It was a lot. Slideshow: +5

Journaling – I did a lot of thinking and scribbling. Unfortunately, I came away with a lot more questions than answers. +1

Enjoying the view – between interludes of journaling and swimming. I even completed some camp chores.

Day Three – Morning coffee

Breakfast – Biscuits and gravy and a cup of coffee.

Day Two Campfire.

Day Two – Piney Creek lakeside vistas. I never tire of the play of light on the trees here. +2

View to the southeast from the Pilot Trail, and the hike out. One-minute read

Fire ring and campsite – I showed Ginger a little scenic overlook on a hidden trail. It looks like someone has been making themselves at home on the short trail leading to the overlook.

Ginger disappearing around a corner on the Pilot (Tower) Trail

Small spring and creek near ‘Ant Hill’ – The spring we found can be seen right at the bottom of the frame. The water was pouring out of a small one to one-and-a-half-inch hole in the bank. +3

Sunday Morning at ‘Ant Hill’ – We put most of our gear away after breakfast, leaving the tarp up in case it rained — it did, but only a few sprinkles. We sat around chatting and looking at the trees until noon, when we packed away the last of our gear and headed back to the trailhead. +3

Saturday evening, camped on ‘Ant Hill’ – We called this place ‘Ant Hill’ because of the huge number of carpenter ants. We couldn’t decide if the ants killed the trees or they moved in because the trees died.

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

Flowering Prickly Pear Cactus. +1

Gary & Ginger at the Pole Hollow Cairn – I know how to treat Ginger to a good time, I made sure she had plenty of exercise, time to relax, and her own room with a forest view. One-minute read, +1

Back to the start and some notes – From here there is just a short thirty-minute hike, south, down the Ozark Trail to get back to the trailhead. That’s it, trip over, though there’s still the two-hour drive home to complete.

Only two or three miles left to go.

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