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Waiting for watching – it’s a dull rainy day, and I liked the light.

Early morning clouds – Too much work equals awake at 4 a.m. and up and working at 5 a.m. Ginger dragged me away from my work to take a look at the play of daylight on the clouds while the street below was still wrapped in darkness.

Hike over – back at the Tower Trailhead.

Two hours later – back at the Pole Hollow cairn

Lazing in my hammock – I’m having a lazy day. And why not? Until the bugs and weeds die back a bit I’m quite happy to lay here and enjoy some peace and quiet.

Back to the start – More ‘hammock porn.’ After leaving Mores Branch yesterday, I decided not to bushwhack up to the top of the hill and then find my way down to Sunday night’s campsite. Instead, I climbed up the side of the hollow until I was at around the same contour line. Then I bushwhacked around the side of the hill to my destination. One-minute read, +1

Mores Creek, looking upstream – After lunch, which I heated up on my new titanium wood stove, I lazed around enjoying the sunshine, peace, and quiet.

Deep Pool on Mores Branch – And deep it was. I had to leave my camera, clothes, and other gear behind because I was up to my waist within a couple of steps. I wanted to get to the end of the pool to see how easy the next section of the creek would be to hike. One-minute read

Mores Branch – Hercules Glades Wilderness – From the map, I could see it was under a mile of bushwhacking to get to Mores Branch. The hollow is steep but there was a point where a ravine ran into the hollow that looked like it would offer a good way down. +2

Waiting for my meeting to start – This is what happens when you decide to take (a well-earned) impromptu comp day off without thoroughly checking your calendar. +1

Camped on ‘Ant Hill’ overlooking ‘Twin Falls Hollow’ – Yup, it looks pretty much the same as everywhere else in the Ozarks. And very much like the last time I was here too. Which may have contributed to my decision not to sit in camp all day after my morning meeting.

Sundown at Hercules Glades, looking southeast – Hiking in today, I realized that I could attend my meeting the next morning if I could get a good cell signal. So off I set in search of a decent signal. Two-minute read, +2

Gary and the Pole Hollow Cairn – Time for the obligatory selfie at the cairn. I prefer this black and white version. +1

Charging the Garmin. We all know what this means. I’m charging it up ready for another backpacking trip.

Hall Gear Closet – taped and first skim coat applied. Ginger, “Most people just buy furniture, they don’t build things in.” Gary, “It must be the Frank Lloyd Wright in me.” +1

One-night stay in the Devil’s Backbone Wilderness. And once more I manage to break some gear … One-minute read, +3

Hall Gear Closet – Framing. New project. We have two-and-a-half closets in the house full of backpacking gear (and some overflow in the shed too). Doing something about it is long overdue. I decided to use the space that used to be occupied by the piano and convert it into a gear closet. Today I started framing the new built-in closet. +3

This would have been a great weekend to get away into the woods. The temperatures are in the low eighties, and the rain has cleared out for a while. Instead, I decided to do some chores at home. One-minute read, +1

Through the veil – It’s taken me a while to see the potential in this picture. I like this alternate treatment of the image.

Dodge Challenger. My surprise weekend rental, and a tease for my brother. One-minute read, +5

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