Welcome to Breakfast in America

My photo journal is an eclectic mix of things; there’s no guiding theme or topic. It is whatever happens to catch my attention, what I’ve been thinking, doing, and whatever my current obsessions are. At the moment, they are clearing some of the backlog on my ‘honey-do’ list, backpacking and hammock camping.

Posts

  • View from the scenic overlook — looking northwest

    View from the Scenic Overlook — looking northwest. Clear skies and a higher sun made it a lot easier to see the lie of the land. Solo backpacking in Paddy Creek Wilderness, March 2024. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • View from the scenic overlook — looking southwest

    View from the Scenic Overlook — looking southwest. Solo backpacking in Paddy Creek Wilderness, March 2024. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    Look carefully and you can see the two roads I still have to cross. But first I have to get down off this ridge and cross the creek.

  • View from the Scenic Overlook

    View from the Scenic Overlook — clear skies and a higher sun made it a lot easier to see the lie of the land. Solo backpacking in Paddy Creek Wilderness, March 2024. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • So that’s what happened to the “No Motor Vehicles On This Trail” sign

    So that’s what happened to the “No Motor Vehicles On This Trail” sign. I wondered why I hadn’t seen it on my last hike around this trail in December. Solo backpacking in Paddy Creek Wilderness, March 2024. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    I had planned on an early start, but it wasn’t to be. I was on my way at ten fifty-five, and by eleven-forty I had made my first road crossing of the day (two more road crossings to go).

    When I hiked this trail in December, I realized that I didn’t see the “No Motor Vehicles On This Trail” sign, so this time I looked around for it, and this is what I found. Now I know why I didn’t see it in December!

  • My new Hammock Gear Circadian Hammock

    My new Hammock Gear Circadian Hammock. Solo backpacking in Paddy Creek Wilderness, March 2024. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    My first impressions are that it is wider, and the structural ridgeline is slightly shorter than my Chameleon’s. That appears to result in my being able to lie flatter, and I’m not bashing my head on stuff hanging on the ridgeline when I get in and out of the hammock.

  • Camped below the shut-ins

    Camped below the shut-ins. Solo backpacking in Paddy Creek Wilderness, March 2024. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • It got a little frosty

    It got a little frosty. Solo backpacking in Paddy Creek Wilderness, March 2024. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    Day Two

    The temperature last night was a lot lower than forecast, not that I was surprised — it’s not my first rodeo. At least this time I came prepared with my 10° under quilt.

    Of course, we must have the obligatory frost on something (this time my tarp) picture.

    It got a little frosty — and a lot lower than forecast, not that I was surprised. Solo backpacking in Paddy Creek Wilderness, March 2024. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Oops!

    Oops! Solo backpacking in Paddy Creek Wilderness, March 2024. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.

    What was that about bad decisions making good stories?

    1630 At Camp. The shutins were very impressive – huge rocks. The area near my campsite is not looking as good as the recent rain has washed the area out.

    I took a risky route to the campsite, misjudged my footing, nearly fell in the creek and broke a hiking pole. I need to be more careful. It was a foolish error.

    = 7.71 miles +322 -675 2.4mph 1.5mph

    I may not be getting too old for backpacking, but I may be getting a bit old to try falling head-first into a deep pool in a 45°F creek while wearing a backpack.

  • Reflections in the pool below the shut-ins

    Reflections in the pool below the shut-ins. Solo backpacking in Paddy Creek Wilderness, March 2024. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.
  • Looking downstream

    Looking downstream. Solo backpacking in Paddy Creek Wilderness, March 2024. Copyright © 2024 Gary Allman, all rights reserved.