2024 Total Solar Eclipse

2024 Total Eclipse — Not too bad for crop of a hand-held picture taken with a seven-year-old mirrorless camera, using the kit lens.

2024 Total Solar Eclipse

2024 Solar Eclipse — Composite — Eclipse detail merged with an image of the corona.

Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans — Doing the Eclipse Dance — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Doing the ‘Eclipse Dance.’ Just before the totality. 2024 Total Eclipse. Just four minutes to go…

Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans — Gary & Ginger — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans —Gary & Ginger — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. +3

Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans — Lanie & Ginger — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans — Lanie & Ginger — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Notice how the light in the background is already fading.

Lanie and Ginger chatting — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

2024 Solar Eclipse Camping — Eclipse Day, and the weather is looking wonderful. Warm with clear skies. We spent the morning chatting before breaking camp around midday. Two-minute read, +1

2024 Total Solar Eclipse Camping — Sunday

2024 Solar Eclipse Camping — Sunday. This is my third and (most likely) last total solar eclipse. 1999 in France and 2017 in Missouri being the first two. Ginger wanted a more open view of this eclipse, prompting me to find a small Farm Road in the Mark Twain National Forest near the center track of the eclipse that offered clear views of the sky. Two-minute read, +1

Journal: Three days hiking the Big Piney Trail, Paddy Creek Wilderness, March 2024

Journal: Three days hiking the Big Piney Trail, Paddy Creek Wilderness, March 2024. I spent three days on a hike of the sixteen-mile loop of the Big Piney Trail in Paddy Creek Wilderness which I managed to extend to twenty-two miles. I also managed to break some more gear and at the end of the hike needed to call out a tow truck to get me home. Trip write-up: Ten-minute read, +45

Postscript. It was at this point I discovered that the factory-supplied tire iron did not fit these lug nuts

Postscript. It was at this point I discovered that the factory-supplied tire iron did not fit these lug nuts — It took three hours to get someone to come out with the right tool to switch the tire.

End of hike selfie & Trip summary

End of hike selfie — I Hiked over twenty-two miles in two-and-a-half days. I’m happy with that. Three-minute read, +1

Old signpost

Old signpost — the sign itself is long gone, and I’ve no idea if this was for the trail or something else.

Big Dog!

Big Dog! By eleven -twenty I was back on the trail. After the (very) short hike to the Short Cut trail junction, I concluded that I was fit enough for the longer — around seven miles — hike out via the North Loop.