Irish Wilderness Whites Creek Trail, trail conditions along the Eleven Point River bluff

Irish Wilderness Whites Creek Trail, trail conditions along the Eleven Point River bluff — It’s a rugged and knurly hike. Not a trail for anyone who’s not sure footed or has problems with heights! Video: One-minute.

Camp at first light, Irish Wilderness

Camp at first light, Irish Wilderness — The pre-dawn light got me out of bed to enjoy the sunrise.

Looking down the Eleven Point River covered in mist

Looking down the Eleven Point River covered in mist — The pre-dawn light got me out of bed to enjoy the sunrise.

Looking up the Eleven Point River covered in mist

Looking up the Eleven Point River covered in mist — The pre-dawn light got me out of bed to enjoy the sunrise.

First Light, Irish Wilderness

First Light, Irish Wilderness — The pre-dawn light got me out of bed to enjoy the sunrise. Video: One-minute.

Day Three — First Light, Irish Wilderness

Day Three — First Light, Irish Wilderness — The pre-dawn light got me out of bed to enjoy the sunrise.

Dawn by Little Brazil Creek

Dawn by Little Brazil Creek – Day three. It was a spectacular sky and darned cold. There had been a frost overnight, and I had set my tarp up low to the ground to keep the cold hollow winds at bay.

Morning mist on Table Rock Lake

Morning mist on Table Rock Lake – I wasn’t totally surprised to find mist drifting down from Piney Creek when I woke up. I ‘d seen the same thing happen in much colder conditions in January. I checked the water temperature and it was still warm(-ish) so I had a swim. Who could tun down such an opportunity? Piney Creek Wilderness – Day Three. 2 pictures

Watching the Dawn

Watching the Dawn.

Dawn at 30,000 feet

Dawn at 30,000 feet – Vacation Day 1. SGF to ORD. Two-minute read

Pre-Dawn at Table Rock Lake

Pre-Dawn at Table Rock Lake. We were up late watching the Perseids meteor shower, which we did by laying in the warm waters of Table Rock Lake. 2 pictures

Still Waters

Still Waters – Waiting for the dawn on Table Rock Lake.