In 2018, after eight years of intermittent tent camping, I stopped being a ‘ground dweller’ and moved up to hammock camping. The advantages are increased comfort and the flexibility of camping site choices. The disadvantages are the time it takes setting up and breaking down camp. But it is worth it.

Jus’ Chilling

Jus’ Chilling — The six-mile hike back to the trailhead should only take three to four hours (depending on if I stop for lunch), so I can sit back, take it easy, and enjoy the forest for a while. +1

The pollen was prodigious

The pollen was prodigious — As the green-yellow dusting of pollen on my feet attests, the pollen was indeed prodigious. No wonder I was coughing and sneezing.

There was a trickle of water coming from the spring

There was a trickle of water coming from the spring — With camp set up I headed off down into ‘Deep Hollow’ to see if the spring was running. Much to my surprise it was — just a trickle but enough to have saved me from having to lug in three liters of water! Not to worry, I need the exercise!

Back at ‘Deep Hollow,’ Hercules Glades Wilderness

Day One. Back at ‘Deep Hollow,’ Hercules Glades Wilderness — I decided to get out for a one-night trip to Hercules Glades. Apart from our Eclipse Trip I’ve not been out this month. An overnight stop at my camping spot near Deep Hollow would be just what the doctor ordered. One-minute read.

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

Heating water for breakfast

Heating water for breakfast.

Morning Coffee, camped off of the Big Piney Trail

Morning Coffee, camped off of the Big Piney Trail.

Finally, the sun reaches inside my hammock

Finally, the sun reaches inside my hammock.

Enjoying the view from my hammock (with legs)

Enjoying the view from my hammock.

Day three, sunrise from my hammock

Day three, sunrise from my hammock — Well, I’m still alive! That’s a good thing. My AFIB has abated, and if I’m feeling okay, I’ll take the longer more arduous route back to the trailhead.

Enjoying the view from my hammock

Enjoying the view from my hammock.