Lakes, creeks, rivers, ponds, streams. Just about anything wet that isn’t the sea.

Reflections in the pool below the shut-ins

Reflections in the pool below the shut-ins.

Looking downstream

Looking downstream.

Pool below the shut-ins

Pool below the shut-ins.

Piney Creek Wilderness at Table Rock Lake, February 2024

A quick pan of the south shore from Piney Creek towards Table Rock Lake. Table Rock Lake is low. Almost the lowest I’ve seen it so far. On the good side, the change in lake level has caused all the silt to be washed out of the creek mouth. Video: 24-seconds.

Eleven Point River, Scenic Overlook — Irish Wilderness, Missouri. February 2024

Eleven Point River, Scenic Overlook — Irish Wilderness, Missouri. February 2024. Video: 26-seconds.

Eleven Point River, scenic overlook

Eleven Point River, scenic overlook — And the only scenic overlook on the Whites Creek Trail. You had better enjoy it! The trail along the top of the bluff is a tad sketchy in places, but it is fine here, though you need a head for heights to step out on the overlook.

Appearances can be deceptive

Appearances can be deceptive — A quarter of a mile upstream the creek was dry. I had to backtrack a little way to get water for lunch and to stock up with water for the afternoon and night. There wasn’t going to be any water where I planned to stop.

Looking down Big Paddy Creek

Looking down Big Paddy Creek — not a lot of water flowing. No surprises there.

Frosty Morning in Paddy Creek Wilderness

Frosty Morning in Paddy Creek Wilderness — Not that it is easy to see the frost in this picture, but it is there!

Spring with pools

Spring with pools — I camped a short distance downstream from here where the hollow widened out letting me set up my hammock well away from the water sources.

Not where I expected to be, not what I expected to find, and some minor problems along the way

Not where I expected to be, not what I expected to find, and some minor problems along the way — Finally I found a spring with lots of water. Three-minute read, +1

Not a lot of water

Not a lot of water — This is Little Paddy Creek. I’ve never seen it this low, it was not really running. That doesn’t bode well for my trip. And all the small springs I have passed so far have been dry too. +1