I don’t often share my thoughts on things, but when I do this is where you’ll find them. Longer posts are about anything.

They are typically (but not always) longer than a four-minute read based on an average 200 word per minute reading rate, which is apparently the new norm, down from 300 wpm in the fifties.

Journal: 2024 Total Solar Eclipse, Mark Twain National Forest

Journal: 2024 Total Solar Eclipse, Mark Twain National Forest. 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 that offered clear views of the sky, near the center track of the eclipse in the Mark Twain National Forest. Trip write-up: Five-minute read, +12

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

Journal: Four days R&R in Piney Creek Wilderness, February 2024

Journal: Four days R&R in Piney Creek Wilderness, February 2024 — It’s been almost a month since I was last out on the trail on my trip to Irish Wilderness. I toyed briefly with a four-day hike of the Berryman Trail, but I settled on some downtime by the lake instead.  Trip write-up: Five-minute read, +15

Journal: Four days solo backpacking on the Whites Creek Trail, Irish Wilderness, Clockwise, January 2024

Journal: Four days solo backpacking on the Whites Creek Trail, Irish Wilderness, clockwise, January 2024.  A break in the weather means I’m off on a four-day hike of the Whites Creek Trail, South and North Loops at Irish Wilderness.  Trip write-up: Eight-minute read, +39

Journal: Three days solo backpacking in Hercules Glades Wilderness, January 2024

Journal: Three days solo backpacking in Hercules Glades Wilderness, January 2024 — I’m off out for three days, blowing away the cobwebs and walking off some holiday season excesses. Trip write-up: Four-minute read, +9

Journal: Four days hiking the Big Piney Trail, Paddy Creek Wilderness, December 2023

Journal: Four days hiking the Big Piney Trail, Paddy Creek Wilderness, December 2023. I spent four days on a hike of the 16-mile loop of the Big Piney Trail in Paddy Creek Wilderness. This is a follow-up to my trip back in May. Trip write-up: Ten-minute read, +38

Trip: Destination — The Texas Gulf Coast

Trip: Destination — The Texas Gulf Coast. We are back on the road on the second of our shakedown trips in advance of some more serious travel next year. We are headed back to Texas. Beaumont, Texas to be precise, where we plan to work for five days, and then spend some time on a Texas Gulf Coast beach before returning home. Trip write-up: Eight-minute read, +30

Trip: Annular Eclipse — Odessa Texas

Trip: Annular Eclipse — Odessa Texas. The plan is simple. We have set aside three days to drive to Odessa, Texas, which is in the middle of the Annular Eclipse track, where the weather is set to be clear and cold. We’ll watch the eclipse and then spend two or three days driving home. Trip write-up: Five-minute read, +16

Journal: four days by the lake, Piney Creek Wilderness, July 2023

Four days by Table Rock Lake at Piney Creek Wilderness, July 2023. It’s time I took a short break, watched the lake for a while, did some navel-gazing, and maybe some journaling. Trip write-up: five-minute read, +15

Journal: Three days hiking the Big Piney Trail, Paddy Creek Wilderness, May 2023

Journal: Three days hiking the Big Piney Trail, Paddy Creek Wilderness, May 2023. I plan on spending three days on a slow hike of the 16-mile loop of the Big Piney Trail in Paddy Creek Wilderness. Unlike previous trips, it is forecast to rain on the first day, not the last. Trip write-up: Ten-minute read, +43

Journal: Three days hiking at Hercules Glades Wilderness, April 2023

Journal: Three days hiking at Hercules Glades Wilderness, April 2023. My original plan for the weekend was scrapped. With some time on my hands, I decided to head down to Hercules Gades for a couple of nights. Trip write-up: Eight-minute read, +24

Journal: Three days hiking the Ridge Runner Trail and Devil’s Back Bone Wilderness, March 2023

Journal: Three days hiking the Ridge Runner Trail and Devil’s Back Bone Wilderness, March 2023 This is the last of my ‘Must do’ winter hikes before spring takes off. I have had two failed attempts at finding where the Ridge Runner Trail joins the North Fork loop. I’ve decided if I can’t find the trail this time, I’ll bushwhack my way, and that needs to be done before the trees and underbrush start leafing out. Trip write-up: Six-minute read, +27