Everything backpacking: our gear, trip write-ups, and individual pictures.

It’s that trail cairn again

It’s that trail cairn again — By one-thirty I had camp squared away, and I started my uneventful hike back to the trailhead. +1

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

Late Breakfast — Biscuits and Gravy, and a cup of Rosie Lee

Day Two. Late Breakfast — Biscuits and Gravy, and a cup of Rosie Lee.

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.

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

All over — That’s it for twenty years. 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

All over — That’s it for twenty years. 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Now for the long drive home. Our choice of location was great, and the traffic on the drive home, while busy for small local roads, was fine. The nearest small town to us Doniphan, Missouri (Population 1,700 in 2020), had around 20,000 visitors — according to someone who was there.

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