Quick visits, day trips, excursions, and weekends away. Anything under a day or two, that you wouldn’t count as a genuine vacation.

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

Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans — Lanie & Ginger — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse

Pre-Eclipse Shenanigans — Lanie & Ginger — 2024 Total Solar Eclipse. Notice how the light in the background is already fading.

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

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 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