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Natch

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PostSubject: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:42 am

Last week was our spring break, so I gathered up all my friends and went packing solo in the Ozarks.

My bedroom:


My living-room:


My bathtub:


And my girlfriend came to visit, (let's not tell my wife, OK?)


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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 3:53 am

Gorgeous pics Natch! Is your girlfriend bi-polar? Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 6:41 am

That was great! Glad you had a chance to do this! Is your girlfriend upset with you about not putting the toilet seat back down?
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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:01 am

Great photographs!

Fierce girlfriend!

Fraternally

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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 7:48 am

gorgeous scenery, thanks for sharing
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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:30 am

Beautiful area!
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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:38 am

How beautiful. There's nothing like a good camping trip to help a person recharge.
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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:13 am

Great pics. Thanks for sharing Mr Natural!


Cheers,

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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 10:38 am

Waaah so pretty! Very Happy I am full of camping envy now. I must confess that I jumped a bit on my chair when I scrolled down to the girlfriend-picture though. Laughing

UberHuberMan wrote:
There's nothing like a good camping trip to help a person recharge.
Isn't that so true.
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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:08 am

Your girlfriend looks like a sow. Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:21 am

Gorgeous Natch, thanks for sharing. I could spend a lot of time there and be perfectly happy.

has your girl EVER shaved her armpits?

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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:22 am

Natch wrote:
Last week was our spring break, so I gathered up all my friends and went packing solo in the Ozarks.

And my girlfriend came to visit, (let's not tell my wife, OK?)


Natch

Natch, I KNOW HER. lol! lol!

Beautiful stream side pictures, what a fine place to be enjoying the outdoors with a pipe by the fire. Awesome.
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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 11:26 am

Doc, maybe we dated the same woman over the years. She looks like my almost, but fortunately not, first wife. affraid
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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:07 pm

She must not appreciate you smoking in the tent lol!

What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:14 pm

RonA3597 wrote:
Doc, maybe we dated the same woman over the years. She looks like my almost, but fortunately not, first wife. affraid

lol! lol! lol!

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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 12:26 pm

The Ozark National Forest has four wilderness areas, and Richland Creek is the second most beautiful, to me, and the one I know the best. Probably because it was the first one I ever explored when I first moved to Arkansas, and it's under two hours from my house. The most beautiful and wild, at least to me, is the Upper Buffalo Wilderness, which abuts the Buffalo River National Park. If you catch a good rain just right, you can paddle from Boxley to where the Buffalo meets the White River, over 120 miles of wild, protected river where you can camp anywhere, there are no fees, in that total 120 miles you see exactly four bridges and three buildings.

If I head West instead of Northwest, I can be in the Ouachita National Forest and they also have a couple of wilderness areas and it's even closer. In under an hour and a half I can leave home, park on a forest road, hike less than a quarter mile into the woods, and not see another person for months (if I could only stay there that long!). Another advantage of the Ouachitas, at least the Flat-side Wilderness, is it's also an hour and a half from my house and the forest road goes right next to Flat-side Peak, a quick 1/4 mile climb to the top and it's the darkest place I have found in Arkansas. You have an open vista from northwest clockwise to southwest, almost 270 degrees, and in that vista you can see two farmhouse lights about 15 to 20 miles away. The perfect place in winter to see a meteor shower, or full moon rise, or wave to the alien visitors as they fly by.

I generally prefer the Ozark Mountains (technically, the Ozark Plateau, they're not mountains) over the Ouachita Mountains (the remaining stumps of one of the oldest mountain ranges in North America, they were old and worn down before the Appalachians were uplifted). The Ozarks are chaotic in their drainage systems, formed from sedimentary layers, with alternating limestone and sandstone, so lots of caves, sink holes, dead-end hollows, springs, waterfalls, and some pretty good cliffs (one waterfall well over 200'). The Ouachitas are hard metamorphics and some igneous, so no caves or springs, and they run E & W (one of only two mountain ranges in North America that trend that way) resulting from the collision of two pronto-continents from the north and south that formed what we call the North American plate/continent today. If you're heading north or south, it's like an ant walking over a washboard, if you're heading east or west, you're probably on a hot, dry ridge-line. They do have Hot Springs National Park in them, and the only public diamond mine in the world. Creator of Diamonds State Park allows anyone to dig in the mud and keep what they find.

And yes, this will be on the test! (Can you tell I'm a teacher?!?)

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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 1:43 pm

That is fantastic historical description, thanks for all. I don't think I'd like to venture out there in the winter time but the summer and fall must be beautiful. We have our wilderness here in Maine as well but not nearly as diversified as you have in the wilderness areas. It's great to enjoy pitch black nights when the constellations fire up the sky with no extraneous light from any surrounding civilation. I usually have a 38 strapped by my side in case of unwanted intruders. coyotes mainly.
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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 2:35 pm

Sounds absolutely incredible.

My favorite camping trip has to have been the 4 days I spent hiking through the Red River Gorge in eastern Kentucky with two of my dearest friends. Magical barely begins to describe the area. The first day we hiked in was great. The trail was fairly level with some gently ups and downs, including the occasional steep climb or rapid descend. On the whole, it was fairly relaxed. We spent the day hugged by nature and fell asleep content at the end of the day.

On day three we began a new trail, the advanced trail, which turned out to be much more grueling than the first. Long steep upward climbs were punctuated by fairly brief descents which just led to more upward climbing. At one point in the trail there is a deep pit that the trail descends into. The pit is open on one side and continues into the gorge at the bottom. While we were there, we did a fun experiment. My friends both play the flute and brought them along for the hike for some music in the evenings. Realizing an excellent opportunity when they see one, they both pulled out their flutes to take advantage of the high flat cavern walls. All of those hard, flat surfaces acted as an excellent source of reverb, creating a beautiful ethereal sound whose source was difficult to pinpoint. Realizing this, my friends ducked climbed into an outcropping above the trail which was out of sight and played some magical pan flute tunes for other hikers who were descending into the pit. We spent a good hour there singing and making music, climbing around, and just having a generally goofy good time. After the end of the day, we crashed into our sleeping bags exhausted but with our spirits high from a tough but fun day of hiking.

On day 4, we made a torturous climb out of the gorge and emerged onto a ridge, gracing us with an incredible 360 view for the remainder of the hike. Blue skies and calm winds made the last portion of the hike a joy. With excellent weather, incredible views, and some flat hiking atop the ridge, we ended our journey with high spirits and happy memories.

I've promised myself again and again that I'd go back, but life seems to keep getting in the way. *sigh* One day.

I didn't take these pictures, but they do a great job representing the gorge.











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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:13 pm

Whoa, Uber, what a bunch of awesome pics, awesome sceneries & and an awesome story to go with them! Daaaamn you guys are really making me ache to get out. Sadly I don't currently possess the sort of equipment I could comfortably camp with as long as there's snow on the ground. But it will melt, it will melt...

Here's a feel-good picture from last summer, when I spent a few days in Ruunaa (an area with lakes, marshlands and beautiful roaring rapids) with my brother. This night was all rain and lightnings but in the end of the day there was a nice little lean-to for cover and enough Rhum Pecoul to last for the night. And a pair of knit socks, of course!



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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 4:57 pm

beetlejazz wrote:
Whoa, Uber, what a bunch of awesome pics, awesome sceneries & and an awesome story to go with them! Daaaamn you guys are really making me ache to get out. Sadly I don't currently possess the sort of equipment I could comfortably camp with as long as there's snow on the ground. But it will melt, it will melt...

Here's a feel-good picture from last summer, when I spent a few days in Ruunaa (an area with lakes, marshlands and beautiful roaring rapids) with my brother. This night was all rain and lightnings but in the end of the day there was a nice little lean-to for cover and enough Rhum Pecoul to last for the night. And a pair of knit socks, of course!




Ah, knit socks and a bottle of rum, prerequisites for any successful night of camping. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:53 pm

Primo pix, Uberdude, looks like a fantastic place to hike and pack. To respond to docwatson's post, " I don't think I'd like to venture out there in the winter time but the summer and fall must be beautiful." it's oddly enough quite the opposite. While we can have snow/ice storms in winter, we can also have several sunny days in the 50s & 60s. I spend most of my free time packing and hiking from late October through the end of March. But from April through September, probably 1/4 of the ground cover is poison ivy, it is everywhere. And at the same time the ticks and chiggers come out, so I stay out of the woods for that half of the year. Fortunately, I'm usually heading up to the Canadian border, or out west for some other packing trips. Porkies,


or Isle Royale,

or Picacho Peak, it's all good.




That's also a good time to do canoe trips on the Buffalo, if it's flowing well enough. Or up into southern Missouri, where they have several spring fed rivers that run high and cool all through the hot months of summer.

But you know, almost every place on Earth has it's own unique bits of woods and wild to explore. We live on a pretty cool planet.

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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:40 pm

Great pics all. Keep them coming!

Very Happy


Cheers,

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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:34 am

I thoroughly enjoyed having the wonderful opportunity of reading this topic, thanks for sharing these fantastic stories and amazing photographs guys, and for the charming night shot BJ', your Bro' is obviously a good guy.
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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:55 pm

Kirk Fitzgerald wrote:
I thoroughly enjoyed having the wonderful opportunity of reading this topic, thanks for sharing these fantastic stories and amazing photographs guys, and for the charming night shot BJ', your Bro' is obviously a good guy.

Thank you he is! Smile We can easily spend a whole week hiking together and not piss eachother off. It's all just about laid back as it can be. I know I'm just about lucky as a little sister can be.

Here's another feel-good camping picture (with the said trusty hiking buddy Very Happy ):


Few things as lovely as a morning camp fire, just a little bit for warmth while drinking some strong coffee and having a morning pipeful.


And that's me about to cross to a little island for that night's stay, taken from another boat. The rowing boat was a beautiful piece of craftmanship, with a strong smell of tar.


Damn looking at the pictures here and hearing the stories is getting me so psyched up about the spring coming! Gah can't wait for the first trip to the woods!
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PostSubject: Re: A few fine days in the woods   Mon Mar 25, 2013 1:59 pm

Natch wrote:
But you know, almost every place on Earth has it's own unique bits of woods and wild to explore. We live on a pretty cool planet.

That is so true, Natch! When I was younger I mostly dreamed of travelling to see some big cities, and I did a bit of that. Nowadays I dream of travelling to see the woods. Canada's pretty high on my list. Perhaps I will one day, when able to cross the Atlantic, do some hiking in the States with some cool pipe buddies! Very Happy Now that's something worth dreaming about.
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