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PostSubject: Almost a great trip   Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:20 am

My best friend and packing buddy of over 35 years flew down last week. We planned to backpack into Twin Falls in the Richland Creek Wilderness area of the Ozark National Forest. The first two days it rained and sleeted non-stop, so we camped under a large rock overhang I know of in the area. As you can see, we had a warm fire, plenty of food and hot drinks, just enough Makers Mark, and a new packing pipe our own Sasquatch made for me.



Unfortunately, we have to cross Falling Water Creek, normally about mid-thigh deep and 25 feet across. After the rain, it was more like chest to somewhere over my head deep, over 50 feet wide, and moving fast.



But still, a great trip and a great friend. We already have our next two packing trips planned, Porcupine Mountains in August and the first boat over to Isle Royal NP in the spring of '11. Sure wish my legs were younger and they still bent in the same direction!

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PostSubject: Re: Almost a great trip   Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:55 am

Looks great Natch! Very Happy Man I miss that kind of stuff, been a few years now. With that dry overhang and nothing but time, a great reason to do nothing but sit and sip bourbon and smoke and fiddle about - often the best part of a trip like that.

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PostSubject: Re: Almost a great trip   Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:27 am

Looks like a great adventure Natch! Nothing like a little adversity for excitement!
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PostSubject: Re: Almost a great trip   Thu Mar 25, 2010 8:38 am

So,,, I'm guessing when you saw that torrent before you; you turned and returned to the safe dry overhang, Poured another shot, loaded up the pipe & sat to think about your next move???
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PostSubject: Re: Almost a great trip   Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:15 am

Love it... Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Almost a great trip   Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:23 am

A good friend, a pipe, a campfire and a snort,,,, cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Almost a great trip   Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:21 pm

Looks like a great time to me.

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PostSubject: Re: Almost a great trip   Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:46 am

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PostSubject: Re: Almost a great trip   Fri Mar 26, 2010 9:55 am

Man, that looks great! I know what you mean about your legs, my knees only have 2 positions these days, stiff and sore. My oldest son is putting together a backpacking kit, hoping he and I can get out for some of this. He is considering switching from cigars to the pipe, would give me a chance to work on him.
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PostSubject: Re: Almost a great trip   Fri Mar 26, 2010 3:26 pm

Hunter, If you live near Missouri, there are several fine National Forests in the southern part of the state, and great canoeing over on the Current, Jacks Fork, and Eleven Point. Canoe camping on Ozark rivers is fun, you can carry a lot of gear, and it's physically a lot easier than packing it in. If you and your son get serious about spending a few days in the woods and you need some recommendations in that area, let me know.

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