Category Archives: Backpacking

ERL – Anecdotal Aside

Mentioned earlier that I am an incurable people-watcher.  There was one girl I saw out on the trail that didn’t make it into that day’s trip report, but still lingers in my mind.   Was a good-sized group, looked like a … Continue reading

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ERL Trip Report: Food Interlude

Thanks to those of you following the latest trip report and urging me onward with your likes.  Whenever Kat and I head out for a Man Hike, I always try to plan one improbable meal that goes beyond anything you’d … Continue reading

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ERL Trip Report: Day 2 (part 3)

Little Missouri Falls to East Saline Creek Day 2, April 26th 2014 ~16 miles   Around 3:00 or so that day, we were at the last crossing of the Little Missouri River.   It had been a few hours since we … Continue reading

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ERL Trip Report: Day 2 (part 2)

Little Missouri Falls to East Saline Creek Day 2, April 26th 2014 ~16 miles   Kat had this salami. It was a nice salami.   He’d been looking forward to eating that thing since, hell, since the day he bought it … Continue reading

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ERL Trip Report: Day 2 (part 1)

Little Missouri Falls to East Saline Creek Day 2, April 26th 2014 ~16 miles Woke up to a beautiful world with the waterfall nearby my only alarm clock. I could hear Kat stirring and figured I might as well get … Continue reading

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ERL Trip Report: Day 1

Friday, April 25, 2014. No such thing as a slow day when you work in an elementary school.   I didn’t even get a chance to check out the weather report. Barely remembered to grab my stocking cap off the file … Continue reading

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ERL Trip Report: Trip Prep

Monday – Friday morning. I turned 39 this month and while I’m not usually one to get too worked up about how many times the planet has orbited the sun since I came screaming into this world, this tends to … Continue reading

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ERL – teaser pic

  Honest, the superman pose is less about looking tough and more about trying to stay upright and balanced.   We topped Eagle Rock Vista at our 14th mile that day.   I was tired.  

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Eagle Rock Loop – teaser

I have really big calves.   If you look at the situation honestly, it isn’t anything really to be proud of.   Just genetics.  My dad has massive calves.  I’ve got a first cousin who also has thick meaty calves.   My sons … Continue reading

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Learning from tragedy

Around mid-January, a news story caught my attention.  A dad and his two sons, out on the Ozark Trail in Missouri.  Just a day hike, on a day that started out in the 60’s.   Rain comes in, gets colder.  Dark … Continue reading

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