I’ve been planning to visit the Upland Island Wilderness for awhile. I ordered a map from MyTopo for this area last summer and I’ve been trying to get out here since. On the 4th, with the wife out of town, I figured I’d go hike in the Upland Island Wilderness. I wanted to see the longleaf pine savannas and the spring-fed bogs at the exposures of the Catahoula Formation and photograph some of the carnivorous plants.
The trip didn’t work out how I had hoped. The trailhead area was pretty dilapidated. Something public isn’t available, but I don’t know what.
Upland Island Wilderness full post
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I didn’t post any updates for awhile and I apologize. I had finals to deal with and hardly went to the office at all. And when I did, there was bad weather brewing so I wound up driving. So Week 2 was a wash. I didn’t bike to work, but then again I hardly drove, either. Week 3 was another matter. I biked in most of the week but wound up driving a couple of days for inclement weather forecasts. The forecast bad weather those days didn’t end up happening until well after dark, so I felt cheated.
I did another camping trip at Ratcliff Lake. The place really makes sense as a destination with it so close to the house. Just have to wait for the weather to be agreeable before I’ll go. I’d have a hard time camping when it gets 100+ in midsummer.
I had a big test earlier this week and I needed some R&R. The plan was to leave the house on Saturday morning, set up camp and then go hike a little in the afternoon searching for a geocache or two along the way. My wife lacks a hammock, so she opted to sleep in our big car camping tent with Biner. I wanted to sleep in the hammock because I haven’t used it all summer.
Camping at Ratcliff Lake full post
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I got the new GPS out for a hike and some geocaching on this day. I started out by loading the USGS topos for the Stephen F. Austin Experimental Forest (SFAEF) onto the Oregon from Topofusion. I chose the topos because many (but not all) of the trails on the SFAEF appear on the topos. It also shows the boundary of the forest, locations of some pipeline right-of-ways, and locations of some wetland areas. Important information for what I wanted to do.
Garmin Oregon 450: First Hike/Geocaching full post
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I hid my first geocache a week ago and it finally got found today. I am indeed surprised it lasted a whole week before anyone even tried to look for it. The first two searchers, of course, found it (they had teamed up for it). I put a fair bit of thought into it and I wanted it to be unique and interesting. I’m not so into the blah magnetic keyholders on a guardrail hides or film cans under a lamppost skirt. I put some thought into this one in an attempt to make it interesting. So far, so good.
My First (Hidden) Geocache full post
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