Gallery 2013: March 16-18, Buffalo River Trail
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- Saturday: departure from low water bridge in Ponca (#1) at 10:00 am. Stop at a great overlook (#2) after 3 miles. Lunch near a small creek (#3). Arrival at around 3:30 pm at camp site (#4) just 0.5 mile before Kyles Landing. Saturday total: 9.8 miles.Sunday: departure from camp site at 8:30 am. Lunch after 6.3 miles at 12:00 pm at the Parker-Hickman farmstead (#5). Back on the trail at 12:30 pm, shortcut through a section of the Old River Horse Trail (ORT), rest at Cedar Glade and at Ozark campground. Arrival at camp site (#6) at 5:00 pm after 7.7 miles. Sunday total: 14 miles.Monday: departure from camp site at 7:30 am for Pruitt (#7). Short 2.2 miles at fast pace (about 50 mitutes).Total covered: 26 miles.
- Saturday morning: getting geared up at the low water bridge in Ponca. This is mile 0.
- Saturday morning: ASM Klemmer joined us for the occasion. "Just a walk in the park" are his words...
- Saturday morning. From left to right. First row: ASM Van Houtte, Jonathan, William "Bill", SPL Maxim, John William, Chase, and ASM Klemmer. Second row: ASM Vickers, ASM John Kreun, Christopher, Dylan, Scribe Jake, and ASM Williams.
- Saturday morning: first pitt stop after crossing a creek. Everybody needs a little snack.
- Saturday morning. You know, these guys all have the same height... in this picture...
- Saturday morning: overlook. Already 3 miles down. Beautiful view of the Buffalo river.
- Saturday morning: at the overlook.
- Saturday morning: ASM Klemmer takes care of his feet.
- Saturday morning: ASM Williams helps Dylan with some moleskin.
- Saturday morning: view of the Steel Creek campground on the Buffalo river. It was a nice day (72°) for a float.
- Saturday morning: rest at the overlook.
- Saturday morning. Let's get back on the trail. Last glimpse at the view.
- Saturday midday: The hot day makes us drink a lot. At lunch time, it is time to refill all the water bottles.
- Saturday afternoon: the trail's vegetation (or lack of) changes often. Here many dead leaves and a few cedars.
- Saturday afternoon: dry and rockier area on the trail.
- Saturday afternoon: some trees still hold on their leaves. These will only fall when the new ones appear.
- Saturday afternoon: one of the many 2 minutes halts along the trail.
- Saturday evening: camp site 0.5 mile before Kyles Landing. The temperature is quite nice (t-shirts). Everyone is reading a map. "So this is where we are, right?" "We are going there tomorrow, what do you think?" Quite funny how they are seated... LOL
- Saturday evening: view of the camp site near Kyles Landing. See the reflection of the Buffalo river in the background.
- Saturday evening. Wow! Is that a Tyvek tent! Indeed... And if you ask ASM Klemmer, he will answer: "It belongs to Baron von Tyvek!"
- Saturday evening: John is sitting in his tent, Chase in his hammock, and all play cards.
- Saturday evening: where is Waldo? Well I don't know, but I know where Jake is...
- Sunday morning: the rain is there. We are all geared up for it.
- Sunday morning: everyone is ready to take the trail. It is about 8:30 am. Wait... Where is Waldo? Well, I don't know... And where is Jake? Well, he's busy right now...
- Sunday 12:00 pm: we arrive at the Parker-Hickman farmstead for lunch. It still is drizzling on and off.
- Sunday 12:00 pm: at the Parker-Hickman farmstead for lunch. ASM Klemmer and ASM Van Houtte getting ready for the next leg. Nice chaps old chap! So, which one do you think is the Baron?
- Sunday afternoon: view of the Buffalo river.
- Sunday afternoon: the terrain changes dramatically when we take a small shortcut through the Old River Horse Trail (ORT). Green pastures between ranks of tree.
- Sunday afternoon: the ORT (Old River Horse Trail) winds in the fields.
- Sunday evening: camp site along the Buffalo river, 3/4 mile after the Ozark campground. Nice flat area that is sometimes flooded, even though the river is located about 8 feet below the area.
- Sunday evening: camp site along the Buffalo river.
- Sunday evening: ASM Klemmer for the posterity.
- Sunday evening: ASM Van Houtte in front of his riverfront estate.
- Sunday evening: fire to warm up the foods and the spirits.
- Sunday evening: everybody is still in his rain gear. It will rain on and off until late in the night.
- Sunday evening: rain or not, the food is good and the fire is warm.
- Sunday evening: really, who would not be hungry after a 14 miles hike?
- Sunday evening: the temperature will drop to 39° overnight, but everyone is ready for that. And after 14 miles, the rain will not keep anyone awake for long...