Hammock Forums- Bell Mountain Missouri Hang November 2012

Finally a hang that I didn't have to drive up to 10 hours to attend. Bell Mountain is practically in my backyard, just 110 miles south of my house. The weather was the best of the fall so far, with temperatures close to 70 during the day and a low of 28 at night. the sky was clear and the sunset, stars and sunrise were all wonderful.

 Started off the morning by seeing a Bald Eagle along the side of the road

 The trail from the parking lot follows the Ozark Trail south and then branches off to the Bell Mountain Loop Trail. The trail is this part of the state is very rocky being on large granite slopes
 Once on top, it is a beautiful panorama of the Mark Twain National Forest
It was about 6 miles from the parking lot to the top of Bell Mountain, a rise of 700' of elevation change

Camp was made at the very top point and the afternoon was spent around the fire with good conversation ( come good jokes) and getting to know each other

Gideon and his son Jeremiah ( JAC) also now ( Pyro2012)
Spider and Honeybear

and me!
early morning sunrise panorama- Just before dawn
 Dawn breaks (below) and the hills are revealed
 and finally sunrise, proceeded by a night of millions of stars

The view from my hammock on the edge of Bell Mountain

got back in the hammock after sunrise and relaxing before breakfast

Hiking the 8 miles loop back to the parking lot with a large Cairn built in a clearing of granite and some smaller still green and alive plants amidst all the fall/winter brown.

Bell Mountain is a designated a Wilderness area and was a great place to spend a weekend night with fellow hammockers

Animals seen or heard:
Bald Eagle

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