We started out in just a bit of light rain and the temperatures had actually dropped to around 75 degrees from the 90 degrees when I left my house just 2 hours ago.
A nice overlook at the very start of the trail, just above the treetops
We only walked in 2 miles to set up camp in our favorite pine grove. Joe needed to go back to the parking lot to meet a "newbie" Dustin, who had never hung in a hammock and he was going to join us tonight so Joe could "educate" him...
Hanging out in the hammock
we had walked in about 2 pm, so we had plenty of time to just relax today and it was surprising non buggy
All three hammocks set up as we wait for Joe to return with Dustin
working with some of the macro features of the Procam app
After some instruction, Dustin sets up his first hammock
Tuesday morning up and going to hike
Patriotic colors of my Dirty Girl gaiters for the 4th
Down into the creek bed
Then up to the bluffs
and back into the pines which gives the Whispering Pines Trail its name
The north portion of the park (by the parking lots) have taken a real beating in some of the recent storms and it appears that nothing has been done yet to remove the fallen trees across the trail. They have been down long enough that people are making new social trails around them.
It would be good if the park got out and removed the damage to keep everyone on the paths. the park gets so much use these days that letting people cut further into the woods around the debris will eventually cause more erosion
In fact Hawn is looking a little warn. From the lack of maintenance on the trails to the warn and faded Hawn State Park sign when you enter the park, it appears they could use a bit of up keep. I have not heard of any cutbacks in park funding, so I wonder what is keeping them from the up keep?
none the less it is a beautiful place and one that really showcases the best of Missouri's diversity.
Done in a couple of hours. I will have to make a point of getting back more often in the future, but maybe later in the year, when the temperatures, bugs and over growth is lower.
Thanks Joe and Cory and welcome to the world of sleeping above the ground Dustin.