Cold...Wet...Snowy... Wind Blowing...
A perfect time for Hammock Hiking.
I got out of the house late, it was near 3 pm when I left. an 1 hour drive would only give me about an hour to hike 4 miles ( in the snow ) to browning hill. I bypassed the normal parking area, and parked at the base of browning hill on private property ( HF members have permission to park here ).
this trek will only be about a mile or so hike, all up hill. I arrived at the henge with about a 1/2 hour to spare before darkness. I set up the hammock, and my 12x12 noah's tarp ( set up tent style ) finished that up in the dark.
When I got everything arranged, and put away, I slipped in the hammock in the seeping bag, and took off my sweaty clothes, and put on a dry shirt, and wool hat. I put the hammock low to the ground as to cook, and feed a small fire if needed. while I didnt make a fire, I did boil up some water for hot tea, and a nalgene bottle full of hot water for laying with.
Sometime in the night I woke up to cyotes singing a song, there was a skunk close by, at least it smelled close....but never came in the camp.
Morning came, and I woke warm, and snuggled in the hammock. the temp was 23 with a slight wind blowing. Breakfast consisted of scrambled eggs with bacon bits, mushrooms, green peppers, ham chunks, salt and pepper, Coffee and some toast. well sorta toast..i burnt one side of it...but good all the same.
I hung out there til about noon, no one showed up, so I broke camp, and headed for Jacobs Point, some 3 miles south west of the henge. set up camp, had some dinner, and read my book until dark....the next morning broke camp and came home.
All in all a good time, I do need to fix my underquilt i made...I need to throw it away, and breakdown and buy one that works the way it should.
My gas stove sucks in the cold...so I think I am going to a penny stove...the hot water in a bottle between your legs at night is about the best thing inthe world for a chilly night.