After a week of everyone in my office coming down with the flu, I got sick of fluorescent lights and coughing co-workers. So I ran away to one of my favorite places: Ouachita National Forest.
Winter Overnight at Winding Stair
I hiked a couple miles in and made camp under the rock shelf where I met Tucker and Carly on the Eagle Rock Loop episode. When I got to camp, my feet were soaked from the river crossing but I got a fire going and set up my tarp.
I waited too long to get my sleeping bag out, it needed longer to loft up to be at its most insulative.
This is what camp looked like before I tore it down in the morning. I used a stick to hold up my tarp since I LEFT MY TREKKING POLE AT THE JEEP. UGH.
Shot from near camp, looking at Blaylock Creek in the morning.
After the river crossing, looking down on the river that soaked my boots.
Winter Water Wisdom (Acquired from Dry, Warm Hikers)
You can use heavy-duty trash bags to cross without getting wet. You can also use Chacos or other water sandals and dry off on the other side.