Green, Hot, Buggy, Muggy, Ticks, Sweat. Southern Missouri in June.
Unfortunately I am getting to this write-up a bit late and some of the details of this trip may not be as fresh in my mind as they could have been. This was a tough hike. The heat and bugs made it a very uncomfortable trip at times. My brother Daniel and friend Jake joined Glen and I on this outing and I can only hope that they weren’t turned off by the experience.
The main highlights were getting to see the view from the top of Bell Mountain again, getting to test out my new hammock setup for sleeping, and the views across Council Bluff lake at the end of the journey. Water sources were available just about often enough and we were able to stay well hydrated considering the intense summer heat.
My new hammock setup made for the best night’s sleep I have ever gotten in the woods. This is especially impressive given how warm and humid it was. The air flow under your back and the complete lack of rocks and roots underneath made for a fantastic experience. I will be giving it a few more outings when he weather heats up again. I was too tired to think to take a picture of it set up… stupid.
While I do think this stretch was a good middling distance for people looking for a 20 mile hike and the trail was well maintained, I am not sure I would recommend it necessarily. There were a distinct lack of real notable destinations worth stopping at and taking a look and the few that were worth a look were at the extreme beginning and end of the hike. I look forward to heading out with these 3 guys on another trail maybe with a bit more to see beyond the trail beneath my feet.
Jake is now an author on this blog so hopefully he will be adding a few new stories to the site soon. He must not have been too turned off by the trip!