|Ozark Trail is in red, Goggins Mtn blue, and my track is purple.|
For Missouri in June, the weather was cool - just the way I like it!
Goggins Mountain wasn't too steep, but I could definitely tell I was going uphill. The trail is also open to equestrian use, so there was lots of uh...evidence that horses had been there.
A pack of wild hogs ran across my path about 4-5 miles into the Goggins Mountain trail. There are no pictures of that because I was far too scared to think of taking a picture!! My first encounter with potentially dangerous wildlife! But I guess they either heard (or smelled) me coming and were in the process of scattering. I just stood still for a minute until I couldn't hear them anymore and then continued on. Throughout both trails I saw evidence of them (lots of dug up earth), but didn't see them again.
This trip was my first time using hiking poles. I'm undecided as to whether I like them or not. :/ I like the idea of extra stability, but sometimes they just seemed to get in the way. What do you guys think? Do you like hiking poles? Why or why not?
|The view at the crossroads of the Ozark Trail and Goggins Mountain. So pretty!|
|This picture makes my feet almost look small and cute! Hahaha They are anything but!|
There was a nice little primitive campsite at Padfield Branch where I stopped for the night. Enough flat ground for several tents and a firepit. I got to try out my new (used) tent - the Eureka Solitaire and I loved it. Just a smidge roomier than my old tent. It rained a little overnight, but I stayed nice and dry. And I was surprised at how warm I was in the tent, even with temps dropping into the 50s.
|Someone left their shoe behind!|
|water source near the campsite|
The OT was so overgrown in places! Thankfully the trail is still well marked so I didn't lose my way (I guess I should also thank my GPS app! So useful!)
|This is the trail. Seriously. :/|
|These cairns were super helpful in finding the trail over the rocky terrain. Good job OTA!|
Unfortunately, I lost my Steripen while on the Ozark Trail. :( It was hooked onto an outer loop of my pack and the loop broke. I tried to find it as I backtracked, but was not successful. I'd already been thinking of switching to a Sawyer Mini, but I'm still bummed to lose the Steripen! So if anyone finds a Steripen on miles 6-9 of the Taum Sauk section, let me know!