Ozark Trail - Current River Section Oct 7, 2007 16:53:24 GMT -6
Post by YouandI on Oct 7, 2007 16:53:24 GMT -6
Ozark Trail - Current River Section:
The Current River Section of the Ozark Trail is one of the prettiest sections on the entire trail "Current River Section is approx. 35 miles long"
We all met Saturday evening at Powder Mill Campground. The campground is right on the Current River. Clear night with lots of stars. Yummy food, great campfire, good friends. The next morning we divided up into two groups. One group would drive down west of Van Buren, Mo. on Hwy 60 to the O.T. trail head and hike north. The other group would start right from the campground and head south. The plan is to meet up half way and camp as a group.
We were with the group hiking north. So we car pooled to the Hwy 60 trail head Sunday morning. Beautiful day, sun-shine, blue sky's. "Weather Channel was predicting rain by evening" . After hiking all day, we stopped by a small stream and filtered water for dinner and the next day. Set up camp and just about the time we finished up with dinner "Here Comes The Rain". It rained all night and yep "You Guessed It" the entire next day. Rain sounds so kewl when your in your tent sleeping. But, it is not kewl when you are breaking camp and repacking your backpacks "Everything Is Wet And Heavy"
We were up early, we had a long day ahead of us, especially in the rain
"12 Mile Day". We were meeting the south bound group on the north side of Pecks Ranch Conservation Area". Late afternoon, we arrived at our planned camp area. A very pretty area among large pine trees. Finally the rain let up, we built a warming campfire, had a great dinner and best of all we were together with good friends.
The next morning, we were in for a hard up hill hike over Stegall Mountain. Up and ready to go, We started hiking the switch backs up the side of "Stegall". Finally getting to the top and breaking for lunch, "Breath Taking View" You could see for miles. After lunch and a much needed break, we headed down the north side of "Stegall". While hiking down the switch backs we hear "Stop-Stop-Stop" on the trail a black bear had dug up a Ground Hornets nest with honey comb on the trail. Needless to say those Bee's were "MAD" Not only did a Bear dig their nest up, Here come seven hikers tromping through!
We stopped and came to a decision, to go ahead and hike through
"NOT A GOOD DECISION"
The first four of our group made it through successfully "Standing out of harms way telling us, come on they won't bother you" So now it was up to the tail end Charley's to make it through, Jim "Friend Of Ours", Chris And Myself. Just as Chris was going by the nest, those Bee's came flying out like bullets "They were all over Chris, like Bear on honey" "Pardon The Pun" Chris got stung 18 times, Jim got stung 3 times and I got stung 8 times "BIG OUCH"
We were all very lucky that none of us had an allergic reaction to the stings "All Was Good" We had a well stocked first aid kit. Enough of that kind of excitement for one day. When you have a 35-50lb. backpack strapped to your back, it's funny how fast you can run "Yippee"
That night we camped up the trail from Rocky Creek Falls "Beautiful" at Klepzig Mill, right a long Rocky Creek a very pretty area. We cooled our battle wounds down in the cold spring water, had a great dinner and camp fire.
Next morning, the sun was shinning and we were at it again, hiking north a lot of the trail on this section runs right along the Current River "Very Pretty".
We finished back at Powder Mill Campground mid-afternoon, loaded up our gear and headed into Van Buren, Mo. to the "Hawthorn Motel" for a hot shower, a couple of cold long necks "Ok A few More Than A Couple" and dinner at the Float Trip Diner for a great meal with good friends.
"Good Times - Great Friends"