Friday evening, October 24th, 2014, we camped at Bass Resort in Steelville, Missouri. The park campground was mostly empty except for a group of mountain bikers preparing for a race Saturday morning. This left us with the choice of several great campsites. We opted for a spot right on the water.
Breakfast and coffee over an open fire is the perfect way to kickoff our trip.
After a short drive to Buford Mountain (about 8 miles outside of Ironton, Missouri) we were ready to start our hike.
We began at approximately 900 feet above sea level and quickly hiked to 1700 feet. Uphill with a fully loaded pack will quickly show if your boots need to be adjusted. That is what is happening here. A little moleskin and duct-tape to stay off blisters and hot spots.
Camaraderie and goofiness seem to go hand-in-hand when this group gets together. Matt crouched down to pose for a photo with Annie, his dog. But the combination of a less then sure footing and the weight of his pack took him all the way to the ground. He didn’t even skip a beat in turning the incident into a pterodactyl-like attack. Laughter is always not far during our adventures.
This is the peak of bald knob on Buford Mountain. Not a bad view.
Time to set up camp for the evening.
It was a beautiful sunset and we had the best seats.