April 2013

Forest 44 is mostly a place for horseback riding, but there's hiking to be had. It appears to be run almost exclusively for riders, and for the horse boarding businesses in the area:

. . .

This March and April, I've been running into burnt stuff everywhere, or so it seems. On Good Friday, I walked back to one of the backpacking camps at Hawn State Park. I'd (surprisingly) never spent any time there, so I thought it would be a good spot for lunch. A couple of days later, it looked like the DNR was fixing to set a controlled burn at St. Francois State Park.

So I wasn't particularly surprised when I walked up on this at Forest 44: . . .