Well, it's finally cooled down again (after that weird 70s/80s heatwave last week) and deer season is winding down (gun ends the 10th, bow on the 15th, in my area.) We've still got small game til the end of February, but it's camping time again! On that note, Forestree and I are planning to spend a weekend in the Kisatchie Hills Wilderness Area, 23-24 Jan 2016. We will meet at the Caroline Dorman/Backbone Trail parking lot at 10am on Saturday, 23 Jan 16, and go in from there. All and sundry are invited, even you lot from Texas (seriously, you are good folks, and we'd love to have you, having imposed on your gatherings for a few years now). If you bring a gun, don't drink. If you bring a dog, it needs to behave, not bark all night, and be leashed if not voice trained. Not everyone loves dogs (I like them, but only with hot sauce). Wheeled carts are not allowed, in keeping with the area's legal "wilderness" designation. Children should also be well behaved and/or leashed. Forestree will have to comment on the legality of hunting and how it can/can't be done... I know for deer it's bow only there, but not sure about small game with a firearm or not. Speaking of children (and by association, old men, neither of whom seem to like walking very far), this won't be too difficult a trip. Forestree and I will probably both be spending Friday night at the Caroline Dorman/Backbone Trail parking lot. Some of you who went a few years ago may remember it. There is a vault toilet there, but little else aside from flat spots for tents and trees for hammocks. There is water about a mile down the road at the Longleaf Vista overlook center. I find it easier to just bring my own. In the morning, you can either take the Backbone Trail into the wilderness, or shorten your hike by about 1/2 mile by driving down to the Turpentine Trailhead and going in from there (my personal plan). The Turpentine eventually joins the Backbone and regardless of route, we will spend Saturday night in a flat bottomland on the Bayou Cypre (Cypress Bayou). There is water there, though it will need to be treated. Grid locations for those so inclined: Dorman/Backbone Trailhead parking lot: 31.477844, -93.018650, or MGRS 15R VQ 98228-82561 Turpentine Trailhead: 31.472832, -93.004677, or MGRS 15R VQ 99555-82005 Camp location, roughly: 31.493935, -92.984906 or MGRS 15R WQ 01433-84344 Directions from I-49: Get off at exit 119 onto Hwy 119. Go 5 miles south on 119 and turn R on Parish Road 830. Follow it for 4 miles and make a left on Parish Road 329. The parking lot is visible as soon as you turn (or if you miss the turn), and is on the right/West side of the road. You will have passed the Longleaf Vista overlook and the Turpentine Trailhead on the way in. If you come in off LA 117 from either Leesville or Provencal/Natchitoches, it's 13.2 miles from the Forest Service work center down Parish Road 830 to the trailhead. Forestree and I each have a "silent friend" who is an invisible member of the forum, and as far as I know, both of them are coming... so that's 4 of us.