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Archive for July, 2006

So much adventuring …

Sunday, July 30th, 2006

Sarah and I have been doing a ton of adventuring lately. I’m glad we finally got this weblog set up. By which I mean, I’ve been talking about doing it for a while, and tonight Sarah did it. I don’t know why I didn’t do it myself!

Anyway, hopefully I can post some things about previous outings, but for now, I’m going to focus on today. I told Sarah I didn’t want to do something too insane this weekend. Well, it didn’t work out that way. I had decided to go on a bike ride, and Sarah wasn’t sure if she wanted to go. In the end, she decided to join me, somewhat begrudgingly in part due to the fact that it was over 90 degrees outside.

We did our usual ride, on the path along the tracks near our apartment, then to the woods in my old neighborhood. This is at the end of the street I grew up on, so the woods feel a lot like “my woods,” and I’m very familiar with them. It feels great to be able to go back there again.

By the time we got there, we were both already pretty tired and sweating like crazy. There were some kids playing frisbee by the entrance to the woods, and as we passed, they told Sarah they had seen a bear go into the woods — riiiiight. Shortly after we got into the woods, we had a bit of an argument and I ended up going on ahead. I went back to the pond and relaxed for a minute and got out my camera. Sarah caught up with me a couple of minutes later.

Here’s the pond:

We took it easy for a few minutes, and then went further back in the woods, towards the creek. The path between the pond and the creek (I realize I need to name the pond, creek, trails, etc., so I have a way to reference them) has gone downhill a lot since I last lived in Bloomington. It has eroded significantly, leaving a lot of exposed roots. There are also a lot of fallen branches and trees across the trail. These factors combined make it difficult, if not impossible, to ride a bike there. We ditched the bikes and hit the trail on foot.

The bikes:

Not too long after that, we made it to the creek. This requires going to the bottom of one ravine and back up, and the creek is at the bottom of the next ravine. It’s not too bad, but pretty tiring, especially given the heat. We followed the creek bed a bit, finding some geodes along the way. I broke a couple of them open for Sarah, and really wore myself out trying to break some others that were just too hard.

Here’s a small part of the creek bed and some trees:
Creek bed and trees

And some tree silhouettes:
Tree Silhouettes

After that, we headed back toward the bikes. We got there and drank some water and chilled for a few, after which I rode on a couple more trails while Sarah rested. I rode to where the trail meets some unknown gravel road — I need to follow the road sometime and see where it goes — and went back.

We hadn’t really brought enough water with us, so we had to conserve. We started to head back and made a stop at a park to rest and use the water fountain. Then we rode home. All in all, it was a great trip, if exhausting.

I’ve started trying to make some maps of the trails back in those woods. I haven’t gotten too far yet, but that will be a fun project. I also want to put some geocaches back there.

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