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Rock Shelter Trail

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Sarah and I did another hike with my nephew, Avery. This time, we hiked the three-mile Rock Shelter Trail, a longer and more difficult trail than we have done with him in the past, and probably the longest hike he has done. Here’s a map.


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The hike started on a fire road, and went downhill for a while before turning to a narrow trail and descending more steeply. We taught Avery how to follow the blazes on the trail, and he turned it into a game to see how many blazes he could find.

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Once we reached the bottom of the ravine, the trail followed a creek, crossing it many times. We tried to catch some frogs, but they got away from us.

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Avery did, however, find part of an acorn — which is almost as exciting as a frog.

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After following the creek for a while, we reached the Rock Shelter. Avery scrambled up to the top and coronated himself King of the Forest.

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We hung out in the “Rock Shelter” for a while.

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I believe Avery and Sarah were singing a song in the following shot. In fact, I think the dog is singing, too.

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We sat to have a snack. Problem with that was, Rob was very interested in what we were eating, as can be seen here.

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We moved on, following the creek a little longer. Then, the trail climbed rather sharply, for a while. But everyone did very well, and no one complained.

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We passed a pond, and soon were on another fire road, on flatter ground.

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More songs were sung; I believe there was one that never ended, followed by (paradoxically) a few others. Maybe something about a leaky bucket.

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I loved this hike. It’s great to spend some quality time with my nephew; and as he gets older, there are more and more things we can do together.

On our way home, we stopped at the Musgrave Orchard to buy some fresh cider. Followed by dinner at mom’s house, and then pumpkin carving. It was a wonderful, full day.

Ogle Lake hike

Friday, October 16th, 2009

We had planned to do a hike with my family, but it ended up being 40 degrees and raining. I still wanted to hike, Sarah was willing to give it a shot, and my nephew, Avery, still wanted to hike as well. So it ended up being just the three of us. We headed out to Brown County State Park to hike around Ogle Lake.

A little background: Brown County State Park is a big tourist destination in the fall. People travel hundreds of miles to go to Brown County, see the leaves, camp/hike/bike/ride horses, fish, hunt, and shop in the nearby town of Nashville, Indiana. Nashville, and the state park, can get quite crowded sometimes, especially on fall weekends. It’s popular for a reason: it’s incredibly beautiful. But the crowds can be a bummer at times.

Being locals, we are fortunate that we get to see this beautiful area year round. And, we can head out there on a Wednesday evening if we feel so motivated. So, that’s exactly what we did. And on this weekday evening with chilly rain, the park was almost empty. Fortunately for us, the rain stopped about the time we started hiking.

I always enjoy spending time with Avery. He’s a great kid, and he reminds me of myself at his age. Conversation topics ranged from the reason for the change in seasons, how some people can curl their tongue while others can’t, mileage markers along the trail, beavers, fish, deer, etc.

And of course, I love hiking with my wife. And the dog, who fell into the water trying to drink at one point.

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On our way home, I stopped at a couple of the many vistas the park has to offer. It was nearly dark, and the hills were shrouded in fog. Beautiful. In the last shot, you can see the Hesitation Point mountain bike trail running across it.

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Ugh.

Friday, July 31st, 2009

My wife and I have taken turns being sick for nearly three weeks now. Here’s a rough sequence of events:

  • I caught some kind of stomach bug, possibly from drinking from a creek.
  • Sarah got a cold.
  • I got over my stomach bug.
  • Sarah almost got over her cold.
  • Sarah got strep throat.
  • Until a few days ago, I had not caught anything from Sarah. She complimented me on my Immune System of Steel.
  • The next day, I got sick (cold or strep throat or something).
  • Sarah got pink eye.

That brings us to today. I’m feeling better than I have the past couple of days, but still have a sore throat. Sarah’s still coughing a lot. Hopefully she can get over pink eye pretty quickly, and hopefully I can avoid catching it. Naturally, all of this is happening during the busiest time yet for my business.

We could use a break here. Geez.

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