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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.

Scarce O’Fat

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

I have really neglected this blog. Between my new job and finishing up some contract work, I am still finding time for riding and hiking, but I’ve had very little time to write about them.

So, here’s a hike we did back on October 24 — the Scarce O’Fat trail at Yellowwood State Forest. Our hike was nearly five miles, and the hike was harder than I remembered. But the leaves looked fantastic, and it was a great way to spend three hours in the woods with my wife. I don’t have much more commentary, but here are a map and some photos.


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Hiking the Pine Loop at Brown County State Park

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

After work on Friday, Sarah and I wanted to go for a hike. It had to be fairly short, to finish before dark — though we are thinking about doing a night hike sometime soon, we didn’t want to that night. So, we went out to Brown County State Park and hiked the newest mountain bike trail there, the Pine Loop. I took my DSLR to get some shots of this trail. It’s possibly the easiest trail there, but still has some climbing, and the whole thing has great flow. I figured it would make for a great hike as well, and it did.

We had had a lot of wind and rain in the past few days, and a lot of the leaves fell. Some still remained, and some trees were quite colorful, while others were completely bare.

Here is a map, and a few shots from our hike.


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The trail has a few cedar bridges, which are beautifully built and smell wonderful.

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