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Planning Your Next Adventure

Planning my adventure

For some of us, it is the winter season in the United States. If you are not a skier, this may be considered the “off season”.
This is a good time to start dreaming and plan your next adventure.

Brainstorm

Now is the time to write stuff down! Everything you can think of that you would like to do.  Take an art class? Ride a Ferris Wheel? White water rafting? Visit a new park or city? Bike tour? Run a race? Here’s a cool list or try this list for some ideas.

Big Adventures

Is this the year of big adventures? Will you travel to another country..or another state? Make a list of what NEW things you could encounter in a different town or city to try.

Small Adventures

Is this not the time for a big long epic wildlife safari? Then it’s micro adventure time.  But there still needs to be a bit of planning for these. Life does get in the way, let’s make sure adventure time happens too.

Life Moves Pretty Fast

 

My 2018 List

My 2018 is going to be split between hiking and biking. I want to log more miles on the Buckeye Trail, and I want to take several biking tours.
Our big vacation this year will be visit the Caribbean island of Grenada, where lots of adventure will occur.

I also have to look at my work schedule weekends. For example, the Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure 2018 occurs over my work weekend-scratch that possibility.

Ohio to Erie Trail

I meant to ride the Ohio to Erie Trail  this past fall. I let life get in the way. I am not going to let this happen again! I’m going to ride from Cincinnati to Cleveland, or vice versa. This will happen in the first six months of 2018!

Other bike tour possibilities: Erie Canalway Trail; Katy Trail 237 miles. Shorter, but farther away.

Other Outside the Comfort Zone Adventures

Polar Bear Plunge? Karaoke? Karaoke after a polar bear plunge?

Keep your List Handy

Keep your 2018 Adventure List out in the open where you can see it. Then it won’t be suddenly August and you haven’t clicked off any fun or maybe “not so fun” adventures off the list!

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Holiday Comfort Zone Challenge: Christmas Movies

Christmas Movie Challenge

I’ve been stuck in a rut with Christmas movies.  This means I  have not watched a new Christmas movie since “Home Alone” and “Die Hard”aka 40 years ago. I’ve never fully watched “Elf”, “A Christmas Story.” Or even National Lampoon’s “Holiday Vacation”.

Why Bah Humbug

Working retail, I kind of hate the Christmas season. It’s shoved down our  throats from Halloween on. If you only visit stores, your exposure is rather small. But spending ten hours in a store? You become rather immune, then rather allergic to the whole concept. You can’t wait for all the noise, all the fan fare, to just GO AWAY.

Challenge

Christmas Movies

My Holiday Challenge is “to watch a holiday movie or “special” that I haven’t seen, every day, until Christmas.” The impetus came from a flyer I picked up shopping at Kohls, which advertised a different holiday movie every day. I don’t plan on blogging on each one; maybe just a weekly recap, on what I watched, on what I thought, and my rating on the candy cane enjoyment factor.

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So, on Dancer! “On, Donner! On, Blitzen! On, Chewy! On, Tavo! C’mon, Becto” **

**Probably need to be old to understand this…

Buckeye Trail Miles: Belle Valley Points One to Five

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Taking November 24 off as a vacation day, I decided to Opt Outside and get more of the Buckeye Trail hiked. The Buckeye Trail wanders fairly close to where I live, so it will be easier for me than some folks to hike the BT.

 

My hike on Black Friday.

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My husband dropped me off at Point One on the Belle Valley Section. He was going to go do all his grocery shopping, then meet me at Point Five in Salt Fork State Park. (I wanted him to meet me before Point Five, as I’ve already hiked up that big hill numerous times, but oh well.)

 

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I found it interesting that Point One to Point Two are considered “off road” because it’s a private road that the BT is blazed up. Nope, it’s still a road that I hiked on.buckeyetrailhike

It was a quiet day in the country. About five cars passed me. Two loose dogs, but old boys, who didn’t leave their yards to woof at me. Sunny skies but windy.optoutsidehike

Points 1-3 were “new to me” as I hadn’t been in this area before. Ohio is a pretty state, even in our brown stage of fall. I enjoyed my solitary walk.

I’ve walked Point 4 to 6 before, so my last two miles were familiar. As I entered Salt Fork State Park, and started up the steep hill, here came my vehicle down the hill! Perfect timing, I don’t have to hike that hill!

5.2 more miles hiked,  about 1336 miles to go!

No NaBloPoMo this year for me or is there?

NaBloPoMo

 

It’s November! For bloggers and writers that means it’s NaBloPoMo  or National Blog Posting Month or National Novel Writing Month. That is where you either publish a blog post daily or commit to write your novel of 50,000 words by November 30.

I participated in NaBloPoMo last year. It’s not easy to do, especially when you go out of town. Of course, that’s where scheduling posts comes in handy.

NaBloPoMo 2016

One year I tried to do write 2000 words daily. I had an idea for a novel. Not an original idea. It turned how to be really stressful to find the time to just sit down and churn out some many words. So, since it was a hobby, I quit! Hobbies should not be stressful.

One point I have read about writing it, just do it. You need to establish a habit. The water won’t flow if you don’t open the spigot.

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Maybe I will commit to *just write* every day, whether it’s a draft blog post, or a snippet for a future article.

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Are you in for NaBloPoMo this year?

My Buckeye Trail Miles

Buckeye Trail Miles

 

I am going to hike the entire Buckeye Trail. Let’s put a date on it-that turns a dream into a goal.

“A dream written down with a date becomes a goal.”-Greg S. Reid

Let’s go with October 2020.

All the Buckeye Trail Maps

I bought ALL the Buckeye Trail section maps. I was dithering around trying to figure out what sections I would next reasonably get to-and then thought, oh just go for it, get them all!

Buckeye Trail Maps

Section Hiker

A section hiker is just what it sounds like. I will hike the trail in little parts. These little miles will end up being big miles over the next few years. 1440  miles is many miles to cover. There are less than twenty thru hikers of the Buckeye Trail-meaning hikers who walked the entire distance in one push.  I will be a section hiker.

Miles Completed

One rainy fall morning, I opened my maps and perused sections that I knew I had covered distance on.

What Counts

For my BT Section hike, I am counting all the BT miles I have covered on foot power. That would exclude car rides and bike rides*. This would include my former running career-hence why I have covered 100 100.5 miles of the Buckeye Trail already!

Mostof my miles completed  from my 2009 Burning River 100 Race that I DNF’d- did not finish the race.  I do remember seeing the blue blazes on many of the road miles in the Willoughby area.

Akron Section Completed

Akron Section-going over the map, I’ve completed it! Back in the day, I ran bunches on the Towpath Trail and in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

More Miles

I have covered about 12 miles in the Burr Oak State Park when I ran the inaugural Bobcat Trail Marathon. I have  4 miles on the Leesville Lake North and South where we have performed trail maintenance, and 7 miles on the Salt Fork section in Belle Valley. I picked up some more miles when we hiked on the last day of winter in the Seneca Lake area.  There was a few miles when we worked over at Piedmont Lake also. I hiked the loop around Lake Glendenning in 2017

Surprising Find

Buckeye Trail on my Road

 

The Buckeye Trail went by my former house. One road to our south, then on my old road, Jones Road,  up Breyenton Road. I don’t remember seeing a blue blaze on these roads.   Isn’t that funny? I have jogged down my road, to the end, so I am counting that 0.5 mile as closer to my completion of the BT.

Buckeye Trail Maps

 

*There has been an interesting proposal about recognition of  completion of the Buckeye Trail.  Randall Roberts, of the Crooked River Chapter, has a proposal where one could complete the Buckeye Trail by muscle power-whether that is on foot, bike, skating, skiing. The correct terminology would probably be “I completed a circuit Trip of the Buckeye Trail” vs a person who hiked, on foot as “I completed a circuit hike of the Buckeye Trail”.

Where am I on this? Undecided. If I add my *biking* miles on the Ohio to Erie Towpath, I gain more miles. I could also bike a bunch of miles this winter on the southeast Ohio road sections of the Buckeye Trail.

How many miles have you logged on the Buckeye Trail?

 

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Can You Eat Just One? National Chocolate Cupcake Day

National Chocolate Cupcake Day

I am not a big sweets eater. I would rather have pie over cake. Sometimes it’s just good to have a cupcake.

I am not a big baker. I wanted to bake cupcakes not buy them,

but didn’t want to go to much work. Perusing the baking aisle, I scored!

Chocolate cake mix

A cake package! With a small pan and cake mix and frosting! Where have these been?

Muffin or chocolate cupcake

Frosted Chocolate Cupcake

 

My husband finally said “are you going to EAT those sometime today?”

Happy National Chocolate Cupcake Day! I have you have one too!
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Step Out of Your Comfort Zone Go Mushroom Hunting

Go Mushroom Hunting

I have wanting to learn more about mushrooms and how to properly identify the edible ones. I found via the Wilderness Center that there was a mushroom hunting class to be held in Northern Ohio.

It has been a dry (about drought like conditions) in Ohio for the month of October. There was one night of rain, so we were hopeful that some mushrooms would pop up.

There were about 14 hopeful mushroom hunters that showed up at West Branch State Park. We went on a two hour slow hike, finding mushrooms and having Don King identify them for us.

The following four pictures are puffballs. I did not realize the same mushroom could look so different!

It was a beautiful afternoon to spend in the woods. In Ohio, most state parks permit mushroom hunting, but it is suggested you check out your own area to hunt.

Don brought along two other varieties that we did not find today. I don’t remember what the white mushroom is:

but this is chicken of the woods. This mushroom had a bright yellow underside. Chicken of the woods has either a yellow or a white underside.

More pictures from our hunt. Note, these are not edible at all, they just came out as cool pictures.

Don also cooked up a tasting of the mushrooms on a portable grill right at the park, but we left since we still had a good drive home.

Overall, my husband and I really enjoyed our mushroom hunt by Don King. He offers more mushroom hunts and even an overnight mushroom hunting weekend.

Interested in mushroom  hunting? Find a reputable hunter in your area. The internet is your friend here.You may have a mushroom society in your state. There could be mushroom hunting groups in your backyard!

Do you eat wild mushrooms? Do you have a mushroom identification book to recommend?

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