Week 52 is here of my art journal challenge. This week prompt is “winter”. I was pleased with my color choices. It was driven by my “horses” picture. This is why I like to have my camera/phone with me always. It was great to capture these Amish horses on a cold bluebird winter day.
All pictures are mine. Living in Ohio there are many opportunities to take great winter photos.
Media used was paint, markers, stickers. Very happy to end my art journal challenge with this page. My wrap up post will be coming at the end of the month.
Picking a word to guide you through the year has become a popular activity. This can help ground you, allow you to focus, become your mantra for the days and weeks coming. I’ve been doing this for the last seven years. Sometimes the word works, sometimes it does not.
It has occurred to me that going forward, nothing is going to be the way it was in 2018. I am not employed by the same employer. I won’t drive to work the same route. My bedtime will be at a different time. I will be wearing different clothes. I may be living in a different house. Everything is going to change.
I even thought about using the word “different”, but it didn’t resonate. Then “build” occurs, which change goes along with.
Change is Hard
Change is hard but it’s exciting to embrace. While I don’t know what is around that curve in the road, it’s new to me.
Instead of being in the same old rut, I am facing new possibilities. I am looking forward to be refreshed in 2019. To be challenged. To do something different. To have new choices. To build new relationships, skills, experiences.
We started our hike at Point 22, in the Belle Valley Section of the Buckeye Trail. This is the one of the three crash sites of the dirigible U.S.S. Shenandoah, which broke up in a thunderstorm in 1925. Knowing where the other two crash sites are located, it’s amazing how far the broken airship traveled.
The first mile or two is on back country road. We then turned onto a wet slippery trail which was a bit hard to hike on. There had been two solid nights of rain in the last week in this area.
This led to some of the inlets around the lake to be underwater! We had to go a bit off piste rather than wade through the water.
Unfortunately, it did not matter. Well, we DID have a bridge. It didn’t help much. My husband was not amused at his wet feet.
After leaving Wolf Run State Park, it’s a quick walk through Belle Valley, crossing Interstate 77. Then we were back to country roads and a bit of a steep hill.
We knew we were close when we saw the church steeple in the distance-Ragan Chapel. It was a good day to hike, a bit chilly on the ridges, but the rain held off, a good day to #optoutside.
Saturday was our trail club annual holiday get together. Called URINEO, which stands for “Ultra Runner In North Eastern Ohio”, this is a tradition that has been going on since 2004 or 2005.
We have gotten brighter over the years. Gone are the waiting in the cold for other runners to finish, we now rent the Log Cabin for warm and companionship. It’s nice to be able to just hang out for the afternoon after running or hiking.
I was joined by Allison, and my sister-in-law and nephew, Colleen, and Anthony for our hike around Lake Glacier.
The rain obligingly held off until we were back at the Log Cabin for snacks. Mill Creek Park is a beautiful hidden gem in Youngstown. The park has added signage and distance to the trails to make it easy to “hike your own hike”. Come and opt outside at Mill Creek Park!