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Adventuring 2020

Adventuring 2020

It’s time to start drawing up plans and dreams for 2020! What new activity would you like to try?

WHY NOT???

Some Plans for 2020

I have small plans and big plans. Some are occurring on set dates, others are wide open to time frames.

Bike Route north of Steubenville

This is a 26 mile route. This would be good to ride to get out of my comfort zone and off the rail trail.

Ride with GPS image

Erie to Pittsburgh Route

It’s not that far. I don’t think I would do it as a loop. If I did it as a loop, I would do something like this route and take different roads. That is some hilly country in western Pennsylvania.

 

Ride with GPS image

Rockstar Virginia Race

270 mile race in Virginia. The date changed from April 18 to May 2. I’m already signed up for the Outrun 24 Hour Race. Since I paid the registration fee for the footrace, I will probably be sticking to that event.

Outrun 24 Hour Race

This is a timed event, a one mile loop May 2.  I plan on walking a 50K. I would like to complete 50 miles in 24 hours. I need to start walking more to train for this!

Wabash Cannonball Trail

I found out about this rail trail in my program planning for  Buckeye Trailfest 2019. I’m planning on biking this in the spring in time for the bird migration.

wabash cannonball map

 

Winter Camping

There is a winter camp out sponsored by the Buckeye Trail January 11. I have not decided yet whether I will attend. I have never winter camped-so why not? (I suppose I could also go do this at Salt Fork State Park closer to home.)

Biking the Buckeye Trail

50 percent of the Buckeye Trail is on roads. I mapped out the first 200 miles of the BT on the Ride with GPS app, from Lake Erie to Salt Fork State Park. This is looking extremely do-able. I could start at Lake Erie and  bike home.

Buckeye Trail Map

Allegheny Mountain Loop

This is the BHAG. I don’t know if I will be in good enough shape to bike it this year.

The Allegheny Mountains Loop is a 400-mile bicycle route created and mapped by the ACA. The route begins and ends at Virginia Tech’s War Memorial Chapel in Blacksburg, VA. A “Grand Depart” of Individual Time Trials is proposed each year on the last Friday in APRIL at 6:00am EST.

These are just some of my plans.  When you declare your goals out loud-or on a blog post-you are far more likely to go out and do them.

Ohiopyle is Just Fine in the Off Season!

Back from a week end in Ohiopyle Pennsylvania!

 

What kind of name is “Ohiopyle”?

Ohiopyle is derived from “ohiopehhla” meaning white frothy water.  This certainly is an apt name in this area!

Things to Do When not White Water Rafting

Laurel Highland Hiking Trail

OP has great white water rafting opportunities. But even in the off season, there are plenty of activities to pursue.

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

Laurel Highlands PA

The LHHT is 71 miles long. There are shelters along the way for over night stays. It is a simply beautiful trail. It is marked with yellow blazes-you can’t get lost-and concrete markers to tell you where you are (or how far you have to go!)

Beam Rocks Laurel Highland Trail

Waterfalls

You can hike to waterfalls around OP. Cucumber Falls is the easiest, because you can drive to it, it’s just down the steps.

Cucumber Falls Ohiopyle

Biking

OP is a convenient town if you are on the Great Allegheny Passage. The bike trail is far less busy in the off season!

 

 

American Eagle Day

Today is American Eagle Day!

American Eagle Day

National Bird

June 20 marks the anniversary of the bald eagle being selected as the USA national emblem on June 20, 1782 by the Second Continental Congress. (Didn’t they have anything better to do than decide on a national emblem?)

The Bald Eagle is both the national bird and the national animal of the United States of America and appears on its Seal.

Eagle

Endangered No More

July 12, 1995, the species was removed from the U.S. Federal Government’s List of Endangered Species and transferred to the List of Threatened Species. In June 2007, it was withdrawn from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in the Lower 48 States.

They’ve made an amazing comeback from an estimated 417 nesting pairs in the early 60s to over 15,000 pairs today!

Eagle

I am fortunate to have a bald eagle nest just about five miles from my house. It has been cool to stop by there every week or so to check on the nest and the baby eaglet.Close up of Eagle in Nest

Celebrate our national bird! If you don’t have an eagle nest to peer into, check out the live eagle cams on the American Eagle Foundation page.

Celebrate National Trails Day

Celebrate National Trails Day

National Trails Day

What is National Trails Day?

Held on the first Saturday of June, National Trails Day is a nationwide coordinated event promoted by the American Hiking Society and the trails community to connect more people to trails.  All trails hold adventure and it is up to YOU to unlock the magic that can be found on a trail.

National Trails Day
Find a New Trail

I’ve said it before, two of my favorite words are “New Trail”. This is a good day to explore a new trail. Drive to that trail head you’ve passed a million times and discover what’s beyond that little green tunnel.

Take a New Trail Partner With You

By concentrating on a single National Trails Day, it is hoped to attract new trail users. Do you have a friend who might want to go for a hike?  Call them up and take them with you. It doesn’t have to be an epic climb to Machu  Picchu!  Machu Picchu National Trails DayGo for a little walk around the local metropark!

National Trails Day

Get Outside!

 

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Summer Bucket List

It’s coming, it’s coming! Summer is coming soon, are you ready?

Summer Bucket list

 

How will  you celebrate summer this year? What is going to make your head snap up in late August and you realize you did not get around to do?

Why not make a list and check things off?  Print your list off, post it on the frig or bulletin board, and see how many activities you can incorporate into  your summer living. Why not try something new, outside your comfort zone?

My Summer Bucket List

go swimming

Stand up paddle board (you can rent these at many state park locations for an hour or two)

eat an ice cream sundae

Go fishing

Slack line

Set up  a hammock

Hike

visit a farmer market

visit a local garden

Plant a few tomatoes even in a pot for summer flavor

Eat some sweet corn

Hang your clothes on a clothes line

Watch a baseball game live. It doesn’t have to be Major League. Watch T-ball or watch senior citizens play ball, it’s really worth it!

Play frisbee

Make a fire and have some s’mores

Fly a kite-get one at the Dollar Store!

Get out and watch fireworks around the 4th of July. This year, I’m going to make the effort to go “to town” to watch

Observe the total sun eclipse August 21 2017

Ride your Bike somewhere

Go to the county fair or other local state celebration

What are you going to do this glorious summer?

Buckeye Blitz! Belle Valley Miles

Buckeye Blitz

Buckeye Blitz

What’s the Buckeye Blitz?

The BT Blitz is based around the idea of getting our trail users out to enjoy the BT during this event, but we added a twist to the celebration. We challenge our trail users to do maintenance of any kind while they are out. Our goal is to maintain the WHOLE BT during the event! The Buckeye Blitz runs from May 28 through June 3, which is National Trails Day.

Who’s Buckeye Blitzin?

I crack myself up. I created good old Blitzin while hiking the Buckeye Trail at Salt Fork State Park. This is in the Belle Valley Section, Points 5-6.

The Original Blitzin

I left very early in the morning, it is only about twenty minutes to the trail for me. I have run/powerhiked this section, years ago, and I remember it has several good climbs!

I took the loppers. I wanted to see how I remembered this section. There was quite a bit of overgrowth around blazed tree, and I tried to make the the blazes stand out.

Blitz

This section is very wet right now, considering we have had several big thunderstorms in the last several days. Generally, this is a pretty dry section, but I do remember there are a few feet that are just kind of wet and mushy.

Turtle Buckeye Blitz

Turtle Buckeye Blitz

The turn into the woods from Park Road 55 is very well blazed.

road turn buckeye blitz

I walked about seven miles of trail in just under four hours, there is four hours of Buckeye Trail Time for the Blitz!

Buckeye Blitz

Buckeye Blitz

Buckeye Blitz Begins Sunday

Buckeye Trail BlitzBuckeye Trail Blitz Begins Sunday

The Buckeye Trail Blitz is an event that coincides with National Trails Day on June 3 an event that is sponsored by the American Hiking Society and motivates hundreds of thousands of people to get out and enjoy their local trail system.

The Buckeye Blitz Twist:

From the BTA Website: The Buckeye Trail Blitz  is based around the idea of getting our trail users out to enjoy the BT during this event, but we added a twist to the celebration. We challenge our trail users to do maintenance of any kind while they are out. Our goal is to maintain the WHOLE BT during the event. As BT users, this is a great opportunity for us all to chip in and make certain that the trail is clear for our hikers and gives you the opportunity to report any major issues on the trail that may need the attention of our Buckeye Trail Crew members.”

Going for the Full Week

Instead of just focusing on Saturday June 3rd, the Buckeye Blitz is the full week leading up to National Trails Day. Everyone is encouraged to get out on the Buckeye Trail and do a bit of maintenance.  Pick up trash, bring a set of pruners or loppers and cut back vegetation.  Want to join a BTA work party on June 3-4? There are at least two scheduled, check out the work schedule here.

Get Out on the Trail!

Off work Monday? Get out and celebrate on the Buckeye Trail! Do a little maintenance and let the BTA know about it! We want to log and celebrate our volunteer hours.

What am I Doing?

Shucks, we just finished clearing Leesville North and South Section in the Muskingum Lake District on April 27!

We should have waited two days, we could have logged those hours into The Blitz! Oh well, the work schedule worked out, with four of us working, we were able to take care of at least  8 downed trees on two sections in about five hours-thanks Nick, Steve and Dennis!

I think I am going to do a little hike on the Trail on the Salt Fork State Park section, bring my loppers and see if there is any pruning that needs to be done out there. I hope to see some hikers along the way!