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!
Barns is my art journal prompt for this week. I was searching my computer for a barn picture when I realized how many barn photos I have! Today’s post will mainly be a photo compilation of barns I’ve run by over the years!
The barn above no longer exists. I’m glad I took a pic of it!
The metal barn behind the daffodil is one of my barns.
View above is from our wooden horse barn from years ago. This view has really changed over the years.
I almost didn’t spot this barn in the woods around me.
A bucolic Ohio summer
Mr Cow was very curious what I was doing on his backroad
The barn of many colors
Barn on a very rainy day.
Barn on the next road over.
It’s amazing how a coat of paint spruces up a barn!
Now I have noticed how many bridges photos I have..that might be coming soon…