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…
Highly recommend the stop! If the donut shop is closed (they are only open to 1pm) there is also a chocolate shop and a pizza/chicken restaurant right on the trail!
We leave Hartville, heading into the countryside. The skies are still cloudy, but there is not much wind. The road does not have much hiking friendly berm to it.
We found it easier in spots to just hop off the road and hike in the fields. The fields could be pretty soggy after the rains.
I always like seeing the animals on the hikes. The cows didn’t really get up to say hello. The pigs seemed to be pretty content in their pen.
The skies did clear up a bit and we got to see blue skies for the rest of our hike.
This was a nice sign to see on the Buckeye Trail.
The Buckeye Trail crosses Interstate 77. We had less than five miles to get to our stopping point.
This was another handsome barn seen on trail today.
We did it! We made it over to Nemisila Reservoir. Just one last turn, and we’ll be back at the vehicle. The hike clocked in a bit long at 17 miles.
We stopped at Point 7 on the Massillon Section.
It was very nice hiking with Jerri and Karen. When hiking this section, I would recommend doing it off summer if possible. It was pleasant hiking in the open spaces today in November. I think this could be pretty hot and miserable with full sun on the asphalt road.
This is the reveal of my Project Love, restoration of my favorite Christmas ornaments, clothespin ornaments from the 70’s!
The Lumberjack He’s Okay Now
The Three Wise Men
After the two wise men went shopping
The three wise men are now all bearing gifts!
The Drummer has arms!
Robin Hood got a snazzy new bow
The golfer is reunited with his club
New Faces and Occupations
Introducing Doctor Smyth-a female doctor. That is her large laptop that she is carrying.
The medical staff
I made a homemade Rastafarian nut cracker years ago. I decided I needed a Rasta to join my Christmas group.
I decided to create a biker. I had to handcraft the bike. This was no easy task. It’s not the greatest, but hey, she got a custom bike!
Hula Girl Revised
Hula Girl was in good shape, there was no restoration needed for her. I decided to craft her a fish. While she may be wearing traditional hula wear, she’s also working on her doctoral degree in ichthyology (fish science) hence the fish.
Aren’t these cool? It was a bit more time consuming than I thought, but everyone has been repaired. It’s going to be a special Christmas tree this year with my clothespin Christmas ornaments!