Wet Winter Hike

Wet Winter Hike on the Buckeye Trail Belle Valley Section
Crash site of the U.S.S. Shenandoah


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.

Wreckage Site Number 1
Low ceiling day on the Buckeye Trail Belle Valley Section
Spooky Buckeye Trail tree

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.

Trail under water

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.

Wolf Run State Park
Crossing under Interstate 77

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.

Big hill to climb
View from top of 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.

Ragan Chapel

Hiking Mill Creek Park

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.

Hiking

I was joined by Allison, and my sister-in-law and nephew, Colleen, and Anthony for our hike around Lake Glacier.

Mill Creek
Covered Bridge Mill Creek Park Youngstown OH
Lanternman's Mill
Owl on the Monkey Trails
The hike became interesting when we started the monkey trail. We saw this owl.
This is a spectacular 17 point buck! He would not pause for a good picture.
His lady friends were around the next curve in the trail.
Deep inside the park, the deer know they are safe from hunting. This is a zoom in, I wasn’t that close to the little one.
Too soon, we were crossing up my favorite bridge, the Parapet Bridge. I call it the Troll Bridge-can you imagine a troll sitting up residency here?

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!

Art Journal Challenge Marches On!

Two weeks of Catch up

I enjoyed this week, this is supposed to be “Magpies”. Which it is, just my interpretation of them

The next week was “It’s Beginning to Look alot Like Christmas”

It turns out that my “Look Like” was pretty minimal. 

Okay, deep breath! I’m almost done with this art journal! Tying a knot in the rope and hanging on!

Surviving NaBloPoMo

I did it! I survivied NaBloPoMo National Blog Post Month. I published a blog spot daily for 30 days.

This was supposed to kick start my writing. Sadly, it has not-yet. Many days I was searching for something I wanted to write about.

Um, EAGLE?

Here, the most interesting part of my day yesterday. I checked on the eagle nest that is about five miles from me. Mama Eagle wasn’t on the nest but just a few branches away.

This was with my old camera. I’m stoked to break out the new one and see improvements.

Peace out,  I’m heading to Virginia for the weekend 

to help get my mojo back!

Educate Myself

I have spare time on my hands these days. I know, WHAT? Who has that?

Nevertheless I do. It’s time to do something constructive with said time. When I look back on my spare time hiatus, I want to be able to say “that’s when I learned how to do THIS and THIS and THIS”.

Things to Learn

Learn how to use my eTrex 20. I’ve had it a year and don’t understand it yet.

Learn how to use all the features on my brand new Canon Powershot SX530. It just arrived yesterday and I haven’t powered it up yet.

Learn how to make a decent newsletter for my blog, send it out and get new subscribers.

Write for and develop BFE Food and Wine, my other blog.

Learn how to use Microsoft One Note.

Learn how to fix my bike. Upcoming project: replacing brakes!

Now I got to go, it’s time to start learning!

Barns

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…