Today, I was supposed to knock out three hikes and make up for some lost time. But, with the temperature in the single digits this morning when I started to head out, I thought I’d rather just curl up with a pot of coffee and get some busy work done. (Hiking in sub-zero temps may be OK with The Real Hiking Viking, but not for Cassie. Though I am enjoying watching his hike progress.) I was going to hike Shawnee Lookout today, but instead I’ll fill you in on some of the history of my second-favorite local park. Then next weekend, we’ll see how my lungs fare on its trails.
The lesson I learned from Hike 4: Not all trails are for me.
So. If you need oxygen when you hike, and you know you’ll need more than one tank for your hike, make sure you bring everything you need or your day is ruined.
This park is a great place to crank out some miles when you need to stretch your legs a bit. I just wouldn’t recommend getting in the water unless you are very confident in your immune system.
Look and you’ll see another tiny, quiet river town with a quaint historic district loaded with shops and locally owned businesses. Look closer and you’ll find layers of history hiding some real American heroes.
Along the river are a lot of those little blink-and-you-miss-them towns. You know the kind that have a sign saying, “Welcome,” then 10 feet later one saying “Thank you for visiting.” They’re charming, usually hiding some kind of gem – either a great locally-owned shop or restaurant, or someone with a great life story. One thing you can count on is they always have a story to tell.
Hocking Hills State Park has some moderately rugged trails, but there are still some suitable for members of the busted lung club. One of those is a short, out-and-back trail to Old Man’s Cave.
Long drives on quiet Sunday mornings come with big rewards. While I was hunting Underground Railroad locations in southern Ohio, I rediscovered a nondescript white house with ties to a Civil War general and former President. It was a reminder that no matter where you begin in life, you never know where you may end up.
I’m breaking my no-preview rule because I am just so gosh-darned excited for my summer adventures!
Looking for a day trip in Southwestern Ohio? There are seven covered bridges in about a 70-square-mile area, surrounded by picturesque scenery, great places to shop and good places to eat.