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Clear Creek Indian Trails

This entry is a bit of a follow-up on yesterday’s A Snortin’ Good O’Meara O’Vencha Hike.

It turns out that the place we started our hike was at the intersection of two major Indian Trails.

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Saturday was another of the Columbus MetroParks Adventure Hikes with Parks Director John O’Meara.

With all the rain, I of course went with my completely waterproof feet.

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Saturday was another of the “Adventure Hikes” at Clear Creek Metro Park, led by their Executive Director, John O’Meara. He started them last year when he was training to climb Mt. Everest, and they were so popular that he has continued them this year.

They are fairly strenuous, with this one covering 12.3 miles in just under 5 hours (and that includes the stop at a scenic location and for lunch).

They also tend to make barefoot hiking a bit more of a challenge.

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Return to Beck’s Rocks

Last week I wrote about one of the organized hikes to Beck’s Rocks. On Saturday, Clear Creek Metro Park conducted another one. I debated with myself whether to go or not, thinking it might just be a boring repeat.

But there is always something new to see, and to photograph.

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Beck’s Rocks

Yesterday I participated (barefoot, of course), in a hike to Beck’s Rocks in Clear Creek Metro Park. It was part of their Metro 5-0 series, which allows older folks such as myself to visit some of the backcountry parts of the park at a (possibly) slower pace.

As others have noted, Beck’s Rocks is probably the prettiest and best remote location in the park.

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The Ball-Bearing Hike

Last year there were a bunch of hikes at Clear Creek Metro Park as their executive director, John O’Meara, trained for his attempt to scale Mt. Everest. They were so popular that he’s doing them again, even without the training incentive.

The first one of this season was on Saturday.

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Folks may recall that I did a bunch of training hikes over the winter. These were training hikes by John O’Meara, the Executive Director of the Columbus Metro Parks.

He was training to climb Mt. Everest.

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Every hike I do cannot be a major exploration of places I’ve never been to before. Sometimes it’s just nice to wander along familiar pathways.

And with spring busting out all over, there is plenty of discovery in that.

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Mt. Everest Send-Off

How about a respite from Statehouse stuff? I am sure ready for a change.

Saturday was the final training hike for John O’Meara, the Executive Director of the Columbus Metroparks. He’s heading off to climb Mt. Everest in two weeks.

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Starting the Year Off Right

The Columbus Metro Parks scheduled a New Year’s Day hike yesterday at Clear Creek.

Why not start the year off right?

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At the end of my last entry, Clear Creek Captured, I mentioned that on Saturday I’d be doing another of those 15-mile training hikes. I also noted that it would be in colder temperatures than I’d done it before, and that I’d bring footwear with me because, as I said, I May Be Crazy But I’m Not Stupid.

OK, I may be stupid after all.

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Yesterday Columbus Metro Parks had a short organized hike up to Memory Rock. One nice thing about Memory Rock (in rememberance of the property owners who donated much of the park land) is that it gives a nice view of a long stretch of the Clear Creek Valley.

The temperature was around 35°, which wasn’t too bad except we were also stopping to examine various evergreens in the park. In order to keep bare feet warm, it helps to keep moving and pumping warm blood through them.

Here’s a view of the topography with the park boundary marked in black:

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Rock On

Yesterday was another of the organized long hikes at Clear Creek Metro Park. You may recall that the Executive Director of the Metro Parks is Training for Mt. Everest. There were about 20 people on the hike. I was the only barefoot one.

The hike was about twelve and a half miles, with elevations changes of around 300 feet. It was also right at the start of the leaves changing color and, due to the constant 25 mile-an-hour wind, a lot of leaves on the ground.

Those leaves have both pluses and minuses.

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No, not me. The Executive Director of the Columbus Metroparks, John O’Meara, is planning on being part of a team from Columbus who will be scaling Mt. Everest.

He is doing some training for it at the Clear Creek Metro Park, which is part of the Hocking Hills. In addition, he made it one of their organized programs, so those of us who wanted to take a fairly rigorous hike were able to sign up to go along.

That hike was this past Saturday, and I was one of the participants (do I need to add, barefoot?).

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Feeling Appreciated

Yesterday I did a barefoot hike at Clear Creek Metro Park. Nothing special about it; I’ve done this particular hike quite a few times; it’s probably the longest hike one can do without repeating oneself. It is also quite soothing. Additionally, because yesterday was so hot and steamy, the trails were deserted and I did not see a single other person on my 6½ mile hike.

What is noteworthy is that at the end of the hike I picked up a park map. Not that I needed one. I know the trails pretty much like the back of my foot.

I picked up the map because it was a new map, recently redone . . .

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