I hiked at Lake Hope State Park a few times in the last week, so I thought I’d combine my photos from those two hikes.
But first some deer.
Folks may have noticed that I haven’t really done any barefoot hikes since I got back from Out West. I did one organized hike at Clear Creek on the solstice (but didn’t blog it), and just the other day I did an urban walk around Newark, A Walk with the Currents. But that’s been it.
What’s going on?
The weather continues to be spring-like here in Central Ohio, so I’d be a fool not to take advantage of it. Yesterday I did around a 5-mile hike in 50° temperatures. It took me 3 hours, but I was doing a lot of bushwhacking (and stopping for photos).
Yesterday’s destination: Moonville Tunnel in Zaleski State Forest.
Yesterday I was back at Zaleski State Forest and did a 6-mile barefoot hike, with about a mile of bushwhacking. This time I was crossing back and forth over Hewitt Run, which is a tributary to Raccoon Creek. This also meant that I was on the seam between the area of the Zaleski Backpacking Trail and the northern edge of the Bridle Trails, so I spent time on both (and bushwhacked between the two). It was also a 90° day.
On Thursday I took another hike at Zaleski State Forest. This time I was in the southern part of the Forest, along the Bridle Trails that run near Raccoon Creek.
I’ve mentioned before that horses really tear up a trail, and what with the recent and frequent rains we’ve been having here in southeastern Ohio, the trails were pretty wet (and even moreso near the creek).
That meant a lot of mud.