Thank you so much for being so supportive during my little hiatus. It opened up just enough free time in my schedule for me to check off some big ‘uns on my to-do list, and now I feel like I have a much better grasp on life. I even managed to seriously kick some ass on my school work on Saturday which left yesterday open to do a little bit of playing. Considering it was Earth Day, we figured it was only fitting we headed out and explored this awesome planet of ours.
We’ve been a little…obsessed…with discovering cool hikes in and around our area (all hopefully leading up to a thru hike of the Knobstone Trail). After a flipping through a few guidebooks, we decided to hit up Yellowwood State Forest, which is about 10 minutes outside of Bloomington and do the Scarce O’ Fat trail—named by the settlers of the area who thought growing food was particularly hard on the rocky hillsides. It was marked as a 4-1/2 mile, strenuous hike. Usually we’d like to do a bit more on day hikes, but we wanted to bring along the Puppyface and thanks to her bum hip, she doesn’t like doing much more than a few hours out on the trails.
I’m not sure I would call the hike “strenuous” really, but it was a nice little jaunt up-and-down the ravines of Southern Indiana. It also ran alongside the Tecumseh Trail for a bit, a 50 mile trail that we’d love to thru-hike in the future. They also run a marathon on it!
I love going on hikes close-to-home because it helps remind me just how beautiful and incredible the place we live is. I get so wrapped up in my to do list, Facebook, my blog, TV, work, and life that I tend to forget to just be mindful of the gift I have in this beautiful landscape. I feel so fortunate to get to live where I do. I know a lot of folks think Indiana is a flat, boring place, but I promise, that couldn’t be further from the truth (well, at least for Southern Indiana).
I’ve been a fan of Yellowwood since back in college when I used to drive over on nice days, pop a squat on the dam of Yellowwood Lake and study my heart out without being disturbed. No studying this time (I did that on Saturday!) but we did eat a nice little picnic lunch up on the dam.
I have an interesting idea for a hiking challenge for the rest of the year, but I’m not sure I’m ready to fully commit to another item on my plate. We’ll see. For now, I’ll just enjoy these little spontaneous treks through our part of the country.
Happy Monday, friends!
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