Happy Sunday, my friends! Sorry for the delayed post, but I’m making up for it with lots and lots of pictures packed into this one.
Normally Sunday mornings mean pancakes, but we had bigger plans for the day and wanted to get in a quick breakfast so we could head out.
Two eggs on Babyface‘s bread with cheddar and tomato slices. Plus a little bit of plain yogurt with frozen blueberries, oats, sunflower kernels and almonds.
Then we packed up the Puppy and we were on the road. Puppyface loves having her own window in the new car.
And I love days in August where it is cool enough to drive with the windows down.
30 minutes later, we were here.
Where is here exactly? Here is Brown County State Park, the largest state park in Indiana and site of many of my childhood memories. This park is particularly known for how stupendously beautiful it is in Fall, but summer is great too. And, even though we live so close to it, I am a horrible Hoosier and have never taken my husband (who has lived here for almost 4 years). That changed today. Our plan was this little diddy:
It took us about 2 1/2 hours to do the 3.6 miles. Lots of stopping for human and puppy hydration. As well as ogling the beautiful sites. First stop was Hesitation Point.
Did a little interpretive center reading.
And butterfly photographing.
These butterflies did not care about anything except for getting their groceries from the thistle. Not even a photo op.
Moved on from Hesitation point to encounter the 145 stairs of doom.
Fortunately we were headed down them, not up. But then again, the almost athlete in me wanted to try going up them.
We crossed a lot of bridges over streams that were bone dry.
Puppyface was extremely happy to find this small puddle under one of the bridges. We try to make sure when we are hiking to go along water sources so she can go for a swim because her fur is so long and she gets so hot, but with the drought, almost everything was dried up. Her and this puddle made fast friends.
We pulled her out and ushered her along because we knew bigger and better bodies of water were to come. We didn’t know that a playground was to come. And swings. I see swings, I swing. What can I say?
We made it to a huge lake on the trail and let puppy swim for some time.
Shake it off.
Decided to dig into some of our trail food while the PF cooled off.
Had half a cashew butter and naner sandwich, while staring at this handsome devil.
Also crunched on a few apple slices with peanut butter, but not many.
Mostly I just wanted more water. Even though we had 1.5 liters in my hydration bag, it just wasn’t enough. We made sure to ration sips to have enough to get us through the hike.
Puppyface dried off in the sun for a bit and then her cute fluffy face told us it was time to head out to finish the loop.
Finish the last mile or so headed straight uphill. After all, with all of those stairs going down, you knew we had to go back up at some point. Got back to the car sweaty and jonesin’ for some A/C.
As soon as I sat down in the car I started feeling heinous. Nauseous, dizzy, generally uncomfortable. I knew I was dehydrated. I generally am anti-buying water in stores (I love my Earthlust bottle), but as soon as we hit the edge of town we stopped and picked up two liter bottles.
As you can see, ecstatic to have water. Downed almost all of that in the 10 minutes or so it took us to get back home. I always seem to get dehydrated on hikes. I thought for sure one 1.5 liter hydration pack would be enough for the two of us for a few hours, but obviously not. It wasn’t even that hot out! Might have to pick up a second hydration pack. Because I love mine (longer review of this particular pack to come in the near future).
I’m starting to feel much better with more water in my system. I’m going to go whip up some chicken rice soup using stock and meat from yesterday’s roast chicken. Happy Sunday, everyone!
Administrative note: I forgot to post my day four recap on the 20/40/60 Challenge on to yesterday’s dinner post. I’ve fixed it, so head on over there and check it out if the mood strikes you right.