Saturday, October 13, 2018

16 May 2018 Followed By Ducklings

I've never been followed by ducklings before.

I was caching at Ohio Northern University and headed toward a foot bridge over a small pond.

They followed me across the bridge.

I was surprised the duck parents weren't alarmed.

It was fun. It was a bright spot on a frustrating, late-afternoon visit to Hardin County. The ducks were much more fun than the geocaching.

Friday, October 12, 2018

14 May 2018 Wintergarden Woods

I was on my way to Indiana and wanted to stop for a walk. I had been to Wintergarden Woods near Bowling Green. I enjoyed my first visit and was happy for a return walk. Recent storms had taken a toll on the trails.

I worked my way through and enjoyed a stretch of trail with a nice variety of wildflowers.

The trail was underwater in a number of areas.

The ducks were happy.

The boardwalk was a welcome sight.

Eventually the woods opened up to the field and lots of lupines in bloom.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

13 May 2018 Trilliums

Maybe it's time to thin our trilliums.

12 May 2018 Wet Day at the Reservoir

We had plans for hiking today, but the weather was not cooperating. Instead of a long woods walk, we spent trail time near the Kinzua Reservoir with a few short walks on the small nature trails near the dam. We were able to avenge an early February DNF.

The wildflowers are quite diverse in a small stretch of woods.

By the time we were finished with our trail walk, Lizzie was soaked. Thankfully she is a happy bad weather dog.

Saturday, October 06, 2018

11 May 2018 Mingo Creek County Park

I was headed home and made a detour to Mingo Creek County Park in Washington County. Everywhere had that bright green glow of spring. I enjoyed a longer hike at the park with a few cache finds included.

10 May 2018 Virginia Streams

If I visit a location and don't find the cache, I generally don't return unless it is near home or a special area. I looked for a cache alongside a stream in near Fancy Gap in 2013. I didn't make the find, but enjoyed the area. I took nearly five years for a return visit, but it was worth the wait.

It's a tough walk back along a skinny overgrown fishing path, but it was worth the effort.

I was too late for most of the spring wildflowers, but the leaves were still there showing me past blossoms and the pinks were in bloom,

Ali suggested another cache in the area on a piece of private property. One of the benefits of geocaching has been caches granted permission for placement on private lands. It has allowed us a chance to see super places where we would never been able to explore. This family property along a stream was a great place to spend the early evening. There is no structure. It appears to be a place where the family gathers.

The chain across the entrance was anchored to a unique re-purposed fence post.

Painted rocks ringed the campfire.

The trail was dotted with clusters of bluettes and pinks.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

8 May 2018 Ancient Rock Sculptures

My after work journeys this evening took me Churchland. One of my stops was near a location which had these rocks placed overlooking the road.

If you step back far enough when sunset is near, they just may have a purpose....

or maybe not. :)