Backpacking at Raccoon Creek State Park (PA) 8/9-8/10

I had been begging Emma to go on some sort of camping trip with me all summer. I was very happy when she told me she’d like to try backpacking for a night! She doesn’t have any of her own equipment so in order for this to be possible she borrowed Jeff’s backpack and sleepingContinue reading “Backpacking at Raccoon Creek State Park (PA) 8/9-8/10”

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site 8/3/18

I stopped at this NHS on my way home to Columbus coming from Dallas PA. My main motivation for stopping here was because I purchased a National Parks Passport that I can get stamped and I have yet to use it since the day I bought it. This post is more of a picture dumpContinue reading “Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site 8/3/18”

Ricketts Glen State Park (PA), Falls Trail 8/2/18

This state park was thirty minutes away from my friend Emily’s college house. I drove through it on the way there and wanted to go really bad. Emily, Michaela and I planned to hike the falls trail and we thought we would be going about seven miles. Instead we only ended up hiking three milesContinue reading “Ricketts Glen State Park (PA), Falls Trail 8/2/18”

Frances Slocum State Park (PA), Lake Shore Trail

Yesterday I drove to see my two childhood best friends Emily and Michaela at Emily’s college lake house on Harvey’s Lake. After checking out Misercordia University where Emily goes to school we decided to go on a small hike at a close by state park. We went to Frances Slocum State Park and decided toContinue reading “Frances Slocum State Park (PA), Lake Shore Trail”

Pickerington Ponds Metro Park

I visited this park immediately after Blacklick woods since they are in the same area. They were about a 15 minute drive apart. The park has several areas that are just for viewing different wildlife and birds. There were provided telescopes but my phone camera can’t zoom in enough to get a good picture. TheContinue reading “Pickerington Ponds Metro Park”

Walnut Woods Metro Park 7/23/18

This morning I picked up Diana at 8:30 and we drove about 30 minutes to walnut woods metro park despite my many wrong turns. We parked at the buckeye area and started our day on the buckeye trail. Diana has never hiked before but she walks really far all the time so I was excitedContinue reading “Walnut Woods Metro Park 7/23/18”

Prairie Oaks Metro Park 6/20

Visited this metro park for an afternoon hike with Ashley. The lakes were really pretty, wish we had a kayak or paddle board to enjoy them more. The water levels in Big Darby creek were high but it looks like a nice river to kayak down as well. Big Darby Creek Bridge over the creekContinue reading “Prairie Oaks Metro Park 6/20”

Homestead and Heritage Trail Metro Park 6/19

Visited these two parks alone today for some quiet reading time in my hammock. Homestead is a quiet and small little park, it would be really nice to have a wedding or special event at. The field of wild flowers and my secluded hammock spot was my favorite part. I just drove through the heritageContinue reading “Homestead and Heritage Trail Metro Park 6/19”

Clear Creek Metro Park 5/1/18

Today Jeff and I visited Clear Creek Metro Park which is the farthest one from Columbus. It is an hour drive and it’s almost right next to hocking hills. We hiked from one end of the park to the other and walked back on the main road next to the creek for a total ofContinue reading “Clear Creek Metro Park 5/1/18”

Scioto Grove Metro Park

Today Jeff and I went to Scioto Grove Metro Park and hiked about 5 miles around the perimeter of the park. The REI river trail is really pretty and we want to come back and camp one day to test out our backpacking gear even though it’s a really small park! REI made the riverContinue reading “Scioto Grove Metro Park”