123: Toughening up

(Back at The Blue Wall.)

I think yesterday’s adventures toughened me up.  When I went out for my walk today, it didn’t feel so bad.  But I’ll get to that in a little while.  Let’s go back to The Blue Wall first.  (If you missed the first part of the hike to The Blue Wall, scroll down or click here.)

It almost makes me shiver just looking at it.  One more and then we’ll walk over to the covered bridge.

When we finished at The Blue Wall we retraced our steps (easily done in the snow), climbed back up to the top of the ravine, and then headed back to the camp where we took a short break before walking down the road to the covered bridge.

(Unpaved road that leads to the camp and the covered bridge.)

Before stepping out into the road, our guide looked both ways in case one of these guys happened along:

(Horse, sled, and Amish man.)

That photo was taken on our way home and not on the road to the covered bridge.  In the directions we received, we were instructed to drive slowly once we reached the road the camp is on because there is a lot of horse and buggy traffic.  I was really hoping an Amish buggy or sled would come by, but it didn’t happen.  We saw the guy above on one of the major, paved roads.  If you look closely, you’ll notice there are no wheels.  That’s because it was a sled and not a buggy.

(The group making their way to the bridge.)

If you like covered bridges, Ashtabula County Ohio is a good place to visit.  There are 17 covered bridges in Ashtabula County.  The bridge we visited is one of them.

(Windsor Mills Bridge.)

The Windsor Mills bridge spans Phelps Creek.  It was built in 1867 and was renovated 2002-2004.  M and I went back so he could drive through it after we finished our hike.  Because he likes that sort of thing.  We thought about driving around to look for some of the other bridges but we were pretty tired from the early rising, the hiking, and the cold.  We’ll go back another time.

(Inside the Windsor Mills Bridge.)

We took a driving tour of covered bridges in southern Ohio a few years back.  Boy did we get lost on those back country roads!  Ohio is not particularly good at putting up street signs so it’s difficult, even with a map, to know where you are.  I have a feeling it isn’t much different in northeastern Ohio so it should be fun getting lost in Ashtabula County.  You never know what you might come across when you get lost.

For more information about Ashtabula County’s covered bridges, you can visit the Ashtabula County Ohio Covered Bridge Festival website.

Not so bad

That’s how I felt today when I stepped outside.  It was not so bad.  I must be getting used to the cold.  Toughening up.  Becoming a hardier winter soul.

(In the woods.)

The sunshine and blue sky helped.  It was also a little warmer, around 10°F.  It’s up to a balmy 14°F now.  We had some brief snow showers this morning.  Nothing much.  Just enough to freshen up the top of the snow cover.

(By the creek.)

I haven’t been back to the woods or the creek in a few days.  Maybe more than a few days.  It’s been either cold or icy, both conditions keeping me from making the trek.  As you can see in the above photo, it’s icing over.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen it completely frozen over.  It’ll be interesting to see if that small channel of running water is still there tomorrow.  It is expected to be near zero again tonight.

(Still flowing.)

The pond continues to drain, probably due to the pressure from the ice and snow on top.  I thought for sure the pond would be frozen over, but my foot broke right through the ice when I started to apply pressure by stepping on it.  Good thing I was prepared for that and didn’t put all of my weight down or I’d have come back with a wet foot.  My snow boots are not waterproof.  I’m loving these, in case you’re interested.

(At the back of the pond.)

It was, surprisingly, an enjoyable walk.  This is one of those days in which I am happy with my commitment to get outside every day.  Otherwise, I might have stayed indoors, thinking it was too cold, missing all the beauty that’s out there for us to enjoy today.

33 Comments on “123: Toughening up”

  1. photobyholly says:

    Your photos are once again (when are they not) breathtaking – especially that last one!! I love the covered bridge, too! Your walk yesterday inspired me – I figured that if someone else can brave these insane temperatures, then I could, too! I went out to the local nature center and got some shots – before my legs started to freeze! I’ll post them soon, hopefully tonight!

    • Robin says:

      Oh good, Holly! The temperatures are insane, that’s true, but it is so amazing what you can find out there if you’re brave enough to venture out. I’m looking forward to seeing what you found on your outdoor adventure. 😀

  2. Anna says:

    Wow-wee! Those are some awesome shots of some wicked icicles! Love the covered bridge and At the back of the pond photos. The pond image is magical! Yeah, I’ve been out in the biting cold too and there is always wonderful things to see. 🙂

  3. ybonesy says:

    Wow, wow, wow. Now going back to catch up on earlier installments of this story.

  4. Karma says:

    I was outside today with no coat on for a couple minutes – does that count? LOL!
    There’s something I love about “Still flowing”- it is very nicely composed, but I also get an abstract face from it too, maybe a muppet-type monster face, which appeals to me! (Guess I am kinda crazy!)

  5. Kel says:

    Robin I am so grateful that you get out and about in your winter wonderland to share your visual discoveries with us
    many bloggers in the northern hemisphere seem to hibernate inside during winter….but look what they are missing out on!

    • Robin says:

      It’s hard not to hibernate, Kel. Normally that’s what I do. I am so grateful that I was inspired to take on this outdoor commitment. Now I’m not missing out. 😀

  6. sherri says:

    So good to see they’ve preserved the covered bridge. I haven’t seen one except in photographs for years. The top image reminds me of the formations in a cave. There was a similar feel to one on another site I visit. Just beautiful.

  7. MN in my Rearview Mirror says:

    I really loved that last photo. It almost makes me want to brave the weather to see what there is to see here in MN-Almost…

  8. Kala says:

    Lovely quaint images of the covered bridge and the horses pulling the sled.

  9. Corina says:

    Beautiful, once again! I love the photos of the Blue Wall. I see not only blues in there but to me it looks like a bit of lavender, too. I also love that covered bridge. We don’t have a lot of those here. In fact, before moving to Oregon two years ago, I had never been through one!

  10. I’m still looking in awe of the top three photos, Robin. It’s mind boggling to see water freeze in such a way.

    Are there many Amish communities in Ohio? I don’t know a lot about the Amish, although I suspect they could be the original minimalists! What I have heard of their lifestyle fascinates me.

    Thank you again for the most amazing photos. 🙂

  11. penpusherpen says:

    Good to read you’re feeling fitter, Robin, and what a fantastic array of photo’s, Just loved the covered wooden bridges, I’ve seen them in American films but we don’t have any that I know of In Britain… (I think I remember one in the Beetlejuice film, Loved that film to bits!! )…anyway beside the point..
    The last Photo of the little tree, just standing there, ringed almost reverently by the larger unclothed ones, brought a lump to my throat. Very atmospheric.
    that’s my ‘finger’ exercises done for the day, thanks for the opportunity of walking with you Robin…xPenx

  12. starbear says:

    Loved the Hike, Robin. Thanks for all of the beautiful images, made me feel like I was there, that so cold blue snow and ice. I wimped out at -20 here. Stayed in and took inventory. 🙂

  13. Being a local tourist is such a good idea. I should do more of that in California.

  14. Love them all, the covered bridge is neat from the inside and I like the ‘still flowing’ water. The back porch with the shadows is really my favorite. Great captures.

  15. Marianne says:

    Robin, this is really great news! You must be very proud. I’m proud of you too. I’m doing a happy dance for you in my head.

  16. ladyfi says:

    Those icicles are amazing! I love them…

  17. […] I’ll never forget.  If interested, the posts with photos from that hike can be found here, here, and […]

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