149: A walk on the Buckeye TrailPosted: February 19, 2011 Filed under: 365 Life in the Bogs Challenge, Earth, goals, Healthful Living Plan, hiking, home, music, nature, Photography, snow, Spirit, Walking, wandering, water, weather, winter, yoga | Tags: Buckeye Trail, Hiking, Mountain Stage, music, postaday2011, winter, woods 26 Comments
It’s another gorgeous, sunny, blue-sky day here in the Bogs. It’s colder than it has been for the past few days. Around 35 degrees instead of 60. The wind is a-whipping, too. It spent most of the night making things shake, rattle, moan, creak, and whistle. I know because it was another relatively sleepless night for me. I hope this is not the start of an insomnia pattern.
M and I decided to go for a short hike on the portion of the Buckeye Trail that is just a few miles down the road from us. It’s a relatively sheltered area, the trees blocking the worst of the wind.
The thaw has worked on most of the trail but there were areas deep into the woods that were still mostly snow covered. Another side-effect of the thaw was water. There is one section of the trail covered with a goodly amount of water and we had to detour around it. That’s pretty common in the spring and during a winter thaw.
(Ferns enjoying the sunlight.)
I was surprised by the number of trees that have fallen since the last time we explored the trail. One area looks almost as though a tornado swept through, large trees piled on top of each other, some completely uprooted.
I took some photos of the piles of trees but it’s one of those instances where it’s hard to get a true idea of the size and scope of things. None were worth posting.
We found this very sizable wing along the trail back in the woods. I’m not sure what type of bird it’s from although the size makes me think it was a hawk. If any of you birders out there can identify it for me, I’d appreciate it.
(Feather caught in a tree further along the trail.)
It was a lively walk, meeting our objectives to get outside, enjoy the day, and get our heart rates up. It’s a trail we’ve hiked many times, yet it seems different every time we’re out there.
We met a man with a dog along the way. The dog looked like one of those types that is supposed to be mean, but it was a real sweetie (or “cupcake” as the man said).
Long-time visitors to my blog might recognize this bridge. It showed up here once as “the haunted bridge.” Of course it’s not really haunted. But it is a bridge I don’t care to cross because it’s been falling apart for years. The railings that used to be along the sides have now completely fallen off or been pushed off by vandals. I suspect it’s the former. It wouldn’t have taken much wind to knock them over. M keeps insisting that it’s solid, and he’s probably right. We haven’t fallen into the creek yet.
(Papery leaves in the sunlight.)
After our hike we drove over to look at the reservoir. Some of the Buckeye Trail we were on runs along the reservoir, but there are no clear views of it. Sometimes there are folks ice fishing out on the reservoir. With the thaw, I figured that would be pretty unlikely today. I was right. I did watch a large flock of geese come in for a landing. They were too far away for the photo to turn out well (I tried).
It’s Day 9 of my 10-day yoga challenge. I was not up at 6am but did do about 20 minutes of yoga this morning. I plan to continue beyond day 10.
Today’s music: We’re listening to Mountain Stage. When M and I lived in southern Ohio (where Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky meet), we used to occasionally go to Charleston, West Virginia to attend one of the live broadcasts. It was always fun and enjoyable.
Robin, nice photos. I am partial to the up close papery leaf one, love the sun coming through it. Keep up the Yoga, that is awesome!
Thank you, Martina. I like that one too. 🙂
Robin, you made today’s post even more interesting than it already was by referring back to your previous post of your hike along Buckeye Trail!
You can certainly spot the differences now with the haunted bridge, mostly that the rails seems to have fallen off completely. The greenish tinge of colour this year makes me think it was also mossy this time around, so could have been quite slippery to walk on.
I’ll bet you were happy to spot some foliage greenery! 🙂
Thanks, Joanne. 🙂
Looking for the previous post, I was surprised to find it had been that long ago since I last took a photo of the bridge. Perhaps there wasn’t much change to it last year. Or I hiked without the camera, something I do occasionally when I’m just out for the exercise and it’s a place we visit often.
And yes, it was wonderful to see the greenery. 😀
Fabulous photos, Robin, as always! Looks like a great place to hike and enjoy the outdoors! You inspire to me learn how to use my camera better!
Thank you, Kathy. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with as you learn to use your camera. I bet it will be some great stuff. 🙂
As always I love all your photo’s but I really like the Deep in the Woods! Good job for keeping with the Yoga. I admire your stick to it attitude!
Thank you, Morgan. 🙂
I’m not always this good at sticking with things. That’s why it helps to blog about it. Keeps me accountable.
See, here I am again, and it’s tomorrow already – today,- type of thing!! Um, are you sure that bridge is ok? ‘M’s not over-insured you or anything? 😉
I love the photo’s of the trail, the trees look marshalled together and soldier like. “Attenshun”…and reaching for the sky wearing their ‘greeny helmets’… Totally wonderful views.. xPenx
I was already confused about what day it was from a previous comment, Pen. lol!
As for the bridge, I’m not a bit sure, but at least the fall isn’t far and the creek is usually shallow (it’s fairly deep now because of all the snow melt).
Thank you! 🙂
How nice for you to be able to walk without piles of snow! Since have neither snow shoes nor cross country skiis, I don’t think I’ll be able to do a walk in the woods for quite a long time! 😦
It might be sooner than you think, Karma. I noticed that once things started to really thaw, the snow was gone pretty quickly. Some of the huge piles are still sitting around melting, but the ground cover is mostly gone except in shady spots.
A hiking trail sounds wonderful and to have company on it sounds even better.
The pictures look fantastic!
Since I’m having sleepless nights, I think I’ll commit to doing daily Qigong and fit it in when I’m feeling like I need it most. Great idea, Robin.
Thank you, Marianne. I’m glad the Qigong has been going well for you. 🙂
Magical bridge shots and oh, love those dizzying trees!
Thanks, LadyFi. 🙂
I love the sun streaming in through the trees and the leaves – something we could use here today (the snow is returning). That bridge looks pretty scary… I don’t know if I would have the courage to cross it at all!!
Thank you, Holly. 🙂
The snow arrived here late yesterday. Freezing rain, sleet, and snow today. The thaw is over…*sigh*
Nearly impossible to identify from just a wing. Could be a hawk much like my own resident Sharpie, but it could also be an owl. Several varieties of both have those wing barring patterns.
Thanks, Christina, for giving it a try. I figured it would be difficult from just a wing, but I thought someone might see something I missed.
Your pictures are gorgeous. Just makes me want to get out there and walk. Instead, I have to go to work tomorrow!! Hey Ho am off to Canada on Saturday, can’t wait!
Thank you, Lynne. 🙂
Enjoy Nova Scotia!
Loved the walk. Pat Bean
So glad you enjoyed it, Pat. 🙂
Wow, those are some tall pines. I bet they make telephone poles out of them.
They probably do, Preston. They are certainly long and straight and tall enough to be turned into telephone poles.