On the way to Ash Cave

(166:  Looking up.)

After our train ride on Saturday we went to Hocking Hills State Park where we walked the 1/4 mile Ash Cave Gorge trail.  It’s an easy hike, the trail being wheel chair accessible.  One of the things I enjoyed most were the spots of fall color against the background of the gorge walls and the deep, dark green of the hemlocks that line the gorge.  There were not a lot of leaves and colors left after the winds that came with the rain earlier in the day, but there were still some browns and yellows here and there.

In other news…

The snow came down pretty heavily yesterday morning, but didn’t stick.  The ground is still much too warm for that.  Today is another of those gray and gloomy days, with some rain expected.  Temperatures will be back up into the 50’s tomorrow.  It should be a good weekend to finally finish my Winterize the Garden Project.

All aboard

(163:  All aboard!)

Home again, home again.  I had a most enjoyable weekend with my granddaughters and their parents, but it’s still good to be home.

(Nelsonville Train Depot)

On Saturday we met Emma, Maddy, and their parents at the depot of the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway to take a ride on their noon train to Haydenville.  Emma likes trains so we thought it would be a fun ride for her.  It was perfect for a 4-year-old in that it wasn’t a long ride and we were able to get off and spend a little time at Robbins Crossing, an 1840’s era Ohio village staffed with volunteers who dress in period costumes and take on some of the jobs of that era (such as blacksmithing).

(Inside one of the train cars.)

The weather wasn’t terribly cooperative.  The three-hour drive from our home to Nelsonville was through some pretty heavy rain.  Fortunately, it had mostly stopped by the time we arrived in Nelsonville.  It stayed cloudy, with the occasional sprinkle, for most of the day, but the sun did make an appearance later in the afternoon, when we took a short hike to Ash Cave to see the cave and the waterfall.  In the case of the waterfall, the rain was a good thing.  I’ll be posting some photos of the waterfall and cave in future posts.

It was a fun day.  Emma certainly seemed to enjoy it.  I’m making plans to go back to the Hocking Hills area again in the spring.  We’ll rent a cabin and invite Emma, Maddy, and their parents to spend the weekend with us.  It has been a while since we hiked around that area and I’m looking forward to exploring it some more as well as spending more time with our family.