Hiking Hocking Hills

One of the places the kid often raves about it Hocking Hills.  He’s been there quite a few times since moving to Columbus and he always has a great time.  With more than 10,000 acres of state parks there are a ton of things to see.

I was super excited when he took the day off of work on Friday and we headed there.

Hocking Hills

I didn’t bring trail shoes with me so I just wore a pair of regular running shoes.  It wasn’t too cold that day so a sweatshirt was all I needed.  Luckily I had brought my Columbia backpack on the plane with me and also, luckily, the kid offered to carry it after about 15 minutes.  Bonus!

Hocking Hills State Park has five separate sections: Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, Ash Cave, Cantwell Cliffs, and Rock House.  The only part we didn’t visit is Whispering Caves which is located on the Hemlock Bridge Trail and we didn’t have the time to do that one.

Old Mans Cave Old Man’s Cave is named for a hermit, Richard Rowe, who used to live there.  His family moved to the Ohio River Valley around 1796 from the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee.  Richard and his two hound dogs traveled through Ohio along the Scioto River in search of game. On one side trip up Salt Creek, he found the Hocking Region and he lived out his life in the area.  He is buried beneath the ledge of the main recess cave.

Old Man's Cave

We hiked through all of the trails in just over five hours.  In all I believe we walked a little over 12 miles.

hiking hocking hills

Some of the trails were a bit steep and the kid said that people die here almost every year.  We researched the park before heading out and were very careful while hiking and I cannot stress to you how important it is to pay attention.  We were extremely careful and still managed to trip a few times.

Hocking Hills Hocking HIlls

The trail markers were easy to follow and we never got lost which was a big fear of mine because typically I can’t find my way out of a hole.

top of the mountains

hocking hills

hiking

It got fairly warm later in the day and I switched into a lighter jacket.  The kid went with short sleeves but I was not that brave.  It’s still Ohio and this Florida girl was cold.

lake at hocking hills

The kid and I hiked around this entire lake, and I am here to tell you it was a lot longer than it said on the marker!  We didn’t mind but I don’t think anyone had hiked around it in a while.  There were some parts that were particularly muddy but we rallied.  The had stocked the lake with over a thousand rainbow trout the week before so there were some guys out fishing.  I was a little jealous when I saw two of them with a stringer of 9 fish!


hocking hills

hocking hills suspension bridge hocking hills gorge

It was so beautiful and I couldn’t help but take a thousand pictures.  Unfortunately, we had to take a break and delete some apps on my phone because I kept running out of space!

waterfall in hocking hills

waterfall

The water in Hocking Hills State Park is the most beautiful color you’ve ever seen due to the minerals in it.  You can’t swim at the waterfalls but they sure are spectacular to look at.

Hocking HIlls Waterfall

cliffs

The kid said that he has never gotten his friends to hike the entire thing so he was pretty stoked that I wanted to.  I wish we could have seen the last part but it was already 5:30 in the afternoon and we had to drive back to Columbus.  I told the kid the next time I visit we have to go back so I can cross it off my list.

I know, I know, I’m killing you with all the pictures but I couldn’t help myself.  It was just such an incredible place.

Here’s one last one because I just can’t help myself.

hocking hils water

There is a lot of walking up and down so if you’re not used to that it might be a bit hard to see all of the parks on your first visit.  The kid and I love to hike and we’re in pretty decent shape but we had some very sore calves the next day.

If you’re ever in Southeastern Ohio I highly recommend this place and in case you are a proud owner of a four legged friend, the park is pet friendly.  The next time I come, I’m bringing Hank.

When is the last time you went hiking and where did you go?

The weekend and what ruins your good run?

Good Morning!  I’m still trying to get motivated after a long weekend down in Nokomis, not that I ran, because I didn’t.  MacGyver and I worked in the yard for most of the day Friday and then I worked in the yard Saturday and Sunday because, let’s be honest, OCD.

Here are some of the results:

Nokomis Lawn

And also this little result, which happens to be a burn.  Let this be a lesson, if you have metal tiki torches with those little caps that go over them when you aren’t burning them, be careful with those damn caps.

burn

Freakin OUCH!

Yes, it hurts.

Guess what else hurts…my right butt cheek, right outer thigh and my right hamstring, hence not running.  I did manage to walk 3 miles on Saturday morning and I walked a few miles this morning but running is not happening.

If you’re wondering what happened, the best I can tell is at some point when I was doing all that yard work I stepped forward a bit too far and felt a little twinge of pain and it’s been hurting ever since.  It’s not real serious or anything but since I want to run a few marathons this winter and I really want to start seriously training again in August, I’ve decided to rest it for as long as I need to.

running and recovery

When MacGyver and I were in Nokomis, I was watching the news on Friday and saw that Snooty the manatee was having a huge party for his 69th birthday.  I considered going over there on the weekend  because Snooty is the coolest manatee ever and I love manatee’s.  After seeing the news this morning, I wish I had because apparently Snooty died on Sunday.

RIP Snooty

This makes me so sad.

Yesterday MacGyver went fishing and I decided to stay home.  After working in the yard a bit, I took a little break to watch some television.   I watched To The Bone on Netflix.

To The Bone

I have to admit that I wasn’t the slightest bit curious about it until I read the hype and the controversy but I will say if you have or have ever had a serious eating disorder, this may not be a film for you to see.  I could see how it would trigger bad behavior in some.  The film does warn you at the beginning that it could be a trigger but I also felt like there were parts of the movie that almost seem to glamorize eating disorders.  Maybe it’s just me, but that’s how it seemed to me.    I would say if you want to watch it, proceed with caution.

Did you see all of the hype surrounding a tweet that Ivanka Trump sent out like 4 years ago?  I feel kind of sorry for her, I mean, if you looked at all of my tweets, I’m pretty sure you’d find a hell of a lot of stupid things I’ve said from the last week much less 4 years ago.  That being said, this tweet cracked me up:

tweets

I was reading an article recently and it was about the things that you think about when you’re running and the writer said that she can be having a great run and a certain thing could happen and then completely ruin it for her.  In her case one of those things was having someone drive by and yell out a rude comment because she said that she just couldn’t stop thinking about why someone would say something so rude and that it ate away at her until she quit running.

I thought about what would make me stop if I was having a great run and for me, it happens if I start thinking about work and I remember that I forgot to do something for a client that I said I would do. I feel like I have to go get whatever it is done before I forget again and I can’t stop thinking about it and I know it will drive me crazy so I usually just run straight home to handle it.

 

This is why I do everything I can NOT to think about work when I’m out running because when I’m having a great run I feel invincible.

running man

What is the one thing that can ruin a good run for you?

Have you seen To The Bone?

It’s Prime day and FREE SLURPEE day!

Happy 7/11 day or as I like to call it, FREE SLURPEE DAY!  Yes, today is 7/11 and if you go to any 7/11 store today, you get a small slurpee for FREE.

free slurpee

Today is also Amazon Prime Day and if you’ve been thinking about the new Garmin Fenix 3 today may be the day to order one.  It’s 36% off if you have a prime account.  The deals actually started last night and there are some pretty good ones for runners, that’s why I probably won’t get anything done today.

The deals come every single hour!

shopping

 

I did get up this morning and walk five miles in Kapok Park, as always, it was beautiful.

Kapok Park

I’m not a very fast walker.  It takes me around 14 minutes to walk a mile, sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less.  When I walk a lot and I can get it down to around 12 and a half minutes but there is no way in hell I could ever walk as fast as Tom Bosworth.  He walked a 5:31:08 mile at the London Diamond League on July 6th.  And in case you’re wondering, yes, he actually broke the world record!

I watched the video yesterday and when I was walking this morning I thought about speeding up to see how fast I could go but I didn’t, however, there was one point when I looked down at my stats on runkeeper and saw this:

no way

What! WHaaaaaaaaaaaat?  Current pace what?  In my dreams!

That is so not accurate.  I ain’t gonna lie though, it sort of made me feel like Usain Bolt for a hot minute.  So there’s that.

Time’s a wasting, I’ve got some shopping to do.

Are you an Amazon Prime member?  Will you be shopping today?  Will you go out and get a slurpee?