A MARCH IN A MEADOW

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Today’s Hike

Location: Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park, Ohio

Arrival Time:  8:00am

Distance & Time: 8 miles in 4 hours

Number of blisters: Maria – 3 // Sangbin – 0

Wildlife Spotted: Bison, snake, blue jays, & other birds we couldn’t identify

Quick Thoughts:

What were the highlights of the hike?

  1. The bison – total surprise!!  Near the beginning of the trail, we turned a corner and right in front of us was a pasture with about 20 bison grazing in the early morning light – it was beautiful and I may have clapped my hands with delight upon seeing them. Unfortunately, they were pretty far away, and I didn’t have a telephoto lens with me. I took a few short video clips, but nothing too special.
  2. Seeing a young girl on a scooter react to a tiny snake (seriously – it was so small!!) Her reaction didn’t seem to be out of fear, but of surprise. The three adult women with her (and myself) had a good laugh.
  3.  Discovering a “round barn” horse track built in 1958. About half way through our hike, we noticed the structure and decided to check it out. There was a beautiful green space in the middle of the round covered track where we took a break and sat up against a tree. So relaxing – also was a good opportunity to put bandages on my blisters…

What was the most challenging part?

The final two miles of the hike. I realized early on that my boots did not fit me properly. Even though I’ve had them for several years, I’ve only worn them in the city and for short time periods. They pinched my toes and gave me blisters on my heels, I said, “I should have just worn sneakers!” about 20 times during the day… hindsight is 20/20.  We had intended to hike for much longer, but it wasn’t possible, so I was pretty bummed we had to cut the day short and deal with my feet problems.

What was the best part?

  1. Sangbin made some trail mix using homemade pumpkin granola (made by my good friend Larissa!), almonds, and dried cranberries. It was so delicious!!
  2. Taking a nap in the meadow under a tree listening to the sounds of the birds, bugs, and wind. The only thing missing was a hammock! (PS. I reallllllly want to buy this hammock from Anthropologie. So amazing.)

What’s next?

An overnight camping trip in two weeks!

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A question for you: What are you doing for fun now that it’s officially fall?

FARM VACATION

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Over Labor Day Weekend, I went to visit my friend Larissa at her farm house on the boarder of Indiana and Ohio. Growing up in the suburbs, I’ve always been interested in what it would be like to live in between cornfields instead of houses. A few years ago, another friend hosted me at their farm house and I had my first try at farm living. (Read about that experience)

Below is a quick list of what I admire about living in the country:

  • The fresh morning air. Larissa said she thinks it’s the dew. I wish there was some way I could replicate this feeling in my morning routine. Maybe some type of face spray/mist?? Only half kidding…
  • Eating local food. I have to admit, it was a little jarring  seeing two full chickens in her fridge only a few minutes after seeing a group of them roaming around outside.
  • The freedom to build and create. Larissa and her husband have about four acres of land where they grow corn and raise their chickens, roosters, homing pigeons, pheasants, and three dogs. Living where we are in the city, we don’t even have a place where we could grow tomatoes. I really respect people who are able to live off of their own land. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also so fun to be able to see that hard work actually grow!

KOLEDON DALLAS

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This is a portrait I took of my friend Koledon today.  I recently gave him my old film camera, so today we were practicing with it.  We took portraits in this stairwell because there’s a decent amount of natural light and it was too cold to take pictures outside.

 

Koledon is always so interesting to photograph because he interacts with the world so differently than most people.  This photo looks posed, but it’s not.  Koledon really carries all of this around with him and himself in this manner.

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Here’s a portrait I took of Koledon in 2012 with his grandmother, who he took care of until she died.  I did a story about him, which you can watch here,