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
What were the highlights of the hike?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- Sangbin made some trail mix using homemade pumpkin granola (made by my good friend Larissa!), almonds, and dried cranberries. It was so delicious!!
- 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.)
An overnight camping trip in two weeks!
A question for you: What are you doing for fun now that it’s officially fall?