Last night, I revisited a trail I’ve hiked countless times. While it’s a heavily populated tourist area here in the Hocking Hills, most of the visitors were gone by the time I arrived after work. It was blissfully quiet.
I did encounter a woman who stopped for a moment to gush about the magnificence of the area. She had studied at nearby Ohio University but hadn’t been back since graduation fifteen years ago. I envied her fresh perspective and told her so. Everything was new and beautiful for her while it’s just another walk in the woods for me some days.
This particular trail is one of my favorites because there are areas where the dirt path turns to boulders that you must scurry over or through.
This trail parallels a beautiful stream.
A chipmunk stopped to say hi. This photo is not sharp but it was the best I could do with my unreliable phone.
This is a favorite spot on the trail. It’s a little steep for a short chick but I make do.
The views really are magnificent.
There’s a waterfall too.
I’m grateful to have these park trails so close to home and should probably try harder to appreciate them. But isn’t that human nature? We often don’t appreciate what we have and too often take for granted the things we value most.
I’ll try to do better.